307: Waiting for the train

Waiting at the train station

My father and nephew arrived safe and sound last night.  We had a little bit of a wait at the train station in Greensburg, Pennsylvania yesterday.  Their train left Philadelphia 21 minutes late and it snowballed after that as they followed one slow freight train after another.  All in all, their train came in about 2 hours late.  It gave M and I a chance to check out The Supper Club, something we wanted to do after we took the train from Philly to Greensburg, but our train also arrived late and we decided at the time we should just go home as it’s a 2 hour drive from there to home.

Standing by the tracks near sunset

The Supper Club turned out to be quite nice.  We had a quick appetizer and something to drink as we didn’t have time for much more by the time we decided to go there.  We’ll have to find an excuse to go back to Greensburg so we can try one of their farm to table dinners.

Looking out the train station archway

Today’s outdoor adventures included my nephew who joined me on a walk around the pond and back into the woods.  He seemed to enjoy it and has gone back out on his own to do some exploring.

This morning's view of the pond

Noah was great company, showing lots of interest in the local flora and fauna.  We ended up at the garden where we picked some lettuce, cucumbers, and the first ripe cherry tomato of the season which we split right there in the garden so we could taste it.  It was delicious!  Noah made a small salad when we got back to the house so he could try the lettuce and cucumbers.  You can’t get it much fresher than that (unless, like we did with the tomato, you eat it as soon as you pick it).

Down by the creek. Processed in Picnik using Heat Map 2.0.

We found a few wild blackberries ready for picking, and Noah enjoyed those as well.  I think he might be out there now hunting for more.

My father is sitting on the deck enjoying the beautiful weather and his Kindle.  I think almost everyone I know has a Kindle or something of the sort these days.  I’d like to give in and get one too.  First I have to read all of the books in my “To Be Read” pile.  And try not to buy more books in the meantime.  I think the real challenge is in the second part.  I find it difficult to resist new books.

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  I’ll be back tomorrow with another quick, disjointed post, similar to this one (due to wanting to spend time with family rather than thinking out and putting together blog posts).  Please pardon the lack of quality control (typos, etc.).  Regular, unhurried service will resume after August 4th.

17 Comments on “307: Waiting for the train”

  1. tedgriffith says:

    I hope that their visit is a wonderful time for you all. I really like the shot of the pond! The shadows and colors in the sunlight make for a excellent image. I know what you mean about the kindle and books. While the temptation of the technology is great, but there is just something about the actual feel of a book in your hands. And I never have to worry about it crashing or the battery going dead. 🙂

  2. anhinga says:

    Enjoyed your train and train station pictures. I’ve been ennamoured (sp) with trains since my trip to Savannah. I know all the downsides, but there is still something romantic about them and such a leisurely way to travel.

    Glad your dad and nephew are enjoying your beautiful bog.

  3. greysqrl says:

    every single one of those photos is amazing.

  4. Can’t think of a much better way to spend 2 hours waiting for a train than eating… and a real nice collection of shots you’ve included today also.. Love the colour in your “Down by the creek”.. 🙂

  5. Glad to hear your nephew and father arrived and know that your father enjoys his Kindle. I love mine, but still can’t resist the real thing from time to time. I enjoy the feel of the paper, etc. The Kindle was perfect when we were living in Vietnam and Haiti and not a lot of English language books were available otherwise.

    Have a great week with your family————


  6. Kathy says:

    How lovely to have your visitors, and that your nephew joined you on your outdoor adventure. It sounds like he was very present, soaking it up, enjoying your bogs. It also seems like the train delay provided you with an unexpected opportunity to have fun at the Supper Club. Your photos are beautiful, Robin.

  7. love the pond picture. Looks like a painting. Whenever I have to pick someone up at the train station, I remind myself that ViaRail do not have schedules, they have suggested arrival times. At least that’s how they run things. heh heh.

  8. Kel says:

    enjoy your family time
    there’s something about the smell of ink on paper that a kindle just can’t replicate
    and where’s the stall at the market that sells second hand books for kindle?
    just not the same at all

  9. Marianne says:

    The Supper Club sounds like a dining experience to savor. Great photos!

    Have a wonderful visit with your father and nephew.

  10. Good that they arrived safe and sound! You are very lucky to have a property right outside your door that you can explore and probably discover something new every time! Believe it or not, no one in my house has any kind of e-reader or tablet of any kind – someday, though! 🙂

  11. mewithmycamera says:

    first photo is so beautiful and bright!

  12. penpusherpen says:

    A Kindle? at first I thought they were the devils work. 😉 in that surely they won’t replace the feel, and the contact we have with books, and the look in a bookcase would become > soulless.< But I can see the need in some cases, and the ease of viewing the written word at a glance, changeability. So, room for the book and for the Kindle I suppose.
    and not surprised you want to spend time with your family Robin, have fun my friend, in the sun and sharing happy times… xPenx

  13. jenna says:

    Noah sounds pretty awesome.

    Frequently, I compulsively buy books. I can’t help myself. I’ll probably never go e-reader, because I love books too much. Not just reading them, but the physical objects, too.

  14. The shot of the pond is exquisite–it’s a subject for you that has never failed.

  15. eof737 says:

    Hop they have a wonderful time… the pictures are superb. 🙂

  16. That’s a really pretty picture of the train station, and I like the one looking through the archway, too, it framed the building nicely. Of course your other pictures are wonderful, too, but these jumped out 🙂
    I don’t have a kindle (or anything similar.. and neither does anyone else in my house) and most likely will never get one, because I prefer the good old fashioned paper books. They don’t break when you drop them, and dry if anything gets spilled on them. An e-reader won’t be so lucky.
    I might feel differently about e-readers and consider one for my 14-year-old (she reads A LOT!!!) if the books were cheaper to download, but they cost just as much as a paper book.

  17. Robin says:

    Thanks so much, everyone. Sorry about the “generic” thank you’s but I only have a brief break before the family comes back from a short outing. Thought I’d try to catch up on comments and blog, at least a little. 🙂

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