Saturday, August 29, 2009

Butterfly kisses

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I will miss seeing butterfly, I come out to photograph and he flies at me and then back to the flower. He knows I am not gonna interrupt him. Beautiful!

Still a few buds left to bloom and will sure miss the beauty, I am working on more garden beds and trying to get rid of the moles who want to take them out. I think I will put some gravel in and around the area I plant, it seemed to work at our previous home. We have been at this house 2 years and its time to get things underway.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sea doo

Since it's summer, one has to pick up some fresh veggies for the picnic on the lake.

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On the way to Pocahontas park I spotted this beautiful barn just had to snap it. I do have a thing for red barns.

Summer is winding down , I can feel it and hear it, the sounds at night feel like fall is nearing.
I was looking at these pictures I took on the water this year in early July and boy time goes by fast when you're having fun.

Annette spying a snake in the rocks, she told me about it much later.

Seth waiting patiently for his turn to ride.

Derek loves this thing. I must say it is fun.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Jamestown - Americas first permanent English Colony

The year 1607, 104 Englishmen and boys , sponsored by the Virginia company of London, began a settlement on the banks of the James River. There were plenty of hardships , but they endured. The replicas of the three ships that sailed from England can be boarded here.
Powhatan village and the colonist fort along with historical interpreters made for an interesting and fun visit.
Here are a few pictures of the day. I visited with my daughter and grandchild, along with my nephew Alex and sister Donna.

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Beans growing on trellis.

I think they have the wrong size gear for battle, maybe trade.

One of the colonist constructing a fishing net

little scared he'll get pecked

Anglican Church

Captains quarters
looks like the captain

close quarters

A view inside of musum, I like the lighting fixtures

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Maymont House and Gardens

My friend Carolyn and I visited Maymont house and gardens some months back.
Maymont is a Romanesque style Mansion built on the banks of the James river with 12,000 square feet and 33 rooms and was the 100 acre Victorian country estate of James and Sally May Dooley. Mr. Dooley was a Philandropist and millionaire.
Estate was purchased in 1886 and the mansion was completed by 1893.
Maymont is named for Mrs. Dooley. A combination of her maiden name and mont which is french word for hill..................

The Dooleys maintained a mountain home, Swannanoa, in the Blue Ridge mountains at Rock fish Gap. A beautiful swan bed that once was in the summer mansion , can now be viewed at Maymont. I wish I could have taken pictures inside, but that was not allowed.
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One of many beautiful trees on property

Covered entrance

Gazebo in the distance

Beautiful gardens surround the property. You can see down to the river from here

Friendly Peacock watching the chickens eat at the childrens zoo on property

collection of antique carriages.