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Monday, November 23, 2015

island for the kitchen

Long time with no post but with relapse of the same flu or cold or whatever it is,  looks like the amoxicillan knocked it out this time.    What is with this flu season?   So many little bugs out there.

I got an email from my sister Lynn in Maine and she put together or remade I should say a buffet she bought for $35.00 and turned it into a island for the kitchen.

The base color is Gettysburg Grey
A touch of green comes through which I like

The counter top is made from a church pew she came by on one of her many travels for treasures.
Beautiful Oak.

Wonderful idea and the drawers are great for cutlery and napkins etc.
nice place for morning coffee and meals.
 Great Job!!!  

she and her husband are restoring an 1870's home in Maine.

I am sharing with The Charm of Home's - home sweet home
          and                                                   Amaze me Monday

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Just before the fall

color burst

Almost Elton

Almost Elton John concert at the Beacon theater in Hopewell Virginia on Friday night was such fun.   A good friend of mine since 7th grade treated me and several others to the concert,  for her birthday by way of stretch limo gifted by her husband to make sure we all arrived safely.
Thank you Jennifer ,  a special treat for all of us.  
The Beacon built in 1928 by the Knights of Pytheas.  Early beginning as a silent movie and Vaudeville show palace as stated.  Website for info and pictures -

Almost Elton John starring Craig Meyer.   His resemblance to Elton John and his singing was just the best!   So much enjoyed by all of us!

sorry for blur but the cell phone in this light is not the best

so blurry - L to R--- Rebekah, Jenny ,  me , Linda

sharing with our world Tuesday

Downton and VHS

Few weeks back we took a visit to  the Virginia Historical Society to see the exhibit "Dressing Downton".
Entering the door is this magnificent  floral display!

Looking up above in the Mezzanine
 little closer

A horse drawn carriage around 1830.    Speaks much to the wealth of the owner much like today.
Four door two passenger adorned with nickel silver fittings.  Purchased by John Glasgow of Rockbridge county Virginia around 1830.  The Glasgow family was important in the lumber and iron industry.

The information below  reads that Downton Abbey is no fantasy. The series weaves together fictional characters and actual events to create a compelling drama rooted in the real stories of  Britain's past.  Just as Highclere Castle where Downton is filmed is a real place, so Downton Abbey's story lines explore the real forces that shaped Britain in the first quarter of the 20th century.
When joining Downton in 1912, Britain is in it's Edwardian summer.
A sense of calm and continuity.  A new King on the throne which feels as the Empire is secure.

Particularly strong was a sense of tradition especially on the English country estate.

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The clothes exhibited come from the drama "Downton Abbey".  Exploring fashions from 1912 to the early 1920's. Some costumes are original and some made from vintage fabrics.

Silk  and silver beads.  a very fine example of 1920 's workmanship.    Georgette layer with beading is original.   designer Carolyn McCall said that you could hear at times loose beads dropping to the floor during filming from these vintage pieces

close up

Lady Rose Mac Clare - silk velvet evening dress, glass bead and sequin decoration original to the period.   By the 1920's evening dresses were the same length as day time dresses.   Looser in the bust and straight in style

Cora Crawley season 3 1920
Floral embroidered border coat worn at Lady Edith's wedding made from a 1920's tablecloth

silk evening dress season three - 1920

How tiny this dress and the actress who wears it

squares of fabric attached at the hips for waterfall effect

mixed silk fabric and fox fur collar and cuffs

Lady Edith Crawley - embellished with beaded embroidery and ribbon

geometric  - art deco style

laundering made easier by the shirts separate collar that would attach by studs to the neckband.
1912 - 1920
Men could change their look by changing the collar

skirt split at the front and back worn over jodhpurs to ensure decorum

1913-1918 chauffeurs uniform .
The double breasted style helped to keep out the cold

few more pics later

Friday, November 6, 2015

Happy Friday!
Reminder if you are from Hanover County Va.

Rabies vaccination clinic tomorrow in western Hanover

All dogs and cats (including so-called 'barn cats') are required by law to be vaccinated for rabies at four months of age. For dogs, you also must have tags and a valid license proving the vaccination. Hanover Animal Control makes it easy for people to get their pets vaccinated by holding rabies vaccination clinics in the fall and winter. Vaccines will be administered at a cost of $7 per dog or cat. Tomorrow's clinic will be held at Western Hanover Church (a new location) from 9 a.m. to noon. The Western Hanover Church is located at 16050 Mountain Road in Montpelier

Hope anyone in this county who have strays they feed or ones they just like having around - make sure they are vaccinated.  

Monday, November 2, 2015

little one's birthday

Few weeks ago seemed like everyone had the flu bug.  Genevieves b'day was October 18, same day as my sister Donna.    Adalyn had the croup and that night on her birthday, Genevieve  came down with tonsilitis and then everyone else to follow.
 Mom baked for her  a banana chocolate iced cake from scratch as bananas are Genevieves favorite fruit and usually has one for breakfast every morning plus she loves her chocolate, what girl doesn't?  
Opa, Oma , Mom , Dad and sister Adalyn enjoyed cake together  and then opened presents.
Some pictures of her evening.  and she is two years old!  Where did two years go!  We need to slow down ,  but you know time flys when you are having fun!

Happy Birthday Genevieve

why is there fire on my good cake?

ever so patient

sweet adalyn was definitely not feeling well,  but managed some cake 
She loves ninja turtles as you can see

Once again - Happy Birthday

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