Category Archives: Family

One Word Wednesday: Mischief

Mischief

~These Days Of Mine~

Fun: From A Distance

So, how is your social distancing coming along?

As you know, Motor Man and I normally take a day trip to Carova, NC most weekends. However, the Outer Banks has a visitor restriction right now (understandably so: their medical facilities are somewhat limited). So we decided to ride to the Northern Neck area of Virginia.

And along the way, we found some fun while avoiding contact with anyone else. We saw this old building, and stopped to investigate. It’s an old jail, built in the early 1800’s, located in Lancaster, Virginia.

On the same property was a wonderful old red barn, so we took the opportunity for a picture. Once again, we hadn’t thought to bring our tripod, so we placed the camera on a fence post, and I rushed to join Motor Man before shutter clicked.

A little further along, we passed this beautiful old home. The sign in front said: “Woodlawn, 1750”.

A better view of the side and an outbuilding.

And to my delight, we saw something quite rare (for us anyway). Motor Man had seen a road sign alerting motorists to ‘horse and carriages’ in the area, so we assumed there might be Amish nearby.

As we drove along, we saw someone riding a horse on the shoulder of the highway. Since this is most unusual, Motor Man made a u-turn, so I could take pictures.

When I saw the way this young man was dressed, I realized that he was, indeed, Amish.

We pulled over at a safe location, thinking he might ride right by us. But, just before he reached us, he made a turn.

I LOVE this picture. The horse obviously realized that he was on the home stretch, and I love that the young man is adjusting his hat. (In a perfect world, the house wouldn’t be there, and I wouldn’t have needed to do a little less-than-ideal photo editing.)

Obviously the two of them were getting ready for the ride down this long lane.

What fun did you discover this weekend?

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Word Wednesday: Innocence

INNOCENCE

~These Days Of Mine~

Majestic Monday

The most often used word to describe eagles would likely be ‘majestic’. (For those of you who saw my Facebook post about the eagle in our yard, please read on: there are new photos in this post.)

Last Wednesday evening, Motor Man and I were sitting at our kitchen table, having dinner. Something outside the window caught our attention, and we soon realized we had visitors in a nearby tree.

At first, there were two: one on the branch above this one, but that one didn’t stay but a few minutes.

Knowing he would fly away should I open the door, I took pictures from the kitchen window. I soon discovered that an upstairs window provided  a better opportunity. (I wonder if his ‘eagle eye’ spotted me?)

I took lots of pictures, and can’t decide on a favorite.

Then I decided to venture outside to try to get a better shot. I was doing okay until I stepped on a twig, and off he went.

Yesterday afternoon, Motor Man and I arrived home, and he glanced out our kitchen window. He whispered: “Look at that!  Get the camera!”.

We were happy to see him back in our  yard, and hope that’s a sign of things to come.

But, almost immediately, we wondered if he may be injured.  I opened our back door and, intentionally, wasn’t quiet about it.  He quickly put our minds at ease. (Later, I researched and learned that eagles DO “sit” on the ground, apparently for long periods of time.)

I apologize for disturbing you, our majestic friend.  Please visit again soon, and stay as long as you like.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

One Word Wednesday: “Goggie”

“Goggie”

 

~These Days Of Mine~

Once Again: Romance At The Castle

You may recall my posts from previous years about a Valentine’s event, Romance At The Castle, which is held at Bacon’s Castle. Guests enjoy wine and food samplings and a tour of the house.

This year’s event was held Saturday, and once again, I was asked to speak about my family’s history there at that beautiful old structure.

I have countless photos of Bacon’s Castle, but I rarely go there – or even drive by – that I don’t take another.

I do enjoy sharing the story of my grandparents moving into the “Castle house” in 1923, along with their 11 (at the time) children. And that their 12th child was born there two years later.

And that I was a guide there in 2000, then portrayed my grandmother during a ghost walk in 2010.

And that Marshall was a guide there for ten years and appeared in a PBS tv episode.

And that Motor Man and I were married there in 2002. We still have our picture taken together whenever we visit.

Motor Man videoed my speech, which I’m sharing. For those of you who’ve seen the previous videos, it’s basically the same every year, since, obviously, you can’t change history. I apologize for the low volume (we were trying to be discreet about filming.) Watching in full screen seems to help, for some reason.

 

We were happy that the event was well attended (sold out, in fact). It was a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s weekend.

~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

 

Better Than A Hallmark

Motor Man gave me my Valentine card a couple of days early this year.

I think he covered just about everything: our kitties, Valentine’s roses, the ducks that I feed on a daily basis, “my” horses, the two of us in a convertible (?): he says that’s us at the beach, and us with heart-shaped balloons. By the way, his nickname is “JR”, and his nickname for me has been “DB” for over 40 years.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Motor Man, and thank you for my very special one-of-a-kind-card. I’d say you know me well.

~These Days Of Mine~