Sunday, May 29, 2011

Ashland Trip

W e enjoyed our stay in Ashland again this spring. The weather cooperated for a few days to give us blue skies and warm temperatures so we could enjoy porch sitting.  The rest of the days were gray and drizzly. Oh well, it just meant we had time to read and shop!

 The trees and shrubs showed off some of their color in Lithia Park.

 The Shakespeare Theaters were just around the corner. We saw five incredible plays:
The Imaginary Invalid
To Kill a Mockingbird
The Language Archive
August: Osage County 
Measure for Measure

Porch sitting one afternoon for happy hour. We were glad it was covered!  Check out our cool coasters. They're portable!

 The wine label competition heated up for this year's theme of flowers. We crowned the new Cork Queen on Thursday evening

 On one of our walks, we came across this monkey tree. You may need to enlarge this picture to see what I mean. It will be a topic of a future blog I'm thinking..

 We took turns creating some amazing breakfasts and dinners.

Sadly, two of our usual seven were unable to attend this year. Not being present can be dangerous. We crowned one of the missing as Cork Queen in abstentia, and found the perfect winning bottle (see picture below) for her to enter.
Since we had to have the celebration picture for our album, we created a spittin' image of her, complete with crown.

We had a great time and are already planning our next year's getaway!


  1. That looks like a perfect get-away - glad you didn't let the weather put a damper on things. The Cork Queen is a hoot! - and quite fashionable, as well.

  2. Ha - yes quite fashionable! Each year the Cork Queen embellishes the crown, so you never know what it will look like! It's a wonderful girls week away that I've been privileged to attend for the last 20 years. Girlfriends are priceless!

  3. Beautiful pics - as always and wonderful descriptions to go along with. I love the Cork Queen photo's. Those are priceless! =) I can't wait to read the monkey tree story. That's going to be interesting. How lucky and blessed you are to have such wonderful girlfriends!

  4. Oh, this looks like so much fun! Glad you had the chance to do this again. I'm looking forward to my college girlfriends reunion on Cape Cod in August, and this gets me in the spirit.

    Yes, I think I hear a monkey tree story perking in your head right now....

  5. The pressure is on for a monkey tree story...hummmmm.....thinking....thinking

  6. Thank you for sharing your splendid experiences and the sights you saw.

    It's obvious you enjoyed your time away. It's unfortunate all weren't able to join in this year.

    I'm looking forward to any future blogs related to this time in Ashland.


  7. Shaddy - Glad you enjoyed the pictures! PS - why are you anonymous?

  8. Those are gorgeous photos of the house and flowers! and I love the food ones too--yummy. Sounds like a fun time and a great place to visit.