Thursday, August 21, 2014

Good Fences and an Early Anglophile Friday

Behind Richmond Castle

Some of you have already seen this photo of the River Swale behind Richmond Castle, North Yorkshire. I figured that a second look couldn't hurt, right? Besides, it's one of my favorite views.

Another favorite Richmond photo


BREAKING NEWS:

Our youngest son's wife is in labor with their first child right now, which is quite exciting. She's been in the hospital for 38 hours now. I'm expecting to meet that little boy child later today! Daddy has been sending me text updates.

Other, not so exciting news: I've been in the midst of canning green beans and freezing peaches. I plan to get a lug of peaches today at the local farmers' market and can them, if I can find some that can wait a few days before they need canning. I was hoping to can without any sweetener, but read that the sugar helps retain the texture, shape, and color of the peaches. Maybe I can use an extremely light sugar syrup. The home-canned peaches, SO much better than disgusting store-bought canned peaches, remind me of days past, when my mom canned peaches in the late summer. She would serve them as a dessert at Sunday dinner, always one peach half on a leaf of lettuce, topped with cottage cheese. I didn't eat the cottage cheese, but it probably was not a bad idea to offset the sugar in the peaches with the protein in the cottage cheese.

This weekend we'll be gone to a little grandson's birthday party. Friends will stay in our house and take care of the house and animals. It is wonderful to have someone we can trust to step in and take care of things while we're gone. I'm hoping to enlist them next spring for a longer trip, still in the hopeful planning stage.


Little Birthday Boy
4 years old next week


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50 comments:

georgettesullins said...

Awww...thank you for sharing your breaking news! Congratulations to your daughter-in-law, son and the whole family.
Our peaches came out in July down here.

HOOTIN ANNI said...

How exciting....I am forgetting the fencing in your post today....

Can't wait to see your newborn grandson!!!

Phil Slade said...

Thank you for bringing back memories of Richmond and Swaledale. Used to go camping to the dales when the kids were young - mainly Hawes.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I hope your grandson has a good birthday party! And that picture of the River Swale behind Richmond Castle is amazing...wow.

bj said...

Awesome news!!
Love your photos.

Ruth Kelly said...

New baby coming - congratulations! I love that first photo. Of course, Yorkshire is one of my favorite places too.

TexWisGirl said...

congrats on the new grandbaby! i do hope your poor daughter-in-law can be through with labor soon!

thanks for that first view. just beautiful!

Pix Under the Oaks said...

Exciting news for you today! Congratulations to your daughter-in-law and son... Happy!
That is one beautiful picture of the River Swale! The river, the bridge, the stone buildings.. Beautiful!

Brandi said...

Such an exciting time. Congratulations to your son and daughter in law.

Gerald (SK14) said...

love the shots of Richmond - it is a great place.

Samantha said...

oooo oooo oooo, is your longer spring trip to the UK? Am I wishful thinking?

Hope your new family member arrives soon, 38 hours in a hospital is not much fun :( Maybe hospitals are more fun there than here...

Also, I love canned peaches but I've only ever had store bought ones and they're a bit too syrupy for my liking so we only have them occasionally.

bailey-road.com said...

That is a beautiful view. Happy birthday to the little cutie in the photo!

Sandra said...

adorable four year old and another on the way today.. congrats to the parents and grand parents. that bridge in the distance is just awesome... we had mothers canned peach halves but she put it on lettuce, a small dollop of mayo and grated sharp cheese on it.. she did the same with a slice of canned pineapple...

Carola Bartz said...

That would be a favorite view of mine as well - how beautiful!!!
Welcome to the new baby!

Sandra said...

PS my favorite way to eat peaches is pickled... my mouth is watering as i type

Susie said...

Judy, I love,love, that picture. Wishing much health and happiness with the new baby and boy that little guy needs a squeezy hug for all of us. LOL. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

EG CameraGirl said...

Congrats on your new grandson! And I hope your 4-year-old grandson has a fabulous birthday.

Arlene Grimm said...

Love that picture from Yorkshire, England as that is where my "roots" are...would love to visit there one day. Enjoy loving on that new baby!! Grands are the best!!

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

What a sweet post! Much happiness to your family!

A View From A Brown Dog said...

Congratulations on your new grand baby! Sounds like lots of wonderful family time. Love the cobble stone image too.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

I don't mind looking at that picture again! :) Congratulations on the new family member!!

Donna said...

I never get tired of seeing those scenic views from across the pond! And best wishes for the new grandbaby. That's a mighty long labor period!

Linda Kay said...

By the time I'm reading this, the baby is probably here! Hope all is well. And enjoy that little guy's birthday party.

eileeninmd said...

It is a beautiful scenic view! The peaches sound yummy Congrats on the new grandchild and happy birthday to the little one!

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

It's exciting waiting for a baby. We were on Baby Watch earlier this month. (A girl.) Always happy to take a second look at your England photos! Happy canning!

Lorrie said...

The views in your photos are well worth revisiting.
How exciting to await the birth of a new grandchild!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

A beautiful view - I love the stone bridge and cobbled lane! Congratulations on the new arrival - how exciting! Happy birthday to the sweet birthday boy, too. You have a lot going on, and canning peaches, too! I love peaches - every day I eat one when they are in season - cut up in my morning yogurt. Can't wait to meet the new little one! xo

Lynne said...

Love the hazy, misty, distant view . . . and the road banked with stone buildings is so wonderful too!

And the Birthday Boy . . . Happy Day for him . . .

AND . . . I hope the babe has arrived . . . and you are looking forward to first hugs and holds!

Terri D said...

Can't wait to see a photo of your new grandson!! Said a prayer for them! Love the fence and the "alley" - makes me want to walk there! Saw a promo for Downton the other day - they have skipped ahead a few years for the new season. The babies aren't babies anymore! Can't wait to see what they have in store for us. Love fresh peaches. Love them!

Michelle said...

That is a beautiful view behind Richmond Castle!

Carla from The River said...

Fun, fun, fun. More little ones. :-)

Our prayers to Joe and his family.
xx oo
Carla

Vee said...

Plenty of excitement in the family today! How many grands do you have? This has been a good year for grands. = D

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

WOW - so much going on for you!!
Love the red window in the stone wall. Congratulations on the birth of a new grandson!!
I still eat fresh peaches and cottage cheese for lunch!! Cold, refrigerated fresh peaches that I cut before eating them!!!
Adorable Grandson with a mouth full of teeth :-}}

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What grand news you be telling us. Enjoy that first hug with that little one.

Wishing you a beautiful rest of the day...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I'm very happy for your family, too! Babies are such a blessing. Enjoy your week and all of your canning. Sounds yummy! Hugs, Diane

Felicia said...

How beautiful is the river image, i had not seen it so thanks for posting again. congrats on new grandbaby, and have fun at the birthday party.

Anita Johnson said...

Looking forward to seeing the new little one! Our granddaughter is 3 days overdue...such exciting times!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I love your photo of the fence by Swale river.
What a magical view!
In my humble opinion your photo could easily be in National Geographic!

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

You've got some great news and a good weekend ahead by the sound of it. Nice shots of Richmond - an hour or two from us!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on the newest grandchild, and Happy Birthday to the 4-year old! You have some wonderful photography on your blog. But the red berries with the red birdhouse are the best! Have a wonderful weekend!

Judy S. said...

Loved your photos today, Judy. It's catch-up time for me after being gone for 2 weeks. Congrats on your newest grand son! It's hard to believe that birthday boy is already four. And so glad to hear that Noah is healing. Have a wonderful weekend!

Ida said...

I can see why it was a favorite. What a lovely view. Congrats on the new grandbaby & a Happy B-Day to that little cutie.

Robin said...

Beautiful pictures as usual. Congratulations on the new grandbaby. Hope your grandson has a wonderful birthday.

Lana Wallpe said...

Hey there stranger!

Woo! First I have to say congratulations on your new grand baby! Hope all went well.

I've been revamping my blog, and I guess the new thing is to not list the blogs you follow. I love the new look of my blog, but I am having a heck of a time catching. Up with all my favorite blog pals.

We were up your way the first week of August. We kind-of holed up near the Dell's tourist and regroup from the fairyland a long/short summer.

My big news is that we think we have found out why our youngest has been suffering from generally morning tummy aches....The gluten is the root of her trouble. Wevhad tried taking wheat out other diet, and the Celiac test came back negative. Over vacation, we tried taking the gluten again, and she started feeling better!

Now I am in a major search for recipes and helpful hints, tricks, and anything else GF. Of course I thought of you!

I've already been on your Pinterest boards andvam following :-)

thirtysevenandcounting said...

What gorgeous views and I love the stone walls.

Congratulations on the birth of your newest grandchild!

Lindy

Debby Ray said...

Aww...grand kids...nothin' like 'em...and congratulations on the NEW grandbaby! Great photos too!

Eileen said...

Congratulations to your son and daughter-in-law. I hope the new arrival is here now safe and sound.

Janey and Co. said...

That would be a favorite shot of mine too!
How exciting to have a new grandchild. I get another in Dec.

Eva Ason said...

How exiting to have another grandchild :) hope everything goes well. Beautiful pictures

J_on_tour said...

It's a while since I've seen one of those coal bunker doors in the wall. I grew up in a 1910 house and we had one of those for a while. The coal man used to put his 10 bags through the hole in the wall. There were several streets together and I'm sure there must be a couple of them still there on un-renovated back yard walls..

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