Monday, December 31, 2012 17 comments

Goodbye 2012. Thanks for the memories.

This year simply evaporated for me. It seems like yesterday I was taking photos of the first wildflowers blooming in March. Now we are about to usher in 2013.

So I raise a glass to all my gardening friends and share some of my favorite pictures from 2012.

A little red boomer kept us entertained all winter

Wolfe's "Angel" lives nearby
Winter is a perfect for discovering small waterfalls in the woods (no snakes or bears!)

A Barred Owl came to call

Doug Gifford's amazing mountain garden  

Doug has over 300 roses overlooking Whiteside Mountain
An unwelcome visitor on the deck

A naughty gnome gets carried away at Wamboldtopia in Asheville     

My roses were the best ever this year

Dad's trail down to the waterfall became a reality

A white squirrel made an appearance on my birthday

Fall was fabulous

Christmas in New York was a fairytale ending for 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012 11 comments

Christmas in New York

The Christmas Tree beside the skating rink at Bryant Park

For ages I did a great deal of radio and TV production work in the Big Apple. But in recent years, thanks to shrinking client budgets and the quality of digital phone patches, I didn’t travel much further than my desk to supervise most sessions.

Over time I missed my talented friends and the general excitement of New York.  So when we learned A Prairie Home Companion was going to be staged at The Town Hall Theater this month, we decided to head for the bright lights and the big city.

And all the Christmas chaos.

We spent four days at what is described as a “boutique” hotel on Madison Avenue. (What that actually means is that it helps to be a midget or a contortionist to stay there.)

Despite the fact the hotel room was miniscule (and the elevator ignored our floor) the location was excellent. So we were able to walk to the show, Rockefeller Center, Macys, the Brill Building and dozens of other destinations on our list.
Now that we’re back home I’d love to show you some my favorite New York memories. 

So come along and see all the sights (without getting sore feet.)

The scene of the big proposal 24 years ago. (Death by Chocolate went to his head.)

Miracle on 34th Street -- I found a leather jacket I liked!
Without much else to occupy his time, Elmo hangs out in front of Macys.

Oh Little Elf! Listen to David Sedaris recounting his experiences in Santaland.

Even Santa skates at Rock Center

Jingle Bell Rockin' in front of Bloomingdales.

A shoutout for The Scream at the Museum of Modern Art

Everything in NY is bigger than life including these holiday lights on 6th Avenue

The fabulous Garrison Keillor and A Prairie Home Companion. Has your family tried 'em, Powder Milk?

CATS on Broadway!

Some of the greatest hits of the 50's and 60's were created here

They say the neon lights are bright...

Cheers to all my gardening friends. May 2013 bring the most beautiful blooms ever!