Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A LITTLE FUN WITH ART AND SOME SELFIES WITH MY NEW LENS

 Had to share this building art from my recent trip to Illinois.  We spent one day driving along the Mississippi river to the quaint town of Galena, Illinois.  So much history here.  I really had to admit that I had lots of fun with my camera this day as there was so much to photograph.  I had recently purchased a new lens which is , I think, going to be one of my favorite lenses. It is a Nikkor 28-300, so it really gives you a great variety from very wide angle to telephoto.  I have quite a few different lenses, and when I travel, it is hard to decide which lens to leave at home, which has gotten to be a bit problem as all this gear can really take up alot of space, and also weigh alot.  On this trip though, all I took was my single lens, and it really seemed to give me alot of choices from landscapes to close up shots.  It is going to be my "go to ' lens, especially when traveling.

      One of the things that I love in older towns is the architecture. Love these old brick walls, and especially when they have these artful paintings on the old bricks. This was one of the wall art pieces which really caught my eye, and have to admit that they also had a very interesting wine collection, with a focus on fruit wines. Had to try out a couple, and was fun looking around.

Also could not help trying a couple of selfies.  Wanted to see how my new lens did in lower lighting situations, and also could not resist trying on this "birthday hat. Wow, this was really quite a hat, and the store had lots of fun things to look at in the shopping department. So it was a fun day. Galena is very hilly and has many gorgeous old homes, including the homes of some famous politicians of past days. It was also perfect weather and the Fall colors were great. A fun day was had by all, and a great little historical town to visit!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

A VERY SPECIAL VILLAGE


 Had to share a few shots of a very special  and charming little country village that I got to visit on my recent trip to Illinois. This little town is Bishop Hill, in the southern Illinois country side. It was originally founded by a group of Swedish Immigrants in 1846. As soon as you drive in to this little village, you know that you are in a very special place, a place that is just filled with Creative energy. It is filled with adorable little restaurants which are filled with ambiance.  A beautiful and very charming park right in the center of town.  This is filled with beautiful fall trees and a gazebo that you can just see the ladies in the 1800's with their parasols walking on Sunday afternoons. Every little building, most of them original buildings, is filled with local art and handmade items such as pottery and woven pieces.  The town itself is not very big, and probably has a population of 300 people, but I have to say that every one of these people are very artsy, and it shows in every corner.  My cousin and I had a wonderful lunch in the bakery while we were there and enjoyed looking in to the stores. If you are ever in this area, be sure to stop in this village. You will be amazed and delighted!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NOSTALGIA

Had to share a couple of shots from my recent Illinois trip home.  It was a great trip and so wonderful visiting with my family there, but all too soon, it was time to go home.  My flight left from Chicago, and I had the opportunity to take a train to Chicago and spend the day before my flight left.  Now trains seem to really be "in my blood", as my father and grandfather both worked for the railroad... both of them for over 50 years each.  I took many many train trips as a little girl, so it was alot of fun for me waiting for my train to come in the early morning hours.  I love listening to the train whistle as it is coming through the countryside. Takes me way back to my childhood.
Waited to get the closest shot possible before I "chickened out" and backed up away from the oncoming train.
Love watching the little train station from my childhood leaving in the distance. brought back many memories.  Went straight to the dining car for some hot coffee as it was pretty early in the morning, and I needed my "JOE" while I watched all of the farmland passing by as I headed toward Chicago a day of browsing, and then my flight home.
Isn't it fun when you do something that brings you back to so many memories of the past, and feelings of NOSTALGIA?

Monday, October 20, 2014

TIME FOR THE HARVEST

 Just came home from a rather unexpected trip to Illinois, my birthplace.  It was one of those trips that came up unexpectedly. Something really not planned and that at the last minute, everything just sort of fell together in a rather miraculous way, allowing me to go see an area that I just love and visit with my family.   I was lucky enough to go at just a perfect time to see the time of harvest , which I  think is really a special time of year.  I just loved riding along the country side and seeing all of the combines and other farm equipment out reaping the rewards of alot of very hard work.  To me, there is nothing more beautiful than seeing these family farms and the beauty of the fields. Will share more of my shots of a wonderful week soon, many of which are filled with the stunning colors of fall.  hope that all of you are having a wonderful Fall. It is really hard to believe  that so soon the holidays will be here!! 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A WONDERFUL WEEKEND

 Just stopping  by to say hello!  i had a really wonderful weekend at my cabin this past weekend.  There was just a hint of Fall in the air, and it can't come too soon for me!  I bought a new sewing machine recently when I began to realize that I now will have 3 little girls in my life. My two little great grandaughters,  and then, how exciting, I am going to be a Grandma again. My oldest daughter is expecting her second child about November 7th, so it will not  be long.  I had fun with my sewing machine starting a little butterfly quilt for this little girl to come, Genevieve Grace. Very excited about this.  Also enjoyed looking for a little Fall color, and loved these mushrooms out side of our cabin. They seemed to pop up almost over night.  Above is my nosey Maggie. She found the cupboard door open, and just felt that there was something in side of this space for her. She always gives me a laugh.

Hoping that all of you also had a great weekend, and are enjoying the start of the new season!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FRIDAY THOUGHTS

THINKING TODAY OF ALL THE BEAUTY OF THIS SUMMER, AND HOW FLEETING IT HAS SEEMED.  LOOKING FORWARD TO THE BEAUTY OF FALL, BUT STILL TRYING TO HANG ON A BIT TO THE LAST OF THE SUMMER FLOWERS. HOPING THAT ALL OF YOU HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND. LOOKING FORWARD TO A LITTLE BIT OF CABIN TIME