I LOVE WISTERIA!! This a wonderful capture!! RE-Blogging!
I spent this past weekend at a gorgeous bed and breakfast in Watkinsville, Georgia. It was about an hour and half drive from our home in north Atlanta, and on a perfectly sunny Saturday, I could not have asked for a better drive to the country. Well, about as country as it gets around Atlanta that is. Our windows were down, I could smell air that’s a fresh you don’t get in the city, and we actually passed fields with cattle. I hadn’t realized until that point how much I missed the country. Not that the past four and a half years in the city (and I’m just talking Atlanta, I’m aware it’s about the least urban “big” city in America) has citified me, but somewhere along the way I missed when a drive out in the country became foreign to me. However, our drive to Watkinsville was actually a…
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International restoration efforts in the Gulf of California might help the Colorado River reach the sea again, and a Native American site in Georgia faces degradation because of Federal budget cuts.
The New York Times reports on an update to a US-Mexican treaty that will return water to the arid gulf. The agreement is the most recent in a long line of restoration efforts.
Meanwhile in Georgia, grass and kudzu will likely go uncut (among other neglected projects) at the Ocmulgee National Monument, a park preserving ancient Native American earthworks that was once listed among the “10 Most Endangered National Parks,” because of staffing shortfalls created by the sequester according to a report from Georgia Public Broadcasting.
One of the dinners we had in Atlanta was at Blue Ridge Grill. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a gluten-free menu upon sitting down. I started with their Escarole Salad. This had spiced walnuts, local apple and a poppy seed vinaigrette. The salad was very unique, yet tasty. For my main dish, I had the Dayboat Sea Scallops with red peas and rice and a mustard vinaigrette.
The scallops were very hearty paired with the peas and rice. In addition to our main courses, my Celiac brother and I split the brussel sprouts with pancetta and the sauteed spinach. We both really enjoyed the sides as they were flavorful and fresh.
Another week, another plane to somewhere. That was last week. Thankfully, I’m home this week and hopefully for a good while this time around.
My last trip took me to Atlanta. It was good to get back and visit the town I lived in for about 6 years. I left about 20 years ago, and I found Atlanta both familiar and yet very different. I stayed in Midtown for my business event and found that the area has had a lot of new development in the years that I’ve been gone, what with all the new high rise buildings. Some really cool architecture and lots of possibilities, photography wise. Unfortunately, my stay was very brief and I did not get the opportunity to explore much. I did however manage to grab this image when passing by the entrance to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens at Piedmont Park. I’d willingly go…
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