Wednesday, November 26, 2014


While some of you who are checking in a few days after Thanksgiving, our day of thanks will already have passed.  I am starting this on Thursday beginning with Good Fences, and I wanted to wish all my family and friends who are celebrating a very special time together.  To everyone else, I hope your week has been one of equal joy.

We were heading to Middleburg when the weather was still warm and the trees were fully clothed.  Middleburg is a darling little town where you can enjoy yourself for a few hours.  There are shops and restaurants and it is surrounded by beautiful country side. 

For Good Fences and SkyWatch Friday

I did a double-take when I spotted the most enormous bottle of Champagne I had ever seen just beyond this neat looking fence, and isn't that a pretty sky?

There is a winery down that road.  Virginia has many wineries and they produce excellent wines, and champagnes....

Or is that just a fancy wrapped bottle of wine?

It looks like a bottle of bubbly to me about 30 feet high.

I didn't take any photos of animals this week so I am stretching a bit, but don't you think that is a cute print of a bulldog on the wall behind Gregg?  Hello Camera Critters and Saturday's Critters.  (Eileen I hope you are back by now and that all those problems have allowed you to start up again.  I am keeping my fingers crossed.)

Gregg and I occasionally go to Common Grounds which is a lovely little place that we enjoy (you may remember it from other posts). More cute dog prints on the left.  I like it here not only for lunch but there are lots of lovely prints on every wall for sale.  A big pat on the back to them for helping our local artists.

There is the little pig chef standing on the floor next to a shelf display of goodies, and two particularly took my eye....

that cute fox figurine and the wine glass.

This is the Red Fox Inn where Gregg and I have gone for special occasions. I have also been here with friends several times over the years and have mentioned it before on this blog.  It's as close to a British Pub as I have ever come across and has a wonderful atmosphere inside, with low beamed ceilings. You can also sit at a table by a large roaring fire in the winter months.  I think it's time to go back.

It also has a fence out front, and a little bit of sky up there, wink, wink, and I am sure a couple walked by with a dog on a leash earlier.  They were just too fast for me to take a photo.

And now for willy-nilly-friday-five.

1) We were in REI's last weekend. Gregg wanted to look at the bicycles as he is intent on buying one, and for me too.  I am very leery and I can't see us doing much biking now that the winter is/going to be on our doorstep. Neither of us have been on a bike in years and I can't help but be very nervous for both of us.  I told him all my excuses.  I had many, a few ankles, all of which have been through the mill after taking falls from my own two feet let alone a bicycle.  He says he'll be happy to buy me one with a motor.  Errrr.......wouldn't that give me motor power, wouldn't I go even faster?  I can envision the cartoon action figures already.  Not ruddy likely!   

I keep hearing about these accidents, yes over a lot of years I know but I have a memory like a laser for some things. Our son fractured one elbow and badly sprained another a few years back after doing a somersault over his handlebars, no, not by choice. I remember that day vividly. He was in his early 20s, no little guy, and let's not talk about those days. Let's just say PeeWee Herman has a lot to answer for.  I have heard of two horrific accidents, once when a bowling friend came a cropper when she was on holiday, and now the latest by U2's Bono, article here in case you haven't heard about it - you probably have by now.  The poor man, I wonder how he is doing?  I immediately showed it to Gregg.  It phased him not one bit as he tells me statistics. I know statistics, I just don't want to be one of them.  If you see a strange woman cycling down the hill coming towards you at a high rate of speed, wearing bubblewrap like Tutankhamen's Mummy , you'll know that will be me, but please get the heck out of my way and dive into the bushes. Gregg will have to put me on a bike first and frankly I would rather walk.  I actually enjoy walking.  I will be showing this post to him but I know what he will do, show me those statistics.   Do I sound like Chicken Little?  Probably!  I have always been overly cautious and my little rant is over.

And then there is always this type of bicycle....

seen in Washington back in the summer.  I have a hard time riding a two wheel bike let along one.  What keeps those people up?  Where's their bubble wrap?

Okay, so I need to hear from all those dedicated bicycle riders who will put my mind at ease.  I really do wish you the best of luck!

2)   A very pretty animation at this link.  Click here.

3)   A Thanksgiving Card.  Please click here.

4)   A Card for Everyone.  Please click here.

5)   A poem for you, which kind of follows on from 4).


I didn't have potatoes,
So I substituted rice.
Didn't have Paprika,
So I used another spice.

I didn't have tomato sauce,
So I used tomato paste,
A whole can not a half can,
I don't believe in waste.

My friend gave me the recipe,
She said you couldn't beat it,
There must be something wrong with her,
I couldn't even eat it!

(Hmmm...... I have been on both sides of that table)

The author is unknown.  If anyone knows the person who thought this cute poem up, I'll be very glad to add their name.


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