In last year’s Farewell address I noted that I’d blinked, and 2013 somehow disappeared. Overall it was a pleasant year, but not one packed with unforgettable memories.
2014 has been strikingly different.
It all started with a road trip from the North Carolina mountains to Cambridge, Maryland for a dinner party thrown for members of my old book club (the Dorchester Divas.) It was a wonderful reunion, but the weather was ghastly and we swore we'd never travel during winter again. But I did manage to get out to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge which is one of the chief wintering areas along the Atlantic Flyway. Despite the wind and cold I found a few photo ops.
February marked the 50th anniversary of my exclusive interview with the Beatles when the Lads arrived at Miami International Airport to appear on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was a dizzying month filled with newspaper and radio interviews, and misty-eyed walks down Memory Lane. The hero was John Lennon and our story appeared on the front page of The Miami Herald on February 13, 2014. I also wrote a remembrance for The Christian Science Monitor.
April brought the return of the hummingbirds and my invitation to judge at the Biltmore International Rose Trials.
|Hummers returned on April 12th|
|I am honored to be a member of the permanent Biltmore judging panel|
|Rosy fun with Chris VanCleave, my Chris and Teresa Byington|
|The always spectacular Biltmore Rose Garden|
Later that month we set off on another road trip visiting friends in Williamsburg, Virginia Beach, Maryland and DC on the way to judge one of my favorite rose shows at Longwood Gardens.
|The wild onions of Yorktown|
|American Pillar (a hybrid wichurana) at Longwood|
In August I wrote my second posting about the historic trees at High Hampton in Cashiers, North Carolina, including the world's largest Fraser Fir.
|National Champion Bottlebrush Buckeye|
|The trees at High Hampton are magnificent. The gardens aren't too shabby either.|
Labor Day ended with a nasty surprise as Chris was rushed to Asheville for emergency bowel surgery. He was in Mission Hospital 11 days and we wondered if we would have to cancel our big trip in October we'd been planning for almost a year.
Did we make it? What other special anniversary was on the calender?
Watch this space...