Friday, September 28, 2012


Although dusk and dawn can be cool and crisp,
daytime here remains reasonably warm.

Some of our corn crops already have been harvested.

Other fields, like this one, wait their turn 
for the combine to comb the corn rows.

We're still in the early stages of transition to fall, though.

There's still plenty of grass to cut and lots of
ants to kill green to be found.

Happy Friday.  Have a great weekend.


p.s. My daughter's birthday is this weekend, which means I will be falling! speaking of Fall    dangling for dear life swinging through canopies of trees on a zipline at Go Ape in Williamsburg .  Silly Me thought I could just drop her and her friend off and pick them up after the 2-3 hour ordeal.  But nooooo.  Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.  

Adult?  Have they met me?

Serenity now.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Paula Does Merroir

Saturday, my blog friend BHE and Paula the Garden Gnome stopped by my house for a visit.

Since it was a gorgeous day and I had no intention of cooking after more than two plus weeks of serving three plus meals a day to my precious son while he recovered from surgery I needed a break, I suggested we drive over to the riverfront restaurant in Topping known as Merroir.

(Yes, it's true.  CBW is still talking about lawn ornaments as if they were people.)

(No, it's not at all true.  She really isn't entirely crazy. If she is, then BHE is too. And more than a few people at Merroir, thank you very much.) 

Safety first!
(The fact that Paula was standing vs. sitting in the back seat
is a major safety infraction minor technicality.)

The views from this outdoor restaurant are stunning.

Paula peruses the wine list.
(Sssshhhh. We won't tell her it's upside down.)

More than one person got the notion that it was a great night for Merroir, because the place was jam packed. BHE, Paula, and I waited patiently on the porch for a table. While there we met the most interesting people.

This photogenic couple is from Waynesboro.
They travel to the area frequently
to care for an ailing family member.

Eventually we were seated for dinner, Paula included. Imagine our surprise when a young mother (who happens to be an art teacher) jumped up and trotted over--clearly relieved to know she wasn't the only one with issues with a creative sense of humor.

You cannot make this stuff up, folks.
Someone else there had a Barbie doll.
Not a child--an art teacher.
(Creativity and craziness childishness 

are often easily confused.)

It was as if we had stepped into some parallel universe-- where not only was the food delicious and the views spectacular, but....everyone seemed a little touched quirky, uninhibited, happy, and fun.

We were seated next to friendly folks from Richmond who own a home in Mathews.  (I took pictures of them, but unfortunately they didn't turn out that well.) They were so much fun to talk to.

Our Waynesboro friends from the porch were seated with a young couple celebrating their first wedding anniversary.

Paula absolutely insisted on spending some time with them.

Waynesboro Couple and 1st Year Anniversary Celebrants
(And Paula, there on the right, in the midst of it all.)

I'm reasonably sure these young folks will never
forget their first anniversary dinner.

Everyone seemed to be happy and laughing.

Paula definitely enjoyed herself.

The moral of this blog post is: Have fun, live life to the fullest, cherish old friends, and embrace new ones.  Also, visit Merroir, where the patrons are as crazy as you are and will embrace garden gnomes with dignity, verve, and a healthy splash of humor.

The End.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Paradise Island

Yesterday I referenced a very unique vacation destination right
here in Mathews. It's an island. I'm calling it Paradise Island.

Available for rent.

An island with a house on it.

Available for rent!

The woman at the stern is the lady to talk to if you're interested in renting an eight-bedroom house on two-and-a-half miles of private paradise.

Above, she and her friend had just loaded up the boat with necessities for the weekend and were headed out that way.

A third friend, who ended up getting lost, joined them later.

(It's easy to get lost in Mathews if you're not from here.) 

(It's easy to get lost in Mathews even if you're me from here.)

(It's even easier to get lost if you're trying to find a vacation rental that is not attached to the mainland!)

Off they went.

With a dog named Opie. (Opie? I think that was his name.)

I did not get pictures of the old hotel/vacation house, but

you can click here for pictures and details on how to rent it.

Or here.

I'm going to think twice the next time I wonder about where to go to get away from it all.

I'm thinking this just might have everything I need, namely peace, tranquility and solitude.

Remember, I live in Mathews, which is the very definition of peace, tranquility, and solitude.  

I think this place just might be the epitome of everything that Mathews stands for.

My name is Chesapeake Bay Woman, and I endorse this vacation spot even if I've never set foot on the island!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Winter Harbor

Here are a few dockside scenes from Friday night's boat excursion.

Winter Harbor Landing (click here)  is a stop on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.  (Who knew?)

In addition, Winter Harbor is the take-off point for a very special, extremely unique vacation rental.

More information on this one-of-a-kind getaway forthcoming.

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Wolf Trap Light

Friday evening a friend invited me out for a boat ride.

This is Wolf Trap Light.

Click here  and here for info on this interesting lighthouse.

Click here for Deltaville Jamie's excellent blog post about Wolf Trap.

Click here for one of my very silly write-ups from several years ago.  The last comment is from someone who actually lived in this structure.

In other news:

  • Paula the Garden Gnome went on her first field trip this weekend.  Stay tuned for photos from that adventure later this week. And what an adventure it was.
  • My son is feeling well enough to return to school for several hours a day this week.  He's still in some pain but doing much better.  
  • Happy third day of fall.