Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Back Home Again 4/18/23

 Hello and Good Morning!

Gosh I've missed you all.  I confess to not doing very much blog reading at all while I was on vacation.  I mostly ignored my phone other than to take pictures and text with the kids.  Guess that's a sign of a good vacation.  Actually it was great!

We started off Easter weekend in Suffolk, VA at Fletcher's brother's home.  Damon and Peggy are just lovely people and we always have a great time with them.  Easter Sunday family and friends wandered in and out.  It was too windy and chilly to sit outside, but there was a wonderful spread of food and it was great to catch up with people we had not seen in a couple of years.

Then we headed down to Chapel Hill, NC where we checked in at our AirBnB.  Hands down, this is the nicest AirBnB we have stayed in.  Our hosts, Anne and Robert were wonderful - friendly, helpful, fun.  

Fletch on the front porch of "our" Bungalow.

The back, screened-in porch of the Bungalow.  The sofa was long enough for napping (which Fletch took advantage of one afternoon).  This was a great spot for bird watching.

The living area and kitchen (my knitting bag on the coffee table!).  The sliding barn door at the back is the entrance to the bathroom.

There was even an outdoor wood fired stove/pizza oven that Robert had built (he also built the Bungalow as well as their log home).

There was a huge garden (complete with a totem pole), a chicken coop and chickens (no roosters) and inside everything you needed in the kitchen.  

The following day we drove down to Buies Creek, NC where Fletch had gone to school.  He even managed to find the old farm house where he lived with some other students.  Later we met up with our friends Dick and Lois for dinner.  We ate at Nomad which was simply amazing.  Everything was so good!  And the following day they took us to the Duke Gardens.  What a beautiful spot.

And, as you can see from the picture, it was a beautiful day to be out and about.  Perfect weather!

I loved the Asian Gardens.  So peaceful and pretty.

That night we went out for BBQ which did not disappoint.  The following day Fletch and I took a 2 hour hike at the Johnston Mill Nature Preserve which is part of the Triangle Land Conservancy (I confess that every time I saw a sign for the TLC I thought I was seeing "tick" - yuck!!

There were some fairly muddy spots - we even had to get off the trail at some points due to flooding.  What a beautiful place.  And, it was great to get out for such a nice walk as the following day we'd be back in the car returning to Virginia.  

Friday we woke to grey skies which suddenly opened up.  Our first clap of thunder sounded like a shotgun!  Luckily the rain paused long enough for us to load all our stuff back in the car.  But our drive back was in heavy, heavy rain - torrential downpours and thunder and lightening.  We made it safely though.

 Damon and Peggy (and Maise - they were dog sitting one of their grand-dogs).

Their sunroom (behind them in the picture above) is a great place to bird watch.  Lots of goldfinches, red winged blackbirds, bluebirds, and even a towhee (which we rarely see at home).

We lazed around on Saturday, going out to lunch and shopping for peanuts (after all, we were in Virginia!!).  I loved this picture in the restaurant where we had lunch.

Click to enlarge if you like.  Elephants, of course, since we are talking peanuts.  LOL

Damon grilled some steaks, crab cakes and oysters for us which were delicious (well, not the oysters - I don't eat them - LOL) and we settled in the gazebo for some music and a campfire.  A delightful evening.  Damon had even picked up some fireworks which he set off.  Their house is surrounded by fields, so not close to neighbors.

We drove home on Sunday in extremely heavy traffic.  We were glad to get home and see Mabel who has been very affectionate since we returned.  And, we came home to our redbud tree in full bloom as well as our apple tree.  The lilac is beginning to open and even a bit of our wisteria.  Luckily our mower guy came yesterday and cut the lawn which was very overgrown, and I caught up on laundry.

Today, unfortunately, is back to work.  I am dreading turning on my work email.  We haven't been to the grocery store yet, so we need to do that today as well.

Thanks for sticking through this lengthy recap of our time away.  I'll be back tomorrow for Unraveled Wednesday!


  1. What a terrific vacation and well-deserved time away! I'm glad you had (mostly) good weather and got to see family, birds, and flowers. I do hope that you aren't overwhelmed when you do start in on email, and you have an easy re-entry. Welcome back; you were missed!

  2. It looks and sounds like a fantastic vacation, and I'd say you were really enjoying yourself if you didn't think about reading blogs. I love the Babar picture (it says "After the wedding and coronation" in French; I don't know if you speak any French or not, but if not I thought you might appreciate a translation). I'm not surprised at all that Mabel was happy to see you.

    I hope your reentry at work isn't too rough. I'm sure everyone else will manage if it takes you a few days to get a handle on your inbox!

  3. Welcome back! Thanks for sharing your stories and photos with us, it sounds like a wonderful vacation!

  4. Welcome home! What a lovely trip you had, reconnecting with good people and eating good food. I hope your reentry is not too traumatic.

  5. Glad you had a great time. Damon and Fletch resemble each other!

    That elephant is Babar (The Marriage of the King). That was one of Stephen's favorite childhood book series.

  6. What a great trip! I would have had a hard time leaving that AirBnB. What I would give for a screened in porch to nap in. Maybe someday.

  7. What a great get-away!! Welcome home!

  8. Welcome home. Your vacation sounds like it was restful. Love the bungalow!

  9. Welcome back! Your vacation sounds like it was wonderful! I am sorry you have to jump into the deep end today... I hope your email is not overly full and that there are no lines at the grocers!

  10. Welcome home. What a lovely vacation. It is a good sign that you were away from all the social media. I hope the work load isn't overwhelming.

  11. Sounds like a wonderful trip! The campfire looks so relaxing! Welcome home--I hope work was easy on you!

  12. Welcome home! You've been missed. I'm so glad that you had such a lovely time. Vacations are wonderful, especially when they go as well as your's seems to. I'll bet Mabel was so happy to see you.
    Blessings and hugs,

  13. welcome home, we missed you, (I missed you). looks like you had a good time!

  14. Your time away looks AMAZING, Vera. What a way to charge your batteries. I love this post!

  15. your trip looks like so much fun! going someplace new does help with a fresh outlook ... and I'm glad to read that the work re-entry wasn't too awful. welcome home!