Thursday, September 4, 2014

Apple Picking is around the bend

You have not tasted a delicious fresher apple until you pick yours right from an apple tree.  The apple picking season is upon us here in the Valley.  On September 13 & 14, September 20 & 21, and October 11 & 12, two orchards in Tyro, Virginia have "pick your own apples" from 9am-4pm on Saturdays and 11am - 4pm on Sundays. For more info go to They also have pick your own pumpkins and gourds in October.  Tyro is about a 45 minute drive through beautiful country and mountains from Waynesboro

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Finally after three years.....Grapes!

Planted a small grape bush three years ago and until this summer not much to show.  Finally we were shocked to find hundreds of blueberry sized grapes growing like crazy along our fenceline. We have picked several basket fulls and used them in our fruit starters for breakfast and used them as a garnish on our frenc toast and waffles.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Blue Jay delivers three baby jays

A very dedicated mommy Blue Jay gave birth to three fledglings on our front porch several weeks ago.  Needless to say daddy Jay was a vigilant protector swooping down to scare off our two very curious outdoor cats.  Turns out Blue Jays are monogamous and stay together their whole life, so maybe next year they will return to start another family.


Friday, August 8, 2014

Who says nothing is free?

Shenandoah National Park is opening its gates to Skyline Drive for several free visits this year:

  • April 19-20 - National Park Week
  •  August 25 - Park Service's 98th birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veteran's Day 
Normally you would pay $15 per vehicle entrance fee to Skyline Drive that is good for seven days.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independence Day

On July 4, 1963, President John Kennedy proclaimed the ringing of the bells nationwide with the words "Let's ring freedom bells"! So to revive this tradition, ring a bell on July 4th at 2:00pm.  It can be a bell, your keys, tap your glass or find an app on your phone that rings bells.  Show the world we are free and proud of Old Glory!  That's the American spirit.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Belle Hearth Garden in Full Bloom!

Our garden finally woke up from a long winter's nap and now is blooming in all of its glorious colors and fragrances

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Honor the "Greatest Generation" on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

June 6. 2014 marks the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.  This will mark the last gathering of WW II Veterans in our life.  The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia will present a three day commemoration of Ceremonies, Concerts, Reunion areas, and Oral histories.  Come and see what that generation sacrificed, so our freedom can live on forever! For additional information go to