Friday, January 29, 2010
If you missed yesterday's blog, be sure and read it first. Today's blog is a continuation of our anniversary trip to Jamestown Settlement (in June of 2007). Above is a picture of me checking out the gardens. I was fascinated at seeing the pole beans wrapped around the corn stalks. Below are more.
Of course, George loved seeing and checking out the cannon.
I just had to stir the pot... Want some dinner????? Yum!
We watched this Colonist fire his musket... (Hold your ears!!!!)
In the Indian village, I checked out the 'skins'... There were raccoon skins and bear skins. I also saw a wolf skin... Glad he wasn't alive!!!!
We watched the demonstration of the firing of a cannon. (Again---hold your ears!!!!)
Hope these pictures make you want to visit Jamestown Settlement. This was only one small piece of Jamestown. We also visited Old Jamestown and also drove around the island. I'll post more Jamestown pictures at another time.
There are two things very interesting about the above picture of the moon. I took the picture last night from our deck --through the trees... Here's what is interesting about this picture:
1 . You'd never believe it by looking at that moon, but there is a big, bad STORM coming!!! I am hoping for SNOW and not ICE..... Yipes!!!
2. This picture was taken with my brand new camera!!!! I'll share that info with you in another post!!!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
I posted a recent blog (Click HERE) on the three ships in Jamestown Settlement. Today and tomorrow I will share more from our trip to Jamestown Settlement for our anniversary in June of 2007. Jamestown Settlement is a living-history museum of 17th century Virginia. The picture above is at the Powhatan Indian Village. Below are more pictures.
I was fascinated with the canoes which were made out of tree trunks.
I decided to grind some corn. Want some????
Here was a shipwright at work. Very interesting!
George watched the blacksmith at work.
Here the basket-weaver is busy.
If you have children/grandchildren, Jamestown Settlement is a great place to take them. I'll post six more pictures tomorrow.
P.S. We had a nice visit with George's parents in Hendersonville yesterday. Both are doing quite well--considering their ages. Dad was very happy that his Vanderbilt team beat my Vols team in basketball last night!!! Oh Well---my team would do anything to make DAD happy I guess!!! ha
Thursday, January 21, 2010
On our anniversary trip in June of 2007, one of our stops was to the Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th century Virginia. We enjoyed a re-creation of the James Fort, a Powhatan Indian Village, and we checked out the first three ships which brought the Colonists to Jamestown.
Since we took so many pictures that day, I will share with you only the three ships today. Above is my favorite picture. Her name is the SUSAN CONSTANT. Captain John Smith came to our country on this ship. Below are more pictures !
The other two ships were named DISCOVERY (left) and GODSPEED (right). We toured all three of them while we were there.
Capt. George is ready to head out to sea!!!! Wanna go with us?
Captain George asked me to steer with the tiller... Aren't you impressed????
Here is one of the small cannons inside of one of the boats.
We were on the Susan Constant and I was checking out the captain's quarters!!!! Quite comfy if I say so myself!!!!
Captain George looks like he is ready to fire at the Discovery!!!!! Mercy Me!!!!
Here's one more picture of the Susan Constant. The Godspeed and the Discovery were directly beyond this one.
I will post more Jamestown pictures on other posts. I had studied and learned about Jamestown for many years, but had never been there until we took this trip in 2007. We had an awesome time!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
George and I took our Anniversary trip in 2007 to Williamsburg, Jamestown and Yorktown. What an awesome trip!!!! I will gradually share lots of pictures from that incredible trip. Even though our anniversary is in the hot summer (June), on that particular week when we were there, an actual cool front had come through ---and the weather was incredible.
One (of many) 'treats' while there was to visit the Glassblowers in Jamestown. We stood and watched those guys work for the longest time. That is truly an art. I had never seen it done before --and I was so impressed. The artisans demonstrated the craft of 17th century glassblowing for us. Glassblowing was one of Virginia's first industries, started in 1608 by German and Polish craftsmen. Above and below are some pictures of these glassblowers at work.
NOW----look below at what I came home with from the Glassblowers that day.
This little vase was made by the Glassblowers in Jamestown, VA. I am thrilled to have this vase---and cherish it!!!! (The rose came from our yard!)
Have a wonderful day.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
On our Williamsburg trip in June of 2007, George found himself in a bit of a predicament. There was an old Guillotine ----and somehow George ended up in a precarious position... Poor Baby--- I think 'she' had him exactly where she wanted him. Ya think????? Is he going to cry???? Poor George--he's just SO abused!!!! Wonder how long 'she' made him stay there---and what promises did he have to make to her???????? Hmmmmmmmmm....
Seeing this old picture made me think about the Guillotine--and its history. How much do you know about them??? I'll admit that I didn't know much---so I did a little research that you might find interesting --or maybe not!!!
During the 1700's, executions in France were public events where entire towns gathered to watch. (Can you imagine?) A common execution method for a poor criminal was quartering, where the prisoner's limbs were tied to four oxen, then the animals were driven in four different directions ripping the person apart. (Yipes!) Upper-class criminals could buy their way into a less painful death by hanging or beheading. (It's hard to imagine something like beheading being more humane... Gads!)
Doctor Joseph Ignace Guillotin belonged to a small political reform movement that wanted to banish the death penalty completely. Guillotin argued for a painless and private capital punishment method equal for all the classes, as an interim step towards completely banning the death penalty. Beheading devices had already been used in Germany, Italy, Scotland and Persia for aristocratic criminals. However, never had such a device been adopted on a large institutional scale. The French named the guillotin after Doctor Guillotin. The extra 'e' at the end of the word was added by an unknown English poet who found guillotine easier to rhythm with.
More than 10,000 people lost their heads by guillotine during the French Revolution, including Louis XVI and Mary Antoinette, the former king and queen of France. Use of the guillotine continued in France in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the last execution by guillotine occurred in 1977. In September 1981, France outlawed capital punishment altogether, thus abandoning the guillotine forever. There is a museum dedicated to the guillotine in Liden, Sweden.
Here's some Guillotine Facts:
• Total weight of a guillotine is about 1278 lbs
• The guillotine metal blade weighs about 88.2 lbs
• The height of guillotine posts average about 14 feet
• The falling blade has a rate of speed of about 21 feet/second
• Just the actual beheading takes 2/100 of a second
• The time for the guillotine blade to fall down to where it stops takes 70th of a second
• On September 10, 1977, the last execution by guillotine took place in Marseilles, France, when the murderer Hamida Djandoubi was beheaded.
Now--aren't you just THRILLED that I gave you all of this interesting (???) information... Thank God that doesn't go on NOW.
Okay---back to my story!!!!! She didn't want her Sweetheart's head chopped off ----so she told him to SMILE for the camera and she'd talk nicely to the guards so that they would free him... For some reason, he obliged ---and gave her a huge smile... Isn't he a Cutie?????
Have a great Saturday ---and stay away from Guillotines.
P.S. LATER: George just 'stole my thunder' from this post today. He said that this was NOT a guillotine ---but was really a STOCK. I said, "Whatever!" He said that they didn't use a 'thing' like this to cut off someone's head. This was used to put people in it --so everyone could make fun of them, throw rotten vegetables at them, etc. Guess that wouldn't be quite as bad as getting your head cut off!!! Oh Well----I now know more about a Guillotine and a Stock... See what blogging does?????? ha
Monday, August 24, 2009
IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ROBERT E. LEE 6/25/07
The final ‘lap’ of our June '07 vacation was to Lexington, Virginia (after we had visited 5 waterfalls along the Blue Ridge Pkwy). We had been in Lexington in 2002--so we didn’t spend too much time here this particular time. We did visit Washington and Lee University, Lee Chapel, R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, Lee’s homeplace, and an old cemetery.
You may not know this but my husband is a HUGE fan of Robert E. Lee. He even named his son, Robert Edward Lee Adams. George has read almost every book ever written about Lee. SO--when we visit places where Robert E. Lee lived and worked, since George knows all of the history, I have a 'built-in' tour guide.
Here are pictures from our day in Lexington. Above is Washington Hall at Washington and Lee University. Robert E. Lee was President there from 1865-1870, when the college was called Washington College. Below are more.
This is the Jackson House---where Lee lived while building his home next door.
Above is Robert E. Lee's home--which he designed for himself and his invalid wife and daughters.
Here is the open garage--which was once the stable where Lee's horse, Traveller, lived.
This is Robert E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church in Lexington, VA.
Above is a view from the side of the church (but there were too many trees for a good picture).
George stands beside the announcement board in the front of the church.
The inside of this beautiful church; Note the gorgeous stained-glass windows.
Another beautiful window--taken from inside the church
Look at this fancy pulpit... Wow!!!
Well---if you don't want to preach, maybe you want to read scripture from this beautiful lectern.... Neat, huh?
Gen. Stonewall Jackson is buried in a cemetery in Lexington.
I enjoyed reading the inscriptions on the grave markers in the cemetery. (Wonder if there are some Bruce's or Ballard's buried there?????)
Stonewall Jackson was the most revered Confederate commander after Lee.
Hope you have enjoyed our little history lesson. Lexington, Virginia is a neat little city. IF you ever get near there, check it out.