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Friday, February 25, 2011


I found this bread recipe while surfing the web .   Jim Laheys no knead bread., the crust is crunchy.   My husband liked it toasted  under the broiler with butter.   It is so good with cheese and spreads.  I may put some garlic in my next loaf, as I really like garlic.
  after 18 hours and a few turnings

browned beautifully
couldn't wait ,  had to slice off a few pieces

had it with snacks when I had company on monday

click here for recipe

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Touring Fredericksburg Va

Steve and I took a little day trip to Fredericksburg, Va. with my sister Lynn and fiance' Randy to tour the old town and the battlefield.

The battle of Fredericksburg, 13 Dec 1862 is remembered as one of the greatest Union defeats of the civil war.

In the streets of Fredericksburg, Union and Confederate troops fought the civil wars first urban combat.

At the visitors center we watched a 20 minute movie and then took the walking tour down the sunken road and the cemetery.  Was a little chilly and overcast.   A nice walk afterwards in the old town of Fredericksburg with a bite at Sammy T's - great food and some window shopping. 

This was a very good model that was on display I took with my camera that depicts aftermath of the fighting
Looks like I took a picture of a picture,  but it's  not, it is a model.

some of the exhibits

A relic of Chancellorsville campaign, found in Rhappahannock river in 1945(all in one piece)

Lynn and Randy at the Innis house
they are to be married in May of this year

You can see the bullet hole in door inside of house

pretty pine cones from the tree on the ground

Lynn  found some pinecones

 Steve , Randy and Lynn in distance

 this explains the graves here in the cemetery
View from cemetery down on city of Fredericksburg

After the museum we took a walk around the town before it got too dark

 some nice stained glass

 vintage carousel

 the lights in this window cascaded down ,  beautiful movement

fabric cats

I like this picture, the reflection of the bldgs. are showing in the glass

Friday, February 18, 2011


I wish I had a better camera on evenings like this.   The moon is so bright and full.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Meems covered bridge

A burr arch truss and 204 feet single span. A long span over the north fork river,  Meems bottom bridge is  one  of the last remaining covered bridges in Virginia, located in Shenandoah county.   Built in 1894 and standing more than 80 years,  it was destroyed by vandals on Halloween in 1976.  It was reconstructed from salvaged original timbers and under girded with steel beams and concrete piers. Reopened in 1979.
Steve and I walked the bridge and listened to the water rushing underneath,  maybe one car passed through.   We walked for a bit  along the river in October 2010,  a beautiful time of year in this part of Virginia,  the sun dappling through the trees , casting shadows. 
Little chilly and as I was walking , I looked to my side and saw a snake moving along also,  he did stop and take a look at me,  I guess he could sense my fear and just went along his merry way.  After a few more pics - we headed back to the car and took in the Paughs orchard a little way down the road.

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Looking back to road from the bridge
Bill and Lou taking a walk at the river

this is where I met the snake walking along the river
Looking towards the fields from the river at bridge

I would like to go back in the spring and see the wildflowers in bloom.
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