Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Papa Cardinal

The door was open and I heard a bit of a fuss outside.  When I looked out I saw a Papa Cardinal feeding its baby.   

It's hot and humid and there is a thunderstorm on the way so I am closing down for the night.   

Virginia Countryside and a ramble.....

Gregg went on a business trip to Seattle last week, I dropped him off at Dulles Airport at 5.45 a.m. on the Monday.  On the Monday evening my sister-in-law - Gregg's sister - arrived for an overnight stay.  We had a very nice time chatting about this and that and she helped me download a couple of programs on my computer.  She's an absolute whiz at such things.  The following morning she flew to Beijing as you may have read about in a previous post, and I will be sharing more photos from that trip later on.  

I also went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with friends.  It had all my favorite actors whom I have known for most of my life and it was a super movie.  A group of British retirees go to India to take up residence in what they think is a newly restored hotel, and then the fun begins.  Very poignant in parts - it is classed as a dramatic comedy.  There are also some truly wonderful Indian actors I am not familiar with.  Together they all put on a great performance and when it comes out on DVD I think I will treat myself.  After the movie we walked over to the local coffee shop where we spent a couple of hours.  A very nice way to end the day.

It wasn't long before Gregg returned home and you may have seen our photos from Washington DC on Sunday.  Yesterday Gregg suggested a run around the Virginia countryside.  We traveled about 160 miles round trip.  We weren't able to go on one of our usual long walks as I damaged my Achilles tendon running down the stairs a few weeks ago, thinking I was still a spring chicken and finding I wasn't.  It is taking its time to heal.  I am trying to be patient but the road trip was fun.  

Both Gregg and I took turns taking photos, as we nearly always do every time we go out.  We spotted a lovely barn at the side of the road.  

There are many small businesses selling flowers, fruits and veggies.  

We stopped here because.....

of this Harlequin horse.  Just loved him and would love to see what the Home Owner's Association would do if I placed him in my front garden.  

I would have loved to have taken this old rusty rooster back home with me too.

We saw a lot of pretty old barns and homes along our route.

The huge flag caught our eye on this barn.  

We wondered if it had been converted into a home.

I am attracted to log cabins and have always said to Gregg that if I can't have my thatched cottage then a lovely - not big - log cabin would fit the bill nicely.

Or an old shed....

Here's another one we found nestled in the trees along a very narrow country road.

You never know what to expect on the journey home.  

We came across a small convoy of fairground equipment.

I am suddenly craving for strawberries and regret not buying them at our Harlequin horse stop.  

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Rolling Thunder in Washington DC

The following photos were taken when we drove into Washington DC today.  We saw a lot of motorbikes getting ready for the Rolling Thunder Parade but was not able to stay.  All roads were being blocked off and there was no where for us to park.  After a very enjoyable ride ourselves among all these wonderful people we drove back across the Potomac and made our way home.  It was a hot one today.  

You can read the history of how Rolling Thunder got started if you go here.

This was the starting point at the Pentagon.  Roughly 400,000 bikers were expected to turn up today.

A different kind of biker.

These were police motorbikes.

I took a short video near the Pentagon.  It's shaky at the end but it gives you a good view of the building and part of the crowd getting ready to start out on their ride.