Sorry for the hiatus – I took a little vacation from blogging when I was visiting my Dad this weekend in Pennsylvania. I get very sucked into the computer (i.e. sit down to do “one thing” and get up an hour later!!!) so it is good for me to cut myself off sometimes. I missed blogging 🙁
My Aunt Yvonne was visiting from Mudgee, Australia and my Father’s 1st cousin Priscilla was visiting from Merced, CA. My Brother Jon also came down to join the party – it was beautiful weather and we spent most of our time outside swimming, eating, and eating some more – the food never stopped coming!! Priscilla is the family historian so we were regaled by her remembrances.
Strider has finally decided to be a Labrador and has taken to the water. Since it was between 80-85 all weekend he quickly learned that a dip in the pool was a good way to cool off!
My Dad as always loved teasing him and trying to encourage him to jump off the side (he didn’t….only went daintily down the stairs!)
What will he do with grandkids 😉
Where did his head go?
Uncle Jon also got in on the action trying to teach Strider that it’s not polite to swim on top of people and scratch them 🙁
Afternoon tea (very Australian) by the pool
But Dad can’t stay still for long so has to prune the clematis (now I know where I get it from!!)
The handsome happy men in my life
My Dad is a FANTASTIC gardener whose handiwork was in full bloom this weekend. The rest of us agreed that we love the final result but couldn’t possibly get through all the work leading up to it. The garden is truly an oasis and so peaceful and relaxing.
On Sunday morning Jeff, Yvonne, Strider, and I took a walk in a local nature conservancy. We found this beautiful tree carved with messages both recent and from long ago…
There are two beautiful covered bridges….
And on the other side of the second one a meandering stream….
I love exploring streams and sitting beside them watching them gurgle by. We waded in to look for rocks, play retrieve with Strider, and appreciate the beauty of the day. I turned around at one point and Yvonne was taking my picture so I thought I’d take hers…she put the camera down as she was laughing so hard 🙂
Despite exercising in the pool and by following my Dad around the garden Strider got the whizzies running through this overgrown field. It was so idyllic.
Tomorrow it’s back to work but it was a nice breath to the usual hectic pace of life.