Good Morning and I hope your week is off to a wonderful start. I have some new followers to introduce, but will have to wait until I'm at home to do a post with some links to their blogs. This morning we are close to the home of James Madison (Montpelier) where we plan to visit. Yesterday was at Monticello(Jefferson's home) and Ash Lawn (James Monroe - our 5th president). The day was overcast and misty - a good day because it was cool. The views from Monticello are magnificent...rolling green lawns, looking out to forested acres & gardens & on the far horizon - magnificent mountain ranges. We had planned to take the extended tour which goes to the 2nd floor of the mansion, but this one was booked up. So we just toured the ground floor rooms and the gardens, the cemetery and then had a nice lunch at Michie Tavern. It was supposedly the type of fare that one would have been served back in Jefferson's day. It was most interesting to see all the innovative items that Jefferson had in his home and hear about the restoration of the furnishings. Jefferson's belongings were sold upon his death to pay his creditors. The foundation that now has the property has recovered many pieces over the years, and some are on loan. Very interesting to visit.
In the gift shop I used my drivers license for identification when using my credit card, and realized later when we were having lunch, no license did I have. We returned to the shop, but the drivers license is still missing. So that has been a little blot on an otherwise fun trip. Not much I can do about it until we get home. Made some phone calls to our States Dept of Motor Vehicles, being concerned about fraudulent use of my license, but was told not much to be done while we're traveling. Thankfully I don't have to do the driving (I HOPE).
The tour at Monroe's house was nice, but this was more of a little cozy cottage...nothing elaborate. We didn't get to Montpelier, about an hour from Monticello - until too late in the afternoon to take the tour. So that's where we're headed this morning, and afterwards, guess we shall wend our way back home.
I apologize again, for not doing any visiting while on this trip. Although the hotels have Wi-Fi, it's not as high speed as what we have at home. Tried to watch some movies on Netflix and the movie would halt frequently. Have been trying to keep the emails cleaned out, as we get so much spam. With the mail program at home, I know how to filter it out so it just goes into the spam folder and deletes. With the webmail, I can't seem to get it to work.
Just wanted to check in, say hello to anyone who happens to pop by, and leave an update. Big Hugs and have a Blessed Day.