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Monday, November 28, 2016

Come along with me



and visit my backyard.

We began our Journey from Spring City, our home in Central Utah,
heading south. 





Our first stop, 2 hours down the street.  Capitol Reef National Park.






Nearby is the historic town of Fruita (1883-1941)
The residents of Fruita planted many fruit and nut trees. 
Over 3,000 fruit trees are still producing heirloom fruits. 

The public is welcome to pick during the fruit harvest from June through September. 


  



Our next stop is Goblin Valley State Park, central Utah.





Can you see the little Goblins?






 Heading south after staying overnight in Hanksville. 
Try not to stay there.  
The wind was howling and ripped at our roof.  
The noise made it impossible to sleep.  

Our little Lucy hid under the bed covers.  




Heading south toward Monument Valley.  
We are leaving the "Valley of the Gods" for another time.
I hear it's beautiful. 

Just before the Valley of the Gods you will have the adventure of a lifetime.

You will be introduced to the most treacherous road you have ever been on.  But Oh how breathtaking.  Once begun you can not turn around.  

It's the dreaded "Moki Dugway 3 miles gravel switchbacks"





If you have survived Moki (there is an alternate route) you have an easy drive to Monument Valley. 

You might recall that 12 western movies (5 movies with John Wayne alone) were shot in Monument Valley.The last movie was shot in 2008.
  






Straddling the Utah/Arizona border you will find the amazingly beautiful Monument Valley and the 
home of the proud Navajo Indian Nation. 





We stayed at the historic Goulding's Lodge.

From here you can take many tours all guided by Native Americans.  






3rd morning, heading back home.





 We stopped in at the Bluff Fort Museum in Bluff, Utah. 






The sign reads "Wagons donated from Germany",
 would like to know the rest of the story.  





Cabin of the Blacksmith. 

I'm not so sure about that.  
I think that it would have gone up in flames on the very first day.  





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Still going north we headed for Moab and the La Quinta. 
A dog friendly hotel where you will meet the nicest people. 


Moab has changed.  
Here are some adventures you can participate in: River rafting, Hummer safaris, Mountain Biking, Sunset Tours, hiking Tours, Zipline and Ropes, Flights, Horseback, Jetboat, Jeep Rentals AND

Tango Lessons. 



This morning we are heading home.  200 miles to go, 
 the first 160 miles with no services.  Better gas up.


Happy Trails to you.  

Gina 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

It's a special day



Happy Thanksgiving my dear Friends




My friends have accused me of celebrating my birthday a month before and still a month after my birthday.  

A few (not my friends) have asked if my birthday always falls on 
Thanksgiving Day.  No, Thanksgiving is always on a Thursday. 






I'm fixing our favorite Thanksgiving Day Meal 

Duck a L'Orange. 


Served with mashed potatoes and gravy, sage dressing, cranberry sauce, caramelized sweet potatoes,   and "cabbages in disguise" also known as Brussels sprouts. 



And for dessert? Home made Pear Pie.


Happy Thanksgiving,
dear Friends. 
Wishing you a most special day. 

Gina




Monday, November 21, 2016

Have been away



It's just down the street


Have a great week, dear friends.

Gina 


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Mon Bouquet du Jour



The lowly Nasturtium


One of my most favorite flowers.




Long lasting cut flower.




Easy to grow





When placed in water will reach for the light. 






Will grow in my winter greenhouse.




First day, a week later, two weeks later. 





Even tight buds will open in water.





So, so many colors.





Easily grown from seeds.




Flowers and leaves brighten a salad.




This one, a favorite color. 




They arrange themselves so naturally.  Always pointing upwards. 





They even survive for days in florist tubes.  





I always plant a few Nasturtiums in pots.  
They do well in my greenhouse.  

All others have frozen in my garden.  


Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. 

Gina 



Thursday, November 10, 2016

The many Moods of our Pond



I know what kind of day it's going to be. 


All I have to do is look at my pond.





I can see it from every room (except one) in our house. 






Does it ever become an every-day-ordinary sight? 





No...I never fail to look that direction many, many times a day. 




The scene changes every few minutes.




Every season is different.


   


Clouds make beautiful patterns.





She wanted to go for a ride.





Ducks and geese come and go.





Even when frozen a small area always stays open. 






Mr G on Ice



Winter is always magic.





Ducks hide in the summer heat.





It's hard to pick a season that is my favorite.







The old boat is always ready to take for a spin.





When it's time to celebrate...The Pond is always ready.

Have a great week dear Friends,

Gina




Tuesday, November 1, 2016

What? 800 Posts!



Not only that.


I passed Blog Post No. 800 and didn't know it.   





Can it be?  800 posts? It all began in July of 2009.
Have no idea what possessed me.





I was walking in my garden, early one morning, with coffee cup in hand,





When it occurred to me that I wanted to share.







Our life in the country.




with creatures great and small. 



Building a new homestead by an ancient Indian camp site. 




Because it was love at first sight.





I wanted to share with you my passion for growing flowers.






Inside 






and Out.






Many recipes from my kitchen.






And paint recipes. 






For walls and ceilings.





Botanicals affixed to candles.







Easter Eggs.






And golden acorns.






Christmas Ornaments.





Travels to Europe




And exotic places.






Painting at the Scuola d' Arte in Deruta, Italy.







Painting ceramics.  So, so many and now almost forgotten. All sent off, never to see again, hopefully making new owners happy.




So grateful to everyone. 

Thank you for visiting, reading and commenting.  


Gina