Tuesday, March 31, 2015

University of Virginia & The Rotunda

click on photos to enlarge
I have been trying to talk Nick into taking me to see the Rotunda ever since we moved here....FINALLY I get to see it....

And then this happens....
That's right...reconstruction...just my luck...sigh
It's like it's in jail....
Oh well, will just have to make do with a picture of the picture of the Rotunda...
So anyways, The Rotunda was designed by Thomas Jefferson to represent the "authority of nature and power of reason" and was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Construction began in 1822 and was completed in 1826, after his death. The grounds of the new university were unique in that they surrounded a library housed in the Rotunda rather than a church, as was common at other universities in the English-speaking world. The Rotunda is seen as a lasting symbol of Jefferson's belief in the separation of church and education, as well as his lifelong dedication to both education and architecture. (taken from Wikipedia)

So long UVA...we'll be back in 2016 when all this reconstruction will be know how that goes!

Linking with Our World Tuesday

Monday, March 30, 2015

UVA Chapel

click on photos to enlarge
Built in 1889, the chapel no longer holds regular services but they do hold memorial services and it can be rented for weddings.

In 1957 the secret group Seven Society donated the carillon.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 38

click on photos to enlarge

These were taken after leaving the Marine Corps Museum and heading back to Charlottesville...I can't remember the worries...Nick was driving...I wasn't risking life and limb to get pictures!

Now for Willy Nilly 'bout some sunset quotes and a song!

1) “Dusk is just an illusion because the sun is either above the horizon or below it. And that means that day and night are linked in a way that few things are there cannot be one without the other yet they cannot exist at the same time. How would it feel I remember wondering to be always together yet forever apart?” ...Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

2) “A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going. And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east.”
― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

3) “the redness had seeped from the day and night was arranging herself around us. Cooling things down, staining and dyeing the evening purple and blue black.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

4) "He watched the sun rise beyond the grape arbor. In the thin golden light the young leaves and tendrils of the Scuppernong were like Twink Weatherby's hair. He decided that sunrise and sunset both gave him a pleasantly sad feeling. The sunrise brought a wild, free sadness; the sunset, a lonely yet a comforting one. He indulged his agreeable melancholy until the earth under him turned from gray to lavender and then to the color dried corn husks.”
― Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, The Yearling


Now it's your turn! Post 5 randoms, link up and visit others!! Have a super weekend!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Signs, Signs & A Good Fence W/Ozzy

click on photos to enlarge
Downtown Charlottesville...
I always get excited when I see an old theatre!
"Following its Thanksgiving Eve 1931 opening, The Paramount became a landmark overnight. Even though the theater came along during the decline of the American movie palace, and two years after the stock market crash of 1929, The Paramount thrived.' For more on the Paramount and its history, visit their website HERE

Linking with Signs, Signs

Now for a fence closer to home:
Took Ozzy for a walk at Greenfield here in Botetourt. If you want to see more walks here just type in "Greenfield" in the search bar up top. Linking with Good Fences

*All these were taken earlier in the month. There is not a speck of snow left anywhere!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Some Sweet Charlottesville Architecture

click on photos to enlarge
More downtown Charlottesville...planning to go see Monticello this spring so I'm excited to wander downtown in warmer climes!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Mornings

click on photo to enlarge


Pretty much how I'm feeling ;)

Happy Monday!