Monthly Archives: March 2010

We Take The Most Exciting Vacations: Part 1

This past weekend we decided we’d had enough of New Jersey and headed on out for a long weekend in an exotic locale. Since we both hate air travel, the exotic locale had to be somewhere drivable. And since it’s still the hockey season it would help if the destination had an NHL team. And since we’ve both been bitten by the quilting bug, a place with a nice quilt store would be a plus. We plugged those three requirements into the trusty IPBTravelTron3000 and discovered that the place for us was none other than Columbus, OH! WOOO!!!

The eight hour drive out there was delightful, bucolic, and involved driving through tunnels under mountains. Exotic! The hockey game was amazingly fun and the home team fires a canon after every goal. Exotic! The quilt stores were stunning and we left with piles of fabulous fabric, including some imports from Japan. Exotic! However, with the exception of the spectacular Blue Jackets mascot, Stinger:

March 25 2010

the opportunities for photos at those places weren’t great. So here in this space, we’ll share with you the two photography excursions we went on. The first was the Franklin Park Conservatory.

Driving there, we had visions of Victorian palm houses straight out of an Amanda Quick novel. Once we got there, our hopes were dashed and then trampled upon by the hordes of school children teeming all over the place. Shudder. The entire place was overrun with students with the notable exception of the handful of other adults with DSLRs who were also clearly unhappy that kids in Ohio are ever let out of the classroom. Somehow, though, we persevered and managed to snap a few shots of the place.

Orange Orchids

Bonzai Bark

Purple Orchids

Pink Cyclemen

The Orchid Area

Woven

In addition to having several conservatories for different regions — the Himalayas, rain forest, dessert, South Pacific — the conservatory is home to a bunch of art glass installations by Dale Chihuly. Normally, this isn’t the kind of art that floats our boats, but in context, it looked really striking tucked in with the plants.

Blue Glass

Blue Glass Sculpture Garden

Chihuly Cave

Ship Of Chihuly

The best part of the trip to the Conservatory, though, was that both of us were able to check off one of the most troubling items on the Scavenger Hunt 101 list: a waterfall. Pookie predicted we’d find waterfalls in Columbus, and she was right!

Inside The Waterfall

Waterfall

If you’d like to see the rest of the photos from the Conservatory, you can see the whole set here. Stay tuned for Part 2 for the other exciting photo excursion.

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365ing, At Home And On The Road

March 22, 2010

March 22 2010

Look at me! I’m practicing to be a Halloween kitty!

March 23, 2010

March 23 2010

I wandered around the kitchen taking pictures of everything that seemed remotely asparagus green; this caterpillar tile fit the bill for sure. –Pookie

March 24, 2010

March 24 2010

This was our favorite sign on the drive to Columbus. There were actually quite a few barns painted with the “Chew Mail Pouch Tobacco” signs.

March 25, 2010

March 25 2010

Ohmigod ohmigod ohmigod it’s Stinger!!!!!

March 26, 2010

March 26 2010

One of our favorite things about road trips is playing cribbage during downtime in the hotel room. –Schn.

March 27, 2010

March 27 2010

We drove home from Columbus today, with the fear of god instilled in us by the person at Pistacia Vera who packed up the gift basket we were bringing back for Boomer. She had warned us that the macarons needed to be refrigerated, so we were terrified the 8-hour (or 8 1/2-hour, if you factor in the whole “taking the scenic route through Philly” bit we did) would ruin them. Oh, and the two growlers of beer we brought back from Barley’s. So we kept the car uncomfortably cold, and all our foodstuffs made it home safely. But we made it home freezing and exhausted from stressing out about it. Heh.

March 28, 2010

March 28 2010


Today we took the chicken wire and straw off the garlic. It’s so green and tall! Last year when we did this, the garlic was, like, still translucent and all shriveled and pathetic. Here’s hoping it’ll be a bumper crop!

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Another Day, Another Picture

March 15, 2010

March 15 2010

A lazy Monday and a silly obsession with all things Scandinavian (thank you, residual love of nordic sports in the Olympics) made it a perfect day to turn the 100mm on our little miniature Swedish horsey.

March 16, 2010

March 16 2010

After 6:30 in the evening it was just getting to be magic hour on our street, and our neighbor’s magnolia was nimbed with gold.

March 17, 2010

March 17 2010

Straight out of the camera, and for the last time until next winter, here’s one of the rusty snow fence posts along the cornfields on the way to work. The sun had just (finally) come up, and this post and its rusty wire were all glittery with frost. It was a lovely last hurrah, as the fence has been taken down now for the summer. –Schn.

March 18, 2010

March 18 2010

The first crocus of the season. I don’t actually know which one came first of our two blooming crocuses, but they’re both awesome. — Pookie

March 19, 2010

March 19 2010

On the walk to work, at the ridiculously late dawn, the only thing I was really interested to take a picture of was the restored farm house’s pretty lamp. –Schn.

March 20, 2010

March 20 2010

We went to the Devils/Blues game today, and had second-row seats. The game itself was a 1-0 stinker of a loss, but the experience was completely awesome. We brought Chuck the Duck and the star filter with us, and while soaking up the swanky Fire Lounge atmosphere, we had a blast taking thousands of crappy action pictures. And then Pookie somehow managed to take this pretty cool action picture. Wow! The game was much more of a success than we could have expected!

March 21, 2010

March 21 2010

You can never have too many pictures of crocuses, can you?

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365ing Along

March 8, 2010

March 8 2010

While cleaning up at work, I discovered some newspapers from the mid-’40s from the town I work in. All the phone numbers were only five digits long, new tires cost $9.00, and Dr. Ogre Banshee was at the Palace. — Pookie

March 9, 2010

March 9 2010

While on his great outdoor adventure, Shrieky took a gander at the newly bloomed snowdrops.

March 10, 2010

March 10 2010

Tonight was one of those “oh crap, we have to take a picture of something, don’t we?” nights. In walking around the house looking for something to photograph, I was reminded that I have several brick red necklaces. — Pookie

March 11, 2010

March 11 2010

Mmm. Waffle fries.

March 12, 2010

March 12 2010

I got to leave work super-duper early today because I was in the office super-duper late yesterday. So I was all, “Daylight! Lots of it! I should take pictures!” But it was pouring rain, so I stood out under the side porch roof and took two pictures of rain on the drainpipe extender thingie. Wooo! –Schn.

March 13, 2010

March 13 2010

After a day of very high winds and lots and lots of rain, we were so relieved that the power stayed on long enough for Schnookie to make us a traditional Saturday pasta dinner. Also, as of this picture, the satellite was still working for us to watch the Devils game. Sweet!

March 14, 2010

March 14 2010

What better way could there be to end a perfect weekend than to eat homemade ice cream made from farm strawberries frozen last year (they smelled so much like early summer) in homemade waffle cones (these were so, so, so, so, so good and smelled so much like late summer)?

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Now We Just Sit Back And Wait For The Crops To Roll In

As of today, every seed we’re starting indoors for 2010 has been started! We’ve got ever-more-hearty onion seedlings hardening off in the cold frame in the garden, pepper seeds doing their slow germination thing in seedling trays in the plant window, and freshly-planted tomatoes and broccoli. All the hard work of gardening is over now, right?

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We Break A Record Of Garden Laziness!

We took advantage of the gorgeous weather yesterday (it was 60 pretty much all day) to plant peas. (In a rare fit of restraint we did not take a million pictures of dirt.) Anyway, we’re totally out of practice and completely forgot to water the peas after covering them up. “Pshaw,” we said, “the soil was damp, they’ll be fine until tomorrow.” Well, it’s tomorrow and guess what? We forgot again.

And so it was that on March 10th — March 10th, people! — this phrase was uttered at Maple Hoo: “Don’t worry about watering, it’s going to rain tomorrow.”

We rock.

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