Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's day

Scotch Broom  Chris's farm
 My last post was a month ago and now it is Father’s Day. It has been a cool spring with more rain then usual. Normal is not normal anymore. Today was beautiful and I went to the river to check out the water for swimming, still very cold. Went by the rose garden and walked about. Everything in bloom now, reminds me of Monet’s paintings of his gardens. Everything is lush and grows in profusion. Christopher has a vegetable garden at the farm and I have never seen cabbages and broccoli as big as his . The leaves are two feet across and the cabbage heads are fully developed about ten inches in diameter. 
I go to the Saturday market to buy any vegetables I don’t grow. This is the height of strawberry season. I get out and walk everyday and I have my own little garden plot. Lots of things to do here, the time zips by. I have made my plane flight and I will leave for Maine July 11 and return to Eugene August 15. Hope to see everyone when I get back East. Chris will be in Maine for a week during the time I am there so we will all be together as a whole family and I look forward to that. Doug as you know owns my house in Maine and he has been working on it since he and Christina moved there last summer. The upstairs attic bedrooms are finished and the house and barn have a foundation. I believe he has pictures on Face book of the work in progress. I am sending lots of photos, better then words can describe.
Weathervane


Chris's step daughter Haley

Haley is a dancer. This is Friday Art walk entertainment


Saturday market

boxes of strawberries under table

beautiful displays

lots of carrots


my peas

Chris's broccoli

Chris's cabbage



me in the water at the river

geese and goslings

A little early to do this. Floating down the river, cold water


wading

The rose garden













Monday, May 22, 2017

Rhododendron Festival



Florence bridge
Sunday I went on the Ya Po Ah bus trip to the Rhododendron Festival in the coastal town of Florence. The road to the coast passes through hills following the river. Rhododendrons, witches’ broom, wild iris, lupin, and dogwood can be seen along the roadside. The beautiful bridge is in Florence. Crafts, food vendors and a small Carnival are set up along the boardwalk and the downtown shops and restaurant are close by on the Bay. There is an exhibition of rhododendrons, an amazing variety of colors and shapes from very small to large clusters of blossoms. Hundreds of families come in to watch the parade and they stake out there places with their chairs. They were there long before the parade started.  The parade is a community event, with high school bands, clowns, dressed up dogs, horses, and floats. I am not a parade fan but this one was fun and reminded me of the 4th of July parades in Roundpond ME. Along with the many children there were many dogs and even a pig. It is a tradition the bikers come to the festival and there are hundreds of bikes parked side by side down down. For those that like bikes they were awesome. It was a beautiful day and just the right temperature. We all, ten of us on the bus,  had a good time and most came home with a small treasure bought in one of the shops or craft tents.
along the river

witches's broom
I love stones so I bought these pendants. Each one about 2 in big.



















carnival 

motorcycles parked downtown


along the board walk


biker's




this horse was performing that special walk. It was beautiful to watch.