A journal of sorts about family, hobbies and travels, mostly day trips Steve and I enjoy taking especially in my State of Virginia.
I love to especially explore and snoop in places off the beaten path.

photos on blog are taken by me unless noted otherwise. Please ask before using.
Thank You - bsh

aken from "the yoga quote garden"

Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape. ~Author

taken from "the yoga quote garden" site.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A visit to the city

Been a while since last post.  Taking care of things at home that have been put on hold for a while.
Did take some time for a watermelon festival Steve wanted to go to.
The watermelon festival in Cary town Richmond Va. was sardined packed with people.    The line for the watermelon was so long, I counted up to 30 before we walked down a way to get something to eat.
wanted crab cakes but the line was just as long there also,  so we went to the Greek restaurant there on the strip and had gyro for Steve and veggie wrap for me.
you can see the line in the distance

a band playing

I like the colors on this shop

 I had a veggie wrap at the Greek restaurant.   I love eggplant and mushrooms , onions etc. but was a little to salty for me.
Steve had a gyro
I like this art piece of our city with monument and skyline
 paper dachshunds
a picture of a pretty roof through the tree on the blvd.
nice homes with fencing nice side yard gate or door rather
 soda can art in ones yard
this looks to be a lily
couldn't help but admire the little balconies,  I called them Juliet balconies
The ones below are rectangle
 The both of us were thinking this little balcony would go well off of the side window in our living room - I want one.
Almost to our car here at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
bye for now

Sunday, August 10, 2014

sandwich day

For lunch last Saturday I made  Cuban sandwich's.    I have a recipe for the bread but didn't feel like making it that day so I bought some at the market,  not Cuban bread but good.

I made a boneless pork roast with juice from one orange,   juice from one lemon (all recipes called for lime juice - didn't have a lime so I used the lemon).    Seasoned the roast with oregano, cumin , salt and pepper.   About 5 garlic cloves chopped - love garlic,  chopped onions .
I cooked at 350 degrees til the thermometer said it was done and then a little more.
I let it set til cooled enough to slice nicely with my electric knife.

mustard, pickles layered inbetween ham, swiss cheese and pork roast
on grilled buttered bread
Had to have mac salad
chopped tomatoes .   I mixed vinegar and oil with some salt and little sugar , salt - pepper and dill.
Also had a side of baked beans wih bacon cooked in the oven.
I am sharing with  Masterpiece Monday
off to the watermelon festival
bye for now

Wednesday, August 6, 2014


This morning - sunny with bright yellow sunflowers.   first time growing  this type,  they are about two feet tall and a vivid yellow.

---The flower that follows the sun,  does so even in cloudy days --- Robert Leighton

The earth laughs in flowers - (R.W. Emerson)


Forgot the name of this vine which I plant every year because it flourishes in pots and covers the
trellis so well and even better - the hummingbirds love it.

I usually pull these up every year but this year I let them ramble on the fence.   Morning Glory seeds are poisonous so I make sure the grand girls keep a distance as the little one is always putting things in her mouth.

adalyns hat sitting on the fence where she will find it later
two of the prettiest flowers - Addy and

Lil Genevieve who just finished her carrots

later in the day we went for ice cream in town

She did a quick turn around at the loud train going through town

til next time 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Plantation tour in King George Va.

A beautiful plantation Steve and I toured several weeks ago was  
Belle Grove Plantation.  Nelly Conway Madison's family home which no longer stands   is where she gave birth to our fourth President of the United States and Father of our Constitution ,  James Madison on March 16, 1751.
The home  built in 1790 and sits over a part of the old foundation of Nelly Conway's family home. 
Today is a Bed and Breakfast, It's Innkeepers - Brett and Michelle Darnell.  
I didn't take a picture full view of the carriage side of the home, wished I had  .
 You can take a look at the Belle Grove plantation website and  blog where you can see a better shot of the carriage side entrance of the home. Much information to be had here.



We were met by Innkeeper Michelle a very gracious lady and so much information she shared with us about James Madison,  Belle Grove and  of the owners through the years.

just inside the front entrance.

Very welcoming foyer
Had to get a picture of the ceiling
We were invited to have a seat in this bright and cheery room on sofas that were used in filming Lincoln movie.  Decorated beautifully,  gold, red and blue, so pretty.

withdrawing room teacups and saucers
 drapes hung so as not to hide the woodwork we were told by Michelle.
dining room
men's withdrawing room
The bare spot in the grass is where a fountain used to be.
Looking down after ascending the stairs for the tour upstairs
upper level
Conway Suite
balcony from room
Turner Suite 
French chairs
Madison Suite 
Hipkins - Bernard Junior Suite
A picture of  Francis Hipkins,  a  bride at 14 years of age to William Bernard

The picture above the mantle in this room is reminescent of the Emanual Church seen coming into Belle Grove
 curved door
3 buildings to be restored are Summer kitchen,  Ice house and Smoke house
 6 over 9 pane window
River view side over looking Rappahannock to a place we will get lunch - River Haven
view from restaurant
to a peek of Belle Grove beyond the trees
Steve's Bratwurst
Mine - seared Romaine lettude with topping of bacon, tomato, croutons and cheese with ranch dressing
Nice way to end a pleasant trip,  now off for home with Steve driving and me napping.