Mr. C and I took the kayaks out for a float yesterday. It was a perfect day for it!
As always the views were terrific!
Look! A heron butt!!
A couple of more flattering shots.
Always a blur when I try to catch them in flight
Clearer but a bad angle
Look Schmenkie… it’s the driest thing in the world!
Towards the end of our trip I was paddling along the bank and spied what I THOUGHT was a dead snapping turtle. When I went to investigate it blinked it’s eyes! It was clearly in trouble and so I made the decision to bring it home for a vet visit. Mr. C kindly offered the front of his kayak for transport. It was so weak it couldn’t even snap so his feet weren’t in danger.
We got lots of questions when we arrived at the landing area.
I got it cleaned up back at the house and can see a fair amount of shell injury but more troubling is the weakness and it isn’t moving it’s feet or head. I suspect a spinal injury. I’ll be taking it to the vet this morning and will update soon.
A couple of years ago I got really sick and tired of being sick and tired! Between thyroid disease, menopause, ankle surgery and just the every day aches and pains of growing older I had been getting far too comfortable in my chair crushing candies.
So I decided to start walking. I started out doing 3-4 days a week and was doing that faithfully. Then, on June 23rd 2016 I thought to myself, ‘I wonder how many days I can walk consecutively’ I started out that day thinking that maybe I’d make it a month or so.
The dog days of summer and plantar fasciitis almost did me in but I got up super early, limped through it and got done before the heat of the day set in.
Once I surpassed 6 whole months I wondered if I could possibly shoot for an entire year. I doubted it because winter was coming and I’m a wimp in cold weather. A mild winter gave me no excuses and even on the couple of days when the driving wasn’t safe, I headed down the basement and walked on the treadmill.
So this morning marked my 365th consecutive days of walking!
I’m hesitant to make a big deal out of it when I know people who regularly run 30-50 mile marathons and even have a high school friend that does iron man competitions! But I’m trying to not compare my ‘little walks’ to that type of dedication and just be proud of myself for coming this far.
Mr. C asked me last night if I was going to go for TWO years… I’m pretty sure I’m not but I’ll keep on walking for sure!
A couple of years ago I needed to move this peony to a new spot in the garden.
When I dug it up a piece of it broke off and I planted it about a foot away from the main plant. This year that piece bloomed for the first time but this is what it looks like!
I have no idea what happened!
Here’s a shot of another peony in all of it’s glory in the garden today!
I’m so glad that the blooms survived the torrential downpours we had last night!
Our extra warm March and April really sped up the bloom time of things here on The Hill. I walked around and snapped a few pics of the different iris that are popping.
Even the peonies are popping early
Mrs. Schmenkman is coming in a few weeks! Everything will be done blooming and the garden will be drab and uninteresting… until the daylilies start.
I really… REALLY need to divide all of the iris so if anyone wants divisions PLEASE let me know!
It rained pretty much all day yesterday so I was happy to take a short but chilly stroll this morning to see what’s happening here on The Hill.
The pink dogwoods are towards the end of their bloom but are still looking pretty.
Japanese roof iris
Siberian iris are just starting, these are the first two blooms
Purple and pink columbine
I don’t remember what these bulbs are… anyone??
The first picture is from last week and the second is this morning. The Forest Pansy Redbuds were stunning this year.
Things are sure greenin up around here!
This is the base for a wildlife pre-release cage that’s going up today. Had to haul in a bunch of gravel just to make a flat spot!
Living on a hill presents challenges sometimes!
Have a wonderful Sunday!
I thought I’d better post these pictures before I let my promise of posting them slip through the cracks.
A lucky shot of the bald eagles while bobbing around in the boat!
The iconic fish house
One of my favorite shots… Mr. C headed towards the dock
Yup, life is good!
Going to dinner
Mr. C and me
Sissy and Jack
Mr. C and a shell tree
Thank you Sissy and Jim for a great week at your beautiful Paradise Gardens
I haven’t forgotten about posting more photos of our real vacation, but today you can join us on a Sunday Stroll at Andy Guest State Park along the aptly named Bluebell trail.
Every spring the Virginia Bluebells bloom their little hearts out in our area. I have a few that I have planted in the garden but nothing compares to what they do naturally along the river.
Bluebells as far as the eye can see.
Sometimes the trail got a little messy
But it was worth it!
When they are finished blooming they will drop their seeds and completely disappear from the landscape as if they were never there… until next spring!