Today, June 28th, is our 21st wedding anniversary. This last year has been packed with so many great memories and a few sad ones. First, was the death of Poppy, the world’s best hen. Then the death of our longtime beautiful friend, B Bailey followed by the death of the woman who absolutely made us part of her family here in Hammond, Lee Collins. And just in the last few days, I learned of the passing of Sue Zajac, a dear friend from Glennallen Alaska days.
A trip to the Mississippi Delta, research for my presentation at book club, Dispatches from Pluto
A long awaited visit from Phillicia and Layne. So much fun!We even got a smile out of Stanley!
Stanley’s 82 Happy Birthday! A perfect night for star gazing and dinner on the porch.
A new visitor to garden
‘Helping’ Chelsea pass out Halloween candy
Orchids in October and November
Off to the theater to see The Way We Say Goodbye, written by a new friend here in Hammond, Donna Gay Anderson. So much talent
A great grandson A first for me Colter is the son of my granddaughter Emery and her husband Sam Bundy
And my son Trey and Raechel presented a new granddaughter Noelle The handsome young man is her big brother IV
And then it was Christmas at home and a special meeting of Hammond Garden Club
After Jesse left, Sean stayed a while longer to finish remodeling the chicken coop he and Jesse had started. And of course there was King Cake When he left, Stanley had a brand new potting shed Thanks Sean!
J had an opportunity to Play the Staircase at the Regional Art Center I had never heard her sing with such passion!
Valentine was a total winner this year We went to New Orleans for dancing at Mulates and Andrea Bocelli in concert and then a FABULOUS dinner here in Hammond with friends at Jacmel
A couple of weeks later we were off to Biloxi to see Johnny Mathis He can still belt out those songs that make your heart melt
Sarah, David, Grayson and Cicely came for a visit over spring break We had a swamp tour, some cooking lessons, a lot of visiting and Grayson put our new slider together Look at these beautiful pictures David made of our house
Back to our local theater for Jazz Fest
April is usually lovely here with Louisiana Iris blooms coming out our ears but the Equinox Freeze killed so much We had very few blooms and a lot of damage Here is my favorite of the few blooms we had
And then we were off to Europe for a fabulous trip All well documented on earlier blogs We spent two weeks on Crete
And another week in Milan Italy. Some highlights
Leonardo di Vinci
Beautiful food in beautiful settings. Garden restaurants and street markets.
Our shopping trip
Lake Como and the gardens at Bellagio
An evening at Teatro alla Scala