Cherish is my favorite word, and I cherish the ability of turning the routine into a beautiful moment.
Nature creates in me, a spiritual and meditative time to bring peace, harmony and balance, into an otherwise ordinary day~
Mary Howell Cromer

Friday, October 16, 2015

A Whole Lot Going On Around This Place~

We are beginning to see signs that Autumnal leaf colour and the falling away of leaf canopy is working it's way on our land and shall soon give way to bareness around our home.  
Our two devoted friends Meaka will turn 8 in December and Silveit will be 3 in January~

Remember to double click on the first image, to view a larger slideshow presentation after you have read the narratives~

I will be linking up with Judith for:


Stewart for:

A female Praying Mantis looking for a place to lay her egg sack.  It will hopefully be protected through the Winter and come Spring, some 100 or more baby Praying Mantis shall erupt from within~

Garden decos around my home and a juvenile Ruby Throated Hummingbird that needs to figure out very quickly which direction South is~

Above both Gray and Red Fox Squirrels have been hoarding nuts and below the American Robins are filling up on all sorts of berries~

Home at Tingsgrove~

I had the pleasure of attending the Ironman Triathlon this past weekend, and I was so happy that I did. What a glorious morning, the weather was cool and beautiful, the people were so friendly and it was right in my own county, within walking distance of our home... The athletes were amazing and just watching them do their thing, was so inspiring. Such dedication. 
John Boel from WAVE once again participated. 
One of the participants was 74 years young, whoosh.
"An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.2 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world."

WAVE News TV Journalist John Boel has competed a few years and I got this shot of him as he went past me.  I shared it on their WAVE NEWS site and was blessed to receive 244 likes...very nice~

I had the pleasure of meeting these two lovely ladies and stood with them the whole morning.  Maureen is on the left and Mary Jo her daughter-in-law on the right.  Mary Jo's brother Gregg (two images below) also competed and he finished the course in 11.11 hours.  Congratulations to all of the participants~

Our favorite buck was taking a nap at the rear of our property last week~

Google has fun making these animations with my wildlife images~

Every year like clock work, the week of October 15 is when the Cedar Waxwings begin to arrive and  I absolutely love them~

Below a juvenile~

An American Crow~

A Common Grackle~

A juvenile Yellow Bellied Sapsucker~

And lastly a sad ending for number two of four baby Groundhogs born across the lane.  This had been my favorite, the little runt.  I fondly had called him Rolphie.  I brought him to out land and gave him a proper burial~


  1. Silveit is sooooooooo beautiful

    (I noticed the other photos...uh...beautiful...but what can I say...I love Shepherds. Oh yeah...poor Rolphie)

  2. Aww, poor Rolfie. Almost made me forget everything else I was gonna tell you. .... Your action shots are as remarkable as your nature photos. Can't believe that a guy almost my age participate in Iron Man, geez, I feel good about myself if I walk a 3K!

  3. A lovely showing of all, and especially the Waxwings, that is my favourite.

  4. Your dogs are gorgeous and I love all the other critters as well. Poor Rolphie.

  5. Good Morning Mary. And I promise to click "publish" at the end. Autumn can be a sad but colourful time but I so enjoy watching the autumn migration, watching the birds which stop off to eat our berries before heading off again. Soon they will be in France, Spain or Africa and we can but wish them a safe journey and hope they return next year.

    A triathlon? Best I can manage these days is half a day's work of birding or ringing and then it's time for a sit down and a glass of wine in the evening. But good luck to these dedicated people who show such spirit and fine example.

    Poor Rolphie. So sad.

  6. Shame about Rolphie - but some much other stuff to see and do.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  7. Hello Mary, wonderful post and images. I love your buck and the Cedar Waxwings are one of my favorite birds. Watching the triathlon sounds like fun, great action shots! Sorry about Rolphie. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

  8. Hello!:) Wow! So many wonderful nature images here. I love your American Robin, and Cedar Waxwings captures, the buck, and the photos of your gorgeous dogs. Poor baby Groundhog, what a shame he did not make it.

  9. Good morning, Mary,

    Meaka and Silveit are such beautiful dogs, and they have the warmest, soulful eyes. Autumn at Tingsgrove and Beyond looks idyllic; the light in your photos has such a soft glow. I wonder now, with that canopy of foliage falling down to colour and cover the damp ground, will all the little forest creatures still feel protected? The photo you snapped of that female praying mantis is amazing! I've never seen one so up close; wow!

    How wonderful that you went to cheer on all those devoted athletes; positive reinforcement can go a long way, especially when one has so many challenging feats to accomplish. How lovely that you met up with these ladies; they have such sweet smiles!

    Thanks for sharing all the latest happenings around your neck of the woods. I so enjoyed trailing behind you....but sorry to hear about little Rolfie.

    Hugs to you,

  10. Love your sweet dogs, Mary! And the triathalon shots are great! Love all your wonderful photos, especially that groundhog!

  11. It must be a very busy time of year for all the creatures around your world Mary getting ready for the winter ahead. What a beautiful garden you have. It must be a wonderful place to come home to. Have a lovely weekend ahead Mary.


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