Monday, May 4, 2009

My World Tuesday

Thank you Klaus, Sandy, Ivar, Wren, Fishing Guy and Louise for hosting My World. You can see other ‘My World’ photos or join in and share your own by clicking on their icon above.

All this week's meme contributions from me will be from our afternoon spent at Meadowlark Gardens. It is a wonderful place for a walk. We meandered along the paths that took us through several themed gardens. On a hot day like we had my favorite area this time was the shade garden but this was the first time we had enjoyed many trees and flowers blooming. We will go back again once Spring is over and the summer flowers put on a show.

The area was once farmland donated by an economist, Gardiner Means. It is now a 100-acre horticultural park, one of the largest in Northern Virginia. Large varieties of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants have been planted there that are native to the Potomac River Valley region of Virginia.
Gregg was a little ways ahead of me and I was lagging behind taking photographs of flowers and trees.
Ever beautiful Daffodils and Coral Bells.
This is the ruin of an old springhouse. A marker nearby said that in the old days springhouses did the job of refrigerators. This one served the occupants of the farm from the 18th through to the early 20th century.
It was built directly over the spring and shaded by trees. Cool spring water flowing into the structure was channeled into troughs of varying depths before flowing out the other side. Whitewashing inside and out sealed the loosely mortared, thick stone walls and provided a clean surface on the interior. Barred vents in the side walls allowed fresh air to circulate and kept out animals. Even in summer dairy foods, fresh produce and other perishables could last several days in sealed containers partially submerged in the troughs. Less perishable foods such as salted or smoked meat, pickles, cider and wine were stored up in the loft spaces and on shelves built into the walls. The spring also provided water for drinking and washing for the house located to the north, up the hill behind the barn.


Our walk took us around Lake Lena.


Gregg taking photos of something, not sure what. We are standing on the wooden path leading to the gazebo.
A toddler is fascinated with a Canada Goose.

The same goose attracts the attention of a couple who are walking by. This gentleman is the guitarist and singer from my video a few posts back. If you are interested you can click here.


This sun decoration is on the outside chimney wall of the visitors centre.

31 comments:

ewok1993 said...

There is plenty of beautiful things to see in your world. Have a great week.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

l love this kind of stuff. Thanks for sharing your walk with us.

James said...

I bet the fresh air smells great. It looks like a wonderful place to walk.

SandyCarlson said...

Those gardens are very beautiful.

Barbara said...

What a great place to visit. Great captures. Have a great week. Smiles Barbara

tricia said...

Each time I see one of your posts I think to myself-- it can't get any better than that, but you always prove me wrong. These photos are just gorgeous. What a beautiful place. Again, Denise thanks for sharing such beauty.

Cloudia said...

Such a lovely, restorative place and post, Denise! Thank you
& Aloha

Titania said...

A beautiful spring tour with lots of interesting information. I like the coolhouse so we have it much easier today with opening a fridge door!

Jama said...

It's a very nice place to be, I'm glad you shared them with us.

antigoni said...

Very beautiful place to spend the day. Nice paths for a walk and the smells from the flowers must be awesome.

diane said...

You have some beautiful places in your world. I found your commentary very interesting too, especially the spring house. Great photo story.

Maria Berg said...

Peace and quite, look like a beautiful day at the park. maybe they stopped and play for the goose , like to look at you blog,

/MB

Abe Lincoln said...

You really got some excellent photographs on this post. I like the ruin of the spring house. It has been a long time since I have seen milk being kept cool in the springhouse.

The Prodigal Tourist said...

How wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing. If it ever stops raining here, maybe we'll go to our local gardens and take photos too.

Jack and Joann said...

Meadowlark Gardens is another beautiful park in Northern Virginia. I like that gazebo area on the lake. This park hosts lots of weddings in the wedding pavilon but the cost of renting for a wedding is very high.

ROSIDAH said...

Beautiful place! I loved to walk with you through your photos. I think it's romantic. Thank you for sharing. Have a great day, Denise :)

The Birdlady said...

Love that park...it's a great place for some macros.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

What lovely photos and beautiful gardens!!! I'm wondering if they are in the D.C. area...My husband and I lived in Northern VA about 7 years ago, but I'm not familiar with this...Such a peaceful place it must be! How fun that you are an expat. My husband and I were as well...but our sojourn was your home--G.B. Thanks so much for visiting my blog, and for your kind comments! It is always wonderful to make new friends! ~Janine

mommanator said...

isn't it raining there? or did I miss somehting, not unusual for me!
so peaceful!

Regina said...

Beautiful post as always. Good shots.
I post late mine is up too.

VALKYRIEN said...

You live in a very beautiful corner of the world, that's for sure!
Best wishes!

erin said...

my goodness you two sure travel about seeing the sights...so wish we had time to do that.

denise, i so enjoyed your photos ...beautiful place and something to add to my list of places to visit in your area of virginia.

frenchie4moi said...

What a lovely place to live...

2sweetnsaxy said...

Definitely a place I would love to visit. Kind of reminds me of Descanso Gardens here, except for the lake.

Janie said...

What a gorgeous place with its gardens and meadows. Looks like you had a beautiful day for your visit, too.

Amanda Guthrie said...

Your world is a knock out! Gorgeous.

Euroangel said...

wow a very nice world..tahnks for sharing these very nice pictures Denise..appreciate you visit..might as well join this next week..

Kay said...

Terrific shots, Denise. What a beautiful spring day!

Babooshka said...

It is breathetakingly beautiful. A sense of clam in a busy world.

Denise said...

Thank you for stopping by, all of your kind comments were very much appreciated.

MedaM said...

What a beautiful place in your world! I like every photo that you posted but especially the views over the still water. Those landscapes are really beautiful.