Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Mystique Of Rosewell

About an hour east of us, near Gloucester, Virginia, are the ruins of Rosewell, which was once considered “the best house in Virginia”.

(Now, those of you who know me know that ANY house takes second place in my heart to Bacon’s Castle, but on with this post.)

I had visited Rosewell twice in the past with  Marshall and my sister, June. And, once, when Motor Man and I were in the area, we had seen it from our vehicle. But my friend, Donna, had never been. So last Friday, we made the trip.  It’s important to visit well before warm weather and the accompanying mosquitoes.

Just a brief history: Rosewell was built in 1725 by the Page family. When complete, it was 12,500 square feet on three levels, and had 33 rooms and 17 fireplaces. Sadly, it was destroyed by fire in 1916. Through the years, time, the elements, vines and vandals took their toll on Rosewell.  In 1979, the site was donated to the Gloucester Historical Society by the last family to own it. Now, all that remains are four chimneys, a few walls and the wine cellar. In 1995, the Rosewell Foundation was formed, and since that time, it has worked to prevent further deterioration of the ruins.

This would have been the front of the house. During the 1700’s, visitors arrived by boat by way of the York River and then Carters Creek and were taken by carriage to the front entrance.

 There’s just something about the ruins of an old structure that allows your imagination to run wild.

Donna was feeling a bit Harrison Ford-ish.

There was another family visiting Rosewell that day, so Donna asked if they’d like their picture taken together.  We soon learned that they’re descendants of the Page family.  Meet Jennifer, Gary, Ashley and Kelly.  (And I sincerely hope I have those girls’ names correct!) They were a delightful family, and we were honored to meet them and enjoyed chatting with them.

This may have been my third time at Rosewell,

But it was no less fascinating than the first.

If you’re interested in learning more about Rosewell, click here.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Monday Morning Mews

Hello, readers!  It’s Gypsy with this week’s mews, and I have something very exciting to share with you today.

This IS my excited face.

Last Thursday, my new blogging buddy, Bacon, featured an interview with “Yours Truly” in the Spotlight Thursday series on his blog “Piglove”.

I thought you might like to read it, so here’s the link.

My step-sisfur, Sundae, was also interviewed.  Hers will be published soon, and I’m sure she’ll be sharing that with you on one of her Monday Morning Mews posts.

Thanks so much, Bacon, for introducing us to your furriends!

~These Days Of Mine~

Sometimes We Just Need A Little Reminder

Earlier this week, Motor Man had to go out of town for the day on business. And, as I often do, I rode along with him.

Time allowed us a stop at an antique mall, and although I didn’t buy anything, one item caught my eye.

A very old, very worn pair of shoes.

But I don’t think I really “saw” the shoes until I read the attached note:

Now. Don’t we feel fortunate? Blessed? Spoiled?

~These Days Of  Mine~

Back “Home”

As most of you know, Motor Man builds race engines for round-track cars as well as hydroplanes (race boats).

Our local short track, Langley Speedway, has been around for 66 years. Last year, because of negotiations between the owners and the current leasee, the track didn’t open. Life went on, of course, and many of Langley’s regulars traveled to other tracks to race.

But this season, Langley is back. The first race was last Saturday, but prior to that, of course, there were practice sessions.

Motor Man with Danny, one of our engine customers

Motor Man went to both practice days, but I was just at one. It was a cold, windy day, so the inside of the car hauler was a good shelter. Mark is also a racer and, while not one of our engine customers, he is a long time friend.

photo by our friend, Ashly

It was still cool Saturday for racing, but no chance of rain, which is always good. And the parking lot was full, with cars all along the street and nearby areas.

And the stands were packed.

Mark finished 3rd; Danny had shock issues and finished 7th.

It’s good be back “home”.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

Monday Morning Mews

Hi, efurryone. Sundae here with the Mews this week.

I’ve always known that Motor Mommy spends quite a bit of time on the computer…between her blog posts, email, Facebook and (still) waiting for April the Giraffe to give birth….well, like I said, she spends a LOT of time looking at the computer monitor.

She and Motor Man purchased an antique oak roll-top desk from her uncle’s estate a few years ago, and that’s where the computer monitor and keyboard are. She also has a collection of tiny oak dressers on the top. (Can you tell she LOVES oak?)

Anyway, sometimes, when she’s sitting there at the computer, I decide she needs my company. I’m not particularly choosy about where I sit. After all, I don’t really need much space.

 And I don’t think she really needs to use that hand anyway.

~These Days Of Mine~