Sunday, April 24, 2011


spring flowers in my garden. I have four daffodils in bloom today, Easter Sunday. It's a start. Hopefully I will have another 140 to enjoy.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Easter

Easter is known to many of us as the sacred celebration of Christ's resurrection.

We also associate Easter with spring blooms of tulips and daffodils, and of course chocolate bunnies.

We do have the chocolate bunnies, but our spring flowers are a little delayed. I checked today and it looks as though I will have two daffodils in bloom for Easter Sunday.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Common Redpolls

With all the snow we had overnight, the Red Polls were looking for food, so they came to visit our feeders this morning. We enjoyed watching them.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Where is Spring?

Does this look like Spring to anyone? We have a snowfall warning tonight for Northern New Brunswick for 20 cms of snow.

The view from the front door over our front yard and front deck, about an 1/2 hour ago.

Last night Paul and I talked about having a barbecue for dinner tonight. This is our back deck, and the snow is still coming down.....

My Spring bulbs are so confused, and so am I.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg

Paul and I spent a second afternoon touring Colonial Williamsburg. Our first stop was the Capital Building, the center of political and social life of Virginia for most of the 18th Century. The original building was constructed in 1705. At the beginning of the American Revolution it was used by British forces and later dismantled for its materials. This period-dressed lady gave us a very informative tour of the Capital Building.

Although the building has been restored, this is the original Governor's chair from 1750.

It was a warm, sunny Spring day so we continued our stroll along Main Street.

Another building that we toured was the Apothecary. In colonial times the Apothecary was more than simply a druggist and practiced as a doctor. Paul and I both enjoyed the history of Colonial Williamsburg. But we must confess, we especially enjoyed our trips to The Peanut Shop. There were so many samples available - yum yum.... We did buy a few treats to bring home.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

First Visit to Williamsburg, Virginia

On our journey home, Paul and I decided to spend a week in Williamsburg, Virginia. We had heard it was quite an interesting place to see and it was. On the first day of our visit, we were fortunate to see the Fifes & Drums March from the Capitol along Main Street of Colonial Williamsburg. This area is a restored Historic area of the city and was the centre of political events in Virginia leading to the American Revolution.

While touring the historic area, you travel back in time to the late 1700s and all volunteers and workers remain in character of that period. This lady was sitting outside the milliner and tailor building and another sitting in the window doing her stitching.

One of the weavers gave us a demonstration of how to spin yarn. It made me think of my school friend Linda, who is a current day weaver and lady of yarn. Some crafts don't change over time. Of course being Spring here in Virginia, the gardens were of great interest to me. We visited the Colonial Garden to enjoy the colourful blooms. This is Bruton Parish Church, which is still an active church, with a service every Sunday and housing special events. The history of this church was interesting with rules such as having to attend a service once a month or be punished. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson attended this parish.

Paul and I also took a tour of the Governor's Palace. Our tour guide was giving us a little history lesson before we enter the Palace.

At the entry was quite a large display of weapons which was very ornate.
The building was quite lovely with large sills, a crystal chandelier and ornate woodwork.

To end our first day of our visit in character of the historic period, we had dinner at the King's Arms Tavern. Although a pricey meal we enjoyed the total experience.

At the Visitor's Centre you have the opportunity to rent period costumes and many of the children do. Here outside the Tavern is a couple in period costume, waiting for their reservation.
The Tavern was quite lovely inside and Paul was reading the story of its history.
We were offered an appetiser of chopped Virginia Ham, corn relish and pickled watermelon rind, which was delicious.
Virginia is well known for its peanuts. There are 250/350 million pounds produced annually in the USA so when I saw peanut soup on the menu I decided to order it. Although delicious and I enjoyed my first experience very much, I found it quite rich and would limit my diet.
Our main meal was Virginia Ham, chicken breast with fruit sauce, corn stuffing, sweet potato and beans. It was an awesome meal.
While we enjoyed our meal, we were treated to music by a fiddler, who played a couple of Scottish tunes.
Yes there was also dessert included with our meal but we smartly took it home with us and enjoyed the pecan pie and rice pudding the next evening.

There was still lots more to explore at Colonial Williamsburg.

Monday, April 4, 2011

On the Road Again

We travelled from South Carolina, through North Carolina, stopping at Jacksonville for lunch and then on to Virginia. It was a quiet drive through the back roads of North Carolina. The trees had spring blossoms.

At one rest point, we saw these fashions hanging in a store window. We thought them quite interesting and a little "out of fashion", at least where we live.

A peaceful Virginia back road.

Then we hit the Norfolk area, with bridges and underwater tunnels.

In we go...

...out we come, thank goodness.

We are looking forward to being in Williamsburg and exploring Colonial Williamsburg.