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When the weather is so beautiful my thoughts turn to just hopping in the car and taking a road trip. Living in the beautiful state of Virginia, I have so many choices. For one trip I headed east towards the beach and then turned the car around and headed west, towards the mountains.
Heading east, I was actually heading for peanut country but the cotton fields were so beautiful I took a few detours.
Took advantage of a little dirt lane and drove right into this cotton field
It's so soft and white
Automation is amazing these days. Some machine does this and then I saw a big truck pull up, download a type of pallet that slid under this "brick" of cotton, pick it up and slide it back into the truck and down the road it went with bits of cotton flying. The roadsides looked like fallen snow
The next day we headed towards the mountains for some apple picking. It was a bit hazy so the color of the mountains wasn't great for photos but it was still so very very beautiful.
Tons of apples on the ground, but all with a bad spot, but fabulous for baking pies and desserts, I think. I asked the owner what they did with them and he said the bears enjoyed them causing me to look quickly behind my back :)
Our favorite is the Stayman apple, a crisp, juicy, and sweet but tart apple.....there's nothing like them in my opinion and eaten cold is the best. It seems the biggest were always out of reach so up I went. :)
Now you know darn well, I couldn't go on a road trip without hunting for treasures. I wasn't too successful with finding small things easy to ship but I did get some things. Greenwood Antiques and Uniques was my favorite. A great old building with beautiful old wooden floors and brick walls. Adorable booths all beautifully decorated and so eye catching. This is where I bought something for myself, something I don't do too often. A gorgeous vintage English ironstone tureen.
Rockfish Gap is the sister store to Greenwood's. A big place perfect for wandering. This is where I found a unique Christmas gift for someone. Ahem.....
One of the cute booths in Greenwood's. Surrounded with pick fencing and and antique porch railings.
Another great booth that was upstairs. This was just a small portion of this booth. She had beautiful antique pieces.
Next time you just have to go along with me on one of my road trips. I will be taking another short one this Saturday, where I always find something wonderful. :) And please join me on November 12th for a Thanksgiving Vignettes Party that I have been asked to be a part of and tickled to pieces to do so. I will be showing my outdoor vignettes for the season. See you then. xo