Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Virginia Countryside and a ramble.....

Gregg went on a business trip to Seattle last week, I dropped him off at Dulles Airport at 5.45 a.m. on the Monday.  On the Monday evening my sister-in-law - Gregg's sister - arrived for an overnight stay.  We had a very nice time chatting about this and that and she helped me download a couple of programs on my computer.  She's an absolute whiz at such things.  The following morning she flew to Beijing as you may have read about in a previous post, and I will be sharing more photos from that trip later on.  

I also went to see The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with friends.  It had all my favorite actors whom I have known for most of my life and it was a super movie.  A group of British retirees go to India to take up residence in what they think is a newly restored hotel, and then the fun begins.  Very poignant in parts - it is classed as a dramatic comedy.  There are also some truly wonderful Indian actors I am not familiar with.  Together they all put on a great performance and when it comes out on DVD I think I will treat myself.  After the movie we walked over to the local coffee shop where we spent a couple of hours.  A very nice way to end the day.

It wasn't long before Gregg returned home and you may have seen our photos from Washington DC on Sunday.  Yesterday Gregg suggested a run around the Virginia countryside.  We traveled about 160 miles round trip.  We weren't able to go on one of our usual long walks as I damaged my Achilles tendon running down the stairs a few weeks ago, thinking I was still a spring chicken and finding I wasn't.  It is taking its time to heal.  I am trying to be patient but the road trip was fun.  

Both Gregg and I took turns taking photos, as we nearly always do every time we go out.  We spotted a lovely barn at the side of the road.  

There are many small businesses selling flowers, fruits and veggies.  

We stopped here because.....

of this Harlequin horse.  Just loved him and would love to see what the Home Owner's Association would do if I placed him in my front garden.  

I would have loved to have taken this old rusty rooster back home with me too.

We saw a lot of pretty old barns and homes along our route.

The huge flag caught our eye on this barn.  

We wondered if it had been converted into a home.

I am attracted to log cabins and have always said to Gregg that if I can't have my thatched cottage then a lovely - not big - log cabin would fit the bill nicely.

Or an old shed....

Here's another one we found nestled in the trees along a very narrow country road.

You never know what to expect on the journey home.  

We came across a small convoy of fairground equipment.

I am suddenly craving for strawberries and regret not buying them at our Harlequin horse stop.  


  1. I'm waiting for the movie to come out on DVD. It looks like gentle fun, and has the best actors!
    Jane x

  2. love the barn scenery. i think i'd have to steal that rooster. you take the horse, okay? :)

  3. Nice selection here, and NO cars on the road? lol.
    Sounds as if the visit went well too.

  4. Some great photos. Nice kind of trip.

    Cher Sunray Gardens

  5. What a lovely day out Denise, I'm smitted with the large Stars and Stripes hanging from the home/barn.
    I've read several revues on the movie, sounds like a must-see !
    Sorry to read you have taken a tumble, take it slowly, it takes forever to recover from an achilles tendon sprain :(

  6. Beautiful photographs, fantastic horse. I am greeting

  7. So much to comment on here,Denise, I wonder if I'll remember everything...grins.

    Loved the horse and the strawberries, and now look what you made me do.... I'm quite taken with seeing that film. Not heard of it before but I just looked it up and find the book was written by Deborah Moggach. It has to be good, so I ordered the DVD and downloaded the book. Can't wait to start reading.

  8. Just wonderful countryside shots! And I love the giant strawberries! :-)

  9. By the way, I suppose we can ask at a Farmer's Market about how their veggies are watered, and spread the word about the dangerous hoses. I'd love to have that rusty chicken too....and the harlequin horse was great! :-)

  10. I love the photos from the countryside. Looks like a nice road trip. Sorry about the injury. Hope it heals quickly.

  11. Denise, I have seen the movie advertised. I do like comedies, I'll have to check it out. Love the fun road trip photos. The little road side markets are cute and I love the rusty rooster and the harlequin horse is beautiful. I hope you recover soon, take care and have a great week!

  12. I have really enjoyed visiting your blog today. I think I shall try and make a rooster like this one.

  13. What a fun sequence of shots. I'd like to have that harlequin horse in my garden. Sounds like a fun trip and you got such good shots.

  14. Oh my! Fabulous photos, Denise. I've heard of that movie and would love to see it on DVD someday. I really like Judi Dench.

  15. What a fabulous day trip you had. So many wonderful sights to see in the country!

  16. What a great group of photos you posted here. I just heard about this movie and can't wait for it to come to town. I love watching English movies and Tv shows.

    How exciting to find so many colorful things to capture on a road trip. The carnival rides were a real bonus.

    I have seen other horses like yours. Louisville Ky has them scatter throughout the town.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Sorry, I am so slow returning the visit. But, I have been in hospital and recouping very slowly.