June 6, 2023

The View at Sleeter Lake

Round Hill, VA

Wordless Wednesday on Tuesday 

Next door is this ruin by the water treatment plant. Is it the old Sleeter farmhouse?

June 5, 2023

Western Loudoun Art Tour

On Saturday, I went to the art show and tour in Purcellville. It was more complicated for me this year because Charlie is still too anxious to stay by himself for an entire afternoon and daycare is not available on weekends. I invited Frank to go with us, and he was glad to oblige because he likes art shows. We took Charlie to the dog park for exercise, and then drove an hour to Loudoun County. 

My first stop was at Judith Thompson’s studio because I did not want to miss her sale. I find her work to be both distinctive and decorative. I did buy something, like I did last year.
Monday Murals / Mosaics 

Frank stayed in the car with Charlie while I went into a small shop in town, and we took turns visiting two other stops. (It was too warm to leave the dog alone in the car.)

The last exhibit was at Franklin Park, where several artists exhibited in the events center. A mural of a tree is next to the auditorium entrance. There are names on the leaves, which I assume represent donors.

The auditorium was almost dark, and nothing was exhibited in it this time.

June 4, 2023

I went to a Memorial Service in Winchester

Lighthouse Baptist Church

On Friday there was a memorial service for my next-door neighbor, Susan. It was held at this church on Route 50.. 

She was a little younger than I am, but had heart trouble. I saw her from time to time, and also met her sister, who often came over to do things for her. Nice people.

On the way home, I stopped and got something to eat. I noticed these pretty roses. The last picture was an accident, taken when my finger slipped as I put the phone back in my pocket. 

Shadow Shot / Garden Affair

June 3, 2023

Equine and Canine

Saturday Critters

This is a beautiful horse that I wanted to show you. Horses are impressive animals. It is apparent that they are highly intelligent.

Dogs are smart too. Charlie seems to be smart in some ways, but I think his fears hold him back. Ha, he’s not the only one!


June 2, 2023

More Views at Silver Lake

Two days ago, I posted some pictures from Silver Lake Regional Park in Haymarket. Here are some more photos from that visit, starting with a reflection picture and then one for Black and White Weekend. .

Canada Geese

Next we have three photos of plants. The final one features a yellow flag, a flower that tolerates a marshy environment. . 



June 1, 2023

The Good, the Bad, and the Smiling

Sunday at Seven Bends

After Charlie had a scary experience at the dog park in Woodstock, I wanted to help him get his confidence back by exercising in other locations. One was our local state park. Somebody waved as we drove across the river.

After I parked, I realize that Charlie had chewed through yet another harness. He looked very pleased with himself. 

Nevertheless, I wanted to photograph the new sign in the children’s sensory garden, mainly because I helped our garden volunteers create the sign.

Garden Affair / Signs

We also saw a new bench donated by our Friends Of Seven Bends State Park group.

Skywatch / CDP Them Day: Smiles

i even managed to get a selfie. It isn’t easy holding onto a phone and an active dog at the same time. I used the self timer.

The closing shot shows some visitors enjoying a picnic. I added a filter to this.

May 31, 2023

By the Shores of Silver Lake

Haymarket, VA

(Yes, I borrowed the title from Laura Ingalls Wilder.)

I finally made it out to Silver Lake. I had heard of it years ago when it was a privately owned campground. More recently, I heard it was now a public park, so I intended to go see it, but it is an hour away from me, and not big enough to make a special trip unless you are a fisherman.

Yesterday, I had an appointment at the podiatrist, so I left Charlie in daycare. I had the afternoon to myself so I headed up to Prince William County to shop at Wegmans and also visit the lake.

There wasn’t much going on, just some people fishing and Canada geese browsing. The park has an interesting story in that it exists because in 2006, county supervisors made a deal with developers to sell the 317 acres to the county in exchange for permission to build on nearby farmland. 

I believe the blackbird was a red winged one although I did not spot red on its wings. It had a lovely song.

May 29, 2023

A Few Thoughts about Freedom

This evening I stopped at Cracker Barrel to pick up a to-go order that I had placed by phone. I was greeted by a large display of patriotic items, ready to be purchased for Memorial Day or Fourth of July. There were even flag-themed baby clothes.

Mosaic Monday

Are we trying too hard to look patriotic?Are citizens imitating the game that politicians play, showing off flags in their neighbors in an effort to prove their patriotism? 

Or maybe we just like the colors. They’re good colors.

Here’s a quote for you:

“Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” - John F. Kennedy

And here’s another presidential quote. It’s making the rounds in response to current events.

“Don’t join the book burners.” - Dwight D.Eisenhower

There is a fascinating story behind the Eisenhower quote. He added it at the last minute to a speech at Dartmouth College, responding to McCarthyism. Read about it in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

May 28, 2023

All Gave Some and Some Gave All

Broadway, Virginia

Monday is Memorial Day. Here is a Veterans Memorial in Broadway with symbols of different branches of the armed services. It overlooks a parking lot that is the site of a weekly farmers market.


May 27, 2023

Charlie’s Memorial Day Weekend Report

Hi, it's Charlie. I have some complaints and some pictures of me for my fans. 

But first, Mom put a flag in our yard and it has a cat on it. I thought she should've gotten one with a beagle on it. But maybe this will help the cats to be more friendly.

Here I’m yawning because I couldn’t stretch out on my bed and sleep. Somehow it got pushed under the chair. It’s important that my mom stay with me all the time so that I don’t have these problems.

I don’t like it when Mom goes in the other room. If the door is open a little way, I can peek in to see if she is coming back.

When we ride in the car, Mom likes me to wear a harness. I don’t like harnesses at all. Fortunately, I know ways to take them off if they get too uncomfortable. I have even taken my collar off a few times.

There was an incident at the Fairview Dog Park that I did not like. Three dogs who live together decided to pick on me. I am not afraid of dogs that are twice my size, but there were three of them and I got scared. I ran to my mom and she saw that I was shaking so we went to the other section of the park where they couldn't get me. Since then, we have not been back to that park, but we went to the state park yesterday and to a different dog park today.

Mom likes walking by the river at Seven Bends State Park. I like sniffing all the smells. I keep a list of them in my head.

Today we went up to the dog park at Bryce Resort. I played with a nice dog named Georgia. She liked my red harness so maybe I’ll keep it a while.

Someone has set up a water fountain there for dogs.

The park is next to the library and the airport. There was a book sale outside the library today, and I met some friendly people.

I did not get a cheeseburger in the car today but I still behaved pretty well. I slept on the way home because I was tired.