Photo Challenge #33

By: calpoppy , 1:48 PM GMT on June 11, 2014

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We headed up to the Eastern Sierra Nevada to camp in the Minnie for a few days and had the most wonderful time!! We have camped in this area many, many times but never with our pups or in the Minnie.

Sierra Nevada is Spanish and means snowy or snow capped mountains. This range of mountains has the highest peak in the lower 48, Mt. Whitney. We headed up past Mt. Whitney toward the town of Bridgeport and then headed up a dirt road which was about 11 miles to the camp spot. There is a national forest camp ground but we usually stay in the dispersed camping areas.

On the dirt road looking back toward Bridgeport.



Now looking up to where we are going.



We camped right next to the creek with the sound of a small waterfall and amongst the aspens!





In the morning with our cup of coffee we would walk over to a grassy meadow by the creek with TNT and sit on a rock and watch the fish jump for bugs while TNT had a great time in the grass.





Some squirrels were sacrificed by TNT but many more live on.




The campsite is at 7900' elevation which was great to get acclimatized for our hike on Wednesday.



We went for several small hikes up and down the creek and found some interesting campsites for future camping, and some beautiful views.





Beavers inhabit the creek. We only saw one briefly as they are like a fast motorboat, LOL! But here are some of their lodges and their night work.





Wildflowers were blooming, including this Shooting Star which likes the water areas.



Because this blog is pretty picture heavy, the hike we took will be on the next blog. There are so many pictures on that hike I want to share with you all.

If there is a moral to this blog it is to go out into the world and enjoy it!! We are doing our best, LOL!

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72. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:14 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
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71. sandiquiz
3:42 PM GMT on June 25, 2014
Who knew these things!

Various colours of ring necked doves!



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70. WeatherWise
1:58 AM GMT on June 25, 2014



Hi Calpoppy, Two nights down of Vacation Bible School - Two more to go. So far it has been good. Speaking of my coneflower that I have gone on and on about - Something, somebody, or some crtitter took the new bloom that was just beginning in the first stages and tried to take the big coneflower bloom that I have taken a hundred times probably. Evidently the stalk was too tough for them to break it off so they left it broken down. I even tried to go ahead and break it off but would not break. I had to use garden snips to snip it off. It is now in a vase and I will not get to see it go through all of the stages of shriveled petals, cone seeding out and all. Sad - whatever or whoever did it. Here is a photo of the new flower that went missing as well. I took this photo yesterday.I took photos of the red this morning. Did not know it would be the last photo!



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69. BriarCraft
11:26 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
With a little help from Sandiquiz, I think I've got the hang of pulling down photos off our group page and turning them into a collage. It's on WU, so feel free to spread it around WUville, so Ylee and others can see what we're up to.

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68. calpoppy
6:02 PM GMT on June 24, 2014
Ylee that was funny!!!! Might have gone with that one, but it was to late :( I still like what we went with though!

Hi Briar! I am sure it will grow once the word gets out and they see what fun we are having!!

I saw a ring necked dove today, but the ring was white not black. The plumage was a darker color more grey, same size, same crazy call it makes. Must be a mutant, LOL!

A new blog manana! Me thinks :))
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67. BriarCraft
5:23 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
More people are showing interest in joining us. That's great!

Since I have Dianna's Flickr name, as well as YOR's and Mike's, I sent them invitations to join.

I am so excited about this!


For Ylee and others in WUville who might be curious, I just had the inspiration that we could make a collage of the weekly challenges and post them to WU as portraits. Then Ylee could at least see what we've been up to.
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66. Ylee
4:59 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
I know it's too late, but I came up with WUper Snappers. Unfortunately, since I can't access Flickr, I won't be able to see the results! :(
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65. calpoppy
4:41 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Hi Osdianna! I just need you flickr name and I will invite you to join. The group is invite only. TaDah is not part of the name, LOL! You can WUmail me with it or put it in the comments. Our first challenge will start next Monday! Would be super to have you aboard!

BriarCraft and I are the Admins or as I put it down Swat Team Leaders, LOL! We do need a couple of Mods, no hurry on that yet. Everyone can get a feel on what is involved.
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64. osdianna
4:23 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Thanks for the invite to Compositionally Challenged ( is TaDah!!! part of the name:)?) I already have a Flickr account there so know how user-friendly it is.

Love the camping photos Calpoppy; brought back some great memories. My ex and I camped at nearby Dorothy Lakes (above Tom's Place) on our honeymoon many years ago...clear starry skies, but it was June 1st and lots of snow still all around the lakes...cold at night!
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63. calpoppy
4:13 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
We had the POD or Project of the Day on Saturday and since photos have been the theme on this blog recently that was our project.

I bought a large piece of 1/8 thick acrylic, Mr. P then cut it to size. I had some velcro and some double sided tape. Now to the project. On the bathroom door of the Minnie I put up pictures with double sided tape then we put up the acrylic with the velcro. Now I have picture of our journeys in the Minnie. I used PicMonkey to put text on the pics, as to year and where they were taken. Now I am pressing some flowers and pretty seed heads to use as a bit of decoration around the pics. This of course will be an ongoing project, hopefully not completed for a very long time :)
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62. calpoppy
2:08 PM GMT on June 23, 2014
Hi SP! You are never butting in!! I liked your suggestion :) You can view the group's photos, it is public. Just members need to be invited. So if you ever have the urge to take photos we would certainly invite you.

Hi GG! Thanks for all your input, all were good and funny!!

Hi Sandi! That is why we need your imput! Never thought of people doing searches for dog groups and I wouldn't want to offend that cat group (as per SP).

Hi WW! It is amazing how the color deepens on the coneflower! I loved it when I would bring them in the garden center and when they fully opened how many different colors there were!

We are only doing the challenge once a week, would that be to much for you? We would certainly like for you to join!

Hi Briar! Lost Lens Caps, LOL! I have misplaced my lens cap for my panasonic, so that was a very funny name of group!!

We are started with our new Flickr group the name of the group is..... Compositionally Challenged TaDah!!! The admins are called Swat Team Leaders (just thought that was funny). So if anyone here wants to join just post a comment or a Wumail to me or BriarCraft. Also any friends of members, we would like to have you too!



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61. BriarCraft
12:41 AM GMT on June 23, 2014
Poppy, since the Flickr group is your brainchild and I'm only your partner in crime, why don't you narrow the name choices down to your favorite 2 or 3 and then put it up for a vote? Or have Mr. P do the narrowing down, if you don't want to.

I did read in the Flickr Help Forum that it is possible to change a group's name, but it needs to be done in stages. Let's say the name starts out as Spiffy Shooters and you want to change the name to Lost Lens Caps. First, you would change the name to Spiffy Shooters Lost Lens Caps. Then, after some period of time, you could change it again to Lost Lens Caps.
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60. WeatherWise
11:52 PM GMT on June 22, 2014



Wow! You all have really been busy over here. You would think that I had gone missing or something? Not sure what I have been doing, mostly procrastinating, I guess. This week will be fairly busy with all of my regular daytime activities plus I am working with Vacation Bible School each night this week. I am in charge of crafts. Wish me luck! Good Luck with your photo venture on Flickr. I don't think I can keep the pace but will enjoy hearing about it and hope you will post your shots on WU as well.

Oh, and you know how I told you my link button did not work for my linking my photo since NUWU? I have found a way around it which is actually easier. I doubt if it will allow me to paste the code in here as it will want to put the photo in as well instead of code. I forget what someone did to make code script show up. At any rate, I have the code in notepad. I just open it and put the number for the new photo in both parts of the code - the linking and the location of photo and paste it into blog and works perfectly without all of the work.

Can't seem to post code in as wants to put photo in. Perhaps you could click quote and get the script out of that except you would put your photo link and photo location in the code script.






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59. BriarCraft
9:42 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
I've been spreading the word to WUfolk I know who might be interested. One responded on my blog:
Quoting 72. YelloworangeRose:

I am willing to join the group in flicker and be just a civilian (not an admin). I do not have a nice camera just a digital one but i am willing to learn from the pros. and maybe someday will have a nicer camera. please send me invite or any instruction where to join. ^_^ have a nice sunday.

Welcome YOR!
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58. sp34n119w
7:55 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
And you don't want to alienate the kitty people ;)
I hope you don't mind my butting in, calpoppy and all - I was reading comments on my phone and the idea popped into my head so I typed it. Y'all are coming up with such fun names!
I also hope I can at least lurk through the group's photos because I think it's such a great idea! Used to be that WUphotos was a terrific place to get tips and critiques before ... nope, not going to go there, lol

Your sticker says 88 degrees, which is pretty warm by your standards, but not bad for full-on summer :)
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57. sandiquiz
6:11 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
Some good ideas coming out....But I would be careful with something like WOOF.....you would get all the dog lovers wanting to join after they have done a search for a group! LOL.
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56. BriarCraft
5:38 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
GG's back in town and came up with some good ones.

I've been scratching my head trying to come up with an acronym and GG's first one jumped right out at me. We could be have our own super-PAC:

WUvillian Photo Academy Cult = WUPAC

Poppy popped in while I was thinking, but I like Way Out Of Focus and it's acronym, WOOF.



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55. calpoppy
5:36 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
Way out of focus, or WOOF. WU out of focus WUOOF, LOL!
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54. GardenGrrl
2:00 PM GMT on June 22, 2014
WUvillian Photo Cult Academy (& Ninja School)

Flic NuWu (tee hee)

WUville International Photo Camp

NInja's of WUBA Photo Challenge

Hey WU, WBIT? (what button is this? borrowed from Briar Craft.)

I'm Liking Ninja's Today (hence the theme) and Taking Photos.

WUville Happy Snappers (& photo ninja's)

Okay, have to get back to work. Logging off.

PS, feel free to borrow, add on to, change any of these because after all that is what collaboration is all about. :D
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53. sandiquiz
7:42 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
Sandi, thanks so much for the offer to help out. I will get the group going on Monday morning and then if I have questions I will WU mail you! FIrst challenge next week.

Poppy, if you need to contact me, Flickr mail is easier, and quicker.
When someone writes me a Flickr mail it is automatically sent to my outer mail address as well. So if I am on my IPad I get 'pinged', and on the laptop I get a 'flag up' that there is mail for me. I physically have to come to WU to see if there is mail :-)

I like 'Compositionally Challenged' too, but also the offering sp gave 'Weather or Not' .....
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52. sp34n119w
1:38 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
Weather Or Not
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51. calpoppy
12:12 AM GMT on June 22, 2014
Briar, do you think we should have voting for favs at first or do that later when we get going on this adventure. Right now Compostionally Challenged is my fav name!

Mike, I saw my favorite homeless person today when I was going out to Victorville, LOL! You are so right about Victorville!, not my favorite city by far. The Homeless guy has a cute little dog in which he takes very good care of . I have wanted to take a picture of him and his dog for quite some time. No rides in my car though, to close of quarters, LOL! But I have at times bought him things like a lantern and batteries so he can read at night.
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50. clearlakemike
11:59 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Oh yeah, I could do a homeless person challenge really easy also, LOL...just as long as I don't have to get too close to the one who hitchhikes around here! I only give him rides when I am driving the pick-up and he can jump in the back bed out in the fresh air, lol...
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49. BriarCraft
11:54 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
What is that button for?

That's a cool name. Of the ones I came up with Compositionally Challenged is my fav.

I was trying to think of an acronym, but I couldn't think of a thing.
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48. calpoppy
11:50 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Mike you got in while I was typing, LOL!!!!!!
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47. calpoppy
11:48 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
HI Briar! ROFL!!! I think I like both Compositionally Challenged and Road Pizza Warriors! I guess we could do 'What is that button for?" or WU anonymous! Can't think of anything really cool right now. Anyway Monday morning I will get us on Flickr, so Sunday is name brainstorming day. Gotta get GG on to this!!

Mike, you make me laugh!!!! We will for sure find challenges that you can join in on!!! Why not animal skins??? I thought of a homeless person challenge.

Sandi, thanks so much for the offer to help out. I will get the group going on Monday morning and then if I have questions I will WU mail you! FIrst challenge next week.

Pros, what a lovely pic!! Just perfect! Thank you for the summer solstice greeting!!!! So glad you will participate in the challenge on flickr!
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46. clearlakemike
11:39 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
WUckr?
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45. sandiquiz
9:29 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Lol, love your list, Briar

How about NUWU Wouldn't ....cos they wouldn't!!
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44. BriarCraft
8:10 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Here are some silly ideas for our group name:
WU Wouldn't
Shutter Flickrs
Digital Demons
Compositionally Challenged
Can't Think of a Better Name
Photo Phanatics

and especially for Mike:
Road Pizza Warriors

I came up with a few others, but a quick search of Flickr Groups showed they were already in use.


Now, that I've made silly, can't any of WU come up with something?
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43. sandiquiz
3:46 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
Hi Poppy, this is what I said to Briar in my blog....

Only too pleased to help in any way I can, so if you have a query, please ask... I may be able to help, or at least know where you can find the answer:)

Any nearer to a name? How about playing with the letters of WUnderground and Flickr and seeing if anything jumps out at you?
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42. Proserpina
12:51 PM GMT on June 21, 2014
@Maria photo 075jsummer_zpsdff0f3bd.jpg

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
John Lubbock
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41. clearlakemike
10:57 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Count me in, calpoppy, on Garbage and Abandoned Car weeks as that is all I take photos of anymore, lol...oh, and dead trees also. I have a photo of a pig skin that was left by the road. Maybe I will see another one and we could do a dead animal carcass/skin week. If I could get up the nerve to go the local swap meet I might be able to do a Mad Max wannabe week too, LOL The local swap meet here is a trip!!! It looks like the set of Mad Max Thunderdome! The vehicles and people are frightening. Needless to say, I avoid it. I went once and that was eee(wwww)-nuff.
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40. BriarCraft
10:26 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Isn't it great that we have an experienced Flickr Group Admin to advise us and help us over the rough spots? Thanks Sandi!

Poppy said, "The reason Briar and I thought of public is because we don't know that many people to ask to join, but it does make sense for an invite only group if people start coming in and dumping their photos!"

An Invitation Only group could grow to be a nice size if members get us to invite their friends. Friends of friends should be, well, friendly. Plus, that would be a good way to keep out trolls or those "dumpers" that Sandi warned about.

As to a name for the group -- should it describe who we are? or what we're up to? or maybe something whimsical?
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39. calpoppy
1:57 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Hi Briar! Excellent suggestions for the challenge! Now what to call it? Looked through the endless groups of photo challenges on flickr yesterday, so many have gone by the wayside as Sandi said!

Hi Kozy! You bet your invited!!! We would love to have you!

Hi Pros! We could use your expertise on Macro!!!!

HI Sandi! I was hoping for your advise!!! I know you are busy with your flickr group plus many other things so I hesitated to ask you. I noticed that the vast majority of photo challenge groups are not active at all anymore. Most of the groups that I thought would be fun are not active. That is one of the reasons I thought of doing one on WU, but when Briar suggested flickr I thought that would be a better site for this.

The reason Briar and I thought of public is because we don't know that many people to ask to join, but it does make sense for an invite only group if people start coming in and dumping their photos!

Both Briar and I have some time restraints so maybe a couple of moderators to fill in?

Hi GG! It would be great if you could participate when you can!!! You don't have to contribute every week.

Brody is a little darlin' isn't he!!! He does have his melt down periods though, LOL!

Heat wave cometh! Over a 100 coming soon :(( Nate and family are leaving New Mexico and on their way to Denver to see the Rockies play.

Finally recovering from family visit! The hiking yesterday did me in and I actually slept in till after 6:00 am, LOL!! But it did me good as I feel pretty good today.

I took some family photos when they were here and it was pretty funny as when I was setting the self timer on my camera and rushing over to sit in my place, Tess got there first and was sitting just as cute as can be! Mr. P swept her up in his arms and was putting her down when the camera fired, you can just see her a little bit. She had been giving one of my DIL's a kiss, LOL!!! The photos came out great, I took several plus one of each family group and their pup!
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38. GardenGrrl
12:30 PM GMT on June 20, 2014
Cute Brody :D
The photo group sopunds fun. As my participating in WUville is sporadic this summer my photo adds will probably be too, however it does sound fun to play.
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37. sandiquiz
5:35 AM GMT on June 20, 2014
I have belonged to Flickr almost as long as I have Wunderground.
What you are suggesting is very similar to the group that started after the digital photography course I did in 2009. It was to allow members to continue to explore the skills they had experienced whilst doing the course.
It was very active initially, but has become a group of 300 plus members with only 10 members participating. You will find hundreds of groups on Flickr that have "fallen by the wayside" due to lack of participation.

May I make a couple of suggestions? You do not need too many admin or moderators, otherwise it becomes a case of .... "Too many chiefs and not enough Indians". Two or three admin are enough, as you cannot demote admin, they have to demote themselves. (This can cause problems, as even Flickr can't remove admin. I had a great friend as an admin member in my group, who died earlier in the year from a brain tumour. Each time I go to the group and check on members, there is his photo looking out at me. Initially it was upsetting, but now I think of it as a remembrance. His profile photo will be there as long as the group exists!)

The moderators you appoint can be given specific roles, such as being responsible for checking the exif data to make sure the photo is taken in the week of the challenge, should you want only new photos taken for each specific challenge, or checking the discussion threads. This works really well in my group, and when one moderator is going to be away, they mail me, via Flickr, to inform me, then either I do it myself or get another moderator to cover for them whilst they are away.

What type of group do you want? Public, invitation only or private? Public means you might get "dumpers", private can be difficult to administer, and best left for family groups, whereas invitation can be viewed publicly but members can only join the group after being invited to join. (If it is to be a WU group, invitation should be fairly simple to administer.)

So, if you are hoping to set this adventure up....count me in :-)
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36. Proserpina
11:18 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
#33, Count me in! I will contribute/participate! Great idea! Too bad that we have to come up with another venue to work on and with our photos. My guess is that WU is losing some good photographers of nature.

Thank you BC for guiding me to #33! I like your ideas.
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35. kozycolorado
10:58 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Hi! I'm mostly a lurker. I would love to do something like this, but I'm quite a novice with the camera. May I play anyway?! I would rather not be a moderator, my mouth gets me into too much trouble as it is, lol.
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34. BriarCraft
10:40 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
The more I think about this, the more enthusiastic I get. I do hope there are some other folks out there who would love to hone their photography skills. Just to get things started, here are a few examples of things I would like to see as a challenge/learning experience:

Shoot a flower or some other colorful object in bright sunlight. This type of high contrast shot can be quite challenging, so it would be interesting and informative to see how others do it.

Or after seeing some of Proserpina's macros of flowers and flower parts that look like something else entirely, some macro challenges would be fun.

Shoot something in motion with a slow shutter speed to capture the motion as an intentional and artistic blur -- something like water running, or leaves moving in a breeze.

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33. calpoppy
9:56 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
I have been toying with the idea to have a photo challenge on WU, but the WU people I emailed never answered. I am sure because they were busy with the NUWU :) So Briar came up with why not on Flickr. I can start a group on Flickr that would be a weekly photo challenge. What I would ask of the participants is that they participate, LOL! That is comment on others photos, give suggestions like what do you want as a challenge, help others with their photography, just things like that. I feel that having a small group of people who really want to better their photography and become more creative also would be fun and a great learning experience.

I and Briar will be admins but we need more people to either moderate or be admins too. So I am testing the water on this blog to see who is interested and what ideas you have in creating this new group. Please tell other photographers on this site to see if they are interested also.

You can WUmail me or comment on my blog :)))
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32. calpoppy
9:26 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
SP wins the who's who of this blog :))

Hi Ylee! I don't know what my son will do up there!! I know my DIL is a teacher, my son will find something, I hope!!!

HI WTS! Actually he found an old meat tenderizer which became is rock hammer, LOL! Went on a job then hiking helped the sadness today!!!

HI Briar! See SP's comment :) They fell in love with Sequim, and haven't looked anywhere else. I guess I will have all my family spread about :))

Hi SP! I am not sure what you will win for knowing who Barnaby is, but just know that you are a winner, LOL!!!

Brody just loves that Pink Floyd shirt, LOL! Well, that and Ninja Turtles :)

I will check out the cotlin yarn as everyone will receive dish cloths this year for Christmas as I told you on your blog, LOL! I bought some more peaches and cream (cause it was pretty cheap) to mess with. I have lots of yarn that I haven't touched and really, really shouldn't be buying anymore but, you did say it was on sale :)

My friend who gave me the peafowl has a peahen she wants us to have (her male died) but I don't know about having babies and then what do you do with them. There is a glut of peafowl in the towns to the east of us. And I guess in So Cal as I heard someone is shooting them with a bow and arrow, I guess the bow because it is quiet so they won't be found out. Right now we just will have a couple of bachelor peacocks!

Went up to the mountains this morning for a landscape job and a hike up by Mt. Baden-Powell with my friend. I was looking for lemon lilies and some terrestrial orchids that I have seen up there before, but not today :( Probably not enough snowfall for them to come up. We found the spring but no lilies. But lots of other flowers and beautiful scenery! In the next couple of weeks we will hike up to the old gold mine up there.
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31. sp34n119w
8:35 PM GMT on June 19, 2014
Isn't Barnaby the newest grandpuppy? The cute little guy we saw last blog?

I think Brody has the pups beat for cute, though just barely ;) I appreciate that his parents are indoctrinating him into the cult of Pink Floyd at an early age, LOL
It's always hard to say goodbye, especially when they are going so far, and so great that you were able to have everyone in one place for a time!
Rest up and, if you need to cheer up, you can always take advantage of knitpicks summer sale ;) (I just got a package from them the other day - the first yarn I've bought in months - and the yarn I bought is now on sale, naturally!) I recently completed a dishcloth in their cotlin and really enjoyed it [not an ad, folks, just sharing].

Can you get a peahen? Or do you not want to deal with that? Glad they made it back, anyway :)

Weather there still looks pretty good. We finally got above 70F yesterday for more than a minute. It was nice.
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30. BriarCraft
9:41 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
You're not alone, Ylee. In fact, I'm glad you said that, because I was thinking, "Barnaby? Who is Barnaby? Is my memory that bad?" Whoever Barnaby is, he doesn't get mentioned very often.

Sequim is a pleasant town and it's on a ferry route, which is nice. Even nicer, it's the driest spot in western Washington and only 50 miles from rain forest. I thought about it for awhile when I was plotting my move north, but I'm glad I chose Toledo, rain and all.
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29. WatchinTheSky
9:28 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
I see that Brody had an appropriately sized shovel! Right tool for the right job :D Does he have a rock hammer yet?

It can be quite a come down when a house full of family leaves, TNT are on notice to keep you entertained!!
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28. Ylee
8:03 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Who or what was Barnaby? Did I miss something? It threw me when I read your entry on GG's blog, but after coming here, I realized the "goodbyes" were of the kids leaving!

I forgot what your son will be doing in Sequim when they get up there. Renovating and old house certainly sounds like an adventure!
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27. calpoppy
7:45 PM GMT on June 18, 2014
Hi Mike! That motorhome sounds really nice!! Even when they are older models it beats the heck out of tent camping, LOL! Camping at a beach sounds great right now, even though the temps here have cooled I know they will rise again :)

Hi Sandi! It is was so great to have them all here, so much laughter!! When I was making dinner for them all, just hearing them talk and laugh was a great joy for me :)))

I think my peacocks are looking for an available peahen! And also to get away from the strange dog (my son's) that was here.

Hi WW! Thanks, we did have a wonderful time. Now the cabin is so very quiet!!! LOL!

Hi WTS! Brody became quite the rock collector here! He would give them all out to everyone, LOL! The weather was really great, so glad it cooperated. It is only in the 70's right now, how can this be???

Well my older son and DIL left yesterday evening and Nate and family left this morning for Flagstaff, Az. Boy do I miss them all. Lots of tears (I always cry when they leave or I have to leave them ). We miss Brody! He was so much fun and he has such an imagination. He built roads, and helped grandpa a lot, even on the computer, LOL! We are both really tired, but a happy tired.

My older son and DIL look like they are for sure buying a house in Sequim, Washington, though they won't be moving up there for a couple of years. They want property with a fixer upper house. We can go up there with them and help with the fixing up of the property, that would be fun!!

TNT didn't care much for Nate's boxer, but they were cool and nothing bad happened. Every dog loved Barnaby!!



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26. WatchinTheSky
4:57 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Looks like you have had just about perfect weather for company, sounds like super enjoyable house full - sticky door knobs and all :))
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25. WeatherWise
1:55 PM GMT on June 17, 2014
Glad you are having a great family time with your children and dear Brody. Have a wonderful day!
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24. sandiquiz
10:10 AM GMT on June 17, 2014
Hi Poppy, glad all is going well and you are enjoying, no make that loving, having family around!
Glad the peacocks came back.  They do tend to wander. One old peacock we had often left the school grounds and disappeared down the road to spend his summer holidays in one of the houses at the bottom of the street!
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23. clearlakemike
8:16 AM GMT on June 17, 2014
I love camping in the minnie! Much better then tent camping. In the Minnie you can use dispersed campground areas because you are self contained.

Hi calpoppy, glad you located the the peacocks (I guess, lol...). My last years camping in California were in an old RV I bought. I think it was a 30' Class C if I remember correctly. It was great and much more comfortable than tent camping. I enjoyed tent camping when I was younger but as one ages...lol. G was complaining about tent camping also and I was starting to have to do all the schlepping that tent camping requires. The RV was great. I could park it near the beach and it was like having a little beach house!!
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22. calpoppy
11:23 PM GMT on June 16, 2014
Peacocks came home, they were up roosting at the up the way neighbors house, LOL!
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