ONE: Over the pond
We began August in Norway, covered extensively in a previous post. I offer you a few 'leftover' pictures from that trip - I love leftovers, don't you?
Upper left: Lillehammer Commemorative Piggy Bank
Upper right: Horse and Cart at Folkemuseum
Lower left: Oslo bench
Lower right: Crochet projects at Folkemuseum
|Port and a cheese board - hard to resist|
TWO: Back home again
|Red Columbine in our garden|
During our vacation, I finished the last of my tea towels, and I was able to join "Sunday" with the others for a picture of the full set.
Summer isn't summer without a picnic; a neighborhood couple invited us to their ranch for supper and kayaking. Although the picnic had to be moved indoors due to the vicious yellowjackets, the winged ones didn't keep us from paddling around Lone Lake. Much to his delight, Spousal Unit hooked a large Northern Pike.
|Smoke, not clouds!|
The small crowd gathered on the beach was mostly silent. What could you say when your heart is breaking with grief over the destruction? (As of last evening, the fire has consumed 12,432 acres and is 12% contained. Cooler temperatures and some precipitation have considerably slowed its growth.)
Evening sun dapples the hills of Glenwood Springs; view from the
home of my brother and his wife
Later in the week, we savored the tasty offerings at the Riviera Supper Club in downtown Glenwood, and walked a bit of the town at night.
All of our wildlife sightings occurred on our last day in Aspen/on our way to Denver. On our hike to Maroon Bells (see previous post), we saw a pika by the trail but I was not quick enough to get a picture. I had more success with a video of a family of pine martens - check out this short clip.
|View eastward from Independence Pass|
FOUR: Back home again (reprise)
This time, I could put away the suitcases - our next trip in December is a long way off! We caught our breath, and started planning for family who arrive on September 7. Two big projects loomed: the screening room and the outdoor fire circle. Our new couches arrived on August 9, and in the last couple of weeks, Spousal Unit has installed the screen, projector and speakers. For many of you, it won't be a surprise that a Bruce Springsteen concert will be the first show to be viewed on the 135" screen!
The fire circle is coming along well, especially now that Spousal Unit found a company willing to deliver 7 cubic yards of yellow gravel without charging us an arm and a leg! And today, Stage 2 fire restrictions have been lifted - we won't have to use our imaginations while sitting around the fire pit, or make s'mores in the microwave and bring them outside!
FIVE: In the rhythm
Top: Josie and the box
Bottom: Maggie and the sun
Running the back hills - fall is on its way.
Gardening. Cleaning. Checking the trail cam - the badger is STILL AROUND!
Volunteering. Blogging. Evening walks with Spousal Unit.
P.S. If you haven't seen the Christopher Robin movie, I highly recommend it. The bear with little brain has some remarkably profound things to say.
"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."
|August 27 - a stroll by our lake with Spousal Unit - priceless!|
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