Elk Rock Gardens

Elk Rock Gardens at the Bishop’s Close, dates back to the late 1800s and is one of the oldest gardens in Oregon. Perched on the cliffs high above the Willamette River, this 13 acre garden is a lovely place to stroll and take photos. We visited a few years ago with our dear friends Tim…

A Holiday Weekend

I have a busy weekend planned with friends and family which includes a birthday celebration for my daughter; so I’m posting some random photos of past adventures. Sailboat on the Willamette River, OR. Brix Restaurant, Napa Valley, CA. In the Cotswolds, UK. Pretty swan in Brugge, Belgium. Horse back riding near Wallowa Lake OR. Flowers…

Roussillon, Provence, France

Roussillon is a beautiful gem of a village located in the Luberon area of Provence, in southwest France. The village is blanketed in the ubiquitous ocher, a natural pigment found in the area, and is one of the largest deposits of the mineral in the world. Ocher was mined here for many years, and is…

Just Some Photos

I’m posting just a few photos today of past adventures. I took this while kayaking off San Juan Island, WA. The photo of the fox was also taken on San Juan Island. Near Melbourne, Australia, there is an amazing place called The William Rickets Sanctuary. The photo below was taken there. Above and below, Port…

Sunday Lunch

The French have a tradition of gathering together on Sundays to enjoy a long, leisurely lunch with family and friends. I first read about this tradition in a book by Susan Hermann Loomis called In a French Kitchen. Since my husband and I love food, cooking and France, we adopted this custom for our weekends….

Macro Photography

I learned a few things this past weekend about macro photography from my niece, Terri, who is a professional, and an absolutely amazing photographer. Check out her site here. Once the weather improves, I hope to get outside and practice some of the tips she shared with me. In the meantime, I’ll share a few…

A Milestone Birthday

I celebrated a milestone birthday last week. It’s hard to believe that I have reached this age; where did the time go? I don’t feel old, in fact, sometimes I feel like a kid who doesn’t know what to do when I grow up! I have grey hair, wrinkles, arthritis, aches and pains, but I…

Cross Country Skiing at Mt. Bachelor

Planning on playing in the snow this winter? Consider Mt. Bachelor in Central Oregon. This is a beautiful location that offers skiing, snow boarding, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and 56 km of cross country trails. Located about 30 minutes from Sunriver, and about an hour from Bend, this resort is a perfect get away for couples…

More on Seoul, South Korea

Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, is home to 10 million people and in 2015 was rated Asia’s most livable city. It is an interesting mix of old and new with modern skyscrapers built around ancient Hanok villages, Buddhist temples and shrines. My husband and I visited in November, and although Seoul was never…