Monday, October 20, 2014

Rilla's~ Personality Showcase

Prim & Proper?


Maybe not so much.


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Miss Enthusiaum

On an October Saturday Rilla and I just Play, play, play: 
Rilla at being almost 2, 
I at taking pictures, 
both of us at savoring this scrumptious Autumn day.







This excellent game goes like this ~ counting first ~"two, two, two"~ followed by  the leap. This is a very fun game and must be repeated  several times (fortunately without mishap)


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Forgotten Garden Post

Today Shannon pointed out that I forgot to continue a thread of posts about our first garden touring day with a few friends back in September. So here it is. (Way out of sequence, but oh well.) 
This is "The Bishop's Close" in Lake Oswego. (My Nikon camera's battery had run low by this time, due to poor planning, so I took these photos with my phone. Unfortunately many others turned out blurry.) In a few I managed to capture the wonderful color green,the contrast of light and deep shade  the amazing variety of trees and shrubs, paths and stone steps, woodland setting, ponds and ferns. All in all it was a marvelous and rewarding garden tour.

Rilla and Ivy were buddies all day.


In the Spring many shrubs and trees would be in bloom but we enjoyed just feeling the structure and play of light; the "bones" as they say.




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Another Garden Touring Day

Since enjoyment of beautiful gardens is something we all have in common in this group of women we had a lovely day strolling two gardens together. One in Salem, which we saw with a smaller group a few weeks ago, and a new one[to most of us] in Portland; Deep Wood estate and then The Grotto. A wonderful little restaurant, The Konditorei, inserted halfway between for lunch.


  

Monday, September 15, 2014

Introducing the Newest Little Book-worm.






Oh dear,that last story must have had a tragic ending!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ivy Turns 10

I'm back after 2 weeks of  computer problems. 
I have a little catching up to do.

First off we have a milestone Birthday to mark. 




Ivy turned 10.


This grand occasion was marked with a "Ho-down" themed birthday party. We all got in the spirit of things by scrounging in closets, under beds, and back rooms to find some old cowboy gear.

Monday, August 18, 2014

For the Garden Album

I'm sure there are many public and private gardens one could visit in the NW but these two are not well known ( so I think we have a little extra incentive to go see them). 
The first one, Deepwood Estate with its surrounding gardens, is very accessible being in downtown Salem.









This is who our group consisted of. (Plus me)

Tours of this house are given on some days, but not the day we visited.





 The second that we visited on Tuesday is completely obscure, rather difficult to find, and gets even less publicity. It's at the end of a street in beautiful Lake Oswego.  (The gorgeous homes on the way in are a treat for the eyes.) You would never know this large public garden was there unless someone told you about it.(The gates are open from 9-5.) Thus on the day we visited we saw no one else as we walked around this rambling peaceful garden for a couple of hours.  The Bishop's Close, as it is called, (isn't that a mysterious, provocative sounding name?) is just wonderful.
(My Photos of it will appear in the next post)