April 5, 2018

Easter Travels 2018

 Our spring travels began on Saturday, March 31 at 6 a.m. as we set off on a 12-hour drive from Delaware to Roswell, Georgia. The change in scenery was magical as the further south we went; the trees transformed from stark bare branches to bursts of tiny green buds to an explosion of white, pink and lavender blossoms. BJ and Jim's garden was alive with budding azalea bushes and yellow and pink tulips and flowering white dogwood trees. Here we are on our way to Easter dinner at Foundation Social Eatery, our favorite restaurant for special occasions when we are all together.

 On Easter Monday we set off on a drive to north-western Georgia in search of The Rock Garden near Calhoun Georgia. This hidden treasure is a magical place. Over 50 miniature buildings constructed of stone and shells and inhabited by porcelain figurines are set in a park-like setting along a meandering creek. From historic buildings like Notre Dame cathedral to Cinderella's Castle and the Colosseum in Rome, this wonderland was built entirely by volunteers.
 On our last evening together we attended a concert at the Rialto in Midtown Atlanta by the Georgia State University Percussion Ensemble.  In addition to traditional percussion instruments such as vibraphones and drums, the students made music by tapping on glass bottles and clay flowerpots. In this photo they are performing a piece titled Bookoctet where the rhythm was made by manipulating books in a variety of ways. 

January 15, 2014

Mr.and Mrs. Nicholas Reeves!

Sam and I are so tremendously proud and excited to share this wonderful photo 
of our son Nicholas and his beautiful bride, our new daughter-in-law Bianca! 
Married January 11, 2014.

Beautiful friends. Maid of Honor Isabel, Bianca and Bridesmaid Vicki (from Argentina)

Best Man Andrew Reeves and Groomsman Patrick Armstrong

Bridal Party Trolley

Early evening ceremony at the scenic Matheson Hammock Park 
in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida

Wedding Vows

The kiss.

A Quiet Moment

September 15, 2013

England Holiday Day 1

On Wednesday, August 28, Sam and I arrived in the English Lake District, Cumbria, United Kingdom. Our flight from Orlando landed in Manchester, where we boarded a train to Penrith and finally to Keswick. Along the way we were greeted with glorious views of valleys and fells (as the low mountains are known), many dotted with grazing sheep.
After checking in at Howe Keld B&B, we strolled down a lovely path to this sunset view of Derwentwater, where we purchased tickets for a evening cruise on the lake. We waited with about 25 others (and one dog) to board at the Keswick Launch.
The night air was chilly as the sun began to set and the sky darkened with clouds. For 10 British pounds we enjoyed a glass of wine served with great good humor by our young local guide. The 50 minute cruise included entertaining commentary about Derwentwater, the third largest of the Cumbrian lakes.
After the cruise, we wandered among the sheep then returned to our room for warmer clothes. We walked into town for a late supper at a small restaurant called A Different Taste. Sam had a wild mushroom and leek soup and Cumberland sausage on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes.
I ordered Whitby Plaice Goujons with good hot chips and delicious fresh salad and, for dessert, unforgettable sticky toffee pudding! We wandered through Keswick's dark cobbled streets, past pubs filled with people and music, ending our marvelous first day in England.

August 26, 2012

Destination - Relaxation!

Sam and I traveled to California last week to relax and recharge in the lovely Sonoma Valley. We enjoyed three days at a restful cottage retreat that we found on VRBO. The garden surrounding our little guest house was fragrant with lavender and jasmine. Potted lemon trees and billowing hydrangea bushes edged a soft, green lawn and a cool blue pool. 
 We explored Sonoma Garden Park, a 6.1-acre working farm/community garden 
and model of sustainable agriculture --
 a project of Sonoma Ecology Center. Gorgeous fresh produce everywhere!

We biked along scenic roads with views of vineyards stretching in to the hills.
We sipped some great wines and savored wonderful local cheeses and farm-fresh produce. One evening we enjoyed a beautiful summer evening picnic at the Buena Vista Winery watching Shakepeare Under The Stars -a magical performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Photo - http://www.sonomanews.com/News-2012/Shakespeare-returns-to-Buena-Vista-with-Midsummer/
In Santa Rosa, California, we wandered through the fabulous Charles M. Schulz Museum

"I've developed a new philosophy...
I only dread one day at a time."
-Charlie Brown

"Happiness is a warm puppy."
-Charles M. Schulz

One of our biggest accomplishments was zipping in the California Coastal Redwoods on a Sonoma Canopy Eco-Tour.  For two-and-a-half thrilling hours,  we tested ourselves on a course with seven high-flying ziplines, two beautiful skybridges, and a fabulous rappel to the forest floor.
Our Sonoma County adventures led us to the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. This forest, with its 1000 year old trees over 250 feet tall, was a place of wonder and inspiration.

More to come on our San Francisco trip...