Tag Archives | Rest and relaxation

Southern Magnolia Blossom.

Magnolia Blossom

The Magnolia blossom opened! Last year we planted two 5-foot tall Southern Magnolia trees. We did not expect to get blossoms for a few years after the trees matured. Yet, last week one of the trees had a flower bud form. We kept an eye on it, enthusiastically anticipating its opening. Well, it opened yesterday. […]

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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk

The red tailed hawk is back; at least I assume it is the same one that was here last summer. I see him circling and calling and have heard two of them but have not seen the second one. It might be his mate that was with him here last year. Last summer they sat […]

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Wedding Planner

Are you a wedding planner organizing and coordinating weddings at any of the wedding venues in New Kent County? We had a wedding planner stay with us 2 nights while setting up and coordinating a Saturday wedding at one of the local wedding venues. If you are a wedding planner, why spend your time on […]

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Luna Moth

Luna Moth

A luna moth got entangled in the deer netting on one of the cherry trees this morning. I was checking the cherry trees this morning and spotted a luna moth caught between the folds in the deer netting. I was able to get it untangled and it spread its wings. It did not fly away […]

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Elbert Peach Tree

Fruit trees

Fruit trees were delivered. On Thursday, 3 of the 4 fruit trees were delivered from Fast Growing Trees in South Carolina. I planted them Thursday afternoon in the orchard: 1 Gala apple tree; 1 Fuji apple tree; and 1 Elberta peach tree. The second Elbert peach tree will be delivered next Thursday. These trees come […]

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Ham and Swiss Quiche

Fully Booked

We were fully booked Saturday night: two couples from Maryland were riding the Virginia Capital Trail; one couple from New Jersey was attending an engagement party; and one couple from Portsmouth, Virginia, was sightseeing in the area and decided to spend the night. Breakfast was juice, banana-strawberry smoothies, fresh berries with blueberry yogurt, ham and […]

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Virginia Capital Trail

Ride the Virginia Capital Trail and stay at Gracefield Hall! We are a quick 8 miles north and 4 miles east from the Charles City Courthouse parking lot, which is directly across from Cul’s Courthouse Grill; an excellent restaurant for lunch or a quick, cooling refreshment. We had a couple staying with us last night […]

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Back Porch Bench

Back Porch Bench

The instructions said 2 adults will take 2 hours to assemble the bench. I can be quite inventive when it comes to working by myself on multi-person projects. It took me 45 minutes. The back porch gets nice breezes in the evening so it is a perfect place to sit, enjoy a cold glass of […]

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The World's Strongest Coffee

Trying new coffee

I am trying new coffee that my son and daughter-in-law sent me to try: Death Wish coffee; and Valhalla Java (yes, she’s Swedish). I tried the Death Wish this morning and it will definitely wake you up! Great flavor though. The package has the following warning: “The caffeine content is intense and may result in sleepless […]

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Spring is coming

Turkeys in the front yard

We had turkeys in the front yard at Gracefield Hall. I hear them in the woods all the time but it has been quite a while, over a year, since I have seen any. Two years ago we had several hens and about six chicks (is that what they are called?) in the front yard. I […]

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