Travelers and Homebodies

Grandson David bought a steam engine that he and John were going to fetch from New Jersey. When John took a very different journey last month, Paul offered to drive up with David. Lise and I were delighted that he came here the night before, because it gave us a chance to get to know him. He is the kind of person who can talk to anyone about anything, all of it interesting.

Lise, David, and Paul

The next morning they rented a van, posed for me, and set off. At the end of the day, they spent the night with Paul’s daughter in Pennsylvania.

David took a photo of his mother Kate and Paul after the engine was loaded in the van. I really appreciate this shot, because I asked David to take it, knowing they would be in a hurry to head home.

While David was gone, I trimmed the evergreens on one side of the garden steps before breakfast. I often say I can see what I’ve done, but no one else would notice. This is my record.

On the way inside, I paused to admire the crepe myrtle. It was showing off, because it should have been trimmed at least three times before getting to this stage. The loppers will be lopping this fall.

24 thoughts on “Travelers and Homebodies

      1. That’s nice they have kept in touch all these years – David will enjoy that same camaraderie. It is good that he was going to the train club with John long enough that he made those bonds. And the member who let David stay at his house on the day John passed away – that’s nice and so thoughtful.


  1. That’s a lot of garden work. Looks great! So fun to have people who are great conversationalists around, too. Sounds like fun 🙂


  2. The crepe myrtle looks fabulous. Can’t wait to see this train engine and learn more about it. Seems like the love of trains is being carried on. Is Paul a family friend?


  3. For some reason my crêpe myrtle hasn’t bloomed out this year. In its defense, it’s still in a pot. Trying to work on building a greenhouse so I can move it to its official location. So perhaps it’s just grumpy with me 😅.


    1. The trains are large enough to ride on. I hope we will have good photos when David’s engine is put back together. It burns coal, has a boiler, so is a real stream engine.


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