roy and dolores kelley photographs: Book Recommendation: Patriot by Ted Bell - 06/17/18 06:27 PM
Book Recommendation: Patriot by Ted Bell
 
Patriot (2015) is volume number nine of the series of international thrillers featuring British intelligence officer Alex Hawke by The New York Times bestselling American author Ted Bell. The ten books in this series are good additions for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.
 
 
Books by Ted Bell
 
Goodreads Review of Patriot
"Intelligence officer Alex Hawke takes on power-hungry Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is wielding a terrifying new weapon, in the latest adrenaline-fueled thriller in Ted Bell’s New York Times bestselling series
In corrupt Russia, an erratic Vladimir Putin … (12 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Facebook Group: From My Lens - 06/16/18 01:07 PM
Facebook Group: From My Lens
 
There are many Facebook groups to consider if you are interested in photography. One that I have not previously mentioned in a blog is From My Lens, a Facebook group with over 4,500 members. Click on the link to reach this group.
Facebook groups are free. You can join and participate in existing groups or create and manage your own groups to share your personal or professional interests.
 
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Summertime Burglaries - 06/15/18 10:57 AM
Summertime Burglaries
 
This notice was provided by Kim Jones at the Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department.
Lots of residents travel during the summer months. Burglaries occur every day in Montgomery County, a lot of the time it is when homeowners are away.  We want to solve them.  We also want to disrupt them. Here are some things you can do in your community to help all of us:
- Let your neighbor know you will be away so they can recognize suspicious activity around your house
- Keep the AC cycling. As an investigator I interrogated several burglars who would simply look for houses with … (14 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Be alert for black bears on Maryland highways - 06/15/18 10:41 AM
Be alert for black bears on Maryland highways
 
The Maryland Natural Resources Police have reported that that a number of black bears have been killed this month on Maryland roadways. Historically, over 55 black bears are killed on Maryland roads each year.
Most bears are about 125 to 400 pounds and stay within a 10 to 25 mile radius of where they live. Sightings in populated ares are most common in June and July when young bears wander away from rural areas as they look to establish their territory during the late spring through the summer months.
Be alert. Black bears may be hard to … (22 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Facebook Group: Light and Sight Photography - 06/15/18 06:15 AM
Facebook Group: Light and Sight Photography 
 
If you follow my blog posts on a regular basis, you already know that I am active in a number of Facebook groups. If you are interested in photography, one of the groups that you may wish to join is Light and Sight Photography (L&S) with over 15,550 members. Many Facebook groups are based in other countries. This group is based in Bangladesh. Click on the link to view the group.
Facebook groups are free. You can join and participate in existing groups or you have the option to create and manage your own Facebook groups that share … (13 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Farfalle Pasta with Heirloom Tomato Vodka Sauce - 06/11/18 12:31 PM
Farfalle Pasta with Heirloom Tomato Vodka Sauce
 
Chef Dolores had another winning combination for dinner at home. She used Delallo 100% organic Farfalle No. 87 100% whole wheat pasta with Toigo Farms Heirloom Tomato Vodka Sauce and added some freshly grated Parmesan cheese for a wonderful pasta dish. 
The wine selection was Naked Grape California Cabernet Sauvignon. 
 
 

 
Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Photograph by Roy Kelley, Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Galloping Goose Winery & Vineyards, Hampstead, MD - 06/11/18 11:57 AM
Galloping Goose Winery & Vineyards, Hampstead, MD
 
Chef Dolores and I were exploring the countryside around Hampstead, Maryland and decided to visit Galloping Goose Winery & Vineyards. We sampled several wines including their Petit Verdot, Barbera, Chambourcin Rubious, Estate White and the Fat Pony Red. Click on the link to visit the website.
 
Galloping Goose Winery & Vineyards
4326 Maple Grove Road
Hampstead, Maryland 21074
410-374-6596
 
 

 
Galloping Goose Winery & Vineyards, Hampstead, Maryland USA 
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photographs by Roy Kelley 
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Finding and using the ActiveRain Membership Roster - 06/11/18 10:53 AM
Finding and using the ActiveRain Membership Roster
 
For years, one of my daily habits has been to visit the ActiveRain Membership Roster to follow some of the new members. Until recently, the link was locate under 'Important Links' at the bottom of the page. https://activerain.com/social/roster is now the link that will give you access to the Membership Roster.
Following members is an easy way to pay it forward. You will receive points for following an additional five members each day.
 
Other Points
 
 
 
Scarlet Plume, Euphorbia fulgens, Spurge Family, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 2653
Photograph by Roy Kelley
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Euphorbia fulgens (Scarlet plume). … (24 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Meeting the Candidates at the Wine Harvest in Kentlands - 06/11/18 09:25 AM
Meeting the Candidates at the Wine Harvest in Kentlands
 
The Maryland primary election will be held on June 26th. This is a Democratic state with a Republican governor. The Democratic ballot has so many candidates that many voters will be confused and uncertain.
Dolores and I have attended several meet and greet sessions with candidates. Recently, we were invited to meet with Rebecca Smondrowski, a candidate for the Maryland House of Delegates in District 17. David Trone, a candidate for the the House of Representatives in District 6 was a special guest. It was good to meet with them. In case you do … (13 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Poppy Flowered Anemone, Anemone coronaria, 'PAS 1851' - 06/11/18 09:03 AM
Poppy Flowered Anemone, Anemone coronaria, 'PAS 1851'
 
The opportunity to photograph the beautiful Poppy Flowered Anemones is another good reason to visit Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, one of our favorite travel destinations.
 
The blue poppy anemone (Anemone coronaria) is used for border plantings and in cut flower arrangements. Blue poppy anemones can be grown in your flowergarden, or in containers, such as barrels. 
How to Plant a Blue Poppy Anemone | Garden Guideswww.gardenguides.com/82442-plant-blue-poppy-anemone.html 
Subhash Sharma  "This fresh looking Anemone comes from a genus of about 120 species of flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native to the temperate zones. It is closely related to Pulsatilla ('Pasque flower') and Hepatica; some botanists include … (14 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Book Recommendation: A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando - 06/11/18 06:08 AM
Book Recommendation: A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando
 
A Death in Live Oak (2018) is the latest legal thriller and #14 in the series featuring defense attorney Jack Swyteck by The New York Times bestselling American author James Grippando. I enjoyed this fast reading novel and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and his books.
 
Books by James Grippando
 
Goodreads Review of A Death in Live Oak
"When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of … (18 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Napoleon: Power and Splendor, VMFA - 06/10/18 01:02 PM
Napoleon: Power and Splendor, VMFA
 
Napoleon: Power and Splendor is the new major exhibit at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia. This exhibit, which will be open through September 3, 2018, offers more than 200 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts pieces reveals how members of the Imperial Household, a network of 3,500 employees, helped to create the identity of the new Emperor. Click on the link to visit the museum website and plan your visit.
 
 
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
200 N. Boulevard
Richmond, VA 23220
 
Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Photograph by Roy Kelley
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Sunday Lunch at Home in Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland - 06/10/18 11:50 AM
Sunday Lunch at Home in Kentlands, Gaithersburg, Maryland 
 
The thunderstorms are expected to roll into our area this afternoon and a flash flood watch is posted. We decided to have lunch at home. We enjoyed some Cole's Wild Caught Premium Tuna Fillets in olive oil and sweet red pepper and couple of cheeses on multigrain crackers. 
Our beverage was Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Rose, 2017. Click on the links to learn more about our selections. Did I mention that life is good?
 
 
 
 
Magnolia Blossom, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland 
Photograph by Roy Kelley
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Leave it on the Lawn - 06/06/18 08:21 AM


Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Photograph by Roy Kelley
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Black Button Distilling Tastings - 06/05/18 12:23 PM
Black Button Distilling Tastings
 
The Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control is now sponsoring free spirts and wine tasting events at their stores. Click on the link to view the June calendar of events.
Chef Dolores and I attended a tasting event by New York state's Black Button Distilling at the Darnestown Liquor & Wine Store that serves the Kentlands area. We sampled the Citrus Forward Gin, Four Grain Bourbon, Apple Pie Moonshine and Bespoke Bourbon Cream. Click on the link to reach the website will full descriptions of the spirits they produce.
My personal favorite was the Bespoke Bourbon Cream. Both of us … (10 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Montgomery Village Farmers Market - 06/05/18 11:16 AM
Montgomery Village Farmers Market
 
The Montgomery Village Farmers Market is now open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. throught October 27, 2018. Click on the link to visit the website and plan your visits.
This is a list of the Vendors:
PRODUCEValencia's ProduceAsparagus, beans, berries, broccoli, carrots, hanging baskets, herbs, leeks, lettuce, melons, okra, peas, peppers, pumpkins, zucchini 
Pleitez ProduceAsparagus, arugula, beans, beet, cabbage, carrots, corn, cucumbers, herbs, peas, peaches,  peppers, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes, watermelons
FRUIT SPECIALISTSFetters Fruit Farm Apples, peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, cherries, tomatoes, cucumbers, apple cider, pears, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, grapes, strawberries, asparagus, peppers, cantaloupes, fruit butter, apple juice, honey, sweet and … (17 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Wild Mushroom Sandwich Melts - 06/04/18 10:46 AM
Wild Mushroom Sandwich Melts
 
Chef Dolores does spoil me with gourmet meals. For our lunch at home, she made wild mushroom sandwich melts. She toasted slices of Dave's Killer Whole Grain Bread, topped the bread slices with wild mushroom deli slices from Field Roast Grain Meat Co. and topped the open faces with Gruyere cheese. She then heated the sandwiches in the oven to melt the cheese. Delicious.
Our beverage was iced tea but a nice glass of wine would have been even better!
Iris, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland
Photograph by Roy Kelley
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Cocktail Suggestion: Elderflower Gin and Tonic - 06/03/18 01:34 PM
Cocktail Suggestion: Elderflower Gin and Tonic
 
Chef Dolores has prepared some especially good gin and tonic cocktails and I thought you might like to have the recipe for your summertime happy hours.
 
 
ELDERFLOWER GIN AND TONIC
 
Yields 1 cocktail
 
A fusion of Gin and Tonic that pairs Bombay Sapphire gin with Elderflower Liqueur.
 
Ingredients:
2 large spheres of ice
2 oz. Bombay Sapphire gin
1 oz. Elderflower Liqueur ( I used Lloyd's)
1   3” strip of orange zest
1 6-8 oz. bottle of Fever-Tree tonic water (I used diet Fever-Tree)
Orange bitters to taste.
 
Instructions:
Put ice spheres in an oversized glass (I use 8-10 cubes)
Gently pour in the gin and Elderflower liqueur
Using a paring knife, cut off … (22 comments)

roy and dolores kelley photographs: Facebook Group: Natural Beauty - 06/02/18 06:21 PM
Facebook Group: Natural Beauty
 
A few days ago, I received an invitation from Mustafizur Rahman Sohan in Dhaka, Bangladesh to join Natural Beauty, a Facebook group with over 25,500 members. They featured the first photograph that I posted in the group. Click on the link to reach the group.
Facebook groups are free. You can join and participate in existing groups or form and manage your own groups that reflect your personal or professional interests.
 
 
  
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roy and dolores kelley photographs: Les Trois Petits Cochons - Paté au Poivre Noir - 06/02/18 05:59 PM
Les Trois Petits Cochons  - Paté au Poivre Noir
 
One of the many benefits of retirement is that we can enjoy more happy hours without the worry of evening calls and appointments and can go out for early dinners to beat the crowds at our favorite restaurants.
For one of our happy hours at home we had Les Trois Petits Cochons (three little pigs) Paté au Poivre Noir, (pork and chicken liver paté with black peppercorns and topped with aspic), some Alouette brie cheese and a plate of toasted artisan baguettes. 
The wine was Black Box California chardonnay. Did I mention that life is good!
 

 
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