Posts Tagged ‘wedding

01
Aug
15

we are gathered here today…

“He wrapped himself in quotations—as a beggar would enfold himself in the purple of Emperors.”     Rudyard Kipling  

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27
Jun
15

wedding day morning…

a backyard wedding

preparing another’s vision

words, tears and then beers

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21
Jun
15

Penny the Cat & Cut Flowers

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Oh, yesterday was a magical day in our backyard garden. We celebrated a family member’s wedding and all went blissfully well. On the morning of the blessed event, a neighbor kindly brought many cut flowers from their magnificent garden and set them on the kitchen counter.

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Soon, Penny the Cat escaped her confines and made her way to the kitchen counter. Our collective backs turned and busy with preparations, we didn’t notice Penny was perhaps trying to satisfy some deficiency in chlorophyll. Penny the Cat was hidden amongst the containers of cut flowers chewing away.

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Penny scouting out the flowers on the counter

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Yes, a less than cute and cuddly pet shot of Penny the Cat savaging the greenery of the cut flowers.

Penny the Cat was removed from beneath the cut flowers, with much cat folderol, and dispatched to a remote corner of the house until the flowers could be placed in their eye catching settings. In the end, the flowers survived and Penny fussed about until the festivities wound down (too many people = agitated cats).

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Penny the Cat annoyed by the hoopla of intruders

09
Nov
13

Travel & Life: Mr. & Mrs. SwittersB’s One Night Stand……….

Long ago, in a time so far away, life was busy and time constraints (available vacation time, career demands) made it impossible to grab much time away. So when my wife and I decided to get married back then, it was in retrospect, the economy package.

It wasn’t the traditional hoopla church wedding. It was a backyard wedding (my parent’s yard), then a backyard reception (her parent’s yard) and then away for the honeymoon (a one night stand) at the Columbia Gorge Hotel near Hood River, Oregon. Yep, one night was all we could afford and all the time we could get away.

The Columbia Gorge Hotel was pretty fancy back then. It still has some history and quite a few folks get married there judging by the pictures in Google Images. A little about the hotel is in order…….

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It was built in 1921 by Simon Benson. It took the place of the Wau Gwin Gwin Falls Hotel. Of course the Wau Gwin Gwin Falls still tumble off the cliff, down to the mighty Columbia River, behind the Columbia Gorge Hotel. Photo form Hood River Historic Society

The hotel changed ownership through the 1920’s & 1930’s given the Depression etc. Then it became a retirement home for many years, and then it was renovated in the 70’s. It seemingly prospered until 2009 when it was foreclosed on and closed. New owners have once again opened the doors the last few years and we wish them success with this historic site. I mean we had our honeymoon there! (more here)

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A recent visit showed the Columbia Gorge Hotel and grounds still very beautiful. The parking lot was full of weekend travelers. So hopefully this bodes well year round for the hotel’s success.

 




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