Category Archives: Local Pleasures

Quick escapes, wildlife in the city.

A Lovely Day Out

Yesterday I went with my friend Les to pick up her wine order at Paradise Springs Winery outside Clifton, Virginia. We planned to stop in Clifton, which is an old town with a history of railroading and lumber. It has … Continue reading

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Seizing the Sun

We’ve become trapped in a weather pattern with rain most days. While this has been good for the drought, and is undoubtedly good for all green things and the bees, I would welcome less rain. I was in the garden … Continue reading

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Winter and Spring Tussle

Yesterday I opened the blinds to a beautiful winter day. After letting myself absorb the clear sky and the brightness of it all, my first thought was Dumbarton Oaks. There is nothing like a trip to the fabled garden to … Continue reading

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A Little Respite

My niece came to visit on Saturday. We went to a party at some friends on Saturday evening and then headed to my cousin’s on Sunday. Aaaahhhh, such relaxation… My cousin and her husband live in Fredericksburg, Virginia near the … Continue reading

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Heaney, Russo, Barker: Books!

I have been reading a lot as it has been raining so much. I did go to the garden today where the rabbits had been hard at work eating all the seedlings. Still, I got some lettuces for the week … Continue reading

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A Full Spring Weekend

Last weekend, we finally got some spring weather. I met Sarah, one of the 10th and Barton Plot Against Hunger volunteers in the morning and we cleared out the large garden and prepped it for planting. A fellow gardener from … Continue reading

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Canal, River, Falls and a Walk

We had a breath of things to come today. Hazy sun, 60 degrees. It was predicted weather and I thought I might swing by the garden, but then my friend Carolyn emailed me and asked if I wanted to go … Continue reading

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Navigation, Astronomy, and Time

Last Friday morning I scored a tour of the Old Naval Observatory from Stephen Randolph, the historian of the U.S. Department of State. I’ve been wanting to get inside this place ever since I first saw its dome rising among … Continue reading

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On the Prairie: Bison and Grain Elevators

I spent part of the holidays in Illinois with my family. It was soggy, as anyone following US weather news might have guessed. We had clouds. We had rain. We had flooded roads. Still, there were a few beautiful afternoons … Continue reading

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Of Magic, Reality, and Equilibrium

A poem posted by The Little Old Lady Who on Friday got me thinking about illusion, magic and reality. Her poem on some level was about Christmas decorations and the differences between what they look like lit up (and inflated … Continue reading

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