Last week, my friend Ruth and I visited the Blacksburg Museum in order to view the work of longtime Roanoke Times photographer Matt Gentry. Despite the fact that we have spent the last 6 months checking the CoVid19 status of every business and restaurant and potential activity, we somehow forgot to check this day.
Upon arrival at the Alexander Black House, which was built in 1897, we learned that the museum was temporarily closed due to CoVid19. Despite our disappointment, the outdoor exhibits and the Queen Anne Victorian house were still worth exploring. I did the best I could with my cellphone and was thankful for the beautiful day.
The exhibit Glass Reflections, created by artists Kate Golden, Paula Golden, Diane Relf and many community volunteers, is made of “serving plates, bowls, saucers, salt cellars and other glass / crystal dishes collected from antique stores and combined into flowers as garden accents that remind us of our parent’s and grandparent’s gardens”.
This next piece, Tryptic in Glass by Diana Relf, is created from “pieces of glass, many unused, discarded, and no longer valued. When combined they are both beautiful – and strong”.
Through the trees, I saw the house next door. The Thomas-Conner House, c.1878, is registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark.
Our next stop was the Hahn Horticultural Garden on the campus of Virginia Tech. The garden was founded in 1984 and covers 5.8 acres. “The garden was renamed the Hahn Horticulture Garden in November 2004 in honor of Peggy L. Hahn who was First Lady of Virginia Tech from 1962 to 1974 during her husband’s tenure as President. Their generous gift and bequest for expansion has had a significant impact on the garden – from the construction of the Peggy Lee Hahn Pavilion (2006) to the Hahn Meadow Garden (2008), as well as in other ways too numerous to list”.
My post-surgical status kept me from exploring as much as I would like so I look forward to going back!
Next time, we’ll pack a picnic and spend much more time exploring the gardens
Today, I am thinking of all the amazing women in my life and all that they have done for me and for those around them.
In particular today, I am thinking about the women without children.
They serve as guidance-givers to friends, family, and even strangers, and as role models and confidantes. They are our aunts, teachers, on-the-job mentors, and neighbors. They might not have given birth or raised children, but they’ve made a difference to the young people in their lives — nieces and nephews, and the children of their friends.
Whether by choice, or by other circumstance, these women earn just as much love and recognition as women with children.
Raising a glass to all mothers and mothers without children ❤
Forgive me, Word Press Friends, for I have sinned. It has been 6 months since I last posted.
Okay, so it’s not really a sin, but it sure has been awhile! I also realized that I never finished posting about our Pacific Coast Highway Tour … someday I’ll get to it!
I’ve managed to keep up with some of you through Monochromia and others of you through Zoom.
The rest of you, I have missed, and I assume you’ve all been posting regularly. How ARE you? What are you doing to keep occupied during this CoVid Crisis?Please share a link in the comments of a post that you would like me to read that will let me catch up on your life and health!
Here in the Mid-Atlantic Region of the East Coast of North America, we have had tons of rain, and unlike many who have suffered in drought, the rain has allowed the ferns, flowers, and trees to bloom in abundance! While I still see patients everyday in my Women’s Health / OB / Gyn Office, I am no longer traveling. This time at home has given me opportunity to photograph some of the beauty right in my own backyard.
The flowers and trees are not rare varietals, but they sure make me happy.
Of course, Daffodils
Dogwood – the first photo in this post is a Dogwood as well
And … some grocery store Tulips
As I told Joe, this time with my camera has started me thinking about upgrading my gear. Time to do some research!
Our May wedding has been postponed to September. Fingers crossed we can proceed.
And I have found time for the bike, although not near enough!
Thus far, family and friends are healthy. Living in a less than dense area has kept those that I love free from CoVid-19.
Again, please share in the comments how you are doing or link to a recent blog post that would update me on how you are doing!
We left Astoria knowing that we had less than 150 miles to drive. Piece of cake, right? Not on Highway 101 and not when we were stopping every few miles.
What an incredible day! One minute it was gloriously sunny; the next it was raining, and all of it was wonderful!
I’d aleady had my feet in the Pacific Ocean off of the Washington Coast, and on this day I did the same in Oregon.
Haystack Rock on Cannon Beach
Forgive me! I just realized that these next four images are from Cape Disappointment State Park in Washington!
The Astoria-Megler Bridge
My apologies for the lack of order of these photos! Hope you enjoyed them anyway!
What a thrill it is to spend the entire day driving the Pacific Coast Highway! Mile by mile of exploration with the only downside being that I wanted to stop and photograph EVERYTHING! We had 10 days to get from Seattle to LA and we could have spent weeks! Still, it was a gift just to be there and we will be back!
Day 2 on the road found us leaving Port Angeles, driving through Olympic National Park, and ending up in Astoria, Oregon.
This view brought tears to my eyes.
But that view came after miles of driving through fog, which was stunningly beautiful even though it blocked some of the view.
At the end of the day, we found a local brewery and enjoyed a cold beverage. Happiness!
What do you do when you have 3 hours in Seattle? After arriving by plane from Virginia, and with WAY TOO MANY options, we picked up our rental car and made a quick stop at the Pike Place Market.
After enjoying Fish Tacos and a local craft beer, with vows to return, we took the Edmonds Kingston Ferry to the Olympic Peninsula.
Like many on the East Coast of the United States, the weather was wild in Southwest Virginia on October 31st. This photo was taken 2 days later while helping a friend hand out candy to those who came by. The absence of costumed folks in this image, belies the fact that there were HUNDREDS of trick or treaters!
This year, I was able to ride into Pennsylvania, my 9th state on the bike (I also was able to visit Oregon, my 48th state overall … but that’s another story). This image reveals my excitement about visiting Pennsylvania, Gettysburg to be specific. I also rode through Western Maryland and West Virginia, both previously visited, during this 1200 mile ride in July.
You’ve heard me say this before, but I am FOR REAL, trying to find time for blogging! It’ll probably just be some photography for now … but Let’s Go!