Monthly Archives: September 2023

Leaving Albuquerque for Atlanta

Seeing the clouds from the plane reminded me of one of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings called Sky Above Clouds

This beautiful house, Sugar Magnolia B&B, is to be our base for the next week.

Sugar Magnolia B&B

I love this weather vane.


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Ghost Ranch and A Church

What a wonderful trip it was to the Georgia O’Keefe Ranch, going on a tour to see where she painted her glorious landscapes.  Have a look at the website for the tours.

After the Ghost Ranch we drove back to Santa Fe via a pretty twin towered church, Santuario de Chimayo, part of a pilgrimage route. You might spot the scallop shell…. Here is the fascinating history for you.




Two of Santa Fe’s Museums

We visited two of the many museums in Santa Fe and really wished we had had more time to visit more – next time maybe!  Two were close to each other,  the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, and the Museum of International Folk Art and the precinct between them was full of  sculptures.

We first visited the Folk Museum, and exhibition of Mexico’s Day of the Dead memorabilia:

We absolutely loved the Museum of the American Indian, the words as much as the exhibits. Please click on any photo for greater detail.

And one more touching and very beautiful sculpture outside…….


Posted by on September 28, 2023 in America, art, ceramics, embroidery, New Mexico



Santa Fe – Breakfast and Loretto Chapel

We loved the soft architecture of Santa Fe (of which more later) and the place we stayed had features of the same.

We had the most delicious breakfast in a lovely hotel in Santa Fe where glass panels were all painted and very lovely. As far as I could tell, each of the 100+ panels had a different painting..

I wanted to see the ‘miraculous staircase’ in the Loretto Chapel



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Community Roots

It was so lovely to be back at Community Roots today (A pause on reporting our adventures on our road trip.) Working with the volunteers, laughing and catching up as we pricked out baby lettuces and set them on their way, was simply a joy! See the 100’s we potted on in the gallery below.

This one landed on my sleeve while I was working and I managed to catch it on camera. I love the furriness and the delicate wings


Zuni Pueblo

We made a stopover at the Zuni Pueblo on our way to Santa Fe. Here’s a flavour of the brief stay.

Before we left we walked about to see the Old Zuni Mission and the Visitor Centre.


Lunch, Murals and Bins in Gallup

I’d read about the numerous beautiful murals in Gallup, commissioned in the early 2000s,  and after a Mexican lunch in Jerry’s, we walked about in the crazy heat to find some of them. Here they are:

The Long Walk Home by Richard K Yazzie


Ceremonial Mural by Irving Bahe depicting the unity and life that inter-tribal ceremonial brings

Native American Trading by Chester Khan showing the nature of commerce in Gallup throughout history

Multi-Cultural Women by Erica Rae Sykes, a tribute to the women who have continued the cultural traditions of every day life.

And the bins!


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Sea Air and Winslow, Arizona

We needed sea air today and went to Godrevy for ice creams and a stroll breathing in the wonderful fresh air.

On our trip, we stopped off in Winslow, Arizona for a break. I love spotting murals in the small towns and also found a butterfly. The hotel, La Posada, is such a lovely spot, full of beautiful things. Enjoy the gallery.



Oak Street Canyon, Jerome and Earrings

On September 6th, we went to the lovely old mining town of Jerome to visit our nephew, an artist in glass whose work I have shown you here before. It’s an interesting drive through the Oak Street Canyon, a switch back ride through forests. The switchback can be seen in four places in the photo.

We had a delightful visit with Mark and his artist girlfriend who are, together, the featured artists in a local gallery

The poster


As we went back up the Oak Street Canyon we stopped at the overlook where there was a craft market and I bought some beautiful locally made beaded earrings.

Aren’t these gorgeous?


Singing, The Grand Canyon and Dancing

It was so good to be back singing with my choir this morning with the Penryn River at high tide looking so very beautiful.

Ripples on the river

More Grand Canyon photos for you. Click on any photo for a bigger version. It truly is an awe inspiring place. It truly takes one’s breath away.

Each time we have been to the Grand Canyon, we have gone right up into the dark carpark, to dance under the stars. We have Bruce Springsteen with us!



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