Another walk in the Forest

It was nice and cool…62 degrees this afternoon…Pirates just won 1-0…and tucker needed to have a nice walk…after putting rose geranium oil on Tucker and myself to ward off ticks…we headed into the woods at Boyce mayview Park…for people who do not like to use deet on themselves or use harsh chemicals on their pets…I have been using rose geranium oil for the past 3 years and with good results

not a whole lot more on the forest floor except we found a hillside filled with trillium that were just ready to burst open…but not quite….wild white bleeding hearts…and a bunch of other wild flowers whose names i do not know

some flowers for your enjoyment


I Love Winter in Mid April

just a coating of snow this morning that did not last that long…but I enjoyed it enough to walk in the woods out at Boyce Mayview Park…took my little camera with me and got a few images on the forest floor with a bit of snow….if you dont like the cold…at least I hope you can enjoy the images…the cold doesnt bother me ….anyway

Martha’s Run 2018

Saturday the 14th of April…a warm morning upper 60’s at 9 a.m. …it was the start of Martha’s Run which has been going on for about 20 years now in Mt lebanon…also one of the smallest number of participants I can recall in a long time….maybe the Pirates run had something to do with it…but there is something I like about a community run…probably takes me back to my days of running 40 years ago…when there were a lot of races with only about a hundred entrants…those were the days…I actually ran in pittsburgh’s great race and there were under 5,000 entrants…I no longer run as my knees are not quite what they used to be…but that doesnt stop me from enjoying a good community run

This was a nice run…sunny and not too warm…with an unusual finish…Usually you have the overall winner…and the ladies winner…well it so happened that Larissa Park was the first person to cross the finish line…congratulations Larissa…and there was no one close to her at the finish . I wonder if there was a trophy for the first male finisher ?
Anyway people chatted at me or waved at me as they saw me on the side with a camera…they all seemed to be enjoying themselves despite the tough start . The first mile and a quarter are pretty much uphill…the only benefit to that is it is all downhill to the finish for the most part

Here are some images from Martha’s Run 2018

Highlanders…Iron Maidens… and Celtics…makes for a fun day

Woke up to the grassy areas covered with snow…so that definitely meant it was time for rugby . The sad part was the snow was all melted by gametime…

It was a doubleheader as the Cleveland Iron Maidens took on the local Lady HIghlanders in the opening match .

It was a hard fought battle with Cleveland coming out the victor . But as my memory serves me when these two play each other both sides play very good defense . And that was the case this time as well . So just a simple breakdown could mean the other team scoring. And that happened . And Cleveland scored twice…maybe 3 times…but I always say the players need to know the rules so they can be a better player…well I learned something new…if a player scores a try and while doing so the opposition is called for a high tackle…there is no attempt at the 2 point conversion and the scoring team is awarded a 7 point try….Anyway the lady Highlanders got better as the game wore on and had some long runs that would be stymied by penalties or being forced into touch

That is something I dont quite understand….running the ball so close to the sidelines…watching the elite teams I always see them cutting back towards the inside to keep play moving along.Just an observation

Second match saw the men take the field as the Highlanders hosted the Toledo Celtic rugby football club…My eyes are aging…and no matter how many times I tried counting the players for Toledo…I always lost track…but I am pretty sure they did not have a full squad…at least one player shy .

This was a hard hitting battle…players lifting opponents off the ground and flipping them…yellow cards awarded….but the Highlanders scored first and while I was there they scored more often than Toledo did . I left with about 20 minutes left in the game so I really do not know who won . But if I was a gambling man…and I am not…I would have put my money on the black and red…they were younger quicker and faster . And they seemed to get along with their teammates better ….seemed to me the Toledo team had some personality conflicts

I had a good time…to me that is what counts…oh…and no serious injuries…that too.

Be well…here are some images from the day

Home Opener 2018

Pirates42Happy Tuesday ….went down for an afterrnoon stroll and a Pirates home opener was happening…just from walking around i could tell the enthusiasm and the attendance were both down…The pirates only had about 30,100 fans in the seats…yes there was snow on the ground when we woke up…but come game time almost all the snow was gone…a bit disappointing if you ask me…especially when the home opener was happening on spring break and most schools had the day off . I remember going to home openers at 3 rivers stadium…and the snow flurries were whipping about and the Pirates had better attendance then.

Anyway I walked around and snapped a bunch of photos…here are some of what i saw