WP Photo Challenge: Blissed out in Paris on a Sunny Afternoon- “A Face in the Crowd”

I came upon this dapper little fellow in a Paris park enjoying the day as much as anyone.

Parisian Dog 2013

A Face in the Crowd

Weekly Photo Challenge- Beloved, There’s No Place Like Home

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Spring 2011

This year marks the 25th anniversary of living in my home, a 100-year-old farmhouse in rural Oregon.  When I moved in May of 1993 with my then husband and 6-year old son, I thought we had made a huge mistake.  It was overgrown, musty and dirty from the previous owners who smoked. The interior was dark and depressing (it doesn’t get worse than old brown shag carpet).  We froze the first two winters.  Over the years lots of changes were made mostly by our own hands.  The place is now warm, bright, & inviting.  The now ex-husband departed years ago for a younger model and a better man has been with me for the last 18 years   My son has grown up and made a life for himself.  In the meantime, my roots have grown deep here.  This is my beloved home.





I have no granite countertops

nor hardwood floors

an old white electric range

and portable dishwasher

do the cooking and the dishes


The floral wallpaper

peeling in places lines the walls

above the yellow wainscot

A shiny red woodstove

on a brick hearth

warms the large kitchen


The floor plan is ramshackle

added on as the needs of owners changed

during 100 years of occupation


More than a house

it is a vessel of memories

of people’s lives

including my own


Some would call it out of date

I would agree

but I like out of date

memories of simpler times

when life moved slower

the center of activity the kitchen

rather than an electric device


Yes, I don’t have granite countertops

nor hardwood floors

but the food here is good

and the table invites one to sit 

for a cup of tea and conversation


I go about my tasks with contentment

and with satisfaction

knowing that this is the place

I call home

Bandit & Dougan


WordPress Photo Challenge: Variations on a Theme- Doors

Blue Camino door“Windows open out onto the universe around you, but doors will take you to where your imagination lies.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

I have always been fascinated with doors, both literal and metaphorical.  What lies behind them?  Always I have found in my life when one door closes another one will open- often leading to a much better place.

All photos shot in 2013 along the Camino de Santiago with the exception of the yellow door which was shot in Ireland in 2017.


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Variations on a Theme


Weekly Photo Challenge “The Faces of Joy 2017”

I had to give pause when I read this challenge “The most meaningful photo I’ve taken this year.”  Looking back through all my photos, the ones that have the most meaning are the ones of the people & pups in my life.  It was a rough year in many ways.  These photos remind me of the joy in this world.

The elfin twins Anna & Elliot come for a visit.

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Son, Gareth & Daughter-in-law, Felicia on her 30th birthday , May 5th
My “spousal equivilent” doing what he loves!







SOLSTICE Celebration with friends.  What an amazing experience!

My dogs Bandit & Dougan, bringing tail waggin’ joy every day!

2017 Favorites


WordPress Photo Challenge: “Cheeky” Loose Hens

Nothing like a couple of seasoned old gals turned loose on our 2017 Irish adventure.  I’m on the left with my friend Deb.  In our sixties and getting cheekier every day!



WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge – “The Serenity of Tea”

It’s not always possible to escape to beautiful places in nature to find serenity.  In winter I find serenity with a good book and a nice a cup of nice tea in the comfort of my own home.  (Actually these photos were taken last summer in Ireland.  The cottage looked so serene I took this photo- but I do love a nice “cuppa”)IMG_0900