Spring Has Sprung

March 26, 2015

2015 -- FFG Spring Flowers (March Daffodils)

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In the last few days we’ve had beautiful weather and Spring bulbs have burst into bloom.  We have several varieties of daffodils in our flower beds, and these have all brightened our days this week.

Unfortunately, we’re predicted to have two nights of below-freezing temperatures Friday and Saturday.  We can only hope we have some of these blossoms around on Sunday morning.

Our World: Trimming Damaged Trees

March 16, 2015
Can you see him up in the tree?  Getting damaged trees trimmed.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015

Can you see him up in the tree? Getting damaged trees trimmed. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

In my last post, I told about the week of storms we had February 17 – 23.  If you missed that post, you can see it HERE.

Once we got our electricity back on, our biggest concern was the broken tree tops dangling from the trees around our house.  Fortunately we were able to get a crew to do the work very efficiently.

One of the men was apparently unafraid of heights (as you can see from the photo above), and scampered up to the breaks and began to cut them free so they could be lowered to the ground.  While he was up there he even admired the view he had of the mountains in the distance.  I was happy he was up the tree, and not me.

A closer look at the man in the tree.  March 2, 2015.

A closer look at the man in the tree. March 2, 2015.

He had to climb three trees to clean up all the breaks.  In each case the branches were lowered to the ground where they were cut into smaller pieces so they could be moved more easily.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away.  Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  March 2, 2015.

The truck loaded with cut-up tree tops ready to be hauled away. Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. March 2, 2015.

Finally the smaller pieces were loaded onto their truck and hauled away.  As you can see, they had quite a load when they were finished.  Now it’s up to Betsy and me to get all the remaining small branches and twigs cleaned up.  I don’t think we’ll be bored.

The Week That Was — and Hopefully Will Never Be Again

February 26, 2015
Our house in the snow.  February 18, 2015.

Our house in the snow. February 18, 2015.

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We had quite a week here in the Glade last week — three storms in a single week is just a bit much.

The ice in the first storm missed us, but we did get snow as you can see in the photo above.

My Beautiful Bride enjoying the snow.  February 18, 2015.

My Beautiful Bride enjoying the snow. February 18, 2015.

Of course, my Beautiful Bride was delighted.

Icy branches on one of our red bud trees.  February 19, 2015.

Icy branches on one of our red bud trees. February 19, 2015.

The second storm brought us some ice with ice covered twigs on the trees …

A giant icicle near our front porch.  February 19, 2015.

A giant icicle near our front porch. February 19, 2015.

… and giant icicles.

Icy branches of trees in our yard against a blue sky.  February 19, 2015.

Icy branches of trees in our yard against a blue sky. February 19, 2015.

The icy tree branches shone against a pretty blue sky on Thursday.

A tree with a broken top in our side yard.  February 22, 2015.

A tree with a broken top in our side yard. February 22, 2015.

Unfortunately the third storm brought a couple of inches of ice with broken tree tops and branches.  Our neighborhood looked like a war zone, and we were without power for a couple of days.

I hope it’s a long time before we have another week like this.

Down Memory Lane: The Smokies in the Spring (2001)

February 16, 2015

2001 -- Smokies Spring

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Betsy and I visited the Smoky Mountains in May, 2001.  I had never spent much time in the Smokies, but I had an excellent guide since Betsy had visited them when she lived in Tennessee earlier.  We very much enjoyed the beautiful green of the mountains and the flowing clear waters of the streams.

In the collage above, you see Betsy on the deck of the Wonderland Lodge, where we stayed, on the upper left.  A view of Newfound Gap, near the Tennessee/North Carolina border is on the upper right.

A nice man took the picture of Betsy and me along Mill Creek in Cades Cove.  In the lower center is a photo of the John Oliver cabin, also in Cades Cove.  I got the picture of Betsy along Mill Creek which is on the lower right of the collage.

To see larger versions of these pictures and others, click HERE.

Our World: Big Thompson Canyon

February 5, 2015
Big Thompson River, Colorado.  September 17, 2012.

Big Thompson River, Colorado. September 17, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

Betsy and I drove through Big Thompson Canyon on a September morning in 2012 on our way from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Rocky Mountain National Park.  The canyon was formed by the Big Thompson River, which flowed along the road for much of our trip.  The boulders and rushing water were fascinating.

'King of the Mountain' in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado.  September 17, 2012.

‘King of the Mountain’ in Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado. September 17, 2012.

At one point we came upon a small herd of pronghorn sheep.  Some were right along the highway, but one kept watch from the top of the canyon wall.

The sky above Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado.  September 17, 2012.

The sky above Big Thompson Canyon, Colorado. September 17, 2012.

The sky was just as fascinating as the rocky canyon walls themselves.  It was a beautiful ride.

Meeting an Old Friend for the First Time

January 5, 2015
Betsy, Ruth and Gwen at Cracker Barrel, Nashville, Tennessee.  December 29, 2014.

Betsy, Ruth and Gwen at Cracker Barrel, Nashville, Tennessee. December 29, 2014.

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Betsy and I celebrated the holidays by meeting a blog friend in person.  We have both followed Ruth for several years, and she quickly became a friend whom we enjoyed visiting on world wide web.  Ruth is a marvelous photographer, and you can  check out her beautiful blog HERE.

Ruth lives in western Canada, so when we learned several weeks ago that Ruth and her friend Gwen would be attending a gospel music convention in the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, we couldn’t let her get that close without meeting her in person, so we made plans to meet them.

Since neither Ruth nor Glen had ever been to Tennessee, we took them to Cracker Barrel for some good southern eating.  Although we introduced them to cornbread and chicken and dumplings, the highpoint of the evening was talking as only friends can talk.

Ruth and Betsy, Nashville, Tennessee.  December 29, 2014.

Ruth and Betsy, Nashville, Tennessee. December 29, 2014.

Ruth mentioned that she would like to get back to Tennessee with her son some day.  We hope she makes it so we can show her the beautiful mountains of east Tennessee.  Of course, we warned her that one of these days we might show up on her doorstep in Manitoba.

Falling Water Cascades

December 8, 2014
Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee.  October 5, 2014.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014.

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In early October Betsy and I met my daughter Kelly and her husband Chuck in Cookeville, Tennessee, to do some hiking at nearby Burgess Falls State Park.

The park contains three waterfalls, but the trailhead for the main trail begins upstream at Falling Water Cascades.  That’s the trail we hiked, so we took the time to visit the cascades as well.

The water in river was low, but the cascades were still pretty.

Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee.  October 5, 2014.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014.

There was enough water in one channel to create beautiful flowing waters.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014.

Falling Water Cascades, Burgess Falls State Park, Tennessee. October 5, 2014

Even the shallow water covering the rock river bed took on a dreamy experience.

Our World: Crystal Creek Reservoir

November 24, 2014
Crystal Creek Reservoir on Pikes Peak Highway.  September 14, 2012.

Crystal Creek Reservoir on Pikes Peak Highway, Colorado. September 14, 2012.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

When Betsy and I took our western trip in 2012, the first place we visited in Colorado was Pikes Peak.  We had long talked about visiting the summit of the mountain, and we were delighted that we could see Pikes Peak from our motel on our first night.

The next morning we headed to the mountain and up the Pikes Peak Highway.  Although the summit was our goal, we had to make several stops on the way up.  One of our first stops was at Crystal Creek Reservoir, at about Mile Marker 6.

The combination of a beautiful sky, snow-capped peaks and mirror-like water simply made it impossible for us to drive by without stopping.

Betsy at Crystal Creek Reservoir, Pikes Peak, Colorado.  September 14, 2012.

Betsy at Crystal Creek Reservoir, Pikes Peak, Colorado. September 14, 2012.

We walked along the shore just soaking up the scenery around us.  My snow-loving Beautiful Bride was absolutely delighted.

Aspen at Crystal Creek Reservoir, Pikes Peak, Colorado.  September 14, 2012.

Aspen at Crystal Creek Reservoir, Pikes Peak, Colorado. September 14, 2012.

We also enjoyed the sight of some golden aspens, a sight we don’t see here in Tennessee.

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I couldn’t resist creating a panorama of the gorgeous scene before us.

Our World: Sequatchie Valley

November 3, 2014
The Sequatchie Valley, Dunlap, Tennessee.  August 16, 2014.

The Sequatchie Valley, Dunlap, Tennessee. August 16, 2014.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

The Sequatchie Valley in Tennessee is a narrow, straight valley between the Cumberland Plateau and the Walden Ridge.  Betsy and I often drive through or across the Sequatchie Valley when we travel south from our home on the Cumberland Plateau.

In August Betsy and I met a blogger friend, Lynda, and her husband for lunch in Dunlap, Tennessee, which is in the heart of the Sequatchie Valley.  Not only did we have a great time and delicious meal with a wonderful couple, we were also able to enjoy the beauty of the valley around us.

The Sequatchie Valley, Dunlap, Tennessee.  August 16, 2014.

The Sequatchie Valley, Dunlap, Tennessee. August 16, 2014.

We were in the valley on a bright, sunny day with clouds that rivaled the valley in beauty.

The Sequatchie Valley is primarily rural, dotted with farms and small towns.  The escarpments of the Cumberland Plateau and Walden Ridge form a picturesque background for the barns and cattle.

The Sequatchie Valley, Dunlap, Tennessee.  August 16, 2014.

The Sequatchie Valley, Dunlap, Tennessee. August 16, 2014.

All in all we had a perfect day in Tennessee’s Sequatchie Valley.

Down Memory Lane: Victoria Harbor (1987)

October 27, 2014

1987 -- Victoria Harbor

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My first visit to Hong Kong was in June, 1987.  Hong Kong, then under British rule, was our gateway to China where we were to teach for a summer session.

We spent a couple days in Hong Kong, in a hotel in Kowloon.  To get to Hong Kong proper (the island) we had to cross Victoria Harbor.  Victoria Harbor is one of the largest harbors in the world, and in 1987 was the world’s busiest.

We crossed Victoria Harbor on the Star Ferry, which enabled us to get a close look at both the shipping in the harbor and the skyline of the Central District of Hong Kong itself.  We also were to view the harbor from Victoria Peak, the highest point on Hong Kong Island.

The photo on the top left of the collage above was taken from a hotel in Kowloon.  It shows some of the shipping in the harbor and the Hong Kong skyline in the background.  The picture on the top right was taken from the Star Ferry as we approached Hong Kong’s Central District.  The picture on the bottom left was also taken from a Star Ferry.  The photo on the bottom right shows Victoria Harbor from Victoria Peak.

To see larger versions of these pictures and others, click HERE.  Note that all images were scanned from slides.


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