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A Vacation With Company

My niece, Donna, and her son, Connor, came to visit last week.  While they were here, it was like a mini-vacation for Motor Man and me.  I’ve been trying to decide how to share with you the many adventures we had and have determined that it will take more than one post, regardless of how brief I am. So, here’s the first installment.

One of our outings was a trip to Williamsburg, which involved a ferry ride. I happened to remember a photo, taken in  2009, of Connor and me on the same ferry.  So we had fun with a little re-enactment.

2016-07-04 Donna Connor Wmsbrg

When Marshall came to visit with us later in the week, he and Connor indulged me with yet another re-enactment. This before photo was also from 2009.

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All this growing on Connor’s part jogged something in Motor Man’s mind, resulting in this:

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As you can see, Donna was looking on, while Gypsy couldn’t understand why no one was paying attention to her. But, with Motor Man’s precise measurements, we learned that, since the last time we checked during their visit two years ago, Connor has grown nearly seven (7) inches.

Although we had some true adventures, which I’ll share with you on Friday, we also spent quite a bit of time “just” visiting.   Which meant more pictures….

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And hugs.

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 Friday will be the action part of the vacation. Get ready: it’s pretty fast-paced.

~These Days Of Mine~

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Rainy Days And Sundays…

…were one and the same yesterday, at least for part of the day.  Motor Man and I decided to visit an antique mall in Williamsburg and rode the ferry linking Surry County to Jamestown.

It poured rain for most of our trip there, including part of the approximately 20 minute ferry ride.  But, the skies were beginning to clear just a little as we met the other ferry, making the return trip from Jamestown to Scotland Wharf in Surry.

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We thought the setting was particularly striking yesterday for the Jamestown Church Tower (c. 1690’s). It appeared to be wearing a rain bonnet as it undergoes restoration.

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Browsing through the antique mall seemed more nostalgic than usual. I saw sheet music for Winter Wonderland and Silver Bells, and recalled playing those songs on the piano many years ago.

I also spotted a book of stories by O. Henry and glanced through it for  The Last Leaf (and found it).  I recall that from school days, as well as O. Henry’s surprise endings.

The music in the mall is mostly instrumental, with an occasional Johnny Mathis, Brooke Benton and the like… it provides the perfect atmosphere.

The weather was much improved for our return trip, where, as usual, a gull greeted us as we boarded the ferry.

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Did I purchase anything at the mall, you may ask.  Tune in tomorrow!

~These Days Of Mine~

Virginia Tourism Message

Yesterday, Motor Man and I took his mom to lunch and then to an antique mall in nearby Williamsburg, Va.

We came home via the ferry, which crosses the James River from Jamestown to Surry County. Surry County is the neighboring county to Isle of Wight, where we live. The ferry is operated by the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the approximately 15-minute ride is free. For those of you not from this area, here’s a little Virginia tourism information.

The  Jamestown ferry dock is located directly beside Jamestown Island, where the first settlers arrived in 1607.

jamestown island

Replicas of their three ships are moored at the island. Can you name them?

3 ships

(Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery)

There are several monuments on Jamestown Island. The tall obelisk is the Jamestown Tercentennial, which was built in 1907. To the right are the ruins of Jamestown Church. And further to the right is the statue of Captain John Smith.

pocahontas monument and jamestown church

Two alternating ferries cross the James River.  We were on the Pocahontas yesterday. The names of the other ferries are the Virginia, the Williamsburg and the Surry, which we passed (met) mid-river.

ferry

It was a perfect day for a ferry ride.

jr and mom on ferry

This concludes today’s tourism message.  Visit Virginia!

~These Days Of Mine~