Jillian here and I’m going to talk about traveling as well. Seems a lot of us are on the go these days!
The end of May, we took a road trip up to Williamsburg, Virginia. My son and his wife came down from Providence, Rhode Island to meet us and we spent a few days together there in a rented townhouse.
We visited one of the wineries and did a tasting. We also spent time at Jamestown and Yorktown. I used to live in Virginia and so I’ve been to these places many times (as well as three-four times since I moved to Florida). I was pleased to see they’d updated the museums at both places. The Jamestown museum used to have this manky old statue of Queen Elizabeth I that I swear was as old as her. They’ve chucked that and have a new interactive area where they actually have displays about the Indians who the white man went to war against and they also have added the history of the African in the colony as well. I was impressed with that. The ships are still there as well as the fort and Indian village.
One thing I laughed about was a sign that said the English sailed the seas for treasure. It had a picture of Christopher Columbus on the sign and mentioned him by name. I called my son over and asked him what was wrong with that picture? AND, as I raised him right, he knew. LOL
Yorktown has a brand new visitors center and museum. It was excellent. It includes a massive portrait of King George III and the frame on it was exquisite. Sadly, no photos were allowed inside. This museum also showed the role of the African in the colony as well as the Revolutionary War. I can’t tell you how glad I was to see that as it seems we sometimes sweep a lot of our ugly history aside rather than facing it. We got to see the firing of a cannon. BOOM! Cover your ears for sure.
Williamsburg is always fun as they have actors in various houses and even on the street, debating issues of the day (1770s). It’s pretty impressive. We ate at a tavern and had a historical drink. Except my husband who had a modern beer.
Here are some flower pictures from up there- the top, right one I call the Simon and Garfunkel plot- it has parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme in it- it’s outside the fort at Jamestown. I’ve also included a picture of one of the houses in colonial Williamsburg- even though they didn’t have electricity back then. 🙂
As for the Mayday part of my title up there, I fell down the stairs at the townhouse and I mean all the way down. I bruised my ego, my arm, my side and hurt the heck out of my foot. The same one I seem to break all the time. It happened our last night there. So, I was hobbling on the last day and on the way home (and am still not 100% recovered).
And speaking of on the way home, we’d traveled ten hours when my husband started thinking he was having a heart attack. It took some convincing but I got him to agree to stop in Georgia and get checked out.
After an overnight stay in the hospital and many tests, they found nothing and thought it might have just been the stress of travel. He was adamant that couldn’t be it but since there was no other explanation, he’ll have to live with that. Of course, he keeps telling me now that his heart is perfect. HA! I told him he just wanted attention. Thank goodness.