Well Hello There!
How are you? I've missed you. I did manage to read a few blogs on my phone, but not a lot and I sort of started to catch up and then didn't. Oh well, c'est la vie. We had a wonderful vacation! It was wonderful to get away. It was wonderful to see family (some of whom we had not seen for 4 years!!). And, we crammed a lot into just a few days. A quick run down of things:
On Monday we took the ferry across the James River and over to Jamestown (a car ferry that is FREE!!!). This Osprey was nesting right next to where the ferry docked. She had her wings spread to shade the eggs.
After docking in Jamestown we made our way to the Williamsburg Botanical Gardens which is not a huge place, but certainly gorgeous. A nice morning walk after the longish ride to the ferry. Then we had lunch at the Yorktowne Tavern. Damon (Fletcher's brother) ordered a steamed platter that was shrimp, clams and oysters. Look what was in with one of his oysters:
A little baby
clam crab...supposedly a delicacy...but I don't do oysters anyway.
Tuesday we drove into Norfolk to Fletcher's sister's house and had dinner with a whole bunch of family. The only shot I got was this one which does not come close to including everyone.
The table was set up in their backyard which goes down to the water. It was so pretty as it got dark and candles were all along the length of the table. Food was delicious and there was plenty of wine flowing.
Fletch has 5 brothers and sisters. Most live in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach/Chesapeake area, but we stayed with Damon and Peggy out in Suffolk - i.e., out in the country where you have to drive at least 30-45 minutes to get anywhere!! Suffolk is where Fletch's grandparents had a farm, and, in fact, his uncle still has land there. It is beautiful country, though there are plenty of snakes (thankfully I saw none) and also bears (again I didn't see any). For all you spinners, here is a spinning wheel that was Peggy's great grandmother's!!
We missed Tyg while we were gone, but Damon and Peggy have a cat.
Meet Big Guy or Mr. Big. All 27 pounds of him!! He is so big, but such a love. And very handsome. He would join us on the deck at night and would go after the numerous tree frogs going up the side of the house (and boy are they messy things!!).
I took plenty of reading material, lots of knitting and lots of stitching and did almost nothing - LOL. And, it was great!! I managed to start a sock and got the ribbing completed and that was it! This past weekend has been full of grocery shopping, laundry, etc. And today is back to work!
An email came through that my office is officially opening July 1st! That is much sooner than anticipated. However, we have the option to continue working from home if we like. I will do a combination I'm sure (I know my bosses will want me in the office at times).
Meanwhile, it is good to be home, though I am missing Virginia and family. Fletch managed to get a second deer tick bite while mowing the yard on Friday or Saturday! And Colin pulled a tick off of Tyg one day when he came over to feed him. We are heading over to Colin & Mailing's for dinner and a concert in the park tomorrow night. Can't wait to see those kids!