My Vacation Part 3: Colonial Williamsburg and my 25th Birthday

Last week my husband and I went on vacation. We split our trip up into several stages so we could see and do more things (read Part 1 and Part 2).

I have wanted to visit Colonial Williamsburg for years, so this year when we planned our vacation I asked if we could go. We stayed at one of the inns right in Williamsburg, which made coming and going so easy!

We had so much fun walking down the streets, seeing carriages and wigmakers and people in historic dress. We went to a talk about the heritage animals kept in the stables. I somehow didn’t manage to get a picture of the Longwool Leicester sheep they had, but Longwool Leicesters are the ancestors of modern day Blue Faced Leicesters, Border Leicesters, and Corriedale, as well as several other breeds.

We visited several woodworking shops, all with different skills and purposes.

I loved visiting the tailor’s shop and talking with a very knowledgeable tailor about the materials and fashions and methods of making clothes. This hand sewn corset was hanging in the corner. Isn’t it just incredible!

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We saw a few famous people in Williamsburg, too: The Marquis de Lafayette spoke about his part in the American Revolution and Thomas Jefferson told about his belief in personal liberty and his work in founding the United States as we know it.

In the evening we watched the militia practice their military drills.

October 24th was my 25th birthday. We spent the day in Williamsburg, then went to a cute little cafe for dinner. After dinner, my husband disappeared for a few minutes and came back bearing a tea light, which was the only candle the cafe had. He sang Happy Birthday to me, and then we devoured a pumpkin cupcake. Later that evening we went to a strings recital at Bruton Parish Church. All in all, it was a lovely vacation and a great birthday.

Well, that concludes our vacation. Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed it.

Have you ever been to Colonial Williamsburg? What did you enjoy most?

 

My Vacation Part 1: Alpacas and Grandparents

Last week my husband and I went on vacation. We split our trip up into several stages so we could see and do more things. We started by spending 2 days with my husband’s grandparents. They are such sweet people! I had lots of fun asking my new grandma all about the interesting textiles scattered around their home. Her mother embroidered this map of the USA when her son was in the military so she could understand better where he was stationed.

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Her mother also made this quilt and tablecloth. Every year for Christmas dinner she would bring the tablecloth out and have everyone sign it. Then she would embroider each of their signatures – she used a different colour for each year. It looks like she did this for 8 or 9 years – what a cool idea!

On our way to stay with our grandparents we passed an Alpaca farm. Naturally, I was excited, so our grandparents arranged for us to go see the farm. This was a morning well spent. We got to pet and feed the alpacas and the owner answered lots of our questions.

We had such fun staying with our grandparents, but our time together quickly drew to a close and we were on to our next location. I’ll write more about that tomorrow.

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Traveling Socks

Last week my husband and I visited some of my relatives a few hours away from where we live. We packed up and set out on our journey.

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We stopped in the lovely Asheville, NC for lunch. As we were exploring we came upon a yarn shop and my husband encouraged me to go in (he is a keeper).

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That’s 3.1 oz of Merino combed top and a skein of Viking Raggen for man gloves. What else do you expect when visiting a yarn store?

We made it to my family’s house mid-afternoon and spent the evening talking and visiting. When it was time for bed I was surprised by the most beautiful quilt.

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The next morning we explored my uncle’s garden, picking beans and learning how to dig potatoes. It is super hard work. I spoiled quite a few potatoes finding that out.

We had a picnic lunch with more of the family that came by to see us. We even had an unexpected visitor!

My husband was tired from digging potatoes, so he took a nap.

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He had a lot of fun playing with the dogs.

As the afternoon waned we got ready to come home to the city.

This sock has a lot of good memories knit into it now.

 

Weekend Adventures

Over the weekend my husband and I went to Charleston, SC.

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We walked along the battery and in the surrounding areas.

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The homes are beautiful and there are flowers and gardens everywhere!

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The dirt underfoot is made up of seashells!

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And the beach is beautiful.

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If you ever visit Charleston I highly recommend brunch at The Obstinate Daughter. I had Eggs Benedict with smashed potatoes and tea grown locally in Charleston.

Home again, home again, jiggidy jog.

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Vacation Yarn

You didn’t seriously think I could manage to go on vacation without acquiring more yarn, did you? 2 Christmases my husband (then boyfriend) and I went to Arizona and I meant to go to a certain yarn shop while we were there. Regrettably, this did not happen, so this year when we were in the area I made double sure that we went. The shop is called Sedona Knit Wits, and it is delightful! They carry a range of beautiful commercial yarns as well as some yarns that are locally dyed. Those are what I ended up buying, since you just can’t get them anywhere else.

I bought a kit for watermelon socks (Eeeeeee!!!) and a gradient ball. It’s a good thing I’ve decided to make more socks. Although, now that I think of it a watermelon shawl sounds amazing! Which would you choose?

Whew

It has been a crazy holiday season. My boyfriend and I spent Christmas with my family in Arizona across the country from where we both live.

We took a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon

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I purchased moccasins in Tombstone, just down the street from the O.K. Corral

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And above all we spent time with friends and family. I hope your Christmas was amazing as well.