Snapshots and Whatnot: Staycation Grooves

Virginia (the person) has been mostly offline this week. She and her brother Dwight have enjoyed a busy “staycation” day-tripping from home to nearby places in Virginia (the state.)

Birdies (online, sort of) sighted on the Jamestown Scotland Ferry OTW to Smithfield, VA

On Monday we enjoyed a lovely outing to the charming town of Smithfield, Virginia – about an hour’s drive from Williamsburg via the Jamestown Scotland Ferry. After traipsing around the town, we ventured out for a walk in Windsor Castle Park.

Other folks had the same idea – what a cool car!

Our walk got off to a good start with this sighting…

Ivy leaves shaped like hearts!! Amazing!!

β€œWho could refrain that had a heart to love and in that heart courage to make love known?” William Shakespeare

Egrets @ Windsor Castle Park Social Distancing : )

We saw these egrets “social distancing” across the water as we social distanced ourselves from other walkers. (It’s a big park, not hard to give everyone lots of space!)

Forest paths @ Windsor Castle Park (Smithfield,VA)

Not many fall colors yet to be seen (we returned with a little sunburn from an 80F degree sunny day) but we spotted these few colorful leaves hiding along the way.

Fall is OTW (in a few weeks, maybe?)

We were not the only ones enjoying the sunshine!

Blue heron ruffling feathers @ Windsor Castle Park

All in all, a beautiful day and way to get away from it all!

Fall has arrived at Darden’s Country Store in Smithfield, VA

We ended our day with a short ride in the country to experience a little bit of fall at Darden’s Country Store. Their delectable homemade apple pie and treats definitely made our staycation grooves yummier!

grace, peace & stacation grooves

Virginia : )

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18 Responses to Snapshots and Whatnot: Staycation Grooves

  1. Tim Haag says:

    Cool leaves and I always like wetland shots.

    • Virginia says:

      Thanks, Tim. That blue heron surprised us. We hung out on a small pier for a few minutes waiting to see if he would fly away – didn’t happen. 30 minutes later on our way back through we looked and Mr. Blue Heron was in the exact same spot, but at least this time he flexed his feathers! Birding blessings! : )

  2. Garfield Hug says:

    So lovely! So much to see by just looking and you did! Plus share with us. Thanks πŸ™‚

  3. Debbie says:

    Good for you, getting out with your brother and enjoying the day! I haven’t seen my only sis in months now, and both of us are eager for a get-together. Love the Fall display at the country store!

    • Virginia says:

      My younger brother Dwight and I share our home (hence he pops up often in blogs here.) We started traveling together years ago (he visited me several times overseas) and enjoy many common interests (flowers, art, music, books et all.) It will be nice to reconnect (in person) with our out-of-town sibs, hopefully @ Thanksgiving. We miss our ‘in person’ time together!! Fall is coming, yaaay! Blessings, Debbie!

      • Debbie says:

        You’re so fortunate to have him close — good for both of you! So many sibs can’t seem to get along, and I find that extra-sad, particularly when the parents have passed.

  4. My Carmel says:

    Lovely photos Virginia! Thank you for sharing them! Many blessings! ❀

    • Virginia says:

      Thank you, Patty. Fall is not quite fully here yet (not like the lovely pics you posted on Instagram near you) but there are glimpses here and there. (And we can finally open our windows to cooler temps!) Blessings and hugs to you! πŸ™‚

  5. Staycations can be a lot of fun! Great photos and a beautiful day!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒž

    • Virginia says:

      We had a grand staycation week, Steve. The clouds that day in Smithfield looked like a painting! Cheers! 🌀😎🌀

      • That’s great, I actually enjoy doing some staycations, it’s amazing what a person can find right near where they live.πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸπŸ‚

      • Virginia says:

        You are so good about sharing pics from where you live – last year I looked your town up on the map. It seems so lovely (although chilly in winter!) Hope you are enjoying a HaPpY Canadian Thanksgiving! πŸπŸ¦ƒπŸπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦πŸ˜Ž πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

      • Thank you so much Virginia! It is a nice sunny Thanksgiving day here and nearly 50F. But the cold air moves in on Wednesday with some light snow!πŸ˜€πŸ˜ΊπŸŒžπŸ₯ΆπŸŒ¨

      • Virginia says:

        Snow?? It’s still in 70sF here! Glad it’s sunny for your Thanksgiving- enjoy! β˜€οΈπŸ‚πŸ€—

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