The French Connection - Part 1 - Tarn, France.

After another plane delay of about three hours, we finally arrived in Toulouse where Roger & Vee came to pick us up.  The plan was for us to take the bus from the airport and then the train to Carmaux where they would collect us.  So much for that plan! Roger and Vee are more than gracious hosts.  They gave us the grand tour of  several medieval towns: [...]

Views from Spain, part 4. Madrid

We spent three days in Madrid.  Got in on Saturday afternoon - the day of the European Union football (soccer) finals.  The hotel we were able to get for Saturday night looked like a dungeon and was on a street that left a lot to be desired.  Lots of working girls on the corner and some rather shady looking characters on the street corners.  Nevertheless, we[...]

Views from Spain, Part 3. The end of the road.

The last day on the via felt like the worst.  The morning started out pretty cool.  The walking was easy.  As the morning wore on into afternoon, walking became much more difficult.  Our blisters were getting more and more sore.  The temperatures were rising; the asphalt was getting hotter, and the uphill seemed steeper.  We trudged on.  We stopped for somet[...]

Views from Spain - Part 2. The Via de la Plata

The Via de la Plata winds through some beautiful and small Gallician villages and towns.  The route seems to be the road less traveled.  In my previous post I mentioned that we'd gone four of the five days and had the last day to finish before we reached the cathedral inSantiago.   I may or may not have mentioned that we met up with a Danish woman, Lisbeth, [...]

Views from Spain - Part 1. I've abandoned the corner garden for a while.

We left the corner garden 10 days ago.  We've been quite busy.  First waiting in DeGaulle airport for the ash cloud to lift so we could get to Malaga, Spain.  We finally arrived in Malaga about 10 hours late and our luggage showed up 48 hours later.  Good thing I packed a change of clothes in my backpack! After getting about 2 hours sleep, we headed off on [...]

VIEWS FROM THE CORNER GARDEN: CELANDINE POPPY (Stylophorun diphyllum)

Last spring a lovely but uninvited guest showed up in my garden.  At first, I thought it was a rather pretty weed.  However, upon further investigation, I discovered that Mother Nature had bestowed one of her showiest woodland flowers upon me.  How generous of her to provide a Celandine or golden wood poppy for free. The Celandine poppy is quite common in S[...]

The Winners!Icebreaker Tournament Team

Kelly writes:  "Thought I would share some team trophy photos from Brendan's first baseball tournament.  They came in first for their division and won the championship.  We had some "HAPPY" boys." Drewie missed the picture with all the siblings, he had to leave a few minutes early to get to his baseball practice.

VIEWS FROM THE CORNER GARDEN: THRILLING TRILLIUMS

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time walking in parks and crawling around on hands and knees in wildflower fields.  (Achoo!)  I don’t need to tell you fellow gardeners how beautiful the parks and woods look when the trilliums pop their lovely heads up and fill the landscape with their delicate yet exuberant colors and sh[...]

The Recumbent Voyager Reviews: Pilgrim’s Road: A Journey to Santiago de Compostela

This book by Bettina Selby (published by Little Brown & Co., 212 pages $15.50) got me to thinking about doing the Camino Santiago.  Following is a review of Pilgrim's Road. Since the 10th Century, pilgrims have traveled the ancient roads through France and Spain to arrive at Santiago de Compostela (The Field of the Star of St. James), the legendary shri[...]

Información de Flor Diversa (or miscellaneous flower info)

Two new hydrangeas called  'Little Honey' arrived on Thursday (Hydrangea quercifolia Little Honey). Got them in the ground yesterday before it rained.  They look to be in good condition despite their transport from Hodges, SC.  I'm hoping it will flourish in the garden.  It certainly promises to be a good looking plant. Also put in some new 'Flame Thrower' [...]