Friday, August 31, 2012

My favorite coffee shop.....

has several of their favorite beverage how-to's online.  Recipes offered are Frappuccino and Chai Tea, and also on the pastry side, scones and coffeecakes.  Alas not our favorite Lemon Pound Cake but maybe just as well.  You can find them if you click here.

(this is an animation I found online)

I had a nice surprise yesterday as there was a rat-a-tat-tat on the door around noon.  It was son dropping by for a visit.  I had misplaced my phone and did not get his message to tell me he was heading on over, but I'm glad because it was such a lovely surprise.  As I was doing a good impression of Mother Hubbard's Cupboard, I suggested lunch at a favorite place Gregg and I go to when we feel like having dinner out, Bangkok City Thai Restaurant in Centreville.  It has become our favorite place for Thai food.  The staff in there are nice and friendly and the food is great.  You can see their home page here.

Brad helped me out by taking me over to the supermarket on our way back where I replenished pantry supplies.  He also moved the sofa away from the wall when I asked him, so that I could do some vacuuming after he had left, and changed a couple of light bulbs that popped recently.  Nice to have a tall son who doesn't need a stepladder to reach the ceiling fixtures!   Gregg's honeydew list got a little shorter today.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

My In-Laws back garden

As I often do when we visit my in-laws, I will often go into their back garden to see what I can find.  It is a lovely garden to walk around.  The following photos will show you what took my interest.  

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Just for a change of pace.....

I came across this on StumbleUpon this morning and thought it was nicely done. A memory: as a child coming home from our holidays in Devon back to the Midlands, and on sighting the Tipton steam towers in the distance (just like the ones in the first segment), we knew our holiday was over. Dad would actually say, "Well, there's the Tipton steam towers, holiday over with!" There followed without fail a big grown in the car from my mum, my sister and me, and yet it was always good to get home. A mixture of emotions just like on issues such as this. I know it's never as simple as it sounds, and there are pro's and con's, but I hope you find the video interesting. I have to say I thought it was a little bit sad to see the behemoths fall, as they were so much a part of my childhood. But as Stewart so wisely said in his comment, we have to look to the future.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

We bought a new Honda at Checkered Flag, Virginia Beach....

and this is Denise's new ride.  

This very nice gentleman is Mr. Paul Sudo.  He sold us a car this weekend and I have to say it was one of the nicest experiences we have ever had.  Having worked at Checkered Flag for many years, Gregg's brother knows these guys and took us down to meet Paul who had our car ready and waiting.  Paul took great care of us and it wasn't long before we were driving out of the dealership.

 In the photo below is a group of Bernese Mountain Dogs.  The two on the left belong to Paul and his wife.  The two on the right belong to a very dear friend of Paul's wife. Well, you know how much I love dogs and Paul told us all about his Berners.  In this picture there is one dog who participates in dog shows, and the way you can find out is.....

by looking at who has the thickest legs, which is the second one from the right.  A lady, she is the one who is eligible to be shown because she has the perfect form for a show dog.  I found that so interesting.  To me they are all beautiful dogs.  Paul has a big folder filled with photos and we looked at every one of them.  I can see his two are greatly loved.  

So, if ever you are in Virginia Beach and need a new car, go and see Paul.  He will treat you with honesty and integrity.  And no I am not doing this for any other reason than that I had a great time at a car dealership.  Over the years we have bought our last four cars from there and Paul is one of those extremely nice people who was a real pleasure to meet.

Sunday, August 26, 2012


After a short delay I am very happy to say that TODAY'S FLOWERS has now resumed its posts.  If you would like to join in please go here.  We would be honored if you would share your favorite blooms.  

Luiz has been very busy and his work commitments prevent him from devoting the time he once had to running his meme.  Though I could never take his place I have now stepped into his shoes, and hope that I will do justice to what will always be Luiz' TODAY'S FLOWERS. 

We are still collecting names for our Guest Friend spot on the home page, and if you would like to send us your favorite flowers, please send them to me at  I have opened a new e-mail account just for this meme to prevent any confusion.  Your flowers will be added in the order that they are received and I will be sure to let you know when they will be posted.  Thank you very much!


My entry this week is of wildflowers. This will be my last post from Walney Pond, until our next visit whenever that may be.

Today's Flowers was created by our good friend Luiz Santilli.
You can find beautiful flowers from around the world if you click here.

Friday, August 24, 2012


This is Ferris.  We met on a walk last Saturday and I mentioned him in my post here.  He is 11 years' old and is part German Shepherd and Boxer mix.  Such a lovely and friendly dog.  We had a nice long chat with his owner who obviously loved him very much because he was letting Ferris set the pace.  If Ferris stopped, so did he.  Ferris looked tired and it was hot that day, but he didn't have far to go home as he lived in the neighborhood just beyond the trees.  Ferris wanted to go home and started walking that way, so his kind companion said goodbye and they both headed back the way they had come.  

If you go here you will see a marvelous series of pictures by a young lady named Jessica Trinh.  Her two dogs are the main subject and these photographs will make you smile.

I thought this was very cute too.

Thank you Misty for hosting Camera Critters.  How I love this meme!
To see other fun critters please click here.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

More photos from Walney Pond

Crossing the bridge just past the pond, we always enjoy stopping in the middle and looking down into the water.

I always love looking at the reflections from the overhanging trees.

Gregg has had his photo taken on the bridge a lot, in all seasons.

We are on the other side and beyond the bench and picnic table is our pond....

which calls us back.  To the right of Gregg out of sight, is the now vacated beaver lodge.

I am standing on a brand new platform that replaced the old one a couple of months ago.  It's a favorite spot for fishing, or just looking out at the water like we do.

The Cardinal flowers were blooming, they always look pretty surrounded by all that greenery.

The lilypads were looking a little on the bleak side in parts but the lilies were as beautiful as ever.

This is a smoothed out indentation on the bed of the pond, made by a fish which I told you about in the previous post. You can see a small one in the middle just barely.  It's not going anywhere, guarding its territory and chasing off any other fish who dares to try and take it over.  What I noticed was, and if you stretch your imagination a little, just a little, you can almost see that the hole is heart-shaped.  I thought that was pretty neat.

"Smile Denise!!!"  "Look at the camera!"  "Denise?"  "Look at the camera!!!"  "Show some teeth!" Okay, so I'm not feeling like looking at the camera today Gregg, or showing my teeth, but I'm smiling, sort of.

There were a few wildflowers here and there....

and for the first time at the pond we saw some kind of heron.  He was a small one but he flew like a heron.  We disturbed him and he decided to fly to the other side where he disappeared in the marshy undergrowth.  This is about as best as I could get because he was gone in a split second.

I returned to things that I knew would stay still, like the interesting looking grasses....

and the waterlilies again.....

leaving off with a very lonely lilypad in the middle of the pond that Gregg asked me to take a photo of.