Friday, February 24, 2017

A MINI ROAD TRIP TO FREDERICK IN MARYLAND

On Wednesday we took a drive to Frederick, Maryland.  It took us about about an-hour-and-a-half.  First of all we stopped in the visitor center.  A gentleman directed us to the multi-story car park.  From there it was only a short walk to the riverwalk.  Here are a few photos taken and I will share more in my next post.



There were several people out walking their dogs. 




There were two bridges we saw to cross the canal.  There is a story about them, which I will share next time.



Isn't this a beautiful, whimsical clock?  It is decorated with zodiak signs and is created by artist Nikolai Pakhomov.  He is also the owner of a firm called Iron Masters.  There is one on either side of the bridge, which individually weighs about a ton.  According to the company's interpretation, "the theme of the design was reconnecting time, universe and humanity."


Looking one way....



and then in the opposite direction.


We saw a few ducks....



and crossed over another bridge.



On this one people had placed some love locks, like I saw in Paris a couple of years ago.  



The ones in Paris have since been removed. There were so many, the weight of them was damaging the bridges.



It hasn't gotten too bad.... 


yet.



I think these are apartments.  



One last shot of the ducks to end this post.  







Thursday, February 23, 2017

THANK A FARMER



Dedicated to all our farmers.  We have them in the family.  I've had them as friends also, often unsung heroes of the land.  To all farmers I send them love and gratitude.  Thank a Farmer :)



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

ANOTHER RESTAURANT IN VIRGINIA BEACH, AND A POEM


A Boat On the Sea 
by Seth Milliman

What am I?
Just a boat on the sea
Sailing softly with the winds gentle breeze,
I have seen rough and calm,
Soft and chaotic,
With no rest in between.
What lighthouse guides me to its safe shores?
Am I destined to ride the waves with no light?
No, maybe not but I cannot tell the future.
You who travel paths less taken,
Those who seek refuge from the rain.
Take haste and seek quickly,
The storm comes without warning sometimes.
And if you can't see will you hear?
I am not wise but foolish,
Destitute and foolhardy.
But I will seek the lighthouse
In order to get in at least before the storm.


When we have gone to Virginia Beach we more often than not find ourselves at Dockside, a restaurant we have been coming to for many years when visiting family and friends.  We like having lunch at a table - whenever possible - right by the water.  This day we watched a fishing boat tie up and bring their catch to the fish market.  You walk through the market to get to the restaurant.  




There is a seating area outside for when the weather is warmer, and then you can say hello to the seagulls.  I have seen a whole variety of ducks in the water, migrating back and forth.  You can also see pelicans and cormorants.  The seagulls had the place all to themselves when we were there.