I live near Colonial Williamsburg and I thought I'd share with you the beautiful decorations that they put up every year. Usually there is a parade, and then we have "The Grand Illumination." I seldom go to the Illumination because it is dark and crowded and I have small kids. Seems like a newspaper headline waiting to happen... but on my way to and from preschool I drive through bits and pieces of the historic area and so I see all the greenery and wreaths. This year the parade was canceled. The weather was calling for a lot of rain at temperatures just above freezing. Which doesn't sound too horrible but if you live here or have been here in the winter you may have experienced one of our ice storms. The area has been shut down for days in the past because the ice falls so thick it pulls down wires and cannot be scraped off the roads. So they canceled the parade - too bad - although I am not sure I would have stood there in the rain to watch it!
Often I end up taking all this for granted but I thought it might be fun to share with those of you who haven't been here, or haven't been here in a while.
I dropped Bitsy off at her morning program and the dog and I went for a walk down D.O.G. street (that is Duke of Gloucester but if you went to school here you call it "dog street") It turns out my camera battery needs charging, oh I was mad! But I had my iphone. The pictures are not as good as I had hoped since I couldn't zoom, and the morning light was working against me in a few places but here are a few...
this one is a bit hard to see I am afraid. It was on the door of one of the private residences and I am sure I could have stood on the steps and tried to take the picture but I felt odd doing it... anyway, it is horse tack. The neck piece that a horse who might pull a carriage might wear.
next is from the same house, in the window, in this wreath there are horse shoes around the apples
intersting, many of these are on residences that are private. (I don't know if Colonial Williamsburg owns the buildings and rents them out, or if they are owned by the residents.) I asked one of the costumed interpreters if the residents were provided with decorations and she said no, that they are responsible for their own. But Colonial WIlliamsburg has a "judging" and there are cash prizes. I thought that was kind of fun.
While we were out I stopped by the sheep pen to try to get a good photo but with the iphone I couldn't really. One of the sheep came over to say hello to my dog! I thought that was interesting! I tried to get a photo of them nose to nose through the fence.
It occurred to me that this post was timed just right for "Outdoor Wednesday" over at A Southern Day Dreamer. Check it out, it is fun :-)