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Sunday, October 17, 2021


 Side trip to Barboursville Va. to see the ruins and vineyards.   Beautiful pastoral views.  Designed by Thomas Jefferson for his friend James Barbour.  Governor of Va..   Built 1814 to 1822.  Burned Christmas day 1884.  Orange county Va. 

Octagonal rooms and those columns are so much Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson provided workmen from his Monticello  home to build this mansion.

Impressive boxwood gardens with a few benches for sitting a spell to ponder as I did.   

A short video clip 

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Saturday, October 2, 2021


Days are going fast it seems. It has been  a little while since I posted.  So much to do outside getting things put away for the winter to come. 

I love the Autumn. The  leaves are just starting to turn here.

A few mums and pumpkins I have on the porch. 

These two are cuttings from established ones I have at the tree.  They took root over the summer.   



Plant shopping at Home Depot last week.  Beautiful flag flying with such pretty blue skies. 

Before putting them on the porch. Derek power washed  the front porch and steps.  They need it every year around this time but it's wasn't done last season.  Feels nice and clean and pleasant to use now.  Much brighter.
I still have more pumpkins to put out at the chair on sidewalk with a few hanging pots.
The mums around the dogwood are ones that I planted from previous years.  
Looking good so far.  I try to keep them cut to have that oval shape.
Yellow shows up the best.
Probably should remove the ugly tag on the blue pot on my porch.  Will do that as soon as I am finished here.  
Some cornstalks purchased today will be put out at the lamp post along with some fall color tomorrow. 
From fresh corn

Potatoes cream and other spices I made corn chowder.
Perfect this time of year.
Bacon bits on top and a tuna salad sandwich is what Steve wanted with his.
Locally grown food from Berry's Produce in Mechanicsville Va.   Beautiful Hanover tomatoes, beets, collard greens, squash and my favorite Okra I purchased on the way home from running errands Friday.
I must go back to get turnips. .  All types of root vegetables we eat here.    

Our mantle in Den has fall color now with a garland and candles.  The little lights are maple leaves in various colors of Autumn

Off to fix a very late dinner.  Will be light with vegetables.  I have Brunswick stew in the slow cooker and it smells heavenly but will have that tomorrow.  My husband thought is was for tonight.  The  scent woke him up from a 15 minute nap.  

Hugs, Betsy

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Cape Charles and it's Golden Hour

Golden hour.  A time not to be missed when I am visiting the beach. 

A magical time.  My golden moment.  Very short window of time, ever changing.

Water glistens


Our Golden Moments

I took this with my phone camera, so it's not really a sharp picture, but the moon and the planet can be seen on this clear evening with a home across street from where we were staying.

Happy Sunday Everyone, Betsy💖🙏

 Hoping Grandchildren in Hawaii will be able to go with us next trip.  Love all of our grands.  One lives away in West Va. and hope he and his little one will be able to come with us sometime too.  

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