Journal - "Silver Penny II" - The motorhome we travel in - The house we built in upstate NC in the middle of 5 acres, we called "Silver Penny." That line is from an old children's poem that goes "You must have a Silver Penny to get into Fairyland." I found one and wore it in my shoe when Charles and I married. Our home was for us, our Silver Penny. Since selling that house and moving to the coast, our motorhome, used to finally travel the states as we once dreamed we would visit, has become our "Silver Penny II." And it has already, brought us to many different 'fairylands.'
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Monday, August 19, 2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Saturday, August 17, 2019
Journal - On one of our last journeys around Shenandoah, we visited several farmstands. On the way to our camp, we took the back roads and went through another small town - Mt. Jackson. Charles spotted a sign for 'Backyard Music." As a muscian, he is always interested in local offerings. We found where the band was setting up, and Charles chatted with them. We returned later to listen to their wonderful bluegrass and country music! It was a soft, warm night and we were accompanied by children, adults and many of the 'regulars.' As the group sang, I sketched them. They came over to us later, introduced all the players, gave us one of their Cds ... and I promised them this finished sketch (added color when we got back). Turns out the lead female is also an art teacher ... so I was doubly pleased that she liked my rendition of the group. Fresh fruit and vegetables from a local market, an unexpected pleasant evening of music and new friends, a discovered hay field and barn -- all unexpected gifts of our trip.
Friday, August 16, 2019
Journal - The Mill, Edinburg, VA - In the small town where we stayed during our visit to Shenandoah, there was an historic mill - "The Mill" - which housed artifacts of the town - 3 floors filled to the brim with everything from wagons to stills, to bedrooms, to hospital equipment -- and included a documentary about the burning of the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. It was FABULOUS! Both Charles and I took dozens and dozens of photographs. Yet when we got back to the motorhome and downloaded our photos -- the entire batch from the 2nd floor was MISSING. I thought it was only my phone, but no, it was Charles' too! Very strange. There was a story about a 'ghost' that haunted the Mill .... so one has to wonder! LOL I returned a few days later and was able to capture the photos that were missing ... and had a chance to sketch this "Sheller" - (from the 3rd floor! LOL)