A great big headline to catch some attention, because everyone likes attention

So you understand the roaring wave of fear that swept through the greatest city in the world just as Monday was dawning--the stream of flight rising swiftly to a torrent, lashing in a foaming tumult round the railway stations, banked up into a horrible struggle about the shipping in the Thames, and hurrying by every available channel northward and eastward. By ten o'clock the police organisation, and by midday even the railway organisations, were losing coherency, losing shape and efficiency, guttering, softening, running at last in that swift liquefaction of the social body.

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A new gardening season

Back to school time. Labor Day weekend always feels this way to me, even though I’ve been out of school for quite a few years now. I’m sad to see summer coming to an end, I also relish the opportunity to start fresh in a new year. So, among other getting organized tasks, I took some time this weekend to…

First Butterfly of the Season – Finally!!!

  I’ve been waiting all summer, hoping that butterflies would come and visit my flower plantings on the upstairs deck.  However, up until this past weekend, I really hadn’t seen any of the larger butterflies, only a couple of cabbage whites, sulphurs, and skippers. On Saturday, a couple of swallowtails finally came by for a visit!  In addition to the Spicebush pictured above,…

Kayaking the Ghost Fleet

  Earlier this summer, some friends and I went kayaking around the Potomac River Ghost fleet.  It was such an interesting paddle – snippets of history and local culture, as well as great wildlife viewing.  A bit of a drive from Loudoun, but well worth the trip. The Ghost Fleet consists of a number of long-abandoned World War I wooden steamships that had been…

Live Music – Loudoun Summertime 2014

Now that we’ve passed the Memorial Day weekend, it’s starting to really feel like summer.  To me, that means pool time, cookouts, and outdoor concerts.  Kicking off my shoes and listening to good music under an open sky – a perfect way to spend a warm summer evening! I’ve found a number of concert schedules already posted, but please let…

Butterflies, Biking and Other Blurbs

A couple of items that I thought might be of interest…   Helping out Monarch Butterflies Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy has scheduled several Butterfly-friendly plant sales for this weekend thru early June.  Monarch butterfly populations are decreasing, so the Conservancy is promoting Monarch waystations, which include both milkweed plants – that provide food for monarch caterpillars, and other nectar plants that provide food…

A Trio of Trillium

While up in Pittsburgh over Mother’s Day weekend, my  Dad and I decided to go out for a short walk on the Armstrong Trail, along the Allegheny River near Kittanning, PA.  Our main purpose was to work off some of puppy-monster’s energy, but we quickly noticed that the border of this trail was just jam-packed with trillium – bonus! As I was driving back towards Virginia, I…

Dog-Friendly Shade Gardening

I’m starting a number of gardening projects this year, but landscaping the backyard is first on the docket…and by far, the biggest challenge. The backyard is a fairly small (~23’x23′) space, which I’m hoping will serve as an extra outdoor room during the warm weather months. I’ve been envisioning a small, private hideaway, rather like the secret garden in Frances Hogdson…

Spring Flowers at Red Rock Regional Park

Puppy and I went for a short hike at Red Rock Wilderness Overlook Regional Park in Leesburg. What a perfect day for a springtime wildflower walk! Spring Beauties were absolutely carpeting the forest floor – so lovely.  We also saw some bluets (Houstonia caerulea), also known as Quaker Ladies. My bluet iphone photos didn’t turn out so well, so I’m including…