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Recently:

Schmoozing with R.E.S. at Lake Anne. He was very sweet and also impressed by our cross-country hikes. What a legend!

Fighting a cold in which my snot rivaled the colour of glorious baby leaves that have burst from their branches. I’m finally better, but it was a long time coming!

Party round the campfire in our backyard… but I was sick in bed šŸ˜¦

Dumpster diving glory.

Walker Educational Nature Center celebrations… free b-day dinner courtesy of Whole Foods (oh the asparagus!) and Environmental Film Night friday about the gorgeousĀ Green House.

Billy Collins Book Club.

Dan rescues someone from being swept down the flooded, muddy and thrashing Potomac River. And, yes, he was upstream from Great Falls.

A gorgeous (but windy) picnic at the Willowcraft vineyard with our dear Italian neighbors.

And the sweet scent of hyacinth and day lilies.

Spring

is

here.

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It’s Bob’s Birthday!

Tomorrow in Reston we celebrate Founder’s Day and the 97th birthday of (our founder) Robert E. Simon. Lake Anne should be as bustling as Reston Town Center for a change! Free cake, a treasure hunt and perhaps even a chance to chat with the birthday boy himself!

Fun begins at noon and goes till 5pm Saturday April 8th, 2011.

More info at http://reston.patch.com

Photo by Karen Goff

Lake Anne & Portofino

 


Portofino bay at night

Originally uploaded by Kaan C

I just read Robert E. Simmon’s Reston Master Plan from 1962. It’s fascinating….Ā  overall Reston has turned out according to many of his plans… no cemetery or riding stables, but lovely paths, open areas and recreational opportunities. Bob pushed for woods rather than “useless front lawns” which still holds true… to a degree. Sadly, rather than the bustling paths and walkways he envisioned, it’s often traffic-filled streets. Good thing traffic isn’t a problem when you’re biking!

With the Silver Line metro headed to Reston in just a few years, more changes are on their way fast, so now’s the time for those of us who live, work or play in Reston to get involved. And to start with, Reston Residents make sure to vote in the Reston Association Board of Directors election – ballots will be mailed March 7th and candidate statements are available here.

So Lake Anne and Portofino, have a few slight differences…. but with new Greek and Thai restaurants and a new cupcake joint, Lake Anne is pretty sweet.