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Sunday, June 26, 2011

flower wreath

I picked some hydrangeas from my bush outside the porch to make a wreath.
  I read that you can wire fresh ones on a form and let them dry.   I did that today. 
blue -pink- pale lavender
I made a wreath form from the weeping willow tree that I have growing on the creek
tied the flowers on with fish line and that was a little too slippery,  I had some white pipe cleaners I decided to finish with,  I use what I have on hand.

back side

You can see where the little flowers are burnt  from the sun.  Hope it doesn't worsen as it drys.
Now I will see how it drys on here,  Its hanging on my front door.

Little tuft of flowers on my kitchen window

Brown eyed Susan's I can always count on for color outside in the summer

Thursday, June 23, 2011

few more pics at Natural Bridge

Some info about the Monacan village in Natural Bridge

The making of another wigwam made of poplar bark
The guide told us that he soaked it in the water there and then weighted it down to dry flat

inside the wigwam made of cattails

A birdhouse we passed on the trail

Natural Bridge Hotel  across the street from wax museum
this was so interesting
Up the steps to Museum and the figure swinging above our heads
Seth thought that the man and boy in scene above were real at first
They are wax figures along with the rest
He enjoyed this so much
We watched the story of the last supper and these are all life size figures in wax
Presidents Clinton and Bush (the elder)
Sam Houston
Laurel and Hardy
My camera did not capture too well inside the museum
I think I will have to think about getting a new one with more features
These figures are so life like
You almost feel like they could speak
nice landscaping outside
farmland as we are heading home
a tunnel that cuts through a mountain

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Natural Bridge tour with Seth

Grandson Seth is visiting with us for two weeks.   We took him to Natural Bridge Va to  see the bridge.  20 stories of solid rock,  really amazing.    The wax museum we took in also.  Natural  bridge was formed by a cavern collapse which left the span we see here today.
Natural Bridge surveyed by George Washington in 1750 - his initials are carved on the wall of the bridge.
Thomas Jefferson purchased  157 acres including bridge in 1774 from King George 111 for 20 shillings. Still remains privately owned. 
It is designated a national historic landmark.  

Seth took this photo of us at the entrance to Bridge as we were getting ready for his picture.

the tree dwarfs Seth

Seth and Opa taking in the beauty of the  Natural Bridge

What a beauty

Georges initials
the wall of rock looks purple

nice comfortable area for our iced coffee and Seth's soda and snack

such a pretty walk,   even though the day was hot,  these shady areas with breeze was comfortable
monacan villiage

yes, the little darling had to see how the fence was constructed and pulled one out.
we asked him to move before the whole thing fell

If you click on picture, the sparkle in his eyes can be seen.  Such a darling.
more pics of the rest tomorrow
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