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Hamner HomeplaceWe got home Friday, just before supper time.  It was nice to have a change of scenery, though home is really the place to be with young children (and I missed my own bed, too).  We thought it would be warmer in the Other Virginia, but it was just as cool, topping out around 65° in downtown Charlottesville.  It made me glad I packed sweaters for the children and a hat for Laurel.

The Walton's Mountain Museum was waaay out in the country, near the actual Hamner homeplace.  It was a clearly a labor of love, with lots of memorabilia and local flavor.  We didn't go in actual house, since that was yet another fee, but it was enough to see the outside.  It reminded me a little of our trip to the Whistle Stop Cafe with Ginger.  The Waldorf school was very nice, very idyllic.  The ladies there were very friendly and one even knew our town and some people here.  The children enjoyed playing outside there and seeing all the rubber boots lined up by the classrooms.  Willow said, "It's just like in the video!"  We spent the rest of Friday morning in downtown Charlottesville and had lunch before heading home.  On the way, we stopped in Buchanan for a blueberry buckle break.  Mike and the children also walked on a suspension footbridge across the James River.  I walked on it only a little, as there was a limit to the number of pedestrians that could be on it.  It swayed a little, but the children weren't scared at all.

Roan had a marvellous time the whole trip and Willow just wanted to be home.  Routine is really important for her and is the main thing that keeps her in good sorts. Oh, we had our anniversary meal at Waffle House and it was really good.  The children had their first Waffle House waffles and gobbled them up.  I had a BLT and hashbrowns.  Makes me hungry thinking about it.  Better pre-heat the oven for breakfast.  Oh, and we're having Family Building Day today.  I'm so excited!


( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )
May. 24th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Your home is perfect! Love the porch. I love the first years of the Waltons.
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May. 25th, 2015 10:17 am (UTC)
Yes, that is the Hamner Homeplace. :-)
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May. 25th, 2015 10:18 am (UTC)
Yes, it was hard to decide what to get. :-) Rhododendrons are very common around here for landscaping. I think a fair number might have been lifted from the woods.
May. 26th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
What a fun-sounding trip! I would love to see the Hamner Homeplace some day. :) There aren't many states I have a hankering to visit, but Virginia is one of them, just because of all the natural beauty and history (and friends :)).
May. 26th, 2015 02:00 am (UTC)
I've been to downtown Charlottesville! Long long ago.

That is a very low door in the picture! Sounds like you had a nice trip.
Ginger Schneider
May. 29th, 2015 12:21 pm (UTC)
Sooooo jealous!!! I have wanted to go there for years. Did you go to Ike's store and clean him out with $20?? :)
( 8 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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