Thursday, October 18, 2012

Virginia is for Lovers

The leaves are beginning to turn and it's gorgeous on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Makes me want to get a plaid wool pleated skirt, knee socks and loafers.  And a gooey caramel apple.

Today we visited Polyface Farm (featured in The Omnivore's Dilemma) and saw some
beautiful cows, - no, not cows but big hunky steers -  pigs, chickens, and turkeys.
Yes, turkeys can be beautiful.  Especially on the Thanksgiving table, next to a bowl of fluffy mashed potatoes and a boat of creamy gravy.
Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President was born in this house in Staunton.
  I'm sure he was a fascinating guy, but but we are on presidential museum overload.
  What is it about Virginia?  Eight Presidents were born here: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, William Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson.
Just down the street was a fascinating shop with spinning and weaving and an owner who was eager to show us her skills.  It would have been rude not to buy that gorgeous hand-dyed red yarn, right?
Just like it would have been impolite to taste wine and not buy any.
 Yes, Virginia, there really are vineyards in Virginia.
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