Friday, May 15, 2009

The drive home from Wake Forest, N.C., to Short Pump, Va., took the form of a mini road trip. I went via Hopkins, N.C., to see friends and wander some back roads. It was a beautiful, top down day in the Jeep with clouds building into thunderheads as the afternoon wore on. Fortunately, it never rained.

Hopkins, N.C.

Miss Turnip, foreground, waves to passersby from Joe and Danita Strong's garden. Some honk as they go by. Turnip has seasonal wardrobes—an Uncle Sam look for July 4th, witches hat and pumpkins for Halloween. She's been known to mysteriously move from place to place in the garden — but only at night. The Strongs run an international non-profit organization from their home in Hopkins. ABRO (American Belarussian Relief Organization) assists children exposed to radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Moseley, Va.

Sarah Hutchinson, right, stops to refill her water from Meredyth Temple on her 165 mile walk from Salem, Va., to Richmond. She and two friends left last Saturday and are averaging a little over 20 miles a day. Temple is their support driver. They hope to raise $200,000 for Easter Seals of Virginia from their walk. All four women are from Salem.

Tara Hutchinson walks along U.S. 460 while participating in the 165 mile walk for Easter Seals from Salem to Richmond, Va. 

Short Pump, Va.

Home again in late afternoon light with Sadie and Dianne.

Arriving for an evening at the Daily Grind, we meet a new regular. Sam calls her Samantha. Each morning — and often in the evening — she arrives at the front door looking for Sam, willing to take food from his hand. 

A pair of Mockingbirds are nesting in bushes near the front door of the Grind. One of their hatchlings left the nest and tried its wings this evening.

This evening there was a reading at the Daily Grind, Linda Dini Jenkins read from her book, Up at the Villa (Great Little Books, Glen Rock, N.J., 2009). It is a travel book recounting adventures with her husband, primarily in Italy. She is an engaging storyteller.

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