Jim Cheney's Being Human Challenge

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Jim Cheney's Being Human Challenge

 

Santa Rosa, CA blogger Jim Cheney has challenged ActiveRain bloggers to post an August blog on something that is personal and not business related. Since this is the final day of the challenge, I am writing this while Chef Dolores is taking advantage of the beautiful day by playing a round of golf at Montgomery Country Club.

Since I have now been retired for four years, very few of my activities are business related. Even my blogs on ActiveRain are not business related since I no longer solicit real estate business. If you follow my blogs, you already know that photography and specifically flower photography is one of my retirement hobbies. Dolores suggested this hobby to keep me busy while she is golfing or participating in some of her favorite activities with her friends.

I am very active in a number of Facebook groups that feature photography and have developed a large and supportive world wide following. This hobby requires me to go to places where I can photograph flowers and that encourages me to take photowalks through our home community and to regularly travel to places line Longwood Gardens where are annual members.

Dolores and I take many day trips and are annual members of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Winterthur, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, the National Zoo, Brandywine River Museum and others. Dolores has an art history backrgound and has served as a docent at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and I am still in the learning mode went we travel to such destinations as the Baltimore Museum of Art and museums in other cities. We recently spent much of a day at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.

We have spent so much time in Colonial Williamsburg that we have even considered moving there. With the increased number of wineries and breweries in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, we enjoy visiting those locations and sampling the wines and the craft beers. I have blogged about many of those visits.

Our quality of life is good and we plan to continue many of our current activities as long as we enjoy good health.

Let me know if you have some suggestions on places that we should add to our list for fall visits. We will definitely want to take a drive down the Skyline Drive in Virginia. And, Dolores wants to spend some time in Charlottesville, Virginia, the location of the University of Virginia where I attended the College, the School of Commerce and the Law School.

 

 Black-eyed Susan, Rudbeckia hirta, Maryland State Flower, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 4674

Photograph by Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

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Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Nice Roy Kelley .  You do amazing photography.  My parents were married in WIlliamsburg in the 50's  I've never been, but hope to someday.

Aug 31, 2017 12:15 PM #1
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Roy

You clearly take great pleasure in your flower photography, and in the places it takes you (Longwood Gardens was a favorite of ours when we lived in the Philadelphia area), and your photos are always wonderful. Thank you for sharing this personal side of who you are.

Jeff

Aug 31, 2017 12:20 PM #2
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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I think it is wonderful that you live in an area that is rich in cultural history and art.  These things are so important to the quality of life.

Aug 31, 2017 12:57 PM #3
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Roy,

Regardless of the fact that you are retired, it is always a joy for me to read your posts, and that includes the fabulous flower photos (eye candy), your book recommendation and the fact that you reblog our posts as well as everyone else's.  A

Aug 31, 2017 01:45 PM #4
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Hannah Williams
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Recently you took a picture of a heron Roy Kelley ot was wonderful and we all love your flowers

Aug 31, 2017 05:23 PM #5
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your feedback. Your comments are always welcome.

Sep 01, 2017 04:09 AM #6
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Sep 01, 2017 04:12 AM #7
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Enjoy your retirement, Roy.  It seems to me that your and Dolores are enjoying it.

Sep 01, 2017 05:30 AM #8
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning to all. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend.

Sep 01, 2017 05:38 AM #9
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Roy Kelley
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Sep 02, 2017 07:11 AM #10
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Fort Worth, TX
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Roy Kelley - Whether or not you're an active agent or retired, you add value to ActiveRain. I couldn't imagine ActiveRain without you. It is a blessing to know and follow you here on AR.

Sep 03, 2017 03:45 AM #11
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Roy Kelley
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Patricia Feager 

Thanks so much for your very kind words. The time is near for me to reduce my ActiveRain activities. 

Sep 03, 2017 05:31 AM #12
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Sep 04, 2017 04:40 AM #13
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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
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No surprise here! Those of us who follow you Roy know of your love of flowers and your skill at photographing them!

Sep 06, 2017 08:18 AM #14
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Roy Kelley
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Your comments are always welcome and are very much appreciated.

Sep 06, 2017 08:20 AM #15
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Roy Kelley
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Sep 07, 2017 04:59 AM #16
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Drive Carefully

Over 160,000 students are in Montgomery County, Maryland schools this year.

Sep 08, 2017 05:45 AM #17
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Some ways to communicate in Kentlands:

Kentlands Website - www.KentlandsTownCrier.com
 
Nextdoor - Your neighbors are waiting for you... Nextdoor!  Click to join the new neighborhood social media site.
 
If you have any questions, contact Dana Macena at 301-948-2071.
Sep 11, 2017 07:40 AM #18
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration

Grab your four-legged friend and high-tail it to Hillwood for an afternoon of Halloween fun on the Lunar Lawn.

Saturday, October 21, 2017
2-4 p.m.

$13 adult (with 1-2 dogs), $10 Hillwood member (with 1-2 dogs), $5 child (6-18); Free for children under 6

Please register in advance. To enjoy Hillwood member pricing sign up for membership online or call 202.686.5807.

 

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens 4155 Linnean Ave NW Washington, DC 20008 www.hillwoodmuseum.org

Oct 20, 2017 07:04 AM #19
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