Category : Not Genealogy

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Brandywine Raceway, The Last Race, 1989, DE Public Archives
Brandywine Raceway was a 5/8 mile Standardbred harness track in Wilmington, Delaware, that opened in September 7, 1953, and closed on December 28, 1989. The first race was won by Head Pin for a purse of $900 before 13,500 fans. Horseracing-tracks.com describes the track this way: “When Brandywine Raceway first opened it was your traditional …
Woodlawn Trustees Preserve, Cool Tree
The Woodlawn Trustees Preserve is a large area of open space located in North Wilmington, Delaware, that lies along the west side of Route 202. It’s somewhat difficult to determine when you are on Woodlawn land, since signage is minimal, but most of the fields are lined with large boulders. I mostly hike the area …
A few years ago, in August, my husband got these shots (below) of a hawk perched on the utility lines that stretch along the back of our property line. We weren’t sure if it was a Cooper’s Hawk, a Red-Tailed Hawk or a Red Shouldered Hawk, three of the more common ones in our area. …
Stylophorum diphyllum
What’s in bloom in late April? Not all that much in my garden. I’ve got two azaleas in bloom, a bunch of bulbs, and some pansies I just purchased from an unnamed big box store. Oops, there goes my resolution to buy from a local garden center. Of course, my garden is mostly about texture …
Completed Cabinets
If you have sad old grungy cabinets like I did and can’t afford to replace them, you might try painting them for a fresh new look. It seems like a Herculean task but it’s really not that bad. It only took me about 15 months to complete mine. A normal person could do it in …
Fall Trees in Red and Yellow, copyright Margaret Walker
Today I’m posting a set of beautiful photographs of Chester County, Pennsylvania, mostly in the southeastern part of the county, especially around Kennett Square, Longwood Gardens, and the Brandywine River. These were taken by my talented aunt who is always willing to share with me. Enjoy!
Hockessin Athletic Club, Women's Self-Defense Seminar
I’ve been looking for self defense classes geared toward women in and around my area of Wilmington, DE. They are hard to find! After spending a few hours with Google, I found several opportunities. So I thought I’d start a list. If you have any classes to add, please let me know in the comments. …
Terrapene carolina
One creature I haven’t seen in my backyard is the box turtle. Turtles are in decline in my mid-Atlantic region, mostly due to suburban sprawl. The box turtle’s home range is usually about 12 to 14 acres. Box turtles are slow crawlers, extremely long lived, slow to mature, and have relatively few offspring per year. …
Sweet Potato Vine with Coleus
Sorry for the alliteration. Couldn’t help it. Like many other gardeners, I’ve discovered the amazing energy created when you pair a purple/burgundy foliage plant with one that sports that bright greenish yellow color we either love or hate: chartreuse. Never one to go half measures, I decided to apply this color scheme to my ENTIRE …
As someone who hates to eat mushrooms, I surprise myself by being kind of fascinated with these fungi. I think it’s because I associate them with fairies, gnomes, and pixies, my favorite forest dwellers. It’s certainly not the fact that they are associated with male virility because of the phallic shape, ugh. Nope, for me, …
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