Friday, December 24, 2010

NYC Info

Public Skating Hours :

Monday & Tuesday  10:00am - 2:30pm
Wednesday & Thursday 10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 9:00pm

Best Entrance:
Central Park South (59th Street) and 6th Avenue. Wollman Rink is a two minute walk into Central Park from this entrance. Follow the footpath directly into the park. 




American Museum of Natural History
Entrances:
The Museum is located at 79th Street and Central Park West and is easily reached by public transportation. The main entrance to the Rose Center for Earth and Space is located at 81st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue.

Museum Entrance Hours:
Main Entrance (79th St. at Central Park West): Every day from 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Subway Entrance (Lower Level): Every day from 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Rose Center Entrance (81st St. between C.P.W. and Columbus Ave.):
Every day from 10 a.m. – 5:45 p.m 



Pierre's Restaurant Monmouth Junction:

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Hot Blooms in September

Gaillardia blanket flower
Hot reds and orange
Gaura 'Whirling Butterflies'
Peruvian Lily or alstroemeria by the pool
Plumeria
 
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September harvest

The September skies are perfect blue and the butterflies are still loving the butterfly bush.  Last week we had what seemed to be a swarm of monarchs. It was amazing. We debated as to whether they all just hatched near our house or if they were on their journey. Their wings were perfect which led us to believe they were born on our property. 

1st pot of homemade tomato sauce of the season! We were very late in planting or veggies this year. For a number of reasons. Fortunately, with the long summer seasonal temperatures, that was okay! The tomatoes are coming in now and our veal parmesan dinner that I cooked with Bill's sauce was absolutely delicious!

This lantana was a surprise this year.  I've noticed it growing from behind one of the a/c units and could not believe that it had seeded itself back there of all places. Finally today I checked its bottom and found that it truly was in a pot that I had stored back there last winter to protect it from the cold and forgot about. Now of course the roots have the pot attached to the ground so I need to decide if that's its new home or if I should try to get back there and dig it up.

I didn't get to as much gardening this year as usual. I did too much in the late Spring and wound up with tennis elbow, or in my case gardeners elbow. I was unable to do anything major with my left arm for most of the summer while I went to physical therapy. It is mostly on the mend now and I need to do my best to keep it rested until next season so it totally heals.  That means that a bunch of my container plants that desperately need dividing and repotting may need to wait.  

Monday, July 5, 2010

Today's Flowers

We are forecast to have another stretch of 100+ degree weather so I thought I'd best get out and take some snapshots while I can still breathe out there! Here's a few things going on in my gardens today! 



 
 



 

Fireworks

After such a full day on Saturday, Sunday was much more relaxed. Time visiting, swimming, barbecuing, stopping by the annual neighborhood celebration and then watching our county's firework display from the top of our hill! How convenient is that?
 
 
My husband was then able to set off all of the legal fireworks we are able to buy at the local grocery store for some added fun and the kids designed all sorts of jewelry with the glow stick packs I had.   

I also made sure to record 3 of the televised firework displays the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, Macy's 4th and a Capitol Fourth in Washington DC so we could watch all the firework displays we want today.

Our 4th of July Weekend

Saturday started off with a visit to the Goochland Farmers Market. Richard LeBlanc, dressed in period attire, read the Declaration of Independence starting promptly at 10am for all gathered to hear. He is a gifted orator to begin with and hearing him deliver these words to us was a perfect start to the Independence Day holiday weekend.   

The baby chicks at the Fireweed Farm Alpaca stand. http://www.fireweedalpacas.com/
We walked down to Java Jodi's for a little lunch afterwards. The Spicy Amigo panini is my favorite. 

After a quick stop home to freshen up, we headed down to Capital Ale House Midlothian for their 3rd Annual Beer Festival.  My sister is visiting for the weekend and we met up with three other friends there so it was a great time. 

After using my 5 tickets to try 5 different beers that I was unfamiliar with, I went inside to escape the heat and sipped on my favorite, Rogue's Dead Guy Ale.

For the record, these would be my 2nd and third favorites. Rogue's Hazlenut Brown Ale and Legend Brown Ale.
Rounding out the night with a tasty dinner at Shackleford's in Richmond with our group of 7, it was quite a memorable fun day and night. 

Monday, June 21, 2010

Some of the girlie things I would like to do this summer and beyond.

I need to keep this list to remind myself! 
Some of the girlie things I would like to do this summer and beyond... (without kids...)
I'm sure I'll add more as I come up with them. If not this summer, I'm sure I can start once school starts back up again in the Fall,  right? ;-)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Today's flowers

The Shasta Daisies are just about at their peak. Then I'll take Rachel's advice and take the hedge trimmers to them unless I find the time to move them!

9:45am sunflower. Let's see if she is awake by 5!

The white phlox. I don't think I've ever taken their picture before.
Some of the gladiolus.
Some of the oriental lilies.

Black eyed susans or Rudbeckia hirta

Just love the portulaca in the sun.

or moss rose if you prefer.

Ornamental grasses

Purslane, big bloom scarlet

This year's blue daze (evolvus glomeratus)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Playing with templates

I have not taken any recent photos in the garden so I thought I'd post one of my original photos from 2005 of my plumeria. I now have many of them after most of the cuttings I took rooted.
And yes... I spent some time playing around with some of the new template designs and really bolloxed things up. Sorry.  I'll get back to it another time and see what I can do to make it LESS busy!!  I just try to use my blog as a place for me to find what I need as well. Maybe I need to separate the two... Sounds like more work than I want to do today. The garden and the pool is calling!
But I did add a photo of me over there on the right. YIKES!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Did I tell you I like orange?

Red Hot Pokers / Torch Lily / Kniphofia
 With their Yucca companions
 
Everywhere
Didn't I tell you... EVERYWHERE. I divided a HUGE plant last year and spread it around. Want some?

Oriental Lily

Gaillardia blanket flower with our copper fountain that we bought with a gift card given to us as a wedding gift for Plow and Hearth almost 9 years ago along with a matching bird feeder. Thanks JMD.


I know some people consider this a swamp daylily but I like it. 
Some of the random hollyhock seeds I spread around last year from the mommy plant are coming up. Maybe I should have planned there location better.

And another

One of my pink Astilbe (one of MANY plants that need dividing!!)
Inez has some deeper colors in her garden. Guess we'll need to divide and share. 


Speaking of Inez. This is her newest raised bed garden my hard working neighbor built for her. It's gorgeous!
She had it planted up the day after he filled it with soil. She's ready for another!
Bill's Vegetable Garden and compost bin expansion is underway... A few unexpected out of town trips have set us back in outdoor time this Spring so now we need to make up for it or just have late produce!

Grow where you are planted. 

Free Summer Movies at Local Theaters!

Regal Free Family Film Festival for this summer!
Virginia's listings are here: 
I use common sense media dot org http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ to help me decide which movies are best for my age group and tastes. 
and the most local to Central VA are here:
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11650 West Broad Street
Richmond ,VA 23233
804-360-5621
06/22/2010-06/24/2010    
  Tale of Despereaux (G)     
06/29/2010-07/01/2010    
  Horton Hears A Who (G)
07/06/2010-07/08/2010    
  Doogal (G)
  Planet 51 (PG)
07/13/2010-07/15/2010    
  Space Chimps (G)
07/20/2010-07/22/2010    
  Curious George (G)
07/27/2010-07/29/2010    
  Charlotte's Web (G)
  Astro Boy (PG)
08/03/2010-08/05/2010    
  Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
  Bandslam (PG)
08/10/2010-08/12/2010    
  Wallace and Gromit (G)
08/17/2010-08/19/2010    
  Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (G)

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5001 Commonwealth Centre Parkway
Midlothian ,VA 23112
804-744-7421

06/22/2010-06/24/2010    
  Tale of Despereaux (G)
  Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
06/29/2010-07/01/2010    
  Horton Hears A Who (G)
  Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG)
07/06/2010-07/08/2010    
  Doogal (G)
  Planet 51 (PG)
07/13/2010-07/15/2010    
  Space Chimps (G)
  Hotel For Dogs (PG)
07/20/2010-07/22/2010    
  Curious George (G)
  Alvin And The Chipmunks Squeakquel (PG)
07/27/2010-07/29/2010    
  Charlotte's Web (G)
  Astro Boy (PG)
08/03/2010-08/05/2010    
  Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
  Bandslam (PG)
08/10/2010-08/12/2010    
  Wallace and Gromit (G)
  Aliens In The Attic (PG)
08/17/2010-08/19/2010    
  Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (G)
  Night At The Museum II (PG)

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361 Perimeter Drive
Midlothian ,VA 23114
804-794-6942
06/22/2010-06/24/2010    
  Tale of Despereaux (G)
  Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
06/29/2010-07/01/2010    
  Horton Hears A Who (G)
  Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG)
07/06/2010-07/08/2010    
  Doogal (G)
  Planet 51 (PG)
07/13/2010-07/15/2010    
  Space Chimps (G)
  Hotel For Dogs (PG)
07/20/2010-07/22/2010    
  Curious George (G)
  Alvin And The Chipmunks Squeakquel (PG)
07/27/2010-07/29/2010    
  Charlotte's Web (G)
  Astro Boy (PG)
08/03/2010-08/05/2010    
  Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
  Bandslam (PG)
08/10/2010-08/12/2010    
  Wallace and Gromit (G)
  Aliens In The Attic (PG)
08/17/2010-08/19/2010    
  Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (G)
  Night At The Museum II (PG)

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10091 Jeb Stuart Parkway
Glen Allen ,VA 23060
804-261-4994
06/22/2010-06/24/2010    
  Curious George (G)
  Planet 51 (PG)
06/29/2010-07/01/2010    
  Space Chimps (G)
  Hotel For Dogs (PG)
07/06/2010-07/08/2010    
  Charlotte's Web (G)
  Alvin And The Chipmunks Squeakquel (PG)
07/13/2010-07/15/2010    
  Tale of Despereaux (G)
  Astro Boy (PG)
07/20/2010-07/22/2010    
  Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (G)
  Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (PG)
07/27/2010-07/29/2010    
  Horton Hears A Who (G)
  Aliens In The Attic (PG)
08/03/2010-08/05/2010    
  Doogal (G)
  The Spy Next Door (PG)
08/10/2010-08/12/2010    
  Pirates Who Don't Do Anything (G)
  Bandslam (PG)
08/17/2010-08/19/2010    
  Wallace and Gromit (G)
  Monsters Vs. Aliens (PG)
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Bow Tie Cinemas has a Kids Club FREE Film Series at Movieland 17 at Boulevard Square: 
http://www.bowtiecinemas.com/summer_2010.html
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What's happening at the Goochland Public Library this Summer?

What's happening at the Goochland Public Library this Summer? 

Summer Volunteen Training
Tuesday June 1 at 6:00 p.m.
Would you like to volunteer at the library during the summer?  Find out how you can help out with the Summer Reading Program.
Pizza & soft drinks served!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Ice Cream Social & Summer Reading Kickoff

Thursday June 10 at 6:30 p.m.
All ages
Sign up for the Summer Reading program and enjoy ice cream sundaes, face painting, and balloons.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Crafting Tees for Teens
Thursday June 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Bring a T-shirt from home and we’ll show you how to decorate it using spray paint.
Pizza, drinks, and dessert served!
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

Betsy Q Concert

Saturday June 19 at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 5-11
Join us for a fun, upbeat concert with Betsy Q.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Goochland Library.

"Beach Day" Concert with LEONARDO
Monday June 21 at 10:00 a.m.
All ages
Leonardo is a Parents' Choice Award winning family musician writing and performing songs that entertain, educate and empower audiences of all ages and abilities. With fun props and a colorful set, his concerts are a pep rally, rock 'n' roll show, and beach party all on one stage.

Mad Science: Up, Up, & Away
Friday July 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 5-11
See a fun, fast-paced, and educational performance that introduces you to the principles of air pressure.

Set Sail with Steve Somers, the Amazing Teacher
Monday July 19 at 10:00 a.m.
All ages
Ahoy mates! Gear up for a high-seas adventure with Captain Steve and his friends as they take your kids on an amazing voyage in search of good character using magic, puppetry, and music.

A Visit with Little Squirt & Friends
Monday July 26 at 1:00 p.m.
All ages
Meet Little Squirt, a miniature horse from Broken Road Farm, and some of his farm friends, including bunnies, chickens, a goat, a lamb, and a pig.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday June 9, 16, 23, and 30 at 11:00 a.m.
Age: 2 years old w/adult

Preschool Storytime
Thursday June 10, 17, and 24 at 10:00 a.m.
Ages 3-5 years old

Mother Goose Storytime
Thursday June 10, 17, and 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Ages 6-24 months w/adult

Goochland Book Group
meets the second Friday of each month at 10:30 a.m. (Sept.-June)
Please call or visit the library for more program information.

Goochland Mystery Book Group

meets the second Wednesday of each month at 2:00 p.m.
Please call or visit the library for more program information.


http://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/calendar.htm#Goochland

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo on Roanoke Island

The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo on Roanoke Island were beautiful. What a hidden jewel.

Hardscape
Entrance and Great Gate
The impressive entrance wall of old, handmade Silas Lucas bricks holds the beautiful wrought iron gates which once hung at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. The Coat of Arms of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England is over the entrance door. The motto, “Honi soit qui mal y pense”, meaning 'shame be to him who evil thinks' is the basis for the Order of the Garter.
A large bronze plaque embedded in the entrance wall bears this inscription by Inglis Fletcher, a noted author:
    “Down the centuries, English women have built gardens, to the glory of God, the beauty of the countryside and the comfort of their souls. The women of The Garden Club of North Carolina, Inc. have planted this garden in memory of the valiant men and women who founded the first English colony in America. From this hallowed ground on Roanoke Island, they walked away through the dark forest and into history. 1985-1951/1585”


Gatehouse
The lovely Gatehouse is designed in the style of a 16th century orangery with a flagstone floor, hand-hewn beams and a wide door with a cross design. The Gatehouse is furnished with rare antique tables, chests and desks. Perhaps the finest is the Jacobean table with typical Tudor rose carvings, circa early 1500s. The walls are adorned with many antique paintings, engravings and maps. Of special interest is a sixteenth century portrait of Queen Elizabeth I.
The Gatehouse Reception Center doubles as the Gift Shop, which is filled year-round with a wide variety of garden related gifts. The carved carrara marble fountain has a center pineapple motif that is a symbol of wealth and welcome.
Entrance to the gardens. 
Foyer 

  Hot colors in containers





Trees

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)

Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica)- with a face?

 
Ancient Live Oak believed to be over 400 years old. This magnificent towering live oak tree is believed to have been growing on Roanoke Island when the first English colonists landed on the island in 1585.
 Statuary

  The world's largest bronze statue of HRH queen Elizabeth I.
This magnificent bronze statue is a gift from Irwin Belk in honor of his wife Carol.
Created by sculptor Jon Hair and modeled by renowned actress Miss Barbara Hird, this nine-foot beauty is the largest bronze of Queen Elizabeth I in the world. 

A marble statue of Virginia Dare carved in Italy by Maria Louisa Lander.
Virginia Dare Statue
This graceful statue is the artist’s version of an adult Virginia Dare, the first English child born in the New World.
Sculpted of Carrara marble in Italy by American sculptor, Maria Louisa Lander in 1859, the statue spent two years at the bottom of the sea following a shipwreck off the coast of Spain. The statue was salvaged and shipped to Boston, where it survived a fire.
In 1923, Miss Lander willed the statue to the State of North Carolina, where it was displayed in several buildings but was eventually sent to the basement of the old Supreme Court Building as some found her lack of clothing objectionable.
When The Lost Colony drama was written by Paul Green, the statue was sent to the waterside theatre. In the meantime, Fort Raleigh became a National Historic Site. Again, she fell out of favor. The statue was shipped to Paul Green’s estate near Chapel Hill.
When The Elizabethan Gardens were created, Mr. Green sent the statue to its present site, almost a hundred years after her creation.
Today, Virginia Dare stands at the place of her birth gazing toward the future despite the odds of the history, mystery and fantasy that surround her.

The Sunken Garden

The sunken garden with an antique Italian fountain as its central focal point. 
Inside the pleached allee, a low pierced wall of old, handmade brick surrounds this garden, which is the centerpiece of The Elizabethan Gardens.
This square area consists of 32 parterres outlined in clipped dwarf yaupon that are planted with seasonal flowers.
The central focal point is the antique Italian fountain and pool with a carved balustrade. Statues representing Apollo, Diana, Venus and Jupiter center each of the four quadrants of parterres. This exceptionally fine fountain and its statues are from the Whitney collection.
 
 Jupiter - Ruler of all gods


Apollo God of Music and Poetry


Venus Goddess of Spring & Bloom

Diana Goddess of the hunt

Hidden treasurers in the woodland garden - mostly gnomes
Woodland & Wildlife/Children's Garden
This mini garden is a delight for children as they try to find the gnomes and other figures hiding among the native plants and other shade-loving shrubs and trees.
Features include a small frog pond, Pan statue, and the lovely Bashful Girl fountain donated by the Youth Gardeners of North Carolina.



 
  

  Blossoms

Rhododendron Walk
While all azaleas are considered rhododendron, not all rhododendron are azaleas.
With that said, visitors can enjoy all of the above as they stroll down the Rhododendron Walk. The mixed planting provides visitors with blooms from April until frost.
Visitors will also see several cultivars of the new Encore Azaleas, a unique group of azaleas that bloom in the spring and then again in the fall.




ME relaxing in the rose garden




Queen’s Tea Garden
This pierced wall rose garden was built in 1976 in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. Access to the rose garden is through handsome brick piers, a walkway is centered with a 500 year-old sun dial from the Whitney collection. The handmade brick pathway continues to a brick “throne” area reached by three broad steps guarded by antique marble lion sculptures and is topped with an antique hand-carved white Carrara marble bench that is canopied by white dogwoods.
The Tea Garden features the Queen Elizabeth Rose that was given to The Elizabethan Gardens by Queen Elizabeth II from the royal rose garden at Windsor Castle. The Queen’s Tea Garden was dedicated in honor of Queen Elizabeth II by her emissary, British Ambassador, Sir Peter Ramsbotham.
The rose collection includes the Virginia Dare Rose, the Lost Colony Rose and the Sir Walter Raleigh Rose.


The history of the gardens is just as fascinating: 
History, mystery and fantasy are combined in these special gardens, which are a memorial to the first English colonists who came to North America in 1584-1587 and “walked away through the dark forest into history” as memorialized in Paul Green’s symphonic drama, “The Lost Colony”. For here and nowhere else, Sir Walter Raleigh made initial attempts to colonize the New World under Queen Elizabeth I. Truly this hallowed site is the birthplace of America.

The Garden Club of North Carolina adopted The Elizabethan Gardens as a project in 1951. In 1953 land was leased from The Roanoke Island Historical Association to begin building an English Pleasure Garden. In 1952 The Honorable John Hay Whitney donated an  outstanding collection of European statuary and garden ornaments to the project. In 1953 the internationally acclaimed landscape firm of Innocenti and Webel were commissioned to design The Elizabethan Gardens.

From the beginning, garden club members have worked tirelessly to fund and assist in the development of these fine gardens. The Elizabethan Gardens were formally opened on Virginia Dare’s birthday, August 18, 1960.

Worth the trip.
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A Kingdom Strange by James Horn