Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A walk in the park

I know this particular portion of the Roanoke Valley Greenway almost blindfolded.
It's the section that runs from the tennis courts at River's Edge Sports Complex and ends across the bridge in Wasena, next to the The Green Goat Restaurant.
The walking is easy, flat, scenic, friendly, and not quite 2 miles round-trip.
Today, I carried my camera (oh are you surprised? ha!).
Instead of looking at the river, trees, skies, people, I looked DOWN.ON.THE.GROUND.
Other than looking at my tennis shoes, checking occasionally on my Fitbit, I practiced using my macro lens, on my camera.
Yes, I got down on the ground.........actually, a few times, I laid on the ground.....ahhhhhhhchew.
When I started looking around, there was lots to see.....weeds, dandelions, clover, clover flowers, red clover, wild daisies.
What do you see when you are looking down?
You should go for a short walk in the park!
I took my camera, but phones work great, too.
Oh yes, when you get home, check for ticks!
Happy Walking!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Here Comes The Bride


"Hornpipe" by Handel,  "Spring" by Vivaldi, and "Beauty and the Beast" by Menken-Ashman still echo in my mind. These renditions were played by a classical guitarist as the ceremony began and ended. 
April 1, 2016 was a gorgeous day for a lovely couple to exchange their vows.
Congratulations to Katherine Hartman Heretik and Jason Heretik, the newly weds!
Katherine and Jason started their cerebration Thursday evening with the rehearsal and dinner.

Friday's wedding festivities began a little late to provide the backdrop for the rainbow over the chapel. PERFECT TIMING!

One of my favorite parts of the ceremony was a reading:

Words of Wisdom

by Bill Swetmon

Our wish for both of you today
is that your marriage will bring much happiness and joy
to each of you.

Happiness in marriage is not something that just happens;
A good marriage must be created.
And it is created in the following ways:

It is never being too old
to hold hands

It is remembering to say I love you
at least once a day

It is at no time taking the other for granted.

It is having a mutual sense of values and common objectives.

It is standing together facing life.

It is forming a circle of love
that gathers in the whole family.

It is doing things for each other
not in the attitude of duty or sacrifice
but in the spirit of joy.

It is speaking words of appreciation
and demonstrating gratitude.

It is not looking for perfection in each other.

It is cultivating flexibility, patience, understanding and a sense of humor.

It is having the capacity to forgive and forget.

It is giving each other an atmosphere in which to grow.

It is a common search for the good and the beautiful.

It is establishing a relationship in which independence is equal,
Dependence is mutual and obligation is reciprocal.

It is not only marrying the right partner,
It is being the right partner.
Congratulations to Keith and Nancy Hartman, parents of the BRIDE.
Congratulations to Mike and Maureen Heretik, parents of the GROOM. 
You have gained a stellar son/daughter!

At Wyndridge Farm, Dallastown, Pa. every wedding detail was a masterpiece.

Great job!!!

Indeed! It was a royal wedding in York  Dallastown, Pa.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Brown Orchard, A Shoe House, A Round Barn, Pork Belly, and a Rainbow

It is always a treat for us to visit out-of-the-way places, on side roads, not traveled by many. It doesn't have to be world renown, famous, or a big tourist attraction.... just a little sidebar.
Our trip destination was York, Pennsylvania. Included were Biglerville, Dallastown, Orrtanna, Loganville, Hellam, and Springettsbury.

(Don't forget to click on the highlighted site words, for further information about these fabulous places to visit!) 1.***BROWN'S ORCHARDS*** was anything but brown! This gem is famous for their killer, to-die-for, 5" chocolate chip sugar cookies. Ron and I been receiving these treats for many years from our son-in-law's parents, who live in York.  Brown's is loaded with orchard fresh fruits, bakery gift baskets, as well as deli foods, flowers, jellies, jams, candies, veggies, plants, trees, trinkets, clothing, cookbooks, cards... everything you can think of, plus more.

2.***THE SHOE HOUSE***.... Who would expect a house to actually look like a shoe! The Shoe House was build in 1948. The place provides guided tours, hand-dipped ice cream, and a gift shop!
The old woman in the shoe?

3. ***THE ROUND BARN ***is  a historic barn and market, that is family owned. The orchard-covered hills nearby provide a picturesque backdrop for the round barn. I loved reading about the history in the above site. Our son-in-law's GREAT GRANDFATHER worked here. What a small world it is!

4. THE FIRST POST ***This was the restaurant where the rehearsal dinner was held. I'd give this place 5 stars! The service, the presentation, the taste....YUMMY! I could have made a meal on the Asian Pork Belly Tacos, but saved myself for the Salmon with the brown sugar glaze, sweet corn relish, warm potato crab salad, and sauteed spinach! Be sure to check out the menu available in the above site!

5.The last, but certainly not least, was the WYNDRIDGE FARM ***.... a picture-perfect setting for an outdoor wedding at the Chapel, as well as reception in the restored barn, complete with chandeliers, farm to table menus, and handmade farm tables!

This was my favorite site for the weekend.... 
the rainbow over the chapel.