First are pictures from one of my friend Peggy's and my outings. I think these were all in Milton - a small, but busy town about 12 miles or so down the highway from Huntington They have a HUGE pumpkin festival every October which I've never been to. And they also have a park where most of these photos were taken - and that's an authentic covered bridge - not one they built to look pretty.
So now my short but very nice visit over to VA/MD. It was pretty spur of the moment - our condo association was going to meet to elect two new board members and since there were only two people willing to be on the ballot, it seemed fairly ludicrous to me to have the meeting although I sure was looking forward to my stint on the board finally coming to an end. But I decided rather than stick around for that, I would use as my excuse that my son, Chris, was going to be taking part in a book signing at the National Cathedral in DC! There is a tremendous amount of ironwork in the cathedral - all beautiful - and one of the more recent blacksmiths who contributed to that work decided he would write a history of all of it. He and Chris have become friends over the years and he asked Chris if he could use some of his photos and if Chris would be willing to take some more photos. Chris jumped at the chance, of course. So, the smith - Nol Putnam - and Chris along with another photographer all spoke briefly and then signed books. :) They had a good turnout and wine and nibbles and I got to be a proud mama which is always pleasant. I'm putting in this LINK so you can take a look at the book. Don't worry - I'm not trying to sell anything but the cover of the book uses two of Chris's photos - one kind of fogged out as a background and the other as a beautiful photo of a very lovely piece of iron work.
Chris and I got together with January and Maggie for dinner on Monday night. Then they were headed out to Indiana for a visit with Maggie's two little nephews who like all little ones are growing up so fast. Thursday I headed up to Heather's home. Johnny, my grandson, was headed off to Seattle Friday afternoon to spend spring break with his dad so I was glad to get to see him for a little before he took off. He's taller every time I see him - I have to actually look up now if we're standing talking to each other. Hard to believe he'll be 15 in the end of this month.
Heather has taken up a new passion. I've mentioned before they are raising alpacas on a small farm in Howard County, MD and a couple of years ago she got intrigued by the idea of spinning their fleece herself. Nothing too much came of it until last year sometime when someone helped her with her spinning technique and there was no looking back. As she says, she is "spinning like Rumpelstiltskin"! And she cards the fleece first. I am really impressed. She stays up half t night working which worries me but getting such pleasure out of something probably counteracts the lack of sleep. And she started a knitting club probably about a year ago - not knowing how to knit - and it's going like gangbusters. So she's increasing the size of her shop she set up in their barn and will be displaying her yarns there along with having an area for set up for the club and for working on her yarns. Where such a dynamo came from, I've never figured out.
Saturday Chris came up and spent the night and we had quite a fun time. Sophia loves her Uncle Chris and I have to say, he certainly displays a lot of patience with her. I took some quick shots when Heather had been showing him some of the scarves she had crocheted and Sophia had decided she should put rubber bands around little tufts of hair on his head. Quite hilarious really.
All in all, it was such a nice visit that I ended up leaving a day later than I had thought I would cause Heather took Monday off too so I drove home on Tuesday. And driving home I finally, after years of flying past it thinking "sometime I'm going to stop there", I finally did. and have pictures to prove it. This is Sideling Hill - a rest stop on I-68 which runs across the panhandle of Maryland. I always thought it must be some kind of government installation or something cause it looked official somehow but it's a rest stop with lot of information about the history of the roads built over the years through these hills.
So I think that's pretty much it (aside from the fact that I installed a new kitchen faucet mySELF!! but that's way too long a story!). Spring has sprung in Huntington and this last picture is a tree in the process of springing from the tiny buds you see here to full bloom just a few days later.