Friday, May 23, 2014

PIECES OF PARADISE


The picture above is one I snapped when we were resting at the first inn after our flight from Chicago to D.C.  I could not believe it only took an hour and 20 minutes.  And I slept the first hour!  And yes, I have to admit (sheepishly), I over~packed.  And I learned a lesson:  Never take advice from your 23 year old daughter.  "Don't worry, Mom, just smile and act really friendly and they'll let you go a few pounds over."  So at the airport when the Sky Cap said I was four pounds over the weight limit, I stood around with a goofy smile on my face until he said, "Hon, are you going to start emptying that bag or do you want to pay the $75.00?"  I snapped to attention and started cramming anything I could grab (all that careful ironing and folding...sniff) into my carry on bag.  At times like these The Husband acts like he doesn't know me.  He truly goes into "Stranger Mode"  I had all these people staring as I held up the line.  And then what do you think I pulled out of my bag?  A FLY FISHING CASE COMPLETE WITH A FEW RODS AND GADGETS!!  I actually couldn't get my breath for a second.  When did he slip this into my suitcase?  The only reason he was saved from my wrath is because we had entered the secure check~in area and they frown on public displays of insanity.





















Our first B&B breakfast of the trip, Karen made cold strawberry soup which was a first for me and something I will try to make.  And then there were waffles with fruit and whipped cream and she had done something with the bacon.  She explained that she sprinkles brown and pure sugar on the strips along with a drizzle of maple syrup and lets it sit for 20 minutes, then bakes it.  It was delicious!

We all hugged goodbye and then we were off to Charlottesville.  That's a story for another day.  We spent two days there and then on to Richmond and we are on our last day here.  We are staying at another B&B way out in the country.  This place is used for weddings quite often, at least the gardens and pavilions and arbors.  I'm heading out now with my camera.  From our room I can see an oval rose garden with a fountain in the center.  Beyond that there is what looks to be a brook with a small waterfall and swans.  Sigh!

We will be "home" in Asheville on Sunday and I will catch up! :)

XO,
Jane

49 comments:

A Quiet Corner said...

You know what they say...Virginia is for lovers!...:)JP

Simply LKJ said...

Beautiful scenery!! Sounds like a lovely trip. Had to laugh about the mannequin in the bathtub however.

Vel Criste said...

I had a similar experience with re-packing at the airport dear, so don't fret, there are many of us out there! LOL!

Looks like your enjoying this trip quite well, love the scenery you took, I dream of having my own B&B someday, such fun to meet different people from different parts of the country! Your breakfast sounded yum! Looking forward to more stories and scenery pics!

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jane, all of your pictures reminded me so much of my home is Virginia made me homesick. Isn't VA beautiful. Your photo's were beautiful. I am from a little town South of Lexington and I am going back for a visit very soon. So glad that you are having a terrific trip.
Enjoy everything and have a wonderful weekend.
Mary

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my the scenery is breathtaking, such gorgeous country. Enjoy and have a super fun time.

Laurie M said...

oh my, what a wonderful time you're having the scenery is amazing, time for you to take up watercolor painting that landscape is too good to pass up lol!!

Stacey said...

Oh the views!! I laughed out loud about the fishing gear in your bag. He thought he was so sneaky!!

Susie said...

Oh Blonde, I love the view. Good to have a bit of time to yourself. Once I was told I was 1/2 pound over with my luggage. So I said, " heck I throw something away before I pay a penny more"...so they let me get by with 1/2 pound extra. Good Grief !!! I can only imagine your face when you saw the Mr's stuff in your case. :):) You should have taken a selfie then. LOL> Blessings sweety, xoxo,Susie

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

I love the suitcase story. Isn't that a gorgeous part of Virginia. Glad you are having such a wonderful time. xo Laura

Primroses Attic said...

Hi Jane. I loved what happened with your suitcase and what you found. I hope you made him pay with a little gift or two. Sounds like you are both having a wonderful time. Pictures are wonderful.
Rosezeeta.

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I was laughing at your hubby sneaking his fishing stuff into your bag! Lol! Looks like y'all are having a wonderful trip! Those views are amazing!! Take lots more pics to share with us when you return. :)

Melanie said...

Oh my goodness, all the photos are so beautiful! The places you're staying and the scenery...wow. I was cracking up about your overweight luggage though and then pulling out your husband's fishing gear. Too funny! Have a wonderful time...

podso said...

It looks like a wonderful get away! And good weather. Enjoy the mountains!

Shirley said...

Jane, Your scenery is beautiful and looks so relaxing. I especially like the wrap around porch with the swing. I chuckled about the luggage. The drives may take a little longer, but the scenery makes it all worth while. Take care and have a wonderful trip. Looking forward to more pictures. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Primitive Stars said...

Oh Jane, I want too me to Virginia, looks amazing. Beautiful scenery, looks like your having a wonderful time, great, Francine.,

Shelia said...

Hi Janie! Oh, I'm so glad you're having a good time! Your little tootsies look very cute! Such a pretty place.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

Have fun with Mary and I am looking forward to your visit here!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

So glad your having a nice trip Jane...the B&B looked lovely and the views were stunning!! Deuce was a beauty too!!

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Beth said...

How beautiful! Love the shot with the sun rising! I think you sound as if you are having a wonderful and relaxing time. Enjoy!

Kathy Moreland said...

Oh, you lucky girl!! What a wonderful getaway! I hope you have a fabulous time everywhere you go! Enjoy the time with your hubby!! It all sounds lovely!

Mary said...

Now we know why The Husband was hiding half of your shoe collection………..so he could get his fishing gear in YOUR suitcase!!!!!

Just wait until tomorrow, haha!!!!!
See you both soon. xx

Betsy Brock said...

Cracking up at the fish flying case! omg....omg...no wonder he was acting like he didn't know you! Grrr. lol....Oh dear. I can laugh because it didn't happen to me. What on earth?! What's wrong with his suitcase??? lol....

What beautiful scenery! Enjoy!

Art and Sand said...

That wrap around porch is wonderful!

So, who is carrying the fishing stuff on the way back home?

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

What a wonderful trip- and I could read about people's adventures all day. I live vicariously through others.

My last vacation was almost a year ago- NYC all the way to Asheville to stay The Biltmore Hotel, then back up to Ohio. 10 states in 7 days, was awesome.

Have a fun safe and RELAXING holiday weekend! Can't wait to read more about your adventures, Blondie! Hugs.

Maggie said...

Dear Jane, your trip so far sounds simply wonderful, I'm so happy to be travelling along with you from the comfort of my own armchair. Looking forward to seeing Asheville again.

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

It all looks beautiful, sounds fun, and now I want to try that with bacon one of these days ! :)

Yes do a future post or series with the various rooms ...it will be fun! :)

Theresa said...

Oh what a fun trip! I ALWAYS over-pack! Gotta have choices in what to wear, right? Yep! Enjoy the rest of your trip! Can't wait to hear all about it! Sending hugs your way!

Maria Elena said...

It sounds like you are having a wonderful trip! Airport, baggage and all! LOL Been there, done that! Enjoy your time! Hugs, Maria

Penny said...

Looking forward to seeing you Jane.

Beth said...

And now we know why your suitcase was 4 lbs too heavy! LOL

Jen Vandervoort said...

Sounds like a journey of wonderful memories in the making.

And you are finding time to blog inbetween? Amazing!

Jen

Lori said...

Everything sounds wonder Jane ~ I would have hammered hubby over the head with his fishing gear ~ imagine!!

Sarah said...

Such a beautiful part of our country. Thanks for taking us along and sharing the lovely sights.
Travel safely and have fun!

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Sounds perfect.

We are light packers ... sometimes too light. :)

Fondly,
Glenda

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Love the porch on that B&B...what a lovely trip. Hope you are enjoying this long weekend Jane!

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

That is our kind of trip! Enjoy! I bet you hear some great music in Asheville. Try to find the Honeycutters...so good!

Debbie said...

Oh Jane....Your trip looks so wonderful! That sunrise photo is breathtaking. The bacon, and soup sounds yummy. I am happy you are having a good time with your honey.
Cherish every moment, dear friend.
Debbie
xo

Pondside said...

Your trip sounds perfectly heavenly! Just the sort of meandering, B&B and lazy days holiday I love. I look forward to more photos.

Mary said...

It was so much fun with you guys last night - come back and stay longer next trip!

I'm writing my post and playing the CD which is lovely, and, if you allow me to post pics of us, I'll publish asap. You just know all these great blogger friends will want to see us having fun!!!

Hugs to you both -
Mary

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

I enjoyed your blog. I just read you your dear friends blog and you got together. She has your blog up so I have come over. I giggled at your experience at the airport. I think every lady over packs. I did on my ship cruise. When we went o Halifax by train. We too enjoyed the B & B's also.
Keep enjoying before you know it. Well time flies when your having fun.

Kit said...

Yay! For trips! Have a great time. Love the photos. Kit

Bliss said...

I'm kinda impressed you didn't get your camera and hit him with it!

Carol said...

Wow, what a wonderful trip, Jane! We plan to be seeing some of these places in the not-too-distant future since our son and family are moving to the Washington D.C. area and hope to live in Virginia. I'm not thrilled that they will be so far away, but I am excited about all the things we will get to see when we visit! Keep enjoying your trip!

Traci said...

It looks so relaxing!! I had that issue on a trip but it was when we were coming home. So embarrassing to have to hold up the line.

Doreen@househoneys said...

That happened to me at the airport not long ago. You should have flashed your good boob. Worked for me ;).

Karen said...

WOW, beautiful landscape!.. What a lovely B & B!

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

oh my goodness....I do this everytime...come over to your blog for a quick read and stay for an hour. Oh Jane, I had no idea you were in Richmond. I would dearly loved to have met up. In fact, I would have dearly loved for you to have stayed with us out in the country, just outside Richmond. We would have had a ball and the husband could have fished all day. Maybe next time. xoxo

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