Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Monday, May 29, 2023



The answer to one of life's most perplexing problems, thanks to Ellen Jovin's "Rebel with a Clause".

Sunday, May 28, 2023



Started reading Meltzer and Mensch's book this past Tuesday. We're well into the plot by now with spies spying on spies who, in turn, are spying on still other spies. In the meantime, the authors are doing a rather masterful job at reminding us of how and why WWII progressed the way it did.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Friday, May 26, 2023

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Mild May

We're enjoying an unusually mild spring so far, with sunny skies and afternoon temperatures only in the low to mid 70s. Frequently I hear people passing me on my walks say things like, "Enjoy it while you can!" And I know exactly what they mean. The combination of heat and humidity that this region is known for is bound to return. In the meantime . . .

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Monday, May 22, 2023

Sit a Spell


It seems that I have become quite obsessed with gardens recently. I happened to find this one a particularly nice place to sit and rest one fine morning this past week.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Special Delivery

April showers may indeed bring May flowers, as they did again this year, but these were brought to my house by florists. :-)

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Rebel with a Clause


Started reading Jovin’s book yesterday and it’s already a lot of fun. This, for example: “In New York, a fashionably dressed young woman told me, ‘I am an obsessive lover of footnotes,” then pulled out her phone and showed me a photo of her foot with ibid tattooed on it. I had met my first footnote fetishist!” — Rebel with a Clause by Ellen Jovin

Friday, May 19, 2023



Now is the perfect time of year to experience the catalpa trees in Williamsburg at their peak. 

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Break Time


Break time for our otherwise busy bovine.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Monday, May 15, 2023

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Friday, May 12, 2023

Servants of the Damned


Finished reading Enrich's book last night. I was so green to the subject that--for several pages--I thought Jones Day was an individual. Only gradually did I become aware that Enrich is referring to the now infamous law firm responsible for--among other things--defending Donald Trump, Purdue Pharma, R. J. Reynolds, Exxon, and the list goes on and on and . . . on, giving me a renewed appreciation for one of the author's opening quotes from the January 2004 edition of American Lawyer magazine: "From handguns to tobacco, Jones Day defends the powerfully damned and the damned powerful."

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

May Flowers


The same garden I photographed last month, but, how, how it has changed!

Tuesday, May 9, 2023



You may remember when I posted about the Bray School being relocated to its new site in Colonial Williamsburg. Well, now that it's in place, it's restoration is underway.

Monday, May 8, 2023

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Saturday, May 6, 2023



May your day be just as tranquil.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Thursday, May 4, 2023


"An attention to fencing, a feature of English agriculture since about the fifteenth century, was perpetuated by English settlers in North America. Though often not without overtones of possession, fences were built for mainly practical reasons. In the southern colonies, livestock of all kinds was accommodated in the woods surrounding the cultivated fields. As the animals could be branded or otherwise marked for owner identification and cleared land was often limited, crops came to be enclosed and livestock was thus fenced out. Conversely, in New England and parts of the middle colonies, livestock was customarily fenced in. By no means restricted to agricultural use, fences also defined and protected all types of rural and urban spaces, such as churchyards, gardens, and workyards, throughout the colonies." -- Partitioning the Landscape by Vanessa E. Patrick

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Tuesday, May 2, 2023

Monday, May 1, 2023

Tucker House


"The St. George Tucker House is one of the original colonial homes in Historic Williamsburg. It was built in 1718–19 for William Levingston (who, incidentally, built the first theater in America). The house eventually came into the hands of St. George Tucker who had moved from Bermuda to Williamsburg. Tucker was a lawyer and professor of law at the College of William and Mary and later became a state and federal judge. In 1796, Judge Tucker wrote a controversial pamphlet addressed to the General Assembly of Virginia. In it he laid out a plan to end slavery in Virginia because 'the abolition of slavery was of great importance for the moral character of the citizens of Virginia.' He is also famous for his 1803 edition of Blackstone's Commentaries. which has become an indispensable American law text." -- Wikipedia