Happy New Year and best wishes to each of you.
And tomorrow this small corner of the cyber world will begin its tenth year. There's still more wine and more dogs to come - and of course at least a flamingo a year.
|Kopke Fine Tawny|
|Ms. Birdie checking for rabbits|
|Along the Great Miami River|
|Red Blooded Americano|
|The Great Miami River|
|moss and lichens|
|more lichens and moss|
|Fontodi Chianti Classico|
"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened"...... Dr. SeussThere was some sadness over the weekend as the last wines from estate grapes were released by the folks at Kinkead Ridge winery in Ripley, Ohio. The last two, brutally cold winters completely devastated the vineyard, the property changed hands and the new owners of the land will not be replanting. The winery itself was sold to different owners and remains open and an ongoing operation, albeit with purchased grapes and juice.
"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." – Mark TwainYesterday was the 240th "birthday" of the United States Marine Corps and the celebration was for and with friends departed and still here. Semper Fi, guys.
|Moss and Fungi|
’Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh
.....Thomas MooreNot a rose, but a rain lily in a large pot on the patio with the strength for one last blossom for the year. With the weather currently changing drastically to a much colder pattern the pot will be moved indoors this evening to winter over in a dark place. It will go back out in the early spring and provide another year of pink blossoms.
|Key West Cocktail|
|Thai Curry with Shrimp|
|Oct 8, 7:30 AM|
The heavenly blue of fresh new days
Oh, friend, you must employ them
Before they pass away. Be brave!
Enjoy them; oh, enjoy them!"
Theodor StormA beautiful walk this morning along the banks of the Great Miami River. Squirrels and gophers were kept at bay by the resident canine.
|The bike path along the river|
|A Great Blue Heron|
|The rive an hour after starting|