It has been a whirlwind this past 10 days, as we traveled up to Ohio to be a part of my brother-in-law’s wedding. His bride is such a lovely woman, and we already adore her. She was absolutely radiant, in a gorgeous blue lace floor length gown. Honestly, I have never seen my husband’s brother look happier in all the years I’ve known him. He has found a rare and wonderful love that was so special to witness. Their wedding was a joyous occasion, and we were honored to be a part of it. On the way to our next destination, we had lunch with friends in Dublin. They met us in the downtown area where there are lots of shops and restaurants, along with a lovely walking path over a bridge. Large planters were full of flowers along the walkway.
We met for brunch, and I was very pleased with my Eggs Benedict. The side of tomatoes was an option, and all the plates came with these huge strawberries.
We spent the next several days traveling to three other cities. First, we took care of a bucket list item for me. Those of you who have read my blog for a while know that I am a rabid football fan. I’ll watch anything, any team, anytime I can. I sometime watch classic games when I need a football fix during the long dry season between the Super Bowl and the next pre-season games. It was a bit better this year with the USFL games making essentially a spring league, but they just aren’t the NFL. So, while we were in Ohio, we drove to Canton to see the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Oh, my!! If you all can stand it, I’ll show you some of the highlights of the five hours we spent there on a future post.
After that, we went to Niagara Falls. I’ve never been there before, and it was amazing. I’ll have more to show on a future post. We even went over to the Canadian side to get a better view. This is Horseshoe Falls from the American side, with a view of the Maid of the Mist tour boat. The tour boat is big, and gives you an idea of the scale of these falls. They are huge.
Ah, but it didn’t stop there, we made one more overnight stop in West Virginia. This will definitely be a post this coming week, but here is a sneak peek at the subject – quilts!!
Most of our route took us along back roads through the Appalachian mountain range. The varied greens of the tree covered mountains was just beautiful, and I can imagine what it must look like in autumn.
Back home, my neighbor had kindly watered my plants while we were gone. A few things came into bloom and were so pretty to see when we got home. The hostas have bloomed in the front and all around the property. The deer must not have visited this week.
My hydrangea is overgrowing the sidewalk again, so it will get pruned back. I’ll have a lovely bouquet of flowers for my July 4th table. I need to put more lime on it so the flowers push to the lavendar side again.
On the veranda, two pink fairy lilies bloomed, one dark pink and the other a pastel.
Looks like I’ll have tomatoes and squash soon.
The petunias are happy, blooming prolifically.
The other pot is covered in blooming color as well.
Impatiens fill the little pots under the tile tables between the rockers.
One of the dahlias is blooming too, with several more buds on the plants.
On my orchid, the second bloom bud has turned brown and shriveled up, and the one bloom fell off. So I guess it is done for this year. It never fully opened from the last photo I took of it.
While we were gone, my good camera had a malfunction of the image stabilizer, right at the end of the reception following the wedding. My Sweet Babboo looked up the error code and discovered what it meant. I was the wedding photographer, so having the camera crap out wasn’t good. The pictures taken after this code appeared are not as sharp as the ones before, and I was glad I had taken one of my little point and shoot cameras with me. We took a few of the final photos with my little camera and our phones. This may be a fatal error for the camera, as it may be more expensive to fix than just buying another one. We’ll see. But for now, I can only use the little ones.
This patriotic weekend calls for some fun red, white and blue decorations, so here is my Patriotic Mini Quilt, with the link to the tutorial for it. I quilted this one three times in three colors. See the link for more on that.
And if you want to see some tablescapes, see my roundup post Patriotic Tables. I’ll be cutting those hydrangeas for my centerpiece this year, just like I did for this table.
We’ll be grilling brats and enjoying the fireworks shows tomorrow. What are your plans for the holiday weekend?