April 24, 2015

Views at Whiffletree Farm

dogwood branches and window

The Warrenton Garden Tours had their welcome center at Whiffletree Farm. This is in the scenic hunt country of Virginia, its rolling hills quite beautiful in the spring.

The family who farms the property does not live in this house but they have a small store here. The house has been carefully decorated and is rented out to visitors.

I noticed that the store has soy-free eggs. Now if I could just remember who wanted to buy some, I'd let them know.

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April 23, 2015

Mules and More

sign on back of vehicle

When we were at the Redbud Festival on Saturday, I was attracted to the fancy sign on this vehicle. Amazing Grace is a trained mule who has been in many local shows and even a movie.

Here we see Grace raising the flag. And next we see one of her buddies.

mule grazing

There's a fence behind that mule but I wanted a more substantial one for Theresa's linkup so here's a nice picket fence that was not far from the festival grounds.

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 and Signs, Signs

Garden Week is Glorious!

bright tulips

garden gateIt's Historic Garden Week in Virginia and tours are going on through Saturday. We enjoyed the Leesburg tours on Monday and the Warrenton tours today. In fact, they were fantastic!

Warrenton features some of the grandest homes I've ever seen, and as for the gardens, I took hundreds of photos and I'll have to edit them down to a manageable number of favorites to share. There was a threat of rain today but we only got a few drops, so I can't complain about the weather.

The tours are not cheap but you get a memorable and unique experience. Many of these homes and gardens are not open to the public at other times. And if you live in the area you already know how delightful springtime is in Virginia!

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April 21, 2015

Redbud Festival

Good, Random, Fun (Including Barns and Critters)

The Good: A community festival brings people together and provides entertainment and learning opportunities.  Saturday was a beautiful day for the annual festival in Browntown, Virginia.

people walking

The Random: Here are some scenes in this charming rural community with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The pink flowering trees are "eastern redbuds." 

The Fun: The festival provides plenty of entertainment including music, face painting, a petting zoo, and an antique car show. 

April 20, 2015

Mural in a Restroom

Murals show up in unexpected places. This one is on the wall of the ladies' room in a health food store. I have no idea what's painted on the wall in the men's room.

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April 19, 2015

Browntown Baptist Church

Browntown is a small town south of Front Royal. You can see it from Skyline Drive.  Here we see the Baptist Church, established in 1844.

April 18, 2015

Ben Has CHF

I took our cocker spaniel to the vet on Monday. After a series of tests, Dr. Conner diagnosed Ben with congestive heart failure. She prescribed some medications that are helping him feel better.

He has had a heart murmur for a long time and was diagnosed with heart disease in November. Two months ago he fainted while walking outdoors on a freezing cold day — just fell over in the snow! He's been reluctant to embark on long walks and just stops after a couple hundred feet and looks back the way he came.

After his stay in the kennel while we were in California in March, he seemed to have lost interest in his dog food and had to be coaxed to eat by adding tasty things to his bowl. After we noticed that he looked thinner, I took him to the vet on Monday.

Dr. Conner says he's in the early stages of the disease and the medications can help him stay comfortable for some time. By the next day his appetite was noticeably better and his energy seems improved. The diuretics make him urinate frequently so we have to take him outside even more often than before.

He's not a young dog so we know his lifespan is limited. And my power to help is certainly limited! Meanwhile our other dog seems to be more distressed than usual, and I don't know whether is senses his buddy's illness or is jealous that Ben gets to go outside so often.

April 17, 2015

Springtime in Our Yard


It's springtime in Virginia!
I love the cheerful flowers.

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Springtime in Riley Park

In Woodstock, VA

W. O. Riley Park has recreation areas and a small arboretum. The oversized camera is displayed in a sculpture garden.

Woodstock is the county seat of Shenandoah County, Virginia. Many visitors never see this nice park in the western part of town.

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April 16, 2015

Resident Cat at the Veterinary Office

Gray cat

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Forsythia and Fences

Small barn in springtime

Shrub with yellow flowersThe forsythia is blooming a bit late this year but it is putting on a great show.

On my way home from Woodstock on Monday, I stopped along Sand Ridge Road to call Frank and I was greeted by this cheerful sight. This is west of Toms Brook with Great North Mountain in the distance.

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