Making the most of Summer

While Fall doesn’t officially arrive until September 23rd I have noticed that it is getting cooler in the mornings. So I am making the best use of the final month of summer. The city of Portsmouth was visited last weekend by the USCGC Barque Eagle. The Barque Eagle (WIX-327) is a 295-foot barque used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard. While I missed its entrance and docking, I did get down to have a look. There was only one open house, which I missed, so I couldn’t go on board. But I did take quite a few pictures. It is a breathtakingly beautiful ship and I would love to have the chance to sail with her one day.

This weekend, there were two events that occupied my days. The first one was the Seawall Art Show at Portsmouth waterside. There were many vendors with some fantastic art to view and buy. There was one photographer there whose work was wonderful. I should have gone back and bought one of his photos. I think I took one of his business cards so I might go to his gallery yet and buy something. There were different live musical groups there and I listened to the Top Hats Orchestra while I was there. They play mostly big band music and they were very good. One of the vendors was selling fish with all the trimmings but I wasn’t really hungry although the smell was trying to convince me otherwise.

Sunday I attended the annual Tefft family picnic at Red Wing Park in Virginia Beach. It is one of my favorite parks and we have had a lot of picnics there. I have 5 brothers but two of them couldn’t make it. But the rest of my brothers and their families were there. The weather was beautiful and as always my brother Jon, who is a great cook, made it a big success. It is always amazing to see how fast the young ones grow up. I need to spend more time with my family. After I left I stopped at the beautiful Japanese Gardens which are a part of the park to take some photos.

So I have had a great summer so far. The weather has been great, the pool as always is relaxing, I have gotten to see my family, and enjoyed several events. The only downside to my summer has been that my Golden Retriever Max has been diagnosed with cancer. He has been on chemo and prednisone and is doing OK, although the chemo has its side effects, the main one being that it is affecting his vision. He will be 12 years old soon and I hope he will be around for a few more years, God willing.

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Hope everyone has a wonderful summer. Take care.

Art show and swamp visit.

With summer coming to an end I need to take advantage of the great weather while it lasts. Saturday I went to the 38th annual Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth. It has been several years since the last time I went so while Teresa was at work I headed downtown. The show is compactly laid out with 4 rows of booths exhibiting a wide variety of arts and crafts. I spent most of my time videotaping the booths and the people. There was a great big band group playing when I first arrived and I listened to a couple of songs. Then I walked by the booths shooting video and checking out the art. I didn’t stay very long as I had planned to come back Sunday with Teresa.

As it turned out, Teresa and I never made it back due to both the weather being very warm and Teresa not being that interested in going. But I did get some nice video which I posted to Vimeo on the Internet. That same Sunday was the last day for our interim minister, Stan Peerless. He has a new church in Luray where he will be the full time minister. I will miss him a lot as he was a good friend and a great pastor. I am actually a little envious as I have been to Luray and it is a beautiful place to live.

Today I drove down to Williamston, North Carolina to take Kirk to his grandparents for a week. On the way back up Route 17 I stopped at a rest area and noticed that it was also the entrance to the Dismal Swamp State Park. In all the years I have lived here I didn’t know this park existed. I did a quick tour but I will have to come back later and hike some of the trails. I shot some video here also and again I have posted it to Vimeo. That’s it for now. I’m looking forward to going back to the Dismal Swamp State Park and getting in some more pool time before summer is over.