January 22, 2023

The Grand Retirement Home:

This post first started as a Sleepy Christmas Morning post, and then morphed into a Happy New Years post, and then migrated to a retirement house post. Sorry, time and temperament have not lended themselves to blogging here of late. Mea culpa…. At last discussion, we were still in a grand state of indecision. Early in the New Year, after exploring a lot of options, both in and out of the Northern Virginia area, Melanie and I realized the only place we kept coming back to was Williamsburg, VA. We had made initial contact with a local realtor and made the leap to actually looking at houses to buy. So,…

December 18, 2022

Manassas National Battlefield

Precursor: Some time back, I stumbled across a “final post” on a blog I had never before heard of; Leicaphilia. I don’t consider myself to be a particular Leicaphile, but this final post was quite poignant. The blogger, who was a dedicated Leicaphile, had been fighting stomach cancer for some time. He had just been sent home from his latest visit to the hospital to die. Doctors gave him a week, maybe two to live. So he posted a farewell to all the friends he had made worldwide via his blogging about Leica’s and film photography. Only. he didn’t. This was several months ago and Tim is still with us….

December 4, 2022

Williamsburg and a Cruise on the Elizabeth River

For my 65th birthday, the two main ladies in my life, Melanie and Meghan, decided we were going to spend the weekend in Williamsburg. As you may, or may not, know Melanie and I are building a house in Williamsburg, so this would be a great opportunity to explore some more and just get to know the area. They decided to book rooms at the Marriot Manor Club at Ford’s Colony, which is literally 2 blocks away from where the new house will be. One of the things I did in advance was book a ride on the Victory Rover Naval Base Cruises for Saturday morning. So, per our usual…

November 27, 2022

Labor Day Car Show in Fairfax

One of the pleasantries of living in the small college town of Fairfax, Virginia are the myriad of social events put on either by the city or GMU throughout the year. There is always something to see and do and it’s been areal treat being able to participate just by walking, no worries about parking and such. This time around we’re visiting the annual Fairfax Labor Day Car show. I had had the opportunity to attend last year, so I was looking forward to this year’s presentation. The show has been presented for the last 23 years and is very well organized. If there wasa fault this year, there were…

November 20, 2022

Traipsin’ around Bull Run

Last time I promised to delve into our current home development process. Sitting here thinking about it, I’ve decided to push that out a bit. Dunno why. Anyway, in late August, Jourdan and Stefani came up to Fairfax for a visit. Meghan came over and after a lunch at Mama Tigre, we headed out to Bull Run to have a look see. Pulling up into the car park there were plenty of cars, but we easily found a parking space. We were curious why the crowds, but were soon to discover. Entering into the park, the beautiful fields of wildflowers greeted us warmly. Crossing this bridge, we then discovered why…