Thursday, October 14, 2010

Hopeland Gardens, Aiken S.C.

My friend and I spent several hours in the gardens here yesterday... We took 336 photographs. Here are a few.

The close-up pictures will look better if you click on them and view them separately...

Some of the largest Deodora Cedars in the country are located here.
(Took this picture for you, Mom...)

This is the largest Live Oak I've ever sat in.

Bald Cypress.

Reflections on the koi pond.
 Many of the koi were well over 30 inches long but they didn't want their pictures taken.

Some flowers, whose name I've forgotten...

And the sun lit clouds last night.

FYI: I am feeling okay. I'm not having any new major symptoms. Weirdly enough, I've been feeling less of the low level symptoms for the last week. Although one of the newer surface mets/lumps is continuing to grow. I'm hoping it doesn't get too much larger. Often new lumps grow and grow and then just stop growing and remain the same size.

And I'm having a good time in Aiken, it's like a restart button in my head has been pressed.


  1. spectacular deodora cedar...thank you!
    love you lots and lots! Mom

  2. Martha,

    My name is Kelly, I'm friends with Jo (matt's wife) we met very briefly in the TARGET fitting rooms one day...anywho...I LOVE these pictures is the place near Charlotte? I am glad to hear about your symptoms lessening and giving you a physical break, if only a little bit. I check your blog often and consider you such a blessing and mentor in my walk with God. My favorite so far has been the post on Dying (and sharing it with our children) I also love your BLUEPRINT of your HEAVEN!! We all have so much to look forward to.

  3. Just seeing the location in the title, duh...and sorry!! I was so excited to scroll down for a new post that I didn't pay attention. :)

  4. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them and for the personal update. Pet Dresden until you get her hair all over you, for me :)

    with love, Susan T.

  5. Awesome. Amazing.

    Still haven't expanded the adjectives...

    So glad you're enjoying yourself. You remain in my thoughts & prayers.

    Love & hugs.