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Romance At The Castle 2019

You may recall that, a couple of years ago, I was asked to participate in a Valentine event at Bacon’s Castle. It was, appropriately enough, called Romance At The Castle. I shared a video here on the blog that Motor Man made that day of the little “talk” I gave regarding my family’s connection to the house.

The event wasn’t held in 2018, but returned this year (last Sunday), and once again, I was asked to share my story.

Although I had done this two years ago (and had given tours at the Castle many years ago), I had a bit of stage fright leading up to Sunday’s event. My friend, Donna, was aware of this and, earlier that afternoon, sent this sweet, encouraging text:

“Thinking about you.  Know you are going to be beautiful (always are), well spoken (check), interesting (well, you pretty much know it forward and backwards and have the inside story!) and have the perfect wing man for support. Sounds like a fun day in one of your favorite places on earth! Have a great day sharing the joy that is Bacon’s Castle.”

Whenever Motor Man my wing man and I are at Bacon’s Castle, we always have our photo taken in front of the fireplace where we said our vows in 2002.

Yes, I suppose we’ve changed just a little through the years….

Once again this year, Motor Man filmed my part of Romance At The Castle.  Afterwards, guests enjoyed a wine/food pairing and a tour of the house. There were three tours for the event, and many of those who attended had never before visited the “Castle”.

For those of you who saw my Romance At The Castle video two years ago, you have my permission to skip this one: it’s nearly identical to the first one. (After all: same person, same location, and the material doesn’t really change.) You should be able to enlarge the video to see it better should you decide to watch.

 

As I said in the video, it was an honor to add this Romance At The Castle event to my list of Bacon’s Castle experiences. Oh, and the stage fright was, thankfully, short-lived.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Random Five Friday

Five randoms for a hot, humid July Friday.

1.) In our area, the heat index has been over 100 for the past few days.  Early morning is just about the only time to do anything outdoors when that is the case. Bonus: that’s usually a gorgeous time of day.

2.) One of my outdoor chores recently has been trying to cover some of my plants in netting to protect them from these critters.  The deer repellent sprays I’ve been using in the past seem to be ineffective these days. (Yes, the deer are very charming.  And equally as destructive.)

3.) Bacon’s Castle is always beautiful in my eyes, but on a recent day, the white clouds in a perfectly blue sky made for an amazing backdrop.

4.) I think this weekend will be spent purchasing a new computer. “Someone” has so many pictures on this one, it’s running low out of storage space.  That same “someone” is dreading the change.

5.) This post began with a sunrise, so it’s only fitting that it end with a sunset.  Last week, my niece and her son visited, and they joined Motor Man and me for a sail on the tall ship, Alliance, out of Yorktown.  That is the George P. Coleman bridge in the background.

Happy weekend, stay cool and feel free to share any randoms you may have.

~These Days Of Mine~

Speak Softly And….

Last week, I learned that installation of the new roof at Bacon’s Castle had begun. Since I was in the neighborhood Saturday, I stopped by with plans to take some pics of the work in progress.

But, once I drove down the lane, I discovered that the work was being done on the back side of the house. Since it was cold and windy, and I didn’t have a good photo shot from the comfort of my car, I decided to just make a circle and leave via the other drive.

I spotted a couple of visitors walking across the property, and then saw this:

 

The couple saw me taking the picture of their pooch and smiled, so I stopped to chat. They had just finished a tour of the house. Of course, I shared a little of my family history at Bacon’s Castle with them. And I learned that this is”Browser”.  Browser was looking mighty proud.

And, obviously, he subscribes to the theory: “Go big or go home”.

~These Days Of Mine~

Romance At The Castle

Those of you who have been following my blog for a while know of my love for and connection to the historic home, Bacon’s Castle. I have several new subscribers, so if you’d like to learn more, please click on the Bacon’s Castle category to the right.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to take part in “Romance At The Castle”,  a Valentine event taking place there last Sunday. The afternoon included wine tastings, food and tours of the house.  Carol, the site manager of the property, asked me to give a sort of “intro” to the tours by sharing my family’s history at the house.

Since Motor Man and I were married in front of the fireplace in the same room where I was to speak with the visitors, we had our picture taken in “our” spot.

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The following video is a little dark, and the audio isn’t great, so I apologize for that. We wanted to be discreet about filming and were limited as to where to place the Go-pro camera.  Several of my family members and friends asked to see my part of Sunday’s program, and the easiest way for me to do that is to share it here on the blog. (Perhaps, if your browser supports it, you can use the full-screen option and “up” the volume a bit.)

There were three tours Sunday, and I spoke to each group. Motor Man and I had a great time; we were honored to be included in such a wonderful event.

As we were leaving, Motor Man took this picture of a contrail. He also captured just a bit of the sunset…

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….as well as a glimpse of that beautiful old house.

It was a nice way to end a romantic afternoon at The Castle.

~These Days Of Mine~

Come Fly With Me, Sammy!

Today, we are participating in a VERY special blog hop to honor our dear friend, Sammy, One Spoiled Cat.

For those of you who aren’t bloggers (or aren’t familiar with Sam’s blog), Sammy is a senior kitty (nearly SEVENTEEN!), who has been blogging for several years. Recently he began having some serious health issues.  All of us in the blogging world who know Sammy and his mom, Pam, just love them.  They have fans – really – all over the world. And we all wanted to show them just how much they mean to us. After all, Sammy is Sundae’s “boycatfriend”.

Sammy’s blogging friends, Madi and Easy, are responsible for this wonderful idea.  Sadly (and suddenly), Easy passed over Rainbow Bridge earlier this week, and his blogging friends are devastated and in shock. But his Mom knew Easy would want this blog hop to take place as planned. Rest easy, Easy, we are carrying out your wishes.

 So, today, we are to share a photo of a place in our neighborhood/city or state that we think Sammy would like to visit. This is a different take on Sammy’s famous “Tuesday Teaser”.  Each Tuesday, Sammy and his mom post a photo -taken somewhere in the world – for his fans to try to identify.

We, of course, chose Bacon’s Castle. Those of you who are familiar with my blog  already know all about it. But, since there may be some new visitors today for this special occasion, here’s a short paragraph to describe it:

Bacon’s Castle is located in Surry County, Virginia, and was built in 1665. It is the oldest datable English built brick home in the U.S. My mother, along with her family, lived in the house during her teen years when it was a private residence.  It’s now open to the public, and my son, Marshall, was a guide there for several years. Motor Man and I were married there in 2002.

And it seems especially appropriate since, as all of Sammy’s friends know, he does love his bacon.

So, Sammy, Sundae says: “Let’s you and I hop in our hot air balloon and enjoy a slow, leisurely ride to “the Castle” and I’ll show you around this beautiful old place that means so much to my mommy.

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Thank you for always being such a wonderful gentleman friend, Sammy. You know you have my heart.”

Love, Sundae

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To see all the other places Sammy travels today, click here.

~These Days Of Mine~