Starting the Year in Nature

I really like to start a new year the way I want the year to unfold. It’s definitely one of my resolutions. So Debra and I packed up the Plott Hound’s backpacks with their water and bowl and headed over to our favorite local nature patch, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Oddly, it was just […]

Morris Arboretum With The Morford Clan

  One of my great joys of the holiday season is that my niece Amanda comes home for the holidays with her husband Ryan and their two boys Wyatt and Drew. Ryan is in the army and is currently stationed in Alaska, so these visits home are surely to be cherished because it certainly doesn’t […]

Relaxing at the Redneck Riviera

What fun to spend a long weekend relaxing with our dear friends Linda and Donna at their home which they fondly call the Redneck Riviera! Donna is an incredible artist and jewelry maker, and Linda is an amazing glass artist. You can see their work at Barking Dog Gallery or give them a “like” at […]

SheWho Sings in Rehoboth

SheWho, a Philadelphia area feminist acapella choir performs to high accolades at Women’s Fest in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Last weekend Debra and I had the pleasure of attending Women’s Fest in Rehoboth Beach where each of us presented workshops in our respective areas of expertise. My presentation was Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife where I talked […]

Plott Hounds in the Park

On a recent birding adventure at Assawoman Wildlife Area, we were surprised and honored when our 2 Plott Hounds received a hearty round of applause from several other visitors. We have worked hard at training our Plott Hounds Morgan and Otis to be good travelers (and welcome return visitors to our friend’s homes) and they […]

Assawoman Adventures

Busy weekend starts with a very long day at Women’s Fest in Rehoboth Beach, DE, where Debra and I both presented workshops, and then Debra performed with her choir: At 8 am I presented Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife At 10 am Debra presented “Women’s Music Saved My Life” Ran back to our friend’s house for an […]

Woods Trail Blackwater NWR

Last weekend Debra and I took a roadtrip for a birding adventure at Oakley Terrace in Cambridge, MD along the Choptank River to see the phenomenon that some birders call the Wall of Shame, so named because it’s so easy to see a wide variety of winter ducks very close (if you’ve come armed with […]

Art Outside the Philadelphia Flower Show

Yesterday Debra and I made our annual trek to the Philadelphia Flower Show. After dropping Debra and my mother off at the entrance so they could snag a wheelchair for my mother, I headed out in search of parking — an always elusive thing in Center City Philadelphia. I finally found an open lot about […]

Cousins at the Beach

Last summer I got to meet a bunch of cousins I’d never met before at the bi-annual Godshall/Long reunion held at the home of Judie Kehs Much and her husband David Much. And what fun to discover not only these new cousins, but also that Judie was an avid reader of my site Ecosystem Gardening, […]

Morris Arboretum Holiday Garden Railway

While we didn’t get a white Christmas, we did get snow the day after, just in time for a fun adventure to see the Holiday Train at Morris Arboretum with my favorite nature kids. The Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum: Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a quarter mile of track featuring […]

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