Thursday, August 18, 2016

A quick visit to Lexington

Stopped in Lexington, Virginia this week. Haven't been there before. Steeped in History, much of it Civil War history. General Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson's house is in Lexington and he was a professor up the hill at the Virginia Military Institute prior the Civil War.

At any rate I found a public parking place on E Henry Street and N Randolph (it is an old town, there is a little bit of street parking and a open lot or two) and went for a walk to see what I could find.

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Came across this shop advertised by this sign and stepping for a minute. Beautiful shoes, some lux casual wear (for example the brand FLAX ) and accessories in a variety of price ranges. But the young lady unloading the boxes full of new merchandise, while having the sense to say hello and welcome me to the store did the once over to determine the value of what I was wearing with a long pause at my running shoes. (perhaps she missed the custom wedding ring and the Breitling on my wrist?) and so I was not inclined to linger.

I stopped in another boutique just up the way "Pumpkin Seeds" which is very cute and offers a variety of clothes I haven't seen before in a variety of sizes, 0 to at least 14, as well as soaps, and lotions and fun knick knack type things.
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inside Pumpkin Seeds

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Many of the buildings have these little placards to share the building's history

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The Stitching Post
After purchasing a bottle of water at the Subway Sandwich Shop I came across the Stitching Post. A lovely shop full of yarns and a bit of quilting fabric and exactly the sort of southern welcome one would expect while shopping in Virginia. I was greeted by a friendly knowledgeable person who was on the phone, and then speaking to a someone who appeared to be a frequent visitor. Did I knit or crochet or quilt? I was asked. And while I answered no that didn't stop my hostess from being friendly at all as she flipped from conversation to conversation between greeting me, keeping up with her local frequent visitor and managing her phone.

I found a very enticing looking coffee shop, but it was four in the afternoon and just so hot that even I, coffee drinker that I am, could not bring myself to wish for a cup of coffee just then.
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Lexington Coffee Roasters Tasting Room

just off to the side is the funny little courtyard, the sound of the water caught my attention and I stepped in to investigate

The water I'd heard was from the little fountain at the bag of the courtyard

and as I stepped back out to the side walk I noticed this marker in the sidewalk.
I thought it was interesting, both it's placement and that it was a memorial to a slave, and sad that after rescuing 49 men, he drowned. One assumes in the same flood, likely trying to rescue the 50th person. 

Thomas Jackson's house is just around the corner. I did not go into the house this visit, preferring to do so another time when I was not in a rush, but I did visit the garden. I loved the garden.

the scarecrow

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the back of the house from the garden
and on my way back to the car I passed this cheeky marker on the side of a building. It made my visit.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Chocollage - a Sweet Cafe in Norfolk

Was in Norfolk, Virginia on Friday for an appointment which happened to be not too far what appears to be the downtown area. Cool shops. Random Mermaids. Good stuff. I was on a time budget so I couldn't really poke around too much - but did have time to pop into Chocollage.

Have you ever walked into a bakery and been hit, instantly, with the smell of cake and icing and chocolate and coffee all at once? Gorgeous.

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you can find it:
201 College Pl
Norfolk VA 23510