Category Archives: Traveling Days

That Westerly Wind

In previous posts about the Corolla wild horses on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, I’ve mentioned that our favorite place to see the horses is down by the ocean.

We travel the “back roads” and often see them there, but there’s just something about wild horses by the water.

We’ve learned that you see the most horses on the beach on days when the wind is from the west.  This isn’t good for the horses, however, because it brings biting flies from inland.  The horses retreat to the water’s edge for relief.

Plus the wind just feels good in their hair manes.

But not all the horses were up for a beach day.  Some were just hanging out back at the cottage.

And it IS spring, so a young man’s fancy is turning to love… and sometimes that means a disagreement among the guys. A couple of notes before you watch the video: my editing skills leave much to be desired.  Also, I love how sleek and gorgeous these stallions are.  Just a few seconds into the clip,the lighter colored horse starts to run. The darker horse rears his head back as if to say: “Oh, heck, yeah. It’s ON!”.  Also, although it looks like I’m really close, my camera lens was zoomed as much as possible, and I was standing in the doorway of our vehicle, so I was safe.

(Sound on)

I’m glad the gal driving that big truck was “heads up”, since one of the horses ran right in front of her vehicle.

Yesterday, it was posted on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund page that the first new foal of the season has been spotted. It’s a colt, and they’re going to have a contest to name him. You know that we’ll be keeping an eye out for him on our future trips to the beach.

~These Days Of Mine~

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~

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~

Random Five Friday

Happy Friday!  Here are five randoms for the week:

1.) This has been a totally changeable weather week for our area.  A couple of days ago,  we had temps approaching the 70-degree mark, giving us all a good case of spring fever.  Wednesday evening, a cold front blew in (and I do mean blew), dropped the temps and brought pre-dawn thunderstorms yesterday morning. By late afternoon, the skies were clearing, but it was still cold and very windy.

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2.) We’ve been keeping an eye on the winter storm in the northeast, especially in the Vermont area where the Friesian farm is that we visited recently. Have you ever visited a place, then been almost homesick for it after you leave? I keep Townshend (VT) as one of the cities in the weather app on my phone, just so I can see how the weather is there at any given time.  Thinking about those beautiful black horses out having fun in all that fresh snow…

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3. I’ve heard of a Christmas cactus, Thanksgiving cactus and holiday cactus (cacti). But,evidently mine thinks it’s a Valentine cactus.

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4.) What a busy evening it will be tonight….the Full Snow Moon, a lunar eclipse, plus the chance to see a comet in the pre-sunrise hours tomorrow morning.  One day, I will learn about night-time photography, but it probably won’t be today.

5.) Tomorrow…. antiquing and lunch with a friend (possibly friendS).

How about you? Care to share your weekend plans?

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

First Friday in February; let’s have some randoms:

1.) Motor Man and I had yet another celebration yesterday for our anniversary.  We made a day trip to the beach, saw 14 horses and ate sandwiches in our vehicle while looking out at the ocean. (Written in the heart is “we still do. 02-02-17)

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2.) We’ve noticed that the sky has been lavender several times this week.  Pretty, but unusual.

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3.) And how about this smooth water?  As Motor Man says, “we could run a hydroplane {boat} race out here today!”

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4.)This past week, I had reason to call our cable/internet company about a new modem we’d purchased. I know they usually get a bad rap as far as customer service, but I was very pleased with the young man I spoke with on the phone, as well as the one who came to fix the issue.

5.) Today, I’m having lunch with two of my nephews and my niece (their sister) to celebrate her birthday, which is Sunday. I’m looking forward to our visit. Happy Birthday, Barb!

My niece, Barb, and me

My niece, Barb, and me, circa 1968

Happy weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Celebrating Fifteen

Today, Motor Man and I are celebrating our fifteenth anniversary. For an early celebration, he surprised me with an overnight trip last weekend. I’m sure it’s because he’s heard me say several times that our previous time there was like a “fairy tale”. So we returned to the Friesians Of Majesty farm in Vermont.

We stayed overnight in a cottage on the farm and went for a sleigh ride the following day. Our sleigh was pulled by these two beauties: that’s Ymkje at the forefront and Jelke to her left.  When Robert, the owner of the farm, took us on our sleigh ride, he told us that Ymkje was his first Friesian and that she actually started his love for the breed.  She’s 19 now and is a “model mare”, which means she’s among the best of the best.  He said she’s also one of the largest Friesian mares he’s ever seen. (The Friesian breed originated in the Netherlands, so they’re all given Dutch names.)

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It was a beautiful day for a sleigh ride: sunny and chilly, but not frigid. Would you like to join us?

Imagine our surprise when we learned that Robert’s apprentice on the ride, Haley, is from Chesapeake.  That’s about 30 minutes from where we live.  We stopped a couple of times during our ride to allow the horses to rest. And to take a photo.

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Four years ago when we were last at Friesians of Majesty, we met Othello, the number one Friesian stallion in the world.  The morning of our sleigh ride, Othello was outside, enjoying some fresh air. That’s him on the left; even sporting a horse blanket, he looks regal.

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Once back from the sleigh ride, Motor Man decided that I needed a riding lesson pony ride. My instructor, Sherri, chose Gurbe as my horse for the lesson. Here I am, meeting him….that is one BIG horse.

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Sherri spent quite a bit of time with me in the arena, giving me pointers and threatening saying that the next time we visit, I will trot.  I was too much of a coward to do anything other than let her lead me around the arena. The wind picked up, and Gurbe was a bit uneasy about it, so Sherri had me dismount earlier than we’d planned. It definitely wasn’t the most graceful thing I’ve ever done, but I “stuck the landing”, so that was a relief.

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Thank you, Motor Man, for another fun trip to that magical place.

And here’s to many more celebrations of our special day.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a R5F, so here are five random thoughts:

1.) One of my Facebook memories this week was from five years ago. It was the day our friends took us to Corolla to see the wild horses for the first time; we saw seven that day.  I cannot imagine how many horses we’ve seen since that first trip. Little did we know…..

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2.)  Last night, one of our local restaurants, Wharf Hill Brewery, had a special event: dinner by candlelight. Motor Man and I went with our friends, Bev and Bill. The building that is home to the Brewery was built in 1906, and electricity didn’t come to our town until 1907, so that was the inspiration for the event.  Dinner by candlelight is nice: photography by candlelight is challenging.

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3.) Yesterday morning, the sunrise was especially colorful. As I was out on the deck, taking pictures, I noticed some unusual sounds (other than the drone of the work boats and that super-happy bird).  As far as I know, no one near us has a cow, but I could have sworn I heard one in the distance. You may be able to hear it toward the end of this video.

4.) Yes, she’s definitely trying to figure out that bird feeder, which is attached to the tree limb with a zip-tie (cable tie) to critter-proof it.

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5.) Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to lunch with special friends whom we haven’t seen in awhile.

Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~