2-1/2 years of change

When we purchased our home at Stanton, of course I took lots of photos and one was of the front including the garden …

Yesterday I took a photo from just about the same position, to give a comparison of how the front garden has changed:

The trees have grown a lot; the agave plants came from a neighbor that didn’t like them. The biggest changes are to the left of the palm where Margaret has done loads of planting; a bit hard to see from this angle.

Space X launch video

A different experiment today, trying to record video of the Space X launch. It’s 60 miles from Winter Garden to the launch site, so even a little bit zoomed in you’re looking at a tiny bright dot in the video!

Watch just above the palm fronds bottom middle, you should spot the tiny bright dot after a few seconds – it will slowly travel up left, with a smoke trail appearing at one point …

A long weekend in Georgia

With the COVID pandemic continuing, we canceled our summer trip to Europe and haven’t been away from home since our Las Vegas trip; so this past weekend we drove 500+ miles each way to north west Georgia, staying in a lovely rental with “mountain views”!

The view:


The nearest town is McKaysville, small with a couple restaurants and one supermarket – but it does have the interesting feature of being split down the middle by the Georgia / Tennessee state line!

We took a few scenic drives, which often included long hikes to waterfalls! Here’s lots of views, including fabulous Benton Falls (also here Toccoa River Rapids and Blue Ridge Lake): 


The area, with all the hills, is quite wet and we had lots of rain – but it made for lots of mushrooms / toadstools on our walks!


I’d hoped to get some nice nighttime / star photos but most nights were cloudy (all that rain!); the one clear night had a half full moon spoiling the light – though accompanied by both Saturn and Jupiter made for a nice photo, and I took one picture in the other direction though no idea what direction / stars / constellations I included …