Sunday, October 31, 2010

Breakfast guests

The snow brought, among other things, a flock of evening grosbeaks to the feeder.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Lyrical trip

Just like that song, when we were walking in Memphis, W.C . Handy (the statue) was looking down over us, we were walking on Beale, we walked through the gates of Graceland and there was some gospel in the air. The firearms sign was a bit of a jolt, though.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Birds in the hand

During our trip through Algonquin Park, we encountered these gray jays, which have become accustomed to eating out of the hands of visitors.

I do not know who was more thrilled -- the birds who got a free meal, or Ronna who wanted to share all our worldly goods with the friendly creatures. But both emitted noises of delight.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Southern comfort

We just got back from a great week in Tennessee, where we enjoyed that proverbial Southern hospitality, great barbecue, an installment of the famed Grand Ole Opry radio show, and a new appreciation of the Civil War. And that was just the beginning!

At the Ryman Auditorium, we posed with a statue of Minnie Pearl, with her famous price tag, and enjoyed a typical country show -- one moment we were laughing at a beer-swiggin' song, and the next we were almost sobbing when violonists played the mournful Ashokan Farewell, better known as the theme from The Civil War TV series.

Tennessee is stepped in history, much of it tragic. We visited Franklin, a tiny community where on November 30, 1864, one of the bloodliest battles of the Civil War was waged. Bullet holes remain embedded in buildings at Carter House. At Carnton Plantation, the McGavock family's fields became a Confederate Cemetery.

But the visit was far from grim. Stay tuned.