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Friday, July 21, 2017

fort story 2017

A drizzling  day nearing the end  of May while in the area,  we took  a short drive to  Fort Story.   I like these days now and then.  Would welcome a day like that day now since it's so beastly hot.



Cape Henry - We didn't take the steps to the top this time.  We've done it before recently.  But did go in the gift shop


On our way to the beach

out to the beach Steve goes with coffee in hand





just beautiful

nothing but the sound of ocean




could have stayed much longer

Monday, July 17, 2017

grands

Sharing some pictures of three of our six grands and they do not live in the same
state as we do so we don't get to see them often enough

Grandchildren 
in Nebraska visit
making popsicles


Little Alaina caught the first fish,  she is something else.  Pretty little fish and of course he went back.


Ryan is holding the dragon pet and makes it look like he is just a tad bit unsure of it.
probably feels funny with his claws on his shirt.
tyler plays it safe by holding the leash.
sweet little boys they are.

he's kinda cute on the leash

Friday, July 14, 2017

It's Summer for sure

Today's temps are supposed to reach 96 degrees Fahrenheit.  I am thinking the beach would be nice place to be.   
I was here a month and a half ago.
Am thinking I would of course - love to live here.


nice to get away and  visit a calm and peaceful area - endless beauty

the water is clear - probably not the best visual for that statement, with the fallen tree and all.   


Yes - I got a piece of drift.  This is bleached white from the sun and silky smooth from the ocean. 

back to my friends home a few miles from the beach, maybe not that far.  
She always has something good she made for coffee or tea, and we usually always have coffee. 


Having coffee and snacks in the sunroom her husband rebuilt and did a fine job doing so.


great water view from sunroom



draped seashells 

I like her nautical decor

I have to mention we had a great lunch at Willabys and I will be going back for sure
hand cut fries and very good b.l.t. sandwich.  Bacon was perfect to eat without being hard or too thick.


on my way out




leaving for home



til next time

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Happy Wednesday

Just inside from checking on what isn't flowering in the yard and that is quite a bit.  The Japanese beetles are healthy as they are eating well.   Will travel out in a bit to pick up some 7 dust.   I will not be eating the plants so a little sprinkle will at least keep them from being devoured.
This mallow hibiscus ( I believe it's called) has this one decent flower on it.  I pulled the other ones off riddled with holes from the beetles.  This plant has followed me to two homes in 20 years.  Hardy plant.


I don't think these can be killed or eaten by anything.   Black eyed Susan as I call them is a flower I can count on to come back even more so every year.   The Japanese beetles must not find it tasty.


Steve's windmill he purchased from Lavender Farms in Glen Allen.  You can see that no air is moving.   Not good.



Red Hydrangea.   Been moved and shocked so much,  I have yet to see it bloom.  Maybe next year.

Zinnias starting to bloom on fence line.

So pretty with the specks of red -candy cane zinnia

I finally finished painting my butterfly chair Steve gave us for our anniversary two years ago from Lewis Ginter Botanical gardens.   I love this chair but it's going in the garage this year for the winter.

Next year I believe I will plant all squash in pots. This one was planted about a month ago and it's doing well.   I think squash does better planted later in this area.
Dad always planted squash in early June.

Shady now,  but will be having trees removed soon from this area.   Makes it too hot.    Pines draw heat and they have to go sooner rather than later.  Will plant something else a little prettier and has a dapple shade effect, although there are about 6 dogwoods here in this area already.

Chocolate mint likes the sun room a little more than the intense heat outside.  The chocolate flavor definitely comes through with this plant.

Another fella Steve purchased,  he cannot pass up these novelties and the grand kids love these as well.

In the office window.   The gladiolas put out a few blooms this year.



Black eyed Susan's peeking through the fence.
That's it for now.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

nest

Taken in   Chase City Virginia garden.



the girls

Strawberry faire had horse rides again this year and I have to post a few with the girls on them.

Adalyn



Genevieve


Steve wants a horse now..  He had one when he was a young lad and misses the riding.

genevieve - not sure what she thinks she is doing,  I guess conducting.  With her it wouldn't be an orchestra, more like an experiment.  she's a mess.


miss static electricity