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Monday, February 27, 2017

~ Time Traveling ~

we traveled back in time. ~

for one full day we were no longer subjected 
to the goings-on of our current world...
politics, however ~ were still the main subject of the day. 

can you guess where Peter, Hannah & I went?

yes, Colonial Williamsburg.
a short ride to a long time ago....

sensing we were in dire need of a day off, 
my sweet daughter gifted us with tickets to CW 
{ for my birthday } 

Peter & I happily agreed to the trip
 and have been looking forward to it for a few weeks.

The weather was perfect! bright blue skies, 
a slight breeze from the east... warm-ish temps in the 60's.

I can't say I have one favorite things about CW, 
having visited here many times before we are accustomed to the surroundings and history.
let's just say I love it all!

Of course I especially love the architecture,
and if I have to choose, the Apothecary would be very high on my list.
{{ I want these cupboards, drawers and shelves }}

{ while we're at it, please throw in all of the crocks, 
containers, vessels and vestiges as well }

the gardens, while not fully producing yet ~ are always a favorite...
as well as fences, gates, & arbors.

and brickwork pathways and alleys.
ok, courtyards and backyards too.
all of it!!!

 growing up in New England {CT} 
we have 'town greens' where folks meet, play & picnic.
back in the day, they were used for grazing, fairs and parades....
even burial sites!

just walking Gloucester street, 
in the quietness of the village helps one breathe deeper and walk at a bit of a slower pace. 
at every turn the 'residents' are there, in their frocks of purpose.
working, cleaning, mending.....living simply.

while the underlying tumultuous history of our Nation's past 
is still very present in the tours of the Governors' Mansion and Capitol Building, 
we are reminded that it was not-such a romantic time for most.

Punishments for crimes were heavy, 
~ and dolled out readily & regularly.
{these two most likely were arrested for debauchery of some-sort}

an ancient tree...spreading across the green ~
we learned from our carriage driver it is a hybrid of Pin Oak and another type of Oak 
{{ which I cannot remember...sorry }}

as luck would have it, most of the shops were open for us...
we learned about tin-smithing, silver-smithing & millinery ~
how to cure blood diseases with leeches and cupping {medical practices still used today!}
and we got to taste the most wonderful concoction of thick melted chocolate 
with added cinnamon, cayenne & nutmeg. oh yummmmmm.

but I preferred strolling the grounds with my family ~ 

... finding more-hidden spots and curious details.

give me fresh air & some dirt, a beautiful view...
and my favorite people and I'm a happy girl.

We're hoping to get back there again in the Spring ~
I want to visit the Abby Aldrich and  see more gardens!

Hoping your day is happily spent 
... with the people who love you most ~

Blessings from the Farm 
~ Lori


Vicki Jo said...

What beautiful photos and wonderful descriptions! Thank you for sharing your special day with us. What a treat while sitting in this office in downtown Providence!

Julie - My Primitive Heart said...

Hi Lori,
What a wonderful Birthday gift from a loving daughter!! I LOVE Colonial Williamsburg and enjoyed many visits while I lived in VA! There is a certain smell that I remember while visiting that I always loved and you truly did feel transported back in time! Thanks so much for sharing your gift, and Happy Birthday!
Heart Hugs and Birthday Wishes~

Patti said...

What a perfect day! It is on my bucket list, I have not been there... yet!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for taking us on your time-traveling journey, Lori! You three looked as though you were having a wonderful time. The Apothecary is amazing (love that paint), and the stately buildings and grounds are beautiful (also love those fence finials, don't you?). P.S. Did you find a spindle? :)

Rugs and Pugs said...

Thanks for the tour! It's been decades since I've visited.
Happy Monday 😊

NMK said...

One day I hope to go there ...your pictures are great !!!! What a fun day spent with your family , always special !!!!

Robin in Virginia said...

You had a beautiful day for your adventure back in time. I enjoyed your photos that you shared. Williamsburg is one of my favorite places to go.

The Eveningstitcher said...

I love Williamsburg...we were there last summer for two days...Such a nice gift from a beautiful and thoughtful daughter!!

Saundra said...

A very thoughtful gift from a wonderful daughter. Glad you were all able to have a great day together. And am sure you were inspired to add yet another project to your new booklet.

denise said...

Williamsburg was my mother's most favorite place! I would love to go back again.

Winnie Nielsen said...

Such a perfect day for Williamsburg! I never tire of going there to visit, and each time they have new things to see and enjoy. Great photos and so glad you had such a splendid day! Did you stop at Chownings for some of their fantastic Bruswick Stew? It is fantastic and especially for a chilly day.

marly said...

What an amazing tree. And place. And daughter.

Tricia B said...

I LOVE CW! We vacationed there with our 3 young daughters in 2000. Then, our oldest daughter went to William & Mary, class of 2014 (I think it was the vacation memory that clinched it!) Now it is an even more special place for me. Your pictures are wonderful.

Cheryl WNC said...

Lovely. One of my favorite places since 4th grade. I love Williamsburg. Only a 3 hour drive from my mom's but that depends on who is driving. :-) A great gift. Looks like it was a beautiful day.
I named my son William. He was so big thought I'd have twins and name a girl Mary. That is my mom's name. That's how much I love Williamsburg. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day!

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