Showing posts with label TRIPS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TRIPS. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

West Cumberland County

We took a ride west of Crossville on the Cumberland Plateau on Sunday afternoon, August 1st. But--since we left on our big trip that week, I didn't get a chance to publish these pictures...

The terrain is a little flatter in that area than it is near us. Above is a picture of one of the many fields (since there is quite a bit of farming there) --and that gorgeous blue sky with the puffy clouds... I will say that it was another hot and steamy day though!!!! Below are more pictures.

Here's one the little roads where we stopped --in order to get some pictures.

Doesn't this little creek look inviting on a hot, summer day???? There was nobody around to take advantage of that cool water though!!!

There were many barns and farms in this area..

On our little rides, I always seem to pick out a special home to show... This huge house and all of the land around it was pretty... (The house is as big on the right side --behind the trees, as it is on the left side.) BUT--wouldn't you think they'd pave their driveway????? Geeeessssshhhhh... ha ha

This is part of the 'grounds' around that huge home. Aren't they gorgeous????

Hope you enjoyed going on our little ride with us to Western Cumberland County. We'll take some more rides soon --but maybe not on Sundays (since FOOTBALL begins)... ha ha

I just had to show you this unique and gorgeous Grandiflora Rose (named Peppermint Splash) sitting on the table in our home. This is a new rose for us this year ---and I picked it out simply because of its uniqueness. Isn't it pretty????

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Happy Easter

In yesterday's post, I showed all of the gorgeous Cherry Blossoms in Washington D.C. In that post, I mentioned that George and I went with a bus-load of folks to D.C. for a specific reason. This was in April of 2005 ---and we Episcopalians were going to attend "Tennessee Day" at the National Cathedral. The National Cathedral features each of our 50 states at certain times scheduled once during a four-year period.

That particular Sunday in April of 2005 was "Tennessee Day" at the Cathedral. AND --what joy it was to be there.. I had goose bumps standing outside just listening to the carillon.. Those bells echoed all over the area. WOW is all I can say!!!!! I can still hear them in my mind. Then, going inside and attending worship with other folks--many from Tennessee--was truly awesome. "Tennessee Day at the Cathedral" rolls around again soon ---so maybe we'll get to go back!!!!

Here are some pictures from the Cathedral. I thought this would be a great day to show the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. I'm sure that cathedral will be filled with Christians --attending Easter services today. Wish I was there!!!! Above is a picture of the outside of this magnificent building. Below are more pictures!

Here's a view of this beautiful cathedral from the north side... The cathedral is HUGE and oh, so gorgeous!!!!

This was taken from inside before the service began. We were standing at the back --looking toward the altar.

This beautiful Rose Window is one of three in the cathedral. This one is named Creation.

See the intricate designs in the pulpit... Isn't it awesome?

This picture was taken looking at the altar area toward the choir lofts.

Note the Rose Window, the beautiful celing, and the state flags in this picture. The Rose Window consists of 10,500 pieces of stained glass... WOW!!

Here's one more picture of the outside of the National Cathedral. Wish you could hear the carillon playing... Today is Easter Sunday... Jesus Christ has risen from the dead .. Hallelujah!!!!!!

Hope you and your family are having a wonderful day of celebration --whether it's in church, with family, eating chocolate bunnies and/or hiding egg with the kids. Don't ever forget that we have a loving God who is ALWAYS there for us. Alleluia!

Hugs and God Bless You and Yours,

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bus Trip to Washington D.C.

In April of 2005, George and I went with a group of people to Washington D.C. on a tour bus. We went for a specific reason (which I'll talk about in tomorrow's blog), but we also just happened to be there during the Cherry Blossom Festival. Today, I'll share these pictures with you. But first, let me tell you a little about the National Cherry Blossom Festival. This festival is an annual two-week, city-wide event featuring more than 200 international cultural performances and over 90 other special events. From arts and exhibits to cuisine and sports, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

In 1912, the people of Japan sent 3,020 cherry trees to the United States as a gift of friendship. First Lady Taft and the Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese Ambassador, planted the first two cherry trees on the northern bank of the Tidal Basin. These two original trees are still standing today near the John Paul Jones statue at the south end of 17th Street. Workmen planted the remainder of the trees around the Tidal Basin and East Potomac Park.

Approximately 3,750 cherry trees are on the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC. Most of the trees are Yoshino Cherry. Other species include Kwanzan Cherry, Akebono Cherry, Takesimensis Cherry, Usuzumi Cherry, Weeping Japanese Cherry, Sargent Cherry, Autumn Flowering Cherry, Fugenzo Cherry, Afterglow Cherry, Shirofugen Cherry and Okame Cherry. I didn't know that there were THAT many different Cherry trees. Did you???? Washington, DC’s famed cherry trees grow in three park locations: around the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park, in East Potomac Park (Hains Point), and on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Since we were in D.C. for another reason, we only got to see the beautiful Cherry trees from our bus. Therefore, the photos are not as good as they might have been IF we had have been able to walk around more. But, hopefully, you will enjoy them anyhow!!!! The picture above shows one of the Cherry trees--with the Washington Monument in the background. Below are more photos.

Here's one of the beautiful white Cherries.

Here's one of the pretty Pink Weeping Cherry tree.

I included these also--even though they are a little blurry. Aren't they beautiful????

I love seeing the blue sky behind these pink Cherry trees.

In this picture are more Cherry trees ---and you can also see the Lincoln Memorial.

Excuse the bus window reflection, but enjoy seeing the Washington Monument and the World War I American Army Monument.

The bus ride was really pretty--especially as we drove through the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.

We paralleled the Blue Ridge Parkway while enjoying the Shenandoah Valley.

We had a great trip ---so tune in tomorrow to see why we REALLY went to D.C. Have a fabulous Easter Weekend. Eat a big chocolate bunny for me!

P.S. Fellow bloggers have been SO nice to me. If you look down on my sidebar, you'll see several different blogger awards that I have received. These mean so much to me---and I appreciate all of my blogger friends who not only have given me an award--but especially those of you who come to my posts and leave such nice comments. SO---today, I am giving these awards to YOU... Just look through the list and choose one or two, grab them and put them on your blog from ME!!!!! Happy Easter... I love all of you!