Where were we? Click on any photo for more detail.
I loved these words found in the Grandbabies’ nursery.
A very pleasing garden in the Primary School, where all classes take their turn to cultivate and to share in the produce.
We were in Plymouth for the weekend to see Caro Emerald and her performance was electrifying! The whole audience were on their feet, dancing, clapping and singing! Just look at the flower on this picture disc – it looks like the one I featured a couple of days ago, Fascicularia bicolor!
Caro Emerald ended the show with a rousing rendition of A Night Like This
Our B&B was delightful, in a house called NumberOne, built in the 1850s for a Royal Navy Admiral. The staircase in this Regency house was just gorgeous!
After a delicious breakfast, we went for a bitterly cold walk on The Hoe in bright sunshine.
Monday 10th September 2018
A four hour tour in the company of an erudite archaeologist/anthropologist made for a fascinating morning touring the Mesa Verde sites, looking at homes that had been lived in over the last 700 years. The community of Cliff Palace must have been quite something. Do click on the rather small photo to see the detail of Cliff Palace and the tiny people, braver than I, who climbed down to the palace and climbed up again via three 10′ ladders up the cliffside!
A delicious cocktail completed a brilliant day!
Sunday 9th September 2018
Mesa Verde was a looming green mountain and a cracking drive of hairpin bends up to the top where we were to stay for three nights. From the National Parks website: “Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to preserve and interpret the archeological heritage of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from 600 to 1300 CE. Today, the park protects nearly 5,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.”
Friday 7th September 2018
The first time we passed by Canyon De Chelly, many years ago, and looked over the rim, we both felt a very strong spiritual pull and we have wanted to return ever since. Today, we drove both the North and South rims and felt the same deep sense of awe and wonder at the beauty of it all.
Canyon De Chelly (pronounced Shay) National Monument is a vast park in northeastern Arizona, on Navajo tribal lands. Its prominent features include Spider Rock spire, about 800-feet tall, and towering sandstone cliffs surrounding a verdant canyon. It has been inhabited by several Native American peoples for millennia and is one of the longest continually inhabited landscapes in North America, with pueblo ruins built between 350 and 1300 A.D. – as well as a contemporary Navajo community that still inhabits the canyon floor, farming and herding sheep during the summer months. The White House Ruins and Mummy Cave are remains of ancient Pueblo villages.
Click on any image for a larger view and the caption. Photos with a date stamp were taken by the lovely Mr S.
There were Navajo dancers at our lodging, Thunderbird Lodge on Navajo tribal land, in the evening – such a privilege to see. We were asked not to take photos so, of course, didn’t. Each member of the audience was presented with a little gift at the end, of a bag of cornmeal.
“Corn, the symbol of food, fertility, and life itself, is of major importance. “Corn is more than human; it is divine; it (is) connected with the highest ethical ideals.” Information found here.
We took the train to Exeter today, had lunch with Daughter No 1, did a bit of shopping and were back at the station by about 5pm to return home when I got a phone call to say my wallet with all my cards in it had been handed in to Santander Bank. I hadn’t missed it!
Here I must say a very big Thank You to two people – to the good person who found and handed in my cards and to the lovely woman at the bank who stayed in the office although the bank was closed for the day until I managed to get back from the station. All goes to prove what I said the other day about there being very many lovely people in the world.
Exeter Cathedral is beautiful.
So is the Exeter Phoenix, though needing re-gilding.