Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tribute, listening and cool spot

- The courthouse square of Hayesville, North Carolina, and its respectful Memorial Day tribute to the town's war dead.

- Enjoying the activity on the river this weekend. Three squabbling ducks pay an early morning visit and camp out on the bank before taking flight. A group of teenagers on tubes go by - giggling all the way. And a young girl on a kayak sings as if no was listening.

- The temperature on the back porch was cool in the morning, a welcome respite from the humidity in the city.


G. B. Miller said...

And did you make an attempt at tubing this weekend? :D

TALON said...

So you're the one who stole our cool temps this weekend! ;)

Sounds like you had a super relaxing weekend, Lynn! I'm glad you did.

Jannie Funster said...

Cool temps sound great.

I was reading the other day that on Memrorial Day 250,000 little flags are placed in Arlington Cemetery, 1 on each grave and are patrolled for 24 hurs to make sure they all keep standing up. Pretty cool!

Glad you are back safely!

Mas-Raden said...

thats so good, very nice. . .

i like it
hi from mas raden

Lynn said...

G -

No - I much prefer looking at the water rather than being in it. :)

Talon -

It is always lovely and cool there due to the elevation. I guess that's why so many people retire there.

Jannie -

I thought it was so neat that they put the photos in front of their little monument. My dad is buried in a Veterans' cemetery and they put flags on all the graves there, too.

Lynn said...

Mas-Radan -

Hello and thank you for stopping by.

Louvregirl said...

Lynn-Did you have a nice time? I know about the temps (here) and I have come to adore the cooler temps and the cool breezes in spite of moderately climbing numbers (when it's hot.) Hope you had a restful, fun weekend.

Granny Annie said...

This is a great post and shows the significance of Memorial Day. It is a day of reflection for many people now who think of all their lost loved ones but it truly has great significance for our military families who know the sacrifice of war.

desk49 said...

Nice camping weather. Did you get to drop a hook in the water from the back deck, or go swimming the water looks cool and clean?

sage said...

That part of the NC mountains is blessed! looks like a lovely place to spend a summer weekend. I stopped by to say hi, one presbyterian to another (re, your remark in Ily's blog)

Jewel Allen said...

Love that girl who sings like no one is listening!

Hooray for music!!

Lynn said...

lg -

It was very restful and low key. I managed to read a couple of books - fluff mystery fiction. Very enjoyable. Love that cool air. :)

Granny Annie -

I really loved the photos in front - very moving. Someone put a lot of work into setting that up. My dad was a veteran of World War II - he enlisted the day before his 18th birthday so he could join the navy and see the world. He saw it all right - he was in the Pacific Theater - a heavy combat area. He rarely spoke about it.

Ellis -

No - no fishing or swimming. Those rocks are very slippery, but there was a fly fisherman out there on Sunday morning. There is a dam that when the gates release, makes the water rise rapidly, so it is not considered safe for swimming, as docile as it looks in the picture.

Sage -

Thank you for stopping by, fellow Presbyterian! I am Clerk of Session this year and next and have my hands full, as you might imagine. I love it though - Roberts Rules and all. :)

I am looking forward to visiting your blog, too.

Jewel -

She was singing her heart out, never realizing I was on the screened porch. I loved that moment. Yes - hooray for music!

Ileana said...

The river photo is so peaceful. I should post something like it above my desk at work. It's been incredibly hectic.

Enjoy the cool temps! It's getting hot here, too, and today is the start of hurricane season!

Lynn said...

Ily -

I can only imagine how hot Miami would be in the summer. My sister lives in northern Florida and the humidity there is soul sucking. :) That is her vacation home that I stayed at - I think the Florida humidity is the reason so many Floridians have homes in NC.

And my niece had to schedule her wedding last year around hurricane season. I hope they stay away this year - Florida has enough going on!

LL Cool Joe said...

We tend to have cool temperatures all year round in the UK so I'm making the most of the heat here in Arizona! Although I did get a bit burnt today!

Lynn said...

Joe -

Sunscreen. Make sure you put that on. I'm glad you are loving the heat. I liked the weather in the UK.

Riot Kitty said...

I want to go there!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Looks like you had a great time!
The kids giggling on tubes sounds terrific to behold!
What no toe-dipping?
Your cool is my warmth! We've been hot lately too tho.
The cemetary where my parents are doesn't allow any decor at all! I don't go there often- been years.
Why is it so easy to sing when you think no one hears?

Lynn said...

Riot Kitty -

I love western North Carolina - one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen.

Snaggle -

I did have a good time. The back porch on the house is elevated just enough so that people going down the river don't often look up. So there are lots of moments like the singing girl. I don't know why it is easier to sing when you think no one is listening, but it is for me, for sure. All that singing in the shower. :)

Meredith said...

Love the image of the girl singing as she kayaks down the river, thinking herself unobserved. I definitely sing better when no one is around, mostly in the car. ;)

It looks like you had a beautiful, cool, and restful getaway, Lynn. How were those new books?

Lynn said...

Meredith -

I had a lovely time and it was nice to quietly observe people going about the business of just kayaking down a sleepy river and singing while doing it.

I picked a couple of easy reads: U is for Undertow by Sue Grafton and Finger Lickin' Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. The last one was almost read in one sitting. The third book I took is much more dense and I'm still reading it: The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler.