a gardener on vacation

October 9, 2017

I’ve not posted a video to this blog before, but I’d like to share with you a photo montage from our recent vacation to St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. We had such a nice time 🙂 I hope that you enjoy seeing some pictures from our trip. This was one of our favorite travels. My best memories from our time spent: getting to take our dog, Trixie, almost everywhere we went – dog-friendly! seeing the sunrise over the ocean…

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sea turtles

October 4, 2017

We loved our visit to the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island during our vacation in Georgia last week. This facility houses an active sea turtle hospital, along with an educational center. According to their website: The Georgia Sea Turtle Center was created and is operated by the Jekyll Island Authority as a primary conservation program dedicated to increasing awareness through sea turtle education, rehabilitation, and research programs. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center empowers individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally…

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fort frederica, georgia

October 3, 2017

One of the neatest things we did during our St. Simons Island vacation last week was to visit Fort Frederica. This was a fort established by the British in the 1700s. The site is now operated by the National Park Service, who has this to say: Georgia’s fate was decided in 1742 when Spanish and British forces clashed on St. Simons Island. Fort Frederica’s troops defeated the Spanish, ensuring Georgia’s future as a British colony. Today, the archeological remnants of Frederica…

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within & without

April 3, 2017

From Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Book 4): “People try to get away from it all – to the country, to the beach, to the mountains. You always wish that you could too. Which is idiotic: you can get away from it anytime you like. By going within. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful – more free of interruptions – than your own soul.” We may indeed find peace within our souls, but I am not really sure that I agree…

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cities of the dead

November 1, 2016

We had the good fortune to spend this Halloween weekend in New Orleans. I took a bunch of garden photos to share with you later, but since this is Halloween, let’s look at something a little spookier. We walked through Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. According to, this is the oldest of the seven municipal, city-operated cemeteries in New Orleans. This is not the oldest cemetery I’ve visited, but might be the most interesting. The city is built on a swamp, so the…

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