Sunday, September 22, 2019

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Saturday Critters ~ 301 ~

I've had a great critter week...
and this beautiful Wood Duck in breeding plumage was at the top of my wow list!







There were so many ducks resting around the lake,
and a lot of Swans both on land and swimming in the lake.




Friday, September 20, 2019

Saying Goodbye To Summer

I love summer, but alas it is time to say goodbye to summer for another year.
Time to close the pool, 
pack up the patio furniture, and clean out the gardens.
It's so sad to look outside from my desk and see the cover on the pool,
to see my potted plants and vegetables dying off.
The groundhog still visits every day, he is still enjoying the foliage on the dying
cucumbers, vegetables and my dill.
We had to cover the dill again, 
we have at least 10 more caterpillars and at least as many eggs on the dill.
That means, 
it's going to be a full house in the butterfly cages this winter.


We did pretty well on the summer bucket list, 
and even though we didn't get to everything, that is never the goal. 
The goal is to have fun and we sure did that!!

Now it's time for this...


The Fall Bucket List
Click on the above link if you are interested in printing one.

awwwww....I am pretty excited to fill this in!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

On The Way...

We always pass Clover Hill Farm on our way to Allaire State Park.
These beautiful horses, a total of 3, can almost always be seen grazing in the field.

Driving past on Sunday we noticed there was a new horse on the farm.

The hubs turned around so I could say hi and take a few pictures.
The owners son happen to be buzzing around on the farms golf cart,
he stopped to say hi and told me the new horse, Penny, was just visiting and 
would ultimately be going to another farm in the area.

They all seemed to be getting along nicely.
Gorgeous, well cared for animals, it is always a treat to drive by or stop and take pictures.


When we got home and pulled in to the driveway,
I noticed this garden looked so pretty drenched in sunlight.
The summer vincas still look gorgeous, don't they?

The hubs ordered the tulip bulbs to be planted in November...
450, but he won't tell me what color.
It's to be a surprise and I am pretty excited about that.

Do you plant bulbs in the fall to fill your spring garden with color?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Allaire State Park

We were looking for something to do on Sunday
and in an effort to check a lingering favorite off of the 
Summer Bucket List
we took a ride to Allaire State Park.
I'm kinda' sure we have visited this summer, 
but we needed to take a ride on the train, so off we went.







I enjoy this a little more than the hubs,

but he is always willing to go, what's he thinking here...

and smile for a picture!






After our ride, it was time for an early dinner.
We googled "best fried chicken" in the area and came up with
It was only about 15 minutes or less from the park, we have never been, so off we went.

It was delicious!
The chicken was "slightly" over cooked but still very good,
the sides were amazing.
Candied yams and fresh cut french fries, both piping hot.
The ketchup was served right on the plate, in a cute little spoon, I love details like that.

The hubs had the same fried chicken, his missing piece was in his hands!
Mashed sweet potatoes and grilled corn on the cob.

Afterwards, we went to Wal-Mart for a few Wal-Mart things we needed.
I figured with it being a football Sunday,
 the place would be empty.
No such luck...but we got what we needed pretty quickly and headed home.

It's always good to be home, to put on the comfy pants and pick up the knitting!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Rebuilding Asbury Park

The efforts have been ongoing,
for a town that lost it's way but is trying to make a comeback.
Asbury Park is a small seaside community on the New Jersey coast,
probably best know for it's music venues, some think their beaches are the best in New Jersey.
It's fun, eclectic, with great boardwalks and a colorful nightlife.
We usually visit during the daytime or early evening, 
we have given up the "night life" for the most part.
I write about our adventures in Asbury Park often, some of those entries are herehere and here.


The town is known for their painted murals, 
the following are new but I have written about some of the others, herehere and here.












Here is an overview of just a few of the beautiful and abstract murals.


The Boardwalk...Convention Hall




The Stone Pony


The Wonder Bar

Wishing Asbury Park the best, we hope you make it!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday Critters ~ 300 ~

If you follow my blog, you may think I have been ignoring my birds.
I have been feeding them and providing fresh water for them,
but...I have not been photographing them as often as I usually do.
I went back through my photos and found a lot of pictures that I never shared here.

I have been seeing a lot of Cardinals, all spring and summer.

My Catbirds are gone for the season 
but I have hundreds of pictures I have taken and not shared here.

Bluejays are always abundant.

Female House Finch

The Female Red Winged Blackbird was new to the feeders this year,
she and her mate were quite welcome visitors.


Male Red Winged Black Bird 

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