Walking in Williamsburg

It’s a lovely day for a walk in Colonial Williamsburg to see flowers, buildings, and shops that are currently open. The tree-lined sidewalks provide enough shade to stay cool.

Flowers are in bloom everywhere!

It’s interesting to look at the shop displays.

This is a charming place to walk any time of the year!

Letter from a Pen Pal

I wrote a story about Meggie a few months ago called Letter to a Pen Pal. Here’s what happened next.

The time passed slowly as Meggie waited to get a letter back from her new pen pal Philippa.  She asked the teacher almost every day if the letters had gotten there.  Finally the teacher said after morning recess, “I have a surprise for all of you.  Here are your letters!” Meggie looked at the neatly printed envelope with her name on it and managed to open it without tearing the envelope or the stamp.
“Dear Meggie, Thank you for your letter.  It is very nice to have a new pen-friend.  I am called Pippa by my family, and we have a dog and a cat. This is a postcard from our holiday in Cornwall.”

Meggie read the letter and was happy to have a new pen pal (or pen-friend).  She was already thinking about what to write in her next letter. She decided to ask about school and if Pippa had a pet. Meggie carefully placed the letter in a jewelry box with her other treasures to remember her new friend!

A Walk in May

I thought the beginning of May was a perfect time to visit a park that has flowers, benches and even a fountain. Here’s the view from the entrance.

I walked to the fountain first.

If I followed these paths there were benches, fresh greenery and flowers.

Here’s a closeup of some azaleas.

It was a perfect day for a walk and a look at the colorful flowers. Spring has arrived!

This is for Jo’s Monday Walk.

A Grand Canyon Walk

My parents talked about taking a family vacation to the Grand Canyon when I was ten. Although that trip didn’t work out I never forgot about going there and finally went for a visit a couple of years ago. It was as rugged and spectacular as I had imagined.

As I walked (slowly) on one of the trails I got passed by many hikers, but that was fine because my objective was to look around and take lots of pictures. When I passed the Bright Angel Trail and saw all the groups starting off on their adventures I thought about following them. But after a few steps on the steep and narrow path I decided the Rim Trail was enough of a challenge!  

By staying on a wider trail I could safely admire the views and find places to take photos.  These were more scenes from that day.

Here’s a bird in a tree by the edge of the canyon.

My Grand Canyon visit was unforgettable and worth the long wait!

Something about Vegetables

Some of Meggie’s favorite foods were apples, ice cream, and chicken noodle soup.  But she didn’t like most vegetables. She ate carrots and she liked potato chips (which she considered a vegetable). But that was all.

Her mother tried to get her to eat peas, but Meggie hid them in her mashed potatoes. This wasn’t such a good idea because she would sometimes eat mashed potatoes and then she’d accidentally eat some of the peas. 

One summer Meggie’s family went to a farmer’s market where there were lots of colorful flowers and produce, including vegetables. Her parents bought some sweet corn (something she really liked) and as they walked around she saw a basket of cucumbers. The person at the booth let her take a slice of one to try. When she bit into it she had a surprise – she liked it! It made her think she might try other vegetables, which she did. But she still doesn’t like peas.

National Library Week

This is National Library Week and I wanted to share a story about Meggie (me!) going to Story Time. The library is one of my favorite places and it always will be.

Story Time at the Library

Story Time was starting soon and Meggie walked to the library with her older sister. When they went inside she tried to be as quiet as possible, but her penny loafers went clackety-clack on the wooden floor. She said “Shhh” to her shoes, hoping they would stop being so noisy.

The children’s librarian let everyone know when Story Time was about to begin. Once they were seated the librarian said, “Sit quietly and if you have a question please raise your hand.”  When they listened to a story about a rabbit Meggie raised her hand and asked, “Can rabbits really talk like the one in Alice in Wonderland?” 

After Story Time Meggie loved looking at books and always wanted to take home more than she could carry.  Her sister would check the books out on her library card.  Meggie asked, “How old do I have to be to get my own card?” The checkout person said, “You can get a card when you are six years old.”  Would that ever happen?  But still, it was so much fun carrying books home to keep for a while and read over and over. To Meggie, reading and Story Time were wonderful adventures.

#NationalLibraryWeek

April Flowers and Showers

It looks like April is for showers AND flowers. After some rain a few days ago there are new places to see flowers. Here is a forsythia that’s in bloom in my backyard. The yellow flowers seem even brighter compared to the trees that still don’t have any leaves. It’s wonderful to share a picture I’ve just taken!

This is for the FOTD challenge.

Flowers in Spring

After a long winter the first spring flowers are back! This daffodil is from my garden and it was delightful to see its bright cheery color.

These violets were in the yard (but not the garden) so I suppose they should be dug out or mowed. However I think I’ll leave them alone for now – they’re so colorful.

More flowers are getting ready to bloom, and I say the sooner the better!

Daffodils and early daylilies, tulips and hydrangeas (and oak leaves)

Postcards and Photos

After a trip it’s fun to reminisce by looking at photos. I’ve also accumulated quite a collection of postcards.  Sometimes I think I take so many pictures I shouldn’t need postcards, but that doesn’t seem to matter when I’m looking for souvenirs.

When I was in Italy a few years ago I wondered if I should I buy this postcard.

… or should I buy this one?

I couldn’t decide, so I got them both!

Then there’s the somewhat competitive idea of whether my photo is as good as a postcard of the same scene.  I took a picture of telephone boxes in Cambridge, England.  Then I bought a postcard that was similar.  I can’t decide which one is the better likeness, but I’m glad to have both for the sake of comparison.

My Photo:

The postcard:

I also like unusual postcards from different places.  This is a unique card of the astronomical clock in Prague.  There’s a little paper wheel on the side of the postcard that turns and shows the scenes on the clock changing the way it does when you see it in person.

Postcards are classic souvenirs.  And I’ve enjoyed mine, so they were worth buying!