Archive for July, 2013

Our World: Aberdeen in Hong Kong

July 22, 2013

1987 -- Aberdeen

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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 five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

I found many things to be fascinating on my first visit to Hong Kong way back in 1987.  One of the things that surprised me was learning that there is an area of Hong Kong known as Aberdeen.

Aberdeen is on the southern tip of Hong Kong Island.  At one time in was a pirates’ den, but later became a simple fishing village.  In spite of modernization, there were still hundreds of junks and sampans that serve as floating homes for some of the people.

Aberdeen is the home to a couple of large floating seafood restaurants, which we unfortunately did not get to sample during our visit.

The collage contains images scanned from slides I took during my 1987 visit.  At the top left are some of the sampans used as homes by the fisherman.  On the right is a photo of one of the floating restaurants.  The middle photo is of a boatyard in Aberdeen.  The two photos on the bottom are from Repulse Bay, a beautiful part of Hong Kong Island not far from Aberdeen.

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Our World: More Iris from Our Yard

July 15, 2013

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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 five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

All of the pictures in this collage were taken in our yard during May.  And although all of our iris blossoms are now gone, some of these will bloom again in autumn, so we will be able to enjoy them again.

The iris on the top left is Autumn Bugler, while Stellar Lights is on the right.  The irises on the bottom, from left to right, are Cable Car, Electric Shock, and English Charm.

SkyWatch Friday: After the Rains

July 12, 2013
Glade sky after the downpours, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  May 23, 2013.

Glade sky after the downpours, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 23, 2013.

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May was a very wet month here on the Cumberland Plateau.  We had over six inches of rain two different weeks in the month.

Glade sky after the downpours, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 23, 2013.

Glade sky after the downpours, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. May 23, 2013.

The day after our last big downpour I was working in the front yard and noticed this pretty blue cloud-filled skies.  I got these photos from the street in front of our house.

Down Memory Lane: Dating Betsy

July 8, 2013

2001 -- Dating

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Betsy and I had our first date on March 29, 2001, and things got serious after our date to Fall Creek Falls State Park on April 21.  (If you missed that story, click HERE.)  It wasn’t long after that date that things started getting serious.

The picture in the top left corner of the collage was taken in late April at the Paris, Tennessee, Fish Fry.  Mom and Dad had gone for several years, but Dad felt he could no longer drive that long distance, so Betsy and I took them.  Betsy met my sister Janet and her husband Charlie for the first time at the Fish Fry.

The picture on the top right is a class portrait of the Experiencing God Bible Study that Betsy taught.  By that time Betsy knew she was getting a ring, but she didn’t know when.  She got it about 30 seconds after this picture was taken.  I was already down on my knees, so why not?  I knew she could teach that evening without any problems even after getting the ring.

Later that week celebrated our engagement by going to Nashville for dinner and a performance of “Fiddler on the Roof”.

The hardest part of getting engaged to Betsy was meeting two of her sons in Knoxville (picture at lower right).  I don’t mind telling you I was nervous, but Jeff and Bert must have approved, because Betsy and I were still engaged after that evening.

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SkyWatch Friday: Fire in the Sky

July 5, 2013
Glade Community Club fireworks, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  July 4, 2010.

Glade Community Club fireworks, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. July 4, 2010.

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This is my post for Skywatch Friday, a meme for sharing views of the sky from all over the world.  To see more, or to join and share your own photos of the sky, click HERE.

Glade Community Club fireworks, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee.  July 4, 2010.

Glade Community Club fireworks, Fairfield Glade, Tennessee. July 4, 2010.

The sky over Fairfield Glade was like the sky over many places last night — full of color and noise.  The annual fireworks display is popular with people of all ages, as many of our residents gather at Druid Hills club house to take in the show.

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These pictures were taken a couple of years ago.

Philippi Covered Bridge

July 1, 2013
Covered Bridge in Philippi, West Virginia.  September 15, 2011.

Covered Bridge in Philippi, West Virginia. September 15, 2011.

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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 five wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

In September, 2011, Betsy and I drove from Hocking Hills, Ohio, to Blackwater Falls, West Virginia.  It was a dreary, overcast day, but we were driving back roads as we usually do and were enjoying the scenery.

As we neared Philippi, West Virginia, we suddenly came to a covered bridge.  Covered bridges are pretty unusual, and finding one in use is even more unusual.  After we got across the bridge, we just had to find a place to stop so we could get a picture.

You can learn more about the bridge from the photo of the historical marker below.

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