Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Reptile House

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National Zoo . DC . 1931

Those snakes have a pretty cool house! I was armed with only my zoom lens so getting pictures was super difficult that day, not to mention the crazy crowds! But I did find some neat info and great pics of the building HERE

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, March 20, 2017

Big Red

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A little community at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains
View from Parkway Church . Roanoke

Friday, March 17, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 122

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Sunrise over the Blue Ridge Mountains this week....linking with SkyWatch Friday

I have a very small patch of Blue Bells in my yard...I didn't know these were actually Blue Bells till I saw someone nearby post an upclose picture of them recently...I've seen big fields of them in photos before but never put 2 and 2 together ;) Well next year I will have this little space all cleared of debris, like old leaves that have fallen, so the Blue Bells can grow...I got down flat on the ground for this photo because this was the day the weather guys were saying we were to get a few inches of snow and I thought these sweet little flowers would be gone afterwards...well, no snow but we did have below freezing temps and these little dudes are hardy let me tell you! They still look great today! Linking this with Denise's Friday Flowers

Some Japanese Magnolia that have gotten a little too cold...

This is the view from Parkway can see all the way to downtown Roanoke...see that tall building with the pointy top? That's the Wells Fargo Building and Nick works in there now...

And this is the HUGE amount of snow we woke up to on Tuesday...little doggie prints on my back deck...(don't worry, our dogs are inside but these are Riley's little tracks he made when he went outside first thing in the morning!)

That's my 5 this week! I hope you will play along! Post 5 randoms, link back and visit others! Have a great weekend friends!

I am also linking up with Photo Friday

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Thursday, March 16, 2017


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Monday afternoon I had to take Dalton to the Ortho doc to have him evaluate the break in his thumb. While looking at it he said that he might want to do surgery and put a couple of pins in it depending on the degree of the break so he took us in for I am thankful that the break was "borderline" on his degree scale so we got out of there with just a cast! I am pretty sure if Dalton participated in Thankful Thursday he'd be thankful for the same thing! We go back in 3 weeks to see how it looks...hopefully I can update that week's Thankful Thursday with "his thumb is all healed up and the cast was removed"! Poor kid is getting bored having to sit out of sports.

Linking with Michelle's Thankful Thursday

Off topic: Do you like to fish or know someone who does? My oldest son Christian and his best friend (both are avid fishermen) have started their own mail order fishing lure business. Aaron hand makes the lures and Christian is on the business end of it. Check out their website: Shrews Customs

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

A Bench And Boxwoods

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Avenel Plantation
Found this interesting blog post about Avenel HERE
See yesterday's post for more on Avenel...

Linking with Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Avenel Plantation

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Bedford . Built 1838
What it looked like a very long time ago...
A little history:
"Union troops stopped here twice during Hunters Raid, and Confederate forces paused here as well as they pursued the enemy
out of the area.The Bedford County Militia Company, Old Dominion Rifles, drilled on the property in 1861; the company’s captain was Dr.Thomas M. Bowyer,the husband of Catherine Burwell, whose family owned the plantation. The unit became a
light artillery battery in action under Gen.Thomas J.“Stonewall” Jackson at Cedar Mountain and Antietam. Bowyer later treated and protected Union Col.William Powell after he was captured by Confederate troops; Powell, released in 1864 and
riding with Gen.David Hunter, returned the favor by protecting Avenel during Hunters Raid, leaving
the home untouched." Copied from News Advance

Now the home is owned and operated by the Avenel Foundation and can be rented for weddings and events...see their website HERE

Avenel is rumored to be haunted by a lady in white (of course..aren't all ghost ladies wearing white?!)...she is thought to be Mary Francis "Fran" Burwell...legend has it that she stayed on the front porch waiting for her husband to return home from the Civil War but he never did...what a sad story :(

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Who's getting hit with this big snow storm? Yesterday our weather people had everyone worked up over the amounts of snow we would be getting...another one misses us...we got a dusting here and there and rain, it's just cold and rainy...schools were closed though so I've got happy kids!...until we have to make it up, boo!