Spring is coming along, and last weekend we had a lovely day for a drive with the car club. It was a bright and sunny day, and we met up at a local grocery store for the drive. Usually we meet a bit early so we can look at the cars, and enjoy some coffee while chatting with friends. Austin Healeys, MGs and Jaguars got there first.
We have a wide range of mostly British cars, as it is a British Car Club after all. There are a few other European cars like our Fiat and a Porsche. Here the green 2002 Jaguar XK8 is parked next to a white 1992 Jaguar XJS.
We are more focused on the people, so the little BMW roadster is welcome too, sandwiched between an MG and a Triumph. There’s a white Sunbeam Tiger on the left. The black car on the far left with the tan top is a 1987 Rolls Royce.
This was a hugely popular event, with 20 cars on the drive.
We started off east, going through the early spring countryside on a lovely warm morning.
Driving in the mountains is beautiful any time of year. This drive route would take us past many of the apple orchards in the county, a major contributor to our local economy.
It was too early for some varieties, and maybe too late for others, only a few of the orchards were in full bloom. With the crazy weather, warm then cold again, over and over, I think the trees are confused.
Still, the countryside is turning green.
Trees are finally beginning to show signs of leafing out, although later this year than usual.
We stopped mid-way to visit a local ranch and apple orchard with an old west town near Bat Cave.
I took the opportunity to get some close photos of the beautiful apple blooms.
The sun came out again just at the right time. You can see more mountains in the background between the branches on the right, with rain clouds gathering.
The rain held off until much later, so we could enjoy the day. The pale pink of these apple blossoms were so pretty! All the trees in this orchard were the same variety. I do not know which it is. Most apple blossoms are white.
In the pasture next to this orchard, a large bull sits and ponders the world around him.
The cows were all headed toward the barn, like some silent gong was calling them to supper. One moment they were milling around as cows do, then for no reason, they all started walking the same direction, towards an open gate to another pasture. I suspect their grain bins were about to be filled for the day.
So, back on the road for more driving fun.
I find the architecture of the twisted branches of the apple trees interesting. These were just coming into bloom.
I think that by now they should be covered in blooms. We ended at a restaurant and had a nice lunch, then on doing errands before going home. Mountain living is wonderful, with so many ways to see beauty all around us, and taking a relaxing drive in the country is just minutes away.
Today is Earth Day (setting aside the incongruence of using gasoline) and it is the perfect time to make a pledge to help our planet by reducing our use of plastics. It is not well known that plastic never degrades, it just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces, working its way into the food chain. Plastic in the ocean is ingested by fish, which is then ingested by humans. Tiny particles can make it into the bloodstream of animals, fish and humans, and it is never excreted. Marine life is threatened by the amount of plastic floating in the ocean trapping and killing sea life like turtles. Plastic in the landfill is just as much of a contaminant. Washing clothes containing nylon or polyester puts micro fibers into the local water supply that cannot be filtered out, which then work their way into our food supply. Recycling helps, but not every community has recycling, and not all plastics can be recycled. So what can you do? Visit EarthDay.org to see how you can reduce the amount of plastics that you use by downloading the pdf file Action Kit. Simple things like refusing a straw, or using paper plates instead of plastic ones can help. Buy and use recycled materials when you can, especially for things like trash bags. Use your own bags at the grocery store. Consider recycled batting in your quilts like Quilter’s Dream Green. Buy clothing without plastic fibers. Use refillable water bottles. I am not advocating to get rid of plastics altogether, they are useful in many applications, but I am advocating to reduce the use where possible, and recycle all we can. Buy only recyclable plastic items, BPA free, and advocate for others to do the same. Use products made from recycled materials to increase the market so more can be re-used instead of making more plastic. Lobby your restaurants to stop handing out straws to everyone, only giving one to those who ask, or switch to paper straws. Make sure your community has recycling.
We live in a beautiful world, and it is the only one we have. How can you help reduce our dependence on plastics? What springtime beauty surrounds you now?