Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Pettus Buggy

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Finally getting around to showing you more on The Homestead! The Homestead offers daily history tours, free of charge. During our tour I learned the the maitre d, Woody Pettus, is a 5th generation employee and this buggy had been driven by his grandfather and great grandfather. It was once used to bring guests up to the hotel...we didn't get a chance to meet Woody but I just read he recently celebrated 50 years of service!
This is the room where the buggy is...on the tour we were told that this was once a garden, not an enclosed part of the hotel. Where I am standing was once an old fountain. We were also told if you can find old hotel dishes with the fountain on it that they are worth some money! That reminded me of an old glass I found at an antique store when we lived in Georgia. It was from the Biltmore Estate but had Biltmore Dairy on it...I listed it on Ebay (a hobby of mine back then) not knowing much about it and was surprised that my $1.50 investment earned me $70!...ok, back to The Homestead....

This was our tour guide...sadly I can't remember his name but he was so interesting and funny! He gets an A+ for his tour skills!

I tried to find out more history on the buggy and the Pettus family and couldn't find anything...I did find a small story about a picture of Walter Pettus driving a sleigh in the snow in 1931 but couldn't find the picture online...darn it! Here is some interesting history though Right Here and I did find an interesting blog post with pictures and a brief history Right Here

I'm linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Friday, May 26, 2017

Falling Spring II

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Falling Spring . Alleghany County
This waterfall is just up the road from yesterday's post...I've posted a picture of it before a few years back, a winter view which you can see HERE ...I prefer the spring view!
Views of the Alleghany Mountains...

If you have stopped by for Willy Nilly Friday 5 I apologize! I will have it back up next Friday, pinkie promise! This week I am going to link up with SkyWatch Friday

Have a great Memorial Weekend...stay safe!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Scenic Overlook

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Alleghany County...near Falling Spring
"Through the gap between Peters Mountain on the left and Lick Mountain lies the road to the Kanawha used by emigrants traveling west to the Mississippi basin. The road in the valley below follows the route Washington used when inspecting the forts along the Jackson River in 1756."

Now that's a view!

Today I am thankful to be officially starting my first day of summer vacation! The boys last day of school was on Tuesday but I had to go in for a few hours and clean yesterday...then grocery shop, run the boys and a friend around house looks like a bomb went off...I am also thankful to have a whole, mostly uninterrupted day to clean haha...and perhaps a little bit of blogging of course! Linking up with Michelles Thankful Thursday & Signs, Signs for the first time in ages! Have a great day :)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pink Blossoms

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The Homestead . Bath County . Virginia

Anyone know what kind of tree this is? I love it...I want one!

Linking with Wordless Wednesday

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Taking A Wee Break

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Meet Walter...Walter was one of the sweetest guests at The Homestead that we met...Walter is watching his owner in the coffee well behaved Walter is!

I'm taking a tiny break until Wednesday...I'm just so swamped with running here, running gets out on Tuesday and so things shall slow down a bit, I hope! See you on Wednesday, behave but have fun!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Great Gatsby

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Entrance to The Homestead . Bath County

On Friday Nick had a Rotary Club dinner at The Homestead so he booked a room for us to stay the night...what a gorgeous old hotel...anyways, this little road leads into the hotel and we were behind this old car...I thought the whole scene was very Gatsby-esque! When we were checking in we found out that there was also a Bentley convention going on...that explained all the beautiful old cars!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Early Spring

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Just a pretty old house in Roanoke...this was taken a few weeks back so all the trees are green and filled in now!

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, May 8, 2017

The Phoenix

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The Phoenix . 813 5th St SW . Roanoke . 24016

This mural of a Phoenix is painted on the Phoenix building by Scott "Toobz" Noel...I've shown you more of his work HERE ...The Phoenix is a music venue.

In other news...who else is tired of being cold? This has been a COLD last few days. Spent a freezing day at a track meet on Saturday with such strong winds that made it so much worse...I thought we were just about done with the cold but now we have rain and low 60's for the whole :( Monday's are so much better when they aren't cold!

Linking up with Monday Murals

Friday, May 5, 2017

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 128

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1) Last Friday Nick and I went to Buchanan for the start of their Civil War weekend...I thought this car parked in front of the old theater looked timely...although I don't know if the age of the car is before the theater but to me they went together ;) I've shown you more pictures over the years that we've seen the Battle of Buchanan HERE
2) A West Virginia bear hanging out in a Roanoke, Virginia front yard...this person likes bears :)

3) A Buchanan Kitty Cat

4) These 2, Christian (my son) and his girlfriend Madeline have been together 1 year today...right now they are out celebrating their anniversary with dinner at Billy's

5) As I get this post ready to roll it is Thursday evening. Dalton hurt his back over the weekend at a track meet doing the long jump. I took him to the chiropractor today and it was jammed up pretty good the dr. said so he adjusted it and Dalton is feeling much better...Ashlyn left this morning to go to Harrisonburg to see her best friend graduate from JMU (Ashlyn's alma mater) then they are heading to Hilton Head for a girl's week at the beach!

That's my 5 this week and if you joined in last week and/or this week I want to thank you! I also want to thank you for the visits and comments when my own visits and comments have been slim! I really do appreciate you and thank you for playing along! If you are new, it's easy, post 5 randoms, link back and visit others as time permits! Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend friends!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Lawnmower Man

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Just a random man out doing yard work in Roanoke...

...something I just can't find the time for lately! That's the weird thing about school winding down for summer, schedules pick up...Just can't seem to find the time for anything lately with all the extra running around I am I am thankful for the fact that there are only 13 more school days until summer break! That little tidbit of information keeps me going! Linking up with Michelle's Thankful Thursday :)
Have a great day!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Another Old Abandoned House

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Do you remember that old house I posted a week or so ago, across the train tracks? Well, this one is on the other side of the tracks...not sure which was the right or wrong side ;)

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Pretty Welcome To Southeast

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Tazewell Avenue Southeast . Roanoke

Recently I had parked near this underpass to walk downtown...I had never noticed the murals before because honestly I usually use the parking garage and you don't really get a view of this side from there. I stood on the corner and snapped a photo for Monday Mural and really wanted to walk under the bridge for more pictures but it was getting late in the day and I wanted to get home before rush hour researching the mural for the artist and info I found THIS STORY written by a resident of Southeast and not exactly a supporter of the tax payer's money that was being spent to have this mural put up when his city is full of crime, what's a mural going to do to help? I completely see his point...then I also found THIS STORY on the mural and the artist and the whole project...I don't know, it looks nice but then it seems rather silly when your dodging bullets and the council members think art is the answer?