This afternoon we stopped off at Cabell's Mill which is across the road from Walney Pond. The Mill was built in 1785 and was purchased in 1935 by David and Ellanor Lawrence. The Lawrences transformed the old mill into a reception hall and hosted many Washington notables which included Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.
There was a wedding reception going on as we walked around the grounds and we took several photos of flowers. Some of the flowers had visitors which is always a nice bonus.
We crossed the road to the pond. It was lovely but a bit too warm for me. No beaver or groundhogs today. I think they were hiding from all the people, and at one point a car alarm went off scaring away any further hopes of me taking animal pictures, except maybe of one or two dogs. Usually it is very quiet but this was after all the 4th of July. The gazebo had a party, the barbecue was in full use, children were running around excitedly enjoying their freedom and so were the dogs, even though they were on very long leashes, and the beavers and groundhogs were burrowing deeper into their dens.
(Back across the road at the Mill a recording of Elvis Presley was floating through the air as he was heard singing The First Dance). I chatted with a young boy who had found a large frog at the water's edge. He was trying to capture it in a bucket. When I bent down to take a picture of it before it disappeared under the wooden path, I had a vision of me falling into the water head first, and that might have looked a funny sight to some but I wouldn't have enjoyed it. The little boy left without his frog and I left without my photo. I was glad for the frog's escape from the bucket. I was also glad to go home as it was getting very muggy and I was feeling a bit light-headed. Heat I can take, humidity I can't. I wish I wasn't such a wimp about it but that hasn't changed since that first summer in America all those years ago.
We spent our 4th of July quietly for the first time in several years. Gregg's Dad and his wife are visiting his brothers and sisters in North Dakota, and our son is on his honeymoon. Our niece and her young man left last Tuesday. Even though they are all missed, our day was beautiful and after all the excitement of our son's wedding we are now coming back to earth and things are returning to normal.
Gregg wanted to visit his Mom at Arlington Cemetery and so we got up early and were there by 8.30 a.m. We had brought roses which we placed on her grave. We miss her though it was not a time for sadness but one of warm reflection. Our memories went back to all the other 4th of July celebrations we shared with her and they were very happy times. One more stop to visit the grave of other friends and we were on our way to our son and daughter-in-law's apartment to see if we had missed any maildrops. We had and we took their mail upstairs. After a few minutes of rest we left for home.
It was a special day in so many ways, because also today was my first 4th of July as an American Citizen. When we got back home Gregg took a picture of me standing underneath the flag hanging over our front door. I think I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat. I took my Citizenship test last September and when I think of that day, well that grin just spreads from ear to ear.
Getting back to where I started this post off, after a couple of hours rest at home we found ourselves wanting to walk around another favorite spot, one that we have frequented regularly as you've probably noticed from previous posts perhaps. Here we are at Walney Pond again. There are plenty of bright red berries around to attract the birds but even they are hiding. We decided to leave them until another day. Elvis Presley was still singing at the wedding reception and Gregg and I wished the newlyweds over at the Mill a long and happy life together. Hard to believe that a week ago today we were celebrating our own son's wedding to his new bride. The past week has gone by so fast and I feel like I have been sleeping for most of it, but then I don't feel so bad as Gregg has been a wee bit tired as well. I will have some wedding photos to share in my next post.