Monday, October 20, 2014


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.

These red leaves are on one of the oak trees in our front yard.

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?


  1. Happy belated birthday to Larry!! Did he have an extra slice of cake for me?? It really was a beautiful fall weekend wasn't it Tina?

  2. love the riverside scenes! and what a great place to have dinner! beautiful. happy birthday, larry!

  3. ohhh tina, i LOVED this picture diary of your weekend.....fall, it's the most beautiful time of the year!! happy birthday larry, thanks for giving tina a fun and happy weekend, she deserves it!!! the after dinner image was my favorite....but i would have enjoyed a picture of the food.....hehehehe

  4. Awesome fall photos. It's very beautiful in your area. When you're retired and 75 you celebrate everyday.

  5. Happy Birthday Larry! We also have some fall birthdays in my family to celebrate.

  6. I love big old rambling houses like that. Glad you had a fun weekend.

  7. What a great weekend you had. Happy Birthday Larry. - That place looks like a delightful place to enjoy a meal, so pretty all lit up at night. - The shots from the river and the autumn foliage were just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Ah, I'm jealous! That's my favorite kind of restaurant - in an old house like that. Something just so homey and cozy about it. Glad you had some fun.

  9. Sounds like a lovely weekend! Lately, we've been celebrating Fall. :-)

  10. oh what a beautiful place and happy birthday to mr. larry!

  11. It is a lovely house. So charming. What a great weekend.

  12. What beautiful country and what a wonderful spot to have dinner. It sounds like a perfect weekend and much needed to relax and rejuvenate.

  13. Not necessarily celebrating, but I'm glad to be home. :)


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