Sunday, July 13, 2014

Accidental Pictures

I was going through my online photo albums and found a lot of "accidental pictures". We've all done it. We have our cell phones or real cameras in hand to take a picture and then something happens and without knowing it we've snapped an unintended picture. I found them to be really interesting, especially as a grouping, and thought I'd share them. This might even become a regular series ...because we know its bound to happen again.








I love it when the camera somehow bends the light like in the photo above.




Thanks for visiting. 


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Spring Laziness and My New Old Iphone 4s

Hello blog. It has been a while. I have much going on here in my world, but little energy to put together a post about it. But that's okay. I am enjoying myself, and my husband, and my yard, which is still a work in progress. The yard, not the husband. He's all good, as am I. ;)

Mr. Magnum moving his bed to the middle of the room. 

I did get an iphone, though, which is a very funny turn of events if you knew Jason and me. When we met, he was an Apple and I was a PC. When it comes to computers that hasn't changed, but when it comes to phones, he is now an Android and I am an Apple. Crazy but true!

Mollie has to let me know she is there.

I've had two android phones since I met him. Before that I still had a flip phone, which I kind of miss every once in a while. Those were simpler times, weren't they? So, why did I get an iphone? I'm a practical girl, and I don't need a lot of bells and whistles in my phones. I do have some requirements, though. I need good battery life, a good camera, and for my phone to react swiftly and appropriately when I tap it (not to lag behind), all of which Apple is known for.  So, I took the plunge. 

I did; however, get a used iphone 4s. I'm not into contracts and there is no way I could buy a new one. This is not an advertisement for them, but have you heard of Ting? They are relatively new, and Jason just switched his phone service over to them and now I am with them, too. What a difference. Great customer service compared to past experiences, which we will not go into because I want to forget how awful it was. We are both in a better place now in the cell phone department. Let's hope it stays that way. 

So, while the phone is wonderful, I am most pleased with the great camera. I've never had so many megapixels to work with before and I've been known to take a lot of pictures with my phone. So, I've been having fun with it. (though, it does keep me from editing all those photos on my real camera.☺)


sculpey clay figures via foobella.blogspot.com
Some of my tiny clay figurines.

I could never get closeup shots like this with my previous phone. There was no adjusting the focus, so anything closeup was just a blur. Not anymore!

diner, coffee and eyeglasses via foobella.blogspot.com
Breakfast at HoneyButter's Kitchen. Cute retro diner feel.

College Deli W&M via foobella.blogspot.com
Lunch at The College Deli. Nice patio. 
Good grilled cheese sandwich, but then, that's kind of hard to mess up.

Around our yard. 

Jason makes good bread

Jason's irises in bloom
Wright Brothers Memorial and a genius via foobella.blogspot.com
Ok, so, this is a picture I took with my iphone, of another picture (me, circa 1984).
Today is Throwback Thursday, though, right? ;)

♥☻♥

~Have a great weekend~


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival 2014

We went to the 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival this weekend in Gloucester, Virginia. The last time I visited the festival was in 2010 and it certainly has grown a lot since then.


(all photos taken with my cell phone and edited in google+)

Gloucester Daffodil Festival Poster 2014
Winning Daffodil Festival poster by Carol Aldridge
The history of the daffodil in Gloucester County is nearly as old as the county. When Gloucester was formed in 1651 from part of York County, early settlers brought daffodils from England. Settlers soon discovered the soil and weather conditions were good for them. The bulbs were passed from neighbor to neighbor, naturalizing by the beginning of the 20th century. The daffodil industry (which earned the county the title "Daffodil Capital of America") developed during the 1930s and 1940s. [8] 

We got there when it started Saturday morning and found a nice spot to watch the parade, and I must say, it was pretty good, especially thanks to the Tidewater Shrine Club. Wow, do they know how to put on a show. Check out this video of the shriners doing their thing:


If you can't watch the video, a group of Shriners are driving mini racecars down the parade route, all the while doing a fast and tight formation of circles and figure eights. It was pretty exciting to see and a great kick off to the festival.

Here are just a few highlights of the parade:

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Shriners in parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Shriners in parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Shriners in parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Shriners in parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com
You have got to love Shriners on tricycles. 

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com
Beyond Boobs Breast Cancer Organization with the Good Health Fairy®

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com
This pup is for adoption at the Gloucester  Mathews Humane Society.

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Parade at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com


After the parade, we walked down to the main festival area, and it was packed! I couldn't believe how many people were here this year compared to my last visit a few years ago.  Plus,  we really lucked out with beautiful weather. 

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com


28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

I have to give a shout out to this tent for the Bread For Life Food Pantry, where my parents volunteer a LOT of their time every week, and they love it. The Pantry is located at The Church of St. Therese  but it is run with the help of volunteers from 10 local churches. 

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

Virginia is for Lovers Sign at 28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

The Virginia is for Lovers sign was making an appearance in front of the Gloucester Museum of History, and I really wanted my picture with it, but every time we passed by there was a long line.  So, I had to make do with a shot from afar. I did get the Beyond Boobs fairy in the picture, though.

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com
I loved the flower arrangement at this business's entry.

I want one of these!


28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

And of course, the star of the festival, the daffodils. 

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com

28th Annual Gloucester Daffodil Festival via foobella.blogspot.com


If you ever drive through the county of Gloucester, Virginia starting in March every year, you will see daffodils popping up not only in the median of US route 17, but in front of homes, businesses, and hidden in nooks and crannies in the woods. It's such a beautiful welcoming of Spring.

Thank you for visiting. 

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Spring in Colonial Williamsburg Part II

Yesterday I showed you around Colonial Williamsburg (CW) from our visit last May. Today I wanted to show you around some more from the same visit, with maybe a few more recognizable buildings in the mix. Oh, and that Colonial Garden we always make a habit of walking through to see the wares, and flora and fauna they  have for sale.


(all photos taken with a canon powershot 870 IS {except last two taken with my cell phone} and edited in google+)
bird whistles at Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
Inside a shop.

Colonial Williamsburg gardens in spring via foobella.blogspot.com

Colonial Williamsburg period buildings via foobella.blogspot.com
Just one of many tiny buildings in this little city.

Compton Oak Tree in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
The Compton Oak
I was looking for information for this tree above, because it's massive and a favorite for everyone who visits. Well, I found this interesting google maps site for The Williamsburg Heritage Tree Program. The Compton Oak, which is on East Nicholson Street across from the St. George Tucker house, is a National Champion. If you see it in person, you will know why. It's stunning.


                               
                                             View Williamsburg's Heritage Tree Program in a larger map

The Magazine in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
The Magazine

The Courthouse in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
The Courthouse

Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
The Governor's Palace
All three buildings above, The Magazine, the Courthouse, and the Governor's Palace, you will need a ticket to enter. I have yet to go in the Courthouse, but we went into the magazine on our visit last May.

English Garden in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

English Garden in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com
The garden above is next to the Colonial Garden shop. As I said, many places at CW you will need a ticket to enter, even some of the gardens, but you can see this one on Duke Of Gloucester Street, which is basically the "Main Street" of Colonial Williamsburg. You'll know you need a ticket to enter a garden, building, or shop if there is a British flag (Union Jack) flying at the entrance.

Colonial Williamsburg gardens in spring via foobella.blogspot.com


Colonial Garden in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Here is the Colonial Garden, where you can take home a piece of Colonial times.  This shop is open to the public.

Colonial Garden in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Colonial Garden in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Johnn Jump-ups in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Colonial Garden pottery in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

Colonial Garden in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

I will leave you with these last photos, which actually were taken on our last visit a few weeks ago. 

daffodils in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

daffodils in Colonial Williamsburg via foobella.blogspot.com

The daffodils are always the first to pop up.

Colonial Williamsburg is a must see if you love American History and gardens, and learning about colonial living.  I like to think of CW as being our area's "baby" Central Park. =)

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