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Thursday, August 22, 2019

At home

Shadows look different these days that are cast in the yard.  September will be here before ya know it.

I hope it's o.k. to trim boxwoods now, because mine need it.


My cypress vine is supposed to be pink, white and red.  So far I only see pink and red.



Last night,  a little past 8 p.m. we had a storm coming and the sky (even though a little blurry) was so pretty.

Took the girls for a visit to my sister's house.

Inside her dining room she used a rose garland to run the cord from the chandy to the ceiling.  I like the roses and they are her favorite flower too.

Back out to put down some pea gravel in front of the girls playhouse

Hope all are staying cool in this muggy heat, well it's muggy here anyway.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Inside finished

The inside of the playhouse is finished, well as finished as it's gonna be for right now.  Painting in 90+ degree heat was a feat in itself for me. I feel my age now more than ever.
The children along with Opa moved in their table and chairs and some other play things.

Getting it into the back yard was a mess in November 2018






It was like this inside when we got it


I decided to paint the floor in a color the girls picked out.  It's porch paint and it went on thick.

They had to have breakfast in the Lavender Cottage this morning


Happy Tuesday to all

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Happy Wednesday

The days are starting to feel and sound like Autumn is close.  Not wishing my life away though.  I want to enjoy every day as I have it.  Time seems to move faster the older I get.



I purchased planting bags this year and put in potatoes.  First time for me.  I will do it again next year in the soil directly in the ground and see how it goes.  Didn't get a terrible lot, and probably dug too early, but enjoyed what I got.


Late at night I work on this diamond painting.  It's fun and relaxing but a little hard on the eyes after a while.  Look forward to finishing it.



After a while, the numbers and symbols for the little beads start looking alike.


Hope to finish the Lavender Cottage (girls decided to name it that) and show the pictures of the inside later or tomorrow, depending on how much I get done.  I finished all I am going to do except for caulk and today I am painting the floor with a floor paint.
Good day to all
Betsy

Monday, August 12, 2019

Monday Monday

as the song goes.
Sitting here drinking coffee and getting ready to start chores for the day.  Would rather sit here all day and drink coffee.

Some bloomers still looking good.  Had to bring some inside to have something pretty to see coming down the stairs.





I planted a variety of zinnias this year.  I can't say that one is any prettier than the other.  They are all different.




Cardinal flower vine has just about taken over the lamp post.


Not looking particularly pretty but still some color.  Coleus I picked and put in the ground around the dogwood tree and they rooted.  Easiest plants to root.

Show offs.

Little blurry as the wind was moving it.  I didn't take time with camera settings.



Happy Monday

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Back at the Brick house

Inside we go to take a tour of Bacon's Castle.  Greeted by a large stained glass of Nathaniel Bacon.

Born 1647 in England.  He and his wife moved to Virginia in 1674. He died in 1676.  He was a relative of both the Governor- Sir William Berkeley and his wife - Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley.
For more info. cut and paste address... www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Bacon_Nathaniel_1647-1676  Very interesting timeline here.

Yes indeed, I had to get a closeup of this chandelier.  I like the  champagne color and it looks to be feathers in the center.   

Don't know who she is... I just like the picture.

Upstairs and there were quite a few steps here
Looking down as we go

Bed chamber with the key for tightening the ropes that support the mattress.  Night night sleep tight.




One of the upstairs  bedrooms

Under layers of paint - this writing is found and the date looks to be Sept. 20, 1880?  Can't read it too well.

Not sure if you can read it any better by me inverting it.  Someone is sick.

another upstairs room

I so like the heavy chairs with the carvings and the crown here at the top of this one



Lot's of work weaving, cooking over a hot fire, laundry.   No time to dawdle I'm sure.

Original floors here.


Basement kitchen


Onion bottles




Wine barrels

back up

This picture shows the brickwork and the beams.  Looks like a peg in the beam, not sure though.


It was 1665 and Arthur Allen was 57 years old when he built this grand home in Virginia.
He didn't live long to enjoy his time here.  He died in 1669.





Short clip inside 


That's all for right now.
Good day all.
Betsy    
Part one → Here
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