Thursday, 22 June 2017

New Flavours


The manufacturers of Oreo biscuits seem to put a great deal of effort into creating new, limited edition flavours.  This one - presumably with Independence Day in mind - features popping candy to create 'Fireworks'.


This is a flavor which Lauren identified online - sounds good but we have yet to find it in the shops.


This product, which I found in Giant this week, was a bit of a surprise..  popcorn with the flavours of cookies and cream..

What next?  Maybe popcorn flavored Oreos??

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Evening Walk


After dinner this evening we walked along the creek (which is mostly dry) to look at what was in flower and what was visiting the flowers.   There is a large patch of sweet smelling milkweed - the bees are busy visiting the flowers but no sign of any Monarch caterpillars or butterflies.

Plenty of life on this plant - appeared to be a reddish brown aphid.


A very dark winged damsel fly was fluttering around by the stream.


Under the bridge there is a sheltered patch of water which contained some enormous tadpoles - 2-3 inches long.


Judging by the loud noises that we heard under the bridge and along the stream bed, these may be the offspring of American Bull Frogs which are huge.  We will return with a better lens to try to photograph them.

The final photo capture on our walk was this beautiful flowering tree..


Close up the flowers are delicate but spectacular..


Further along the road we found a bush that was illuminated by the setting sun and the colours were quite different.



On to another tree in the shade - the bees were visiting enthusiastically but seemed to be having some difficulty scrambling over the delicate petals..



The tree seems to grow quite freely at the roadside and is a type of mimosa, known as Silktree Mimosa - presumably because of the silky fronds of the flowers.


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Watchful Hawk


At dusk this handsome hawk (possibly a Red-Shouldered Hawk?) was sitting in one of the trees at the edge of the grass below the house (apologies for blurry photo - he was at the far extent of the zoom).


We knew that he was there before we saw him as the smaller birds in the surrounding trees had set up a cacophony of alarm calls to try to scare him away.

His focus, though, was firmly on the ground below, watching for movement in the grass.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Antique Car Show


Yesterday we visited the 44th Annual Fathers Day Antique (Classic) Car Show at Sully Historic Site a few miles from here.


Hundreds of classic cars from the very early ones to these iconic sporty ones, familiar from so many American movies, were displayed in the bright sunshine.


In some cases the interiors were even more spectacular than the exterior and many were beautifully restored.


Many of the cars had stories to tell of rallies attended and prizes won over many years.


This one had presumably spent some time in the UK..


We liked these 'Woodies'..



Some of the older vehicles had beautiful mascots..


This one looked as if it may be Lalique.  Certainly glass..


This one was splendidly polished chrome..


So much to see but as it got hotter the cars under the trees became the most attractive..such as this handsome MG..


Here route 28 - the major road to Dulles airport is in the background.  A different era of motoring, although fairly quiet on a Sunday morning.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Melting Pot


This evening - David's Father's Day treat - we went to the local 'Melting Pot' fondue restaurant.

We had visions - from fondues long ago - of pots of boiling oil precariously balanced above the table - but this was a very neat hot plate arrangement set into the granite table-top and no naked flames at all.


The first part of the meal was an alpine Swiss cheese fondue with bread, vegetables and fruit to dip into the melted 


The second, main, course consisted of a selection of chopped raw meat and vegetables to be cooked in a boiling pot of stock, wine, oil and spices, with various sauces and dips.  Most items cooked in about two minutes.


Finally, dessert - a little rum flambed over melted chocolate - and fruit, marshmallows and sweet bites to dip.


An interesting experience! 

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Taste of Reston


I think the idea was that you framed somebody in this 'booth' but no willing volunteers and so I just photographed the fountain!


Due to the paid parking fiasco we have not spent much time in Reston Town Centre lately.  Today, however, Taste of Reston was on and we decided to go and have a look.  First stop was this stall - can you guess what they are cooking up... (box is a bit of a clue..)


Yep, that's it, deep frying.. (a Snickers bar...)


The numbers after each item are not, as you might think, your increased risk of heart disease, but the number of tickets that you must exchange for each one.


Market Street was full of restaurants with tasters of their offerings including Watermelon Gazpacho and Peruvian potato dishes - and vegetarian paella..


Not so vegetarian pork roast..


As the temperature climbed towards 30C we decided to leave, but it was due to keep going until late this evening with music, wine and beer.


(This year we did at least remember our ID ...)


Friday, 16 June 2017

Boston Public Garden


Yesterday morning I went for a walk around the Public Garden and over Boston Common.


At the entrance to the park, two quite contrasting figures..


In the rose garden there were some beautiful flowers - but somewhat difficult to reach over the hedge..



More allium - with the Boston skyline in the background.



A very beautiful rhododendron that the bees seemed to be very taken with..



Fountains and pools..




By the lake, swans nesting and swan boats gliding by..




By Frog Pond a forlorn looking frog and no water..


At the edge of the Common, coffee and a piano player in the sunshine.