Day Trippin’

 

This past weekend was one of the busiest we have had in a long while. Our weekend started on Friday and Dear Hubby’s Brother was flying in from Houston. Brother had a layover in Charlotte and because his plane from Houston was late getting in he missed his connection….. so…FUN…. Poor fellow was stuck in Charlotte for an additional 4 hours!! WE drove the hour down to Richmond to pick him up, and because of the way traffic is around here, we had already made the hour trip to Richmond before we knew about the hiccup. And, again because of the traffic, it didn’t make sense to drive all the way home and back again. So, Dear Hubby, Goldilocks and I had an impromptu family day in Richmond. We stuck close to the airport and explored the stores and such around there. We finally picked up Brother around 4 and headed home. We took Brother for a walk on our trail along the river just to show him the view. river

(one of the views of the river)

The next day we took a trip up to Mount Vernon. We hadn’t toured it yet and figured Brother would enjoy it too. It was beautiful and well preserved. Goldilocks is still too young to understand the historic value of it, but she enjoyed walking around and looking at the pretty flowers and the “big house” as she called it.

This is the view of the bowling green and front aspect and the other is a view of the roof  from the side and rear of the house.

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A view of the Potomac River from the rear of Mount Vernon. Pictures really don’t do the view justice. It is absolutely gorgeous!

At Mount Vernon there is also the Manor’s farm. There are still live animals and gardens growing and People dressed in period costumes showing how things were done back in the day.

I wanted to take pictures of the interior of the house, but no photos were allowed. Those big, beautiful horses are called Shire horses. They were an impressive site close up. They were busy pulling people around in a wagon while we were there.

The flowers around the manor and in Martha Washington’s garden were gorgeous. The gardens are meticulously cared for to maintain their splendor.  I had to keep Goldilocks from picking the flowers. We lasted at Mount Vernon until about 1 pm and then we all decided it was time to find some lunch. Then Brother decided he needed some new sneakers, which he found a great deal on. It definitely pays to go to a store closing sale.

The next day we drove out to Chatham Manor. Its a quick drive from where we are in the Historic part of town.Its a pretty drive and we were able to show Brother part of the Historic District. I love seeing the old houses and gardens.

This is the front view of the house, and then the view from the rear of the house of the city.

The architecture of the old houses and manors is so pretty and the gardens are like nothing you see on newer construction. Flowers are some of my favorite subjects and these old gardens are full of beautiful specimens.

We also went perusing through the antique stores in the Historic district. If I had had a pocket full of cash, I would have come home with a trunk full of antiques! I saw so many beautiful things! I will definitely be going back with some pocket change.

That was all for this weekend. I hope you enjoyed the pictures!

 

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