Thursday, August 25th, 2011 Archives


There is something about the brilliant colors of August blooming zinnias that makes me both happy and sad.  The happy feeling comes from the fact that the zinnias are giving much-needed color to my garden….right before the mums and asters start to bloom.  The red, pink, orange and yellow colors of the zinnias make me smile at their bold and saucy display. However, a feeling of sadness persists under the surface, coming from the realization that summer, for me, is almost at an end and autumn is just around the corner.



Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, is one of the most tranquil and beautiful places I have ever visited.  Every vista appears calm and orderly, from the farms which dot the landscape, to the many churches which are found everywhere from major highways to country roads.

Old churches frequently date from before the Revolutionary War. Buildings, graveyards and landscaping show painstaking care and maintenance.

An old weeping willow graces the church grounds.