Monday, October 16, 2017

The Peaks of Otter

Some of you may know that my daughter Shirley and I just returned from a short trip to the mountains. It was incredible. I will share some of our fun with you this week and, who knows, maybe next week, too. 

The Peaks of Otter in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia was my favorite. We stayed at the lodge overnight, settling into our surroundings at dusk. 
The view from our balcony.

The next morning we ate breakfast in the lakeside restaurant with this view from our window.

Then we boarded a shuttle bus to drive to near the top of Sharp Top Mountain (one of the three peaks of Otter). That ride had us all squealing as the bus climbed up a very steep, narrow road with one hair-pin curve right after another. It was a far piece down the side of that mountain if we slipped off that road!! 

                     Finally we arrived at the end of the road. 

Some of our group elected to hike to the peak... some 1,500 more feet over very steep and slippery terrain. My daughter was one of them! I was not! Those that did not wish to hike hopped back on the bus and returned to the lodge. I remained behind, enjoying that mountain air, taking pictures, relaxing all by myself. 
Here some of the hikers are waiting to start the trek to the top

A fence at the bus turn around spot.

Rocks, trees, fall leaves, moss.  

Our view as we head down the mountain.

Oh, and by the way, I had wondered where the name 'Peaks of Otter' came from. It seems that there was a family by the name of Ewing who settled there back in the early days and Ewing is pronounced 'Clan Ewing of Otter' in Scottish. 

Thursday, October 12, 2017


I started attending a watercolor class last Thursday. I thought my background was pretty good... then it was time to go home.

And, I once again, overworked my painting. When will I learn. I wanted the foliage around the bird to be sort of 'invisible'. Well, it really is NOT. But, I am learning. So, I am hanging in there. 

Here is another chickadee that I had done earlier, some weeks ago. 

Hope all of you are having a lovely Paint Party Friday. I am going out of town so probably won't connect this until later. Maybe Sat. or Sun. if it is still open then. 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


My daughter, Marie, and I recently went to the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center here in Suffolk and saw the amazing work of a sculptor, Charles Taylor. We enjoyed each piece as they all were so unique and had it's own story to tell. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did. Well, that was silly to say. Nothing is ever as exciting on a computer screen as it is in real life. But, I did my best. If you are ever in the neighborhood, you ought to stop by.

The fountain in front of the Cultural Arts Center

Mr. Fox about to jump!

Mr. Taylor's studio is on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Lots of beautiful birds there to copy.

A dove on an ear of corn.

And, the man and his son paint, too. What talent!

This is my post for My Town Shootout this week. Check this blog out, you might want to join in the fun, too.