Thursday, October 22, 2020

Tom, Knight, Ann and a Horse and Rider

Tom and I took a little road trip to visit his cousins Knight and Ann Kiplinger at their beautiful farm in Poolesville, Maryland. We could not have had a better time.  Here are a few photos including a tree in the back yard, a horse and rider, and the cousins in front of their house at Montevideo.  

Friday, October 16, 2020

Ohhhh the Warblers

Yesterday and today I came across dozens of warblers all settled down in the berries deep in the woods in Valley Forge.  Oh what a thrill it was and I may go back tomorrow and see if they are still there.  Here are a few images.  Click a photo to get a better view.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

300 West Elm Street

Today was closing day for a new condo in Conshohocken.  I needed a place to put all of my stored furniture after leaving Glenmary Lane and Yumiko and Jessi needed a good place to live while they are  finishing school.  So..... we went ahead and did it!  Here I am with Tom and our great real estate agent Tom Moretti after signing all the papers.  Oh life, another new chapter begins.


Saturday, September 12, 2020

Two of My Favorite People

 Tom's daughter Jessica got married this past Wednesday.  Here's Tom and his grandson Jack getting ready to celebrate.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

The Tree Frog and the Morning Glory

For the first time in all the many years I have taken photographs in Valley Forge I came across a tree frog.  A tiny little frog that makes a big, big noise.  Not only did I find one, but on my way out of the field, I found this second one. Be still my heart!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Oh the Wonderful Bugs of Summer

Dragonfly - Charlestown Meadows
Click on anyone to get the full effect of their wonder!

The Katydid - Valley Forge

Leaf Hopper - Valley Forge

Grass Hopper - Charlestown Meadows

Cranefly with Tick under Wing - Charlestown Meadows

Red Headed Bush Cricket - Valley Forge
The Praying Mantis all Grown Up - Valley Forge

The Soldier Beetle - Valley Forge

Crab Spider Waiting for Action at the Morning Glory - Valley Forge

Fruit Flies making Fruit Flies - Valley Forge

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Yumiko and Jessi Get Married - THE BOOK!!!

Yumiko and Jessi got married in the back yard on ZOOM with about 200 people and a few of our nearest and dearest in person.  Click on the little wedding book below and you too can attend.

Monday, August 3, 2020

My New Friend - The Smiling Dragon Fly

This little guy hung around for a long time this morning while I was photographing frogs. He was very curious about my camera.  He would fly off for a minute and then come right back.  Finally I turned my camera on him and he looked up and smiled.  (Click on him to see that toothy smile.)

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Good Bye Glenmary Lane

Well, dear old wonderful house.  We said goodbye to you on Monday, July 6, 2020.  Oh we had such a good run.  Twenty six years and counting.  Ken and I moved here in October 1994.  We put on a new roof, added some air-conditioning and some new red shutters.  Yumiko came home in 1998.  Nancy and Ed had their wedding reception here.  Peter and Anna had their wedding reception here.  Yumiko and Jessi got married here in the back yard!  So many family reunions, and Hollins reunions, and ASTM sleep overs, and neighborhood parties.  But time marches on.  She held up well and sold in one day to the first people who came through to take a look.  Yumiko has moved with her Jessi to Philadelphia and I have moved to Malvern with my Tom and we will all begin a new chapter.  Take care dear Glenmary Lane.  Oh how we loved you.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Beaver Attack!!

This is a true story.  Yesterday Tom and I went to visit his son's family who live near the Wissahickon Creek in Chestnut Hill.  Tom's daughter-in-law and three kids and I waded into the creek where there was a big swing attached to a tree over the creek.  Piper, the middle child, climbed onto the swing, stood up and started swinging back and forth.  All of a sudden we heard her screaming.  A large probably momma beaver was leaping out of the water trying to bite her.  This went on for at least a minute or two with the beaver continually hurling itself out of the water trying to reach poor Piper who was terrified while standing on the swing.  The rest of us were paralyzed.  Finally we began to throw rocks at the beaver (we didn't hit her) but she stopped jumping at Piper and came swimming towards the rest of us.  We all scrambled to the bank and out of the water.  Piper finally climbed down from the swing and scrambled across the creek to the opposite side.  I stayed with the beaver and took his picture with my cell phone while everybody else climbed up to the bridge over the creek and down the other side to get Piper.  All ended well, but everybody was a little shook up.  The beaver must have been protecting a nest.  Never ever have I seen a wild animal attack a human before.  Pretty darn scary!

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Baby Praying Mantis!!

I found a wild baby praying mantis in the bog at Charlestown Meadows!!!  That means he must have lots of brothers and sisters.  How good is that!!!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Yumiko and Jessi Get Married!!!

Well, it is hard to believe, but my baby girl Yumiko got married to the love of her life, Jessica Scricciolo in a Zoom Wedding in our back yard at 2:00 in the afternoon on May 14.  It was a beautiful day.  There were at least 200 people on the Zoom and oh it was so so so lovely.  I am processing the photographs and will continue to post so keep checking back for more.