Monday, October 15, 2018


A completely straightforward look.  

Monday, September 17, 2018


If not a formal reenactment, at least some of the kids having fun with Poppy's collection of WWII things, finding clothes that fit, trying on various effects and combinations. Poppy got a kick out of the interest taken in his favorite things and much of Saturday afternoon was consumed in this way. We didn't realize how long it had been since the kids had seen any of his vast collection.

Lola thinks she would make a good bugler. She put all her heart and lungs into it! It's trickier than you'd think to get a decent tone out of one of those things, but she managed to get a few blasts.

Leif is marching in the infantry I guess. (A little "gear adrift" but pretty good fit, all things considered.)

Luke was just enjoying organizing and cleaning in the little building that is seldom open which we've dubbed "The Museum". 

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A Grand Day at the Sea Side

With our eye on the weather app, we carefully chose the only day that was predicted to reach 80* at the coast and headed over with sack lunches, pails and sand shoes! It has been a long time since we have been to the ocean. And the beach is always best with Grandchildren.  

Yes the perfect day! .


Friday, July 6, 2018

Seeing the WWII Planes with Poppy

Half the fun was getting the autographs of the pilots on her poster!
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Saturday, June 9, 2018

Surprise Secret Garden


No one would expect to find any formal, secret garden to make an appearance in this slightly wild, slightly managed beautiful Oregon rain forest! But after one leaves the lodge on the river and hot springs where we like to stay, crossing a sturdy bridge over the McKenzie river, then wanders for some distance on lovely, woodsy paths....

this is what you come upon.

You enter a magical, formal English garden through this opening that is a completely delightful surprise! ( Anyway it was for us the first time we found it and we still marvel.) We seldom see anyone else here which makes it feel more mysterious in a way. The garden has a circular design with water features, curved stone walls, trimmed Boxwood hedges and ancient looking pillars.

(My own true love who married me 49 years ago.)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Roses, Roses, Roses!

Our roses
are happy this year!

Strawberry Time

"One must ask children and birds
how cherries and strawberries taste." 

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe