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Saturday, September 30, 2017

last pictures of Ginter

Last pictures of Lewis Ginter to share.   A cute little thatched roof house that I have shown before and it's always decorated to suit the theme they are using at the time.   This one is butterflies.

getting a look

Pretty scene inside



I like the arched window swag with the flowers

sitting on a table inside the thatched cottage


gift shop houses from last christmas on sale and genevieve is touching the snow on the tree to see if it comes off, it doesn't.


Italian screen painting on sale


In the library - had to check out some books, there is this nice wall hanging.

Almost translucent

 A painting I do like

I guess these could be curly willow branches with painted pine cones.  I thought to be very pretty.




O.K.  had to have snacks.  Annette had that bowl of red pepper crab bisque - so good!    Cheeses and wrap for Genevieve.   A very hot day so of course I always have coffee (hot).  Just love my coffee.

then off for home

Friday, September 29, 2017

Ginter and butterfly visit

Annette and Genevieve took a short drive with us to see what the butterflys were about at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens last week.    Hand in hand to the entrance.


On their way and me coming up in the rear as always.  It was hot day for sure.
 I see what must be a crawly bug as Genevieve calls them - she is eyeing.  If not careful she will pick it up.  She loves bugs


Making my way to the butterflies but taking my time as I love seeing what is growing this time of year.

Yes,  I took a seat in the butterfly chair to take in the surroundings.







Reflecting pool with large lilly pads at the entrance.







Genevieve was especially fond of this butterfly because of the beautiful blue color on the outside of the wings.

Called the Forest Blue Morph... Mexico and Central South America. 
Because of large size and tendency to fly at night,  these butterflies are often mistaken for bats.

Forest Blue Morph

Didn't  get all of the names or where most of them were from.  Majority from tropical areas. The room was misted often and it was rather warm, a little much for me and I was ready to leave.



This one is called Paper Kite butterfly
Paper kites have a slow, gliding flight and are easy to catch.  Birds do not like the taste of the toxins in their bodies.  Thailand to Malaysia.









Genevieve with her magnifying glass.



Genevieve checking out butterflies with magnifier. 
few more pictures to share later.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sunday cook out

My sister Donna  invited us for a  summer evening dinner.  Keith made the best  pork barbecue.  Nice lean moist pork .
Nice to have end of Summer dinners like this.  
Soothing sound of water falling from the tiers of the fountain as we head for the front door.


pretty landscaping



dining room harvest blessing


Den fireplace with sweet sentiment framed...
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Sweet Cider
Cozy Blankets
Perfect Pumpkins
Crunching Leaves
Sparkling Fires
Cool Days and 
Warm Nights
we love you




Barbecue warming in crockpot


Beautiful tasty fresh salad

What a  bountiful feast!!!


Heirloom watermelon that my daughter Annette grew and just picked.  It has white streaks running through it and bright pink.   Very sweet and juicy.   I kept some seeds to grow next year.   She has about 14 more ready to pick and a few were sold to a country store next to her.  




This Melon has a thick skin and it keeps well.



Grand daughter and Annette.  I wished I had taken more pictures of everyone else but it was busy with eating and eating.  So good.

Donna in background behind Annette


Jeremy and Amy on left  are expecting - Donna and Keith will be first time grandparents.  Can't wait.


Can't see amy well behind her husband jeremy

Backyard and lush plantings

such a pretty red

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