Sunday, October 21, 2012

Time for the Reveal....

My fourth quilt for Quiltmaker Magazine's Scrap Squad is done and they have posted it on their blog Quilty Pleasures .

Here is my version of Country Morning.  The original had red work in the centers and the quilt was done in reds and white.   I hand appliqued the blocks and then I hand quilted it.  I didn't finish it until I was on vacation.  It was breezy the day I took this picture so it looks a little wavy.  The quilt is hanging on a broom handle that DH is holding.

This is the first picture I took when we reach Assateague Island.  It is our favorite place to go camping.  Sandy beaches, seagulls, pelicans, beautiful ocean and dolphins on one side of the island.  Marsh, Egrets, and ponies on the Bay side of the island.   We spent a wonderful 7 days there.

Our campsite.  Although there are no trees, this time of year there is a wonderful cool breeze that blows off the ocean. 

Do you see the dolphin?  We must have seen hundreds of them this year.  And if you look in the background.  That is a 3 masted schooner.  Hubby said it looked like the Black

Everyday we walked the beach looking for sea shells.  During the week we practically had the beach to ourselves.  But on the last weekend (Columbus Day weekend) it was very crowded.

This was such a beautiful end to a wonderful day.  The sunsets were incredible.  So were the sunrises....however, I was too lazy to get up and take pictures.  I could however see the sunrise while laying in bed.

The ocean side of the island is a Maryland State Park.  The bay side of the island is a National Park.  Although they do have some camping on the ocean side.

 The marsh is almost a world away from the ocean.  So many different birds.... many different landscapes and smells.

This is a close up of the red grasses that grow on the marsh.

And of course the ponies.  We didn't see as many as in past years.  Seems they were hanging out in the marsh away from prying eyes.  The brown pony was chasing the other two.  We had to sit and wait as they have the right away.

I think this was the best time we have had at the island and are already thinking of staying 2 weeks next year.    I hope you have enjoyed my journey...but it's not really over.  We left here and headed onto Gettysburg, PA.

Until then....

Hugs, Cathy

Monday, October 15, 2012

The Second Leg of our Trip....

More on my vacation.  After we left Green Brier State Park in Maryland we headed to Bull Run State Park in Virginia.  Hubby is a big Civil War Buff.  He also shoots an original Civil War Carbine in competition so when ever we get a chance we visit Civil War Battle Fields.  We also got to visit with our son Scott and his wife Amanda.

This is the famous Stone Bridge in Manassas, Virginia.

From here we went onto the battlefield.  It was gloomy out and was raining off and on so we didn't get many pictures.

This is the Henry family homestead that is on the battlefield. 

This is the statue of Stonewall Jackson.

I just had to include is a tree near our campsite.  It reminded me of an owl looking out of the tree.

Well thanks for viewing my photos.   Tomorrow I will show you photos of my favorite part of the trip.  Assateague Island, Maryland.

Till then....

Hugs, Cathy


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Back from Vacation.....

Wow did we have fun.  I took so many pictures that in order to share I will need to do a post a day.  This is the longest we've every been gone...almost 3 weeks.  We decided that we love our new trailer and it made the trip all the better for it.

We had plans to meet up with our son Scott and his wife Amanda in Virginia but that wouldn't happen till the weekend.  We started our trip mid week so we decided to stop in Maryland first.  We camped at Green Briar State Park.

Here is our campsite.  The weather was beautiful and the trees were just starting to change color.

The views were spectacular.  It was fairly mountainous there.

I just love old barns.  We weren't always able to stop and get pictures.  The roads were windy and there was usually someone right behind us.  But I did manage to get the above 3 barns.

We spent 2 days in the area.  We found 2 great antique malls and a quilt shop that we had visited before.  I got some great patterns there.  It is just outside of Hanover, Maryland and is called "Traditions of the White Swan".  I know strange name for a quilt shop but it has a fabulous choice of fabrics and patterns.

Tomorrow I will share pictures from our stay in Virginia at Bull Run State Park.

Hope you are having a wonderful day....I am.  Today is my 63rd birthday although I feel like a

Hugs, Cathy