After a week of rain on and off, the sun shone this Saturday and Sunday and temperatures were in that lovely range of 50s and 60s. In other words, we enjoyed some glorious fall days.
It was also Larry’s birthday weekend.
In celebration of his special day and my slowly easing pain from the pinched nerve (fingers crossed!), we spent some time outside enjoying the blue sky, the changing leaves, and the air that just feels fresher somehow.
Saturday night, we drove to Gretna, a nearby town, to have dinner at J.T.’s at the Lavalette. The house was built in the 1880s, with additions constructed in the 1920s.
It’s a lovely old house that now provides an excellent place to enjoy good food among the best things about old houses: huge windows, eleven fireplaces, hardwood floors, high ceilings, and a wide, wrap-around porch.
|The Lavalette House before dark.|
|The Lavalette House after dinner, with darkness setting in.|
Sunday, we traipsed around outside our house and in English Park, down by the Staunton River.
|Larry at the end of the driveway, getting the paper out of the box.|
|These trees are in our neighbor's yard. I like the red and yellow so close together.|
|Looking across the Staunton River.|
|We made a lot of noise as we walked over the leaves carpeting the ground beside the river.|
|A view of the river between the trees.|
|An Eagle Scout planted an orchard in the park as part of the steps he took to become an Eagle.|
|The sign explains the purpose of the orchard. It includes apple, pear, and plum trees.|
What have you been celebrating lately?