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Blooms in December (12/8/2021) - Flowers continue to show themselves here and there, and other beauties are adding brightness to this month. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Cheryl Battle of Bavon photographed this honeybee,…
Christmas tree selection and safety (12/8/2021) - For our first Christmas in Bavaria, Jim and I purchased a pretty tree from a shop not far from our house in Augsburg. The tree looked lovely, but it wasn’t…
Templeman-Soles (12/8/2021) - Lauren Elizabeth Soles and Aaron Michael Templeman were married at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, 2021, at “Constellation” in Kill Devil Hills, N.C. The Rev. Anne W. Kesner officiated.…
Turning the town yellow (12/8/2021) - Members of the Gloucester Daffodil Club gathered in two locations last Thursday to further their efforts to turn the town yellow in the spring. The group planted 250 bulbs around…
Wreath decorating (12/8/2021) - The Garden Club of Gloucester and Mathews decorated fresh wreaths in colonial style Friday morning at the Gloucester Museum of History. The wreaths are now hanging on historical buildings around…
Craft sale (12/8/2021) - The Walter Reed Garden Club held a craft sale during Saturday’s Christmas parade in Gloucester. Members will also have a booth set up during this Saturday’s parade in Mathews. Members…
A visit from eagles (12/1/2021) - A pair of eagles perched majestically on the pilings of a dock on Butler Creek in Hayes, with a lovely view of the marsh and workboats in the distance. The…
Museum donation (12/1/2021) - Debbie Hancock, treasurer of the Chesapeake Bay Circle of The King’s Daughters and Sons, presented a $100 check to the Mathews Historical Museum at a recent meeting. Barbara Bass, center,…
Bay Quilters donate homemade holiday stockings (12/1/2021) - In mid-summer, the Bay Quilters of Mathews held a program titled “Christmas in July.” There were gifts and patterns and demonstrations and food. And members were given a project. During…
O Christmas Tree, Where Art Thou? (12/1/2021) - Every year, the holiday hustle and bustle start the day after Thanksgiving, not only with shopping, but with the tradition of buying and putting up the Christmas tree, as well.…
100th birthday (12/1/2021) - Margaret Grace (King) Smoker will celebrate her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Dec. 8. Born in Coatesville, Pennsylvania, she married Raymond Smoker in December 1941, moved to Newport News in the…
Blazing glory (12/1/2021) - The trees have given us a good show this fall and we have enjoyed it while it lasted. Leaves are falling now. Please send your photos of trees, flowers and…
A time to listen and a time to hope (11/23/2021) - Kate DiCamillo, author of the children’s fantasy “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), recalled a 10-year-old boy at a book signing who asked her “… how do you get all that…
Blazing (11/23/2021) - Colors are everywhere; the cold weather has not yet defeated Mother Nature. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Susan and Jim Camp of Hayes are enjoying this dwarf Japanese maple.…
Splendor in the leaves, and more. (11/17/2021) - Autumn beauty is everywhere, in the trees and also in late bloomers. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Seth Anderson of Moon writes, “My wife Ana Maria Anderson came from…
Gifts for the gardeners on your list (11/17/2021) - When our granddaughter, Emma, was about three years old, Jim and I built a playhouse for her. Emma will be 21 in December, and is a junior in college. The…
Ripleys celebrate 75th wedding anniversary (11/17/2021) - Arnold and Eileen Ripley of Susan celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Sunday. Captain and Mrs. Ripley were married on Nov. 14, 1946, at the home of her parents, Wendell…
Start here (11/9/2021) - For your weekly dose of beauty. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Dahlias are still blooming in Cheryl and Paul Vrooman’s flower garden at Hudgins.Pomegranates and persimmons from Roxanna and…
An everlasting garden (11/9/2021) - In early September, I noticed a magazine photo of an attractive wreath fashioned from grapevine and dried flowers. I thought it looked easy to make and would brighten up the…
Next week (11/3/2021) - Back to the garden we will go with flowers galore. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Orange you glad you looked? Here are five pumpkins skillfully decorated by staff members…
Adventures in mushrooming (11/3/2021) - Several years ago, I wrote a column about growing shiitake mushrooms in oak logs. Jim and I enjoyed shiitakes for about four years, but after the logs were spent, we…
Dismal Swamp talk (11/3/2021) - Local nature specialist Teta Kain, at left, visited the Augustine Warner Chapter NSDAR at its Oct. 9 meeting to talk about the Dismal Swamp. Kain is shown with chapter Vice…
3rd place (11/3/2021) - Susan Mullins of Gloucester, won a third-place ribbon in the Adult Creative Arts-Embroidery category at the 2021 Virginia State Fair, Meadows Park in Caroline County, for this piece, titled “Our…
GUEST program (11/3/2021) - The Rev. Kristie Askew, executive director of the Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team, spoke on the GUEST program at a recent meeting of the Chesapeake Bay Circle of The King’s…
Plenty to see (10/27/2021) - Leaves are changing everywhere but not all of the color is above our heads. Plenty of flowers remain in bloom. Please send your photos to editor@gazettejournal.net. Roxanna and Bill Andersen’s…
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