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Thursday, March 29, 2018


That's what is happening today at home.  Granddaughter Genevieve the little baker mixed, rolled and dipped dough in cinnamon sugar to bake snicker doodles.

She's a helper and loves to bake.  So proud of herself.

First Day of Spring March 21. 2018

A beautiful day it was.   I looked at it like a cleansing of sorts.  Washing out the last of winter to welcome a beautiful spring.

Adalyn getting her boots snowy before we head to science museum

Genevieve had to go deeper to the slash and the water was flowing.

our road heading out

almost to the tracks

Railroad tracks at the town and looking toward town

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Warm Springs Virginia (2) outage - new room

An early evening fire
With a toasty fire going and wind howling outside we went to bed.  Sleeping like logs until sometime in early morning hours there was a banging at the door.  Steve jumped up in the cold to find his robe to get to the door in the dark, no fire, freezing cold and then the person left.   We figured get back under the cozy comforter and sleep til light.  Well couldn't sleep then and good thing because the gentleman came back to tell us that the wind broke a utility pole and our room and several others on our side of the village plus the restaurant would have no power for a few days.  He said we were welcome to stay the rest of the night and got us more fire starter.  We made it warm and cozy again and slept til morning.

Breakfast was brought by early in a basket and it was so delicious.  Steaming hot coffee, fresh squeezed orange juice, quiche, scones and sweet cream for our coffee.  Eating breakfast by the fire was pretty nice actually.   We were booked another night in this room but of course that was not to be.  We were told there was a room at the Steele house that wasn't affected by the outage.  A fireplace was there also.  We made sure we had enough starter and wood in case the power went out.   The wind was howling.  Right now I am thinking about what the attendant at the station told us about high winds back in Buffalo Gap.  That sure came to be.

This is what was going on very early in the morning with high winds - snow.  It's the mountains and I love it.

On our way with our things to the house a few hundred feet away.  The Steele house named after family that used to own the home.  Our room was called The Croft room.
We have the room to the right of the porch on lower floor.
Next to a creek with the clearest water running through it.  Makes a soothing  sound as the water rushes over the rocks.

Next to the Steele house is the little post office I didn't get a picture of.  A quaint village and the scenery is beautiful.

Just inside the entrance .  Our room is on left looking towards the front door.

Notice the door ringer in middle of door.  On outside it has a twist key attached to the bell.

View to back door from the front door.

Don' t think I would want to cart suitcases up these stairs although it's tempting as there is a balcony off of one of the bedrooms

Large piece in entrance hall

Our room painted a cheery color which Steve liked.

A nice warm fire set for us

A view from our window at the trees moving in the wind

Antique furniture in the rooms
like this old foot locker at the end of the bed

The next two pictures are hanging in the bath.

I like this one

a short clip of the room

Well time to head up to Monterey.  A short 25 minute drive to purchase some maple syrup and have lunch at the old High's restaurant.

sharing with Our World Tuesday

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Warm Springs Virginia (1)

A get away Steve and I enjoyed almost two weeks ago for a few nights took us to Warm Springs, in Bath county Virginia.   We stopped for fuel about an hour into the trip.  You can see the station's roof ornament told us we were in Buffalo Gap.  The lady that works here told us that she heard that 60 mile an hour winds were on the radar for the area, but we didn't pay attention to any weather report.
Home below is next to the gas station.  I just like the layout and stone on brick.

little creek running in front of it, just a pretty setting I thought.

Anyhow, along the road to Warm Springs.
Beautiful farmland and old barns along the way.  Lot's of drizzle and grey skies.

Starting up the mountain through George Washington National Forest.  You can see the fog higher up the mountain.

Very foggy now and still drizzly.
I love riding through the fog and mist even when I am driving.

getting worse

Short clip of drive to Warm Springs.  Gets foggier as we climb the mountain.

Getting close.  Gristmill Inn is our destination.  The Omni Homestead is not far from here and we have yet to stay a few nights.  Maybe in the future still.  Steve prefers the Gristmill Inn.   

We see this round barn like building. Known as Jefferson's pools, fed by natural mineral springs.  The clear water keeps a temperature of 98 degrees.  I don't know if it's open.  I heard it had or has been closed because the building was deemed unsafe, but will be repaired.  For centuries people have been traveling to the pools also known as "the cure".   I have read that travelers have taken the waters and afterward saying their skin felt so soft.  
You can see the steam from the warm mineral water escaping through the top.

Well here we are at our turn - Old Mill Rd.

The Square 

Getting late and in a hurry to get to our room to unpack, because it was starting to get a little more rainy and little breeze building.

Just inside I put down my favorite book to gaze through.  I always travel with books.  I love to read before bed.  

This is called the silo room.  Which it one time was.  

Our room had a fireplace as that is what we wanted this trip.  Not all rooms have them. 

Comfy chairs for t.v. watching.  We didn't watch t.v..  We watched the fire instead.

Nice bottle of water with glasses.  I would much rather use glass than plastic.

Nice large bath with Jacuzzi tub.  Two comfy white bathrobes were hanging in the closet.

The bath part is partly in ground.  Our bathroom window was almost level with it.   We are in the mountains.

Cold and damp outside but cozy and warm inside.   I like the idea of having our own entrance at the Gristmill inn.

back inside

We have Russ our traveling companion that our grand daughter Adalyn gave Opa.  She likes it that we send her pictures of him on our trips.

 We went out for a dinner and then back to get ready for bed.  Nice comfy bed with wonderful linens and feathery soft pillows. 

"The Inn at Gristmill square is a Boutique Inn.   Located deep within the ancient mountains of the George Washington Forest in the Allegheny Highlands".  I am taking this info from their website and a pamphlet I have.

The buildings dating back to the 1800's make up the Inn.   Nice place to come to relax.
All of the modern conveniences along with a continental breakfast brought to our room in the mornings. Visitors choose a time from I believe it's 7 til 930 to be brought in.
Got a fire going with plenty of wood.  I like the looks of the fire in the dark falling off to sleep.

Will post more of our trip hopefully Tuesday.
Til then
Part two - Outage

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