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The Butchart Gardens

Posted by Tim on 10 May 2017 - 8:11pm

My sister Sue and brother-in-law Tom, Kathy and I had a chance to race up to Vancouver, B.C. catch the ferry to Vancouver Island and visit The Butchart Gardens on Tuesday! We got a perfect day to witness one the most incridible gardens on the planet. What was once a dug out limestone quarry has been transformed into a stunning dislay of flowers, shrubs, trees and fountains. Absolutely BRILLIANT!

We have just 3 weeks left here in America before flying home to Ireland on 1 June, arriving on the 2nd. Hard to believe it has been nearly six months since our arrival on December 1st of 2016. Here's a few images of the gardens...

butchart gardens

butchart gardens 

butchart gardens 

butchart gardens

butchart gardens 

Cincinnati, Ohio

Posted by Tim on 28 March 2017 - 5:28pm

This past week a good friend, Andrew Pucket, drove up to Northern Kentucky for a visit and a photo shoot. We decided to visit two parks that look down on th city from different vantage points. The first shot is from Devou Park on the west side of the city; this is from the Kentucky side of the Ohio river.

The second shot below is from the Eden Park area on the Ohio side of the river. If you have not been to Cincinnati before, here's part of the skyline! We will be here for another 2 weeks or so, before returning to Louisville to be with Matt & Christie and their 3 kiddos, then we fly back to CA on April 19th!

Cincy Westside

Cincy east 

Largest Timber Frame Building in the World

Posted by Tim on 3 March 2017 - 10:03pm

On Tuesday Kathy and I were able to visit the new Ark Encounter here in N Kentucky. It is about a 45 minute drive from where we are staying, and it is enormous. This full scale replica of the Biblical Noah's Ark is NOT a little boat! It's as long as 1 1/2 football fields with 3 decks inside. It's one of those things that is impossible to capture in a photograph . . . but I tried anyway...

Ari                      It was a very wet and rainy day - somehow seemed appropriate!

Ark 2                              The large city buses look tiny next to the Ark...

One end of the Ark                              One end of the Ark, I didn't get to the other end!

Inside the Ark                     Inside, the food and water storage areas, containers, and racks were amazing.

21 Degrees (70F) in February!

Posted by Tim on 21 February 2017 - 1:19pm

What a strange winter we have been having here in Kentucky. We lived here full time for 13 years, and this time of year is usually VERY cold. Today, here in Louisville, it is at peak summer time temps for Ireland! Earlier in the month we experienced temperature swings of more than 40 degrees in less than a day!

Here's the view from the house our son and daughter-in-law (Matt & Christie) rent; yesterday we had a picnic near the river. The state of Indiana is on the far side of the Ohio river, we see barges going up and down the river every day.

river 

barge 

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