O is for October!

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”  from Anne of Green Gables

October…one of my favorite months of the year. It’s when colors begin to change.

It’s when the regular season of MLS soccer comes to an end and when playoffs loom ahead!

In October we love to visit our middle son in Eastern Washington. The photo above is taken on his property.

When there is still a little color in some Autumn plants and the leaves are falling.

Oh my…the leaves keep falling.

At this old house I wouldn’t have to mow again except for the fact that I use the mower as a vacuum for the leaves.

I do love October even though it brings more yard work at this old house. The tree that drops all these leaves isn’t even our tree.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday that was started by Mrs. Nesbitt and continues on with the help of a great team.

Turkey Pepper Chili…

Head on over to the Mennonite Girls Can Cook Blog to get the recipe for my Turkey Pepper Chili!
Happy Monday everyone. How was your weekend?
We had a calm weekend and got a lot accomplished. Lawns mowed or should I say fallen leaves vacuumed. We sold two of our old vehicles on Craig’s list. I finally went through all the stuff we hauled out of our bathroom before the renovation and threw out a bag full and filled the new cupboards and drawers with what we decided to keep. Have a great week!

Hear Us, O Savior! ~ Hymn

Hear Us, O Savior!

Hear us, O Savior, when we pray,
Humbly our need confessing;
Grant us the promised show’rs today—
Send them upon us, O Lord!

Refrain

Send show’rs of blessing;
Send show’rs refreshing;
Send showers of blessing;
Send them, Lord, we pray!

Knowing Thy love, on Thee we call,
Boldly Thy throne addressing;
Pleading that show’rs of grace may fall—
Send them upon us, O Lord!

Refrain

Trusting Thy Word that cannot fail,
Master we claim Thy promise;
Oh that our faith may now prevail—
Send us the showers, O Lord!

Refrain

Words: Fanny Crosby, 1891.

The Parish Church of St. Helena ~ Beaufort, S.C.

When my daughter and I attended her now husband’s graduation from MCRD (Marine Corp Recruit Depot) Parris Island in September of 2010 he got a few hours off and we went out to eat and explored part of the historic area of Beaufort S.C.  The Parish Church of St. Helena was a great photo back drop for Katie and Andrew. Historic information about the church can be read here.

Later this same fall Katie and Andrew were engaged in Salt Lake City, Utah. This next photo was on the evening of their engagement.

They got married in March of 2011 and their formal wedding celebration was in March of 2012. Andrew is now on In-Active Reserve status out of the Marine Corps after a little over four years and two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He left the Marine Corps as a Sergeant.

I’m linking to InSPIREd Sunday hosted by Beth and Sally.

Windsor Castle

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This time around on our trip to Jolly Old England Windsor Castle was our only tourist attraction that we had to buy tickets for and to que up for. It was worth the lines and the hoard of people milling about. Photography is not allowed inside the castle but you can click away on the grounds of the castle. We were also treated to a changing of the guard during our time there. At Windsor this event is not as grand as at Buckingham Palace. You can check online to see the scheduled days and times for this event. Windsor is a great town to get the flavor of the Monarchy without the sea of humanity you find in London.

Since I’ve shown some fences and walls and gates in my post on Windsor Castle I’m linking up to

Good Fences #30 at Run*A*Round Ranch and TexWisGirl.

N is for Neckwear ~ The Bear in Oxford

Oxford Day 6 184Dating from 1242 The Bear is the oldest Pub in Oxford. It was fun to see it featured in the latest season of “The Amazing Race”. There is another pub in Oxford that also claims to be the oldest. I’ll let them duke it out.

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The Bear is home to a rather impressive yet random collection of neckties. Visitors from around the globe have contributed to the collection. They are displayed in a room off the main entrance and you can see that the display continues onto the ceiling.

I was stumped to come up with an offering for the letter N until I remembered this pub that we stopped into after a long day of walking and sight seeing in Oxford in July. It has very low ceilings and a very narrow steep staircase to the toilets. I can’t imagine someone having a few too many going up and worse coming down those steep steps.

I’m linking up to ABC Wednesday with the fine originator, Denise Nesbitt and her trusty team that keep things going…

The Balm We Needed…

After our one bad hotel experience the Oakley Court in Windsor was the balm we needed to end our time in England on a very good note!

2014-07-16 The Thames2Oakley Court is situated along a stretch of the Thames known as Water Oakley. It was first shown on maps around 1800 and the name appears to originate from Cornish Breton in which it appears as “Warhta Eog Lee” – The Upper Salmon Place.

2014-07-15 To Windsor1This lovely hotel was situated a few miles outside of the main downtown area of Windsor and Windsor Castle right on the River Thames.

To Windsor 159I enjoyed Tea and “Tea” in the hotel bar…

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To Windsor 123Sitting along the River Thames was very peaceful and a wonderful relaxing and quiet way to end our time in England.

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To Windsor 146We enjoyed all the interesting architectural features of this grand hotel. A link to some interesting history is here.

Heathhrow-homeIn the 60’s and into the 70’s while the manor stood empty 200 films were made in and around the property including Dracula.

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2014-07-15 To Windsor2The only traffic we experienced at this hotel was boat traffic and it was a welcomed kind of traffic that left us smiling.

2014-07-15 To Windsor3We spent two nights here and enjoyed excursions to Windsor Castle and a boat ride along the River Thames. This is a hotel we would recommend.