We joined friends for another picnic and “hang-about” on our favorite island today: Lou and Kay Poole on their barge, Tom and Bunnie Lester in from fishing in their Skeeter boat, and us on our barge joined by Jennifer Brewer, Nick and Judy Tucker, and, of course, Winnie and visiting Toby.
The camera came out late after the Pooles and Lesters had departed and our friends Vicki Crawford and Lisa Ligon joined in, so there is no documentation of the fantastic grub we enjoyed: Jenn’s tenderloin sliders with Judy’s blue cheese sauce, and Anita’s broccoli/bacon salad, along with too much brie and crackers and salsa and chips and …
Sucky day??? Not at all. We love where we live!
The Lake was a bit too cool for swimming, but we had a truly beautiful day.
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A good walk on the shores of Lake Ouachita.
My Mom was always enamored with the dogwood bloom each spring, and each year I remember her when it happens. This year, there has been a most incredible dogwood bloom in our area. Astounding!
An incredible dogwood bloom in Arkansas (Click on the photo to see more pictures.)
We enjoyed our traditional Christmas Eve celebration with Linda and Haltom Higgs and family. We missed last year, as Rob was serving in Afghanistan, Dan and Anita were in England with the Hill Family, Aaron was working an IT contract in Afghanistan, and Linda and Haltom took off to Cozumel for a diving vacation. But, this year, we were back together for a great visit and celebration.
Christmas Eve Dinner with Linda and Haltom Higgs (Click to see more photos)
Thank you, Linda and Haltom, for hosting and for the terrific food. “Just regular stuff,” says Linda. Yeah, right!
Anita and I enjoyed a terrific hike along Irons Creek from Mountain Harbor Road to “Hot Dog Falls” at the base of Hickory Nut Mountain. Julie has an amazing and deep knowledge of the plants in the area from years of visiting Mountain Harbor, hiking the woods, and working to identify the varied species of plant and animal life here.
Click on the image below to have a look at some of the species we found on this December day!
Norma, Julie, and Anita at The Cascades along Irons Creek. Love the LOViT!
We very much look forward to more of these adventures with both Julie and Norma. It was a great day!