Thursday, November 15, 2012

Desi In The Backseat

With Julie driving now, this is a recurring visual in the Balla minivans.  This past weekend, Julie drove from her grandparents' home down to the Delaware rest stop, leaving me with the rest of the way back to Silver Spring.  It sure is nice having a third driver in the car!

Notice, by the way, Desi holding on with her left hand...


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Canal Quarters

For us, one of the more offbeat discoveries of the past several months has been the Canal Quarters program.

For years, we have been aficionados of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, biking and hiking its nearly two hundred miles, one section at a time.  In all this time, though, we never knew that there are several lock houses along the way, including the one in the attached photograph, that you can rent and stay in.

We gotta figure out a way to do this!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Academy Of The Holy Cross Homecoming 

Here was Julie and her date Greg Goulding before the Holy Cross homecoming this past weekend.


Shanshui In Our Home

One of our good friends in Beijing painted this piece for us, and we managed to get it home unscathed.  It is a traditional Chinese landscape (shanshui) that she copied from a classic painting (a retiree, she is now studying art).

It now occupies a place of honor at Casa Balla.


Monday, November 12, 2012


This was Z this past weekend as Sodapop in Georgetown Prep's production of The Outsiders.


White's Ferry

A really cool, really funky place, isn't it?

According to Wikipedia...

White's Ferry is a cable ferry service operating across the Potomac River. It is located six miles west of Poolesville, Maryland, and north of Leesburg, Virginia. It is the only ferry still operating on the Potomac River. The General Jubal A. Early carries cars, bicycles, and pedestrians between Maryland and Virginia.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Scenes Of The Beijing We Love

Until next time...