Sunday, September 3, 2017

George Washington's Mount Vernon - 3

The Gardens

These are Crape Myrtle trees. They flower all summer and are
supposed to have a brilliant fall color.  Their trunks and bark
are very unusual, and deer don't like them. They are all over the state.

Of Fruit Gardens, whose fruit was intended only for the kitchen:
George Washington wrote: For every acre...,an apple tree
of good grafted fruit is to be planed on the premises, in a
regular orchard truly laid out in rows forty feet apart,
in between which (also in regular order) rows of peach trees."

Of Seed Beds:
"It is miserable for a farmer to be obliged to buy his seeds;
to exchange seeds may, in some cases be useful; but to buy
them after the first year is disreputable."

Of Nursery Beds, whose tender shoot & cuttings were grown
to be transplanted: "I entirely approve...of establishing large
nurseries of every kind of plant that is fit for hedges."
George Washington wanted to plant live hedges of fast
growinglocust and willows, instead of fences, but he
could never fully protect gardens from animals.

After George decided to stop growing tobacco and started
growing wheat, he invented this 16 sided barn to
thresh wheat using horses, instead of slaves.

This is a batteau, a type skiff that was used for hauling goods
and fishing. In the spring all workers would fish the Potomac
 and haul in  more than a million fish in a matter of weeks.

George Washington," ...there I nothing I more ardently desire
nor indeed is there any more essential to my permanent
interest, than raising of "live" fences on proper ditches or banks."

George Washington's Mt. Vernon - 2

The Mansion

You could not take pictures of the inside of the mansion, for crowd control I think.  I uploaded some file pictures, so I could remember. Many historical buildings have to be rebuilt because they are so old and unpreserved. Most mansions were destroyed in the Civil War,  But, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association bought George Washington's home and without any federal money have preserved it and still hold it in trust. It is open every day of the year.

The new room - the fireplace and some of the
furniture is original.

The bed George Washington died in, suddenly from
a condition that caused him not to be able to breathe. 
There is more gore to this story, but I couldn't print it.
Look it up.

This is the original cradle of a granddaughter of George and Martha's.

The front door on the right, and above the framed picture on
the left is the principle key to the Bastille in France, a gift to
George Washington from the Marquis de Lafayette.
See below.

This is his study and you can see a wooden fan above
where he sat and pedals on the floor to push the
fan back and forth.

George Washington's Mount Vernon

Saturday, August 26, 2017 

George's Washington's Mt. Vernon estate is 500 acres, on the banks of the Potomac River, in Virginia. It was a two story home and he added to each side of it. If you look at the pictures the front door is not centered because of the way he added to the house. Off each side are colonnades that offered a covered walkway from the kitchen and the servant's hall. The other outbuildings on the property are: seed house, greenhouse, men and women's slave quarters, stove room, blacksmith shop, overseer's quarters, spinning house, salt house, gardener's house, storehouse and clerk's quarters, smokehouse, wash house, coach house, stable, dung repository (compost), and ice house. As with most historical sites we have visited, it was a lot of walking, but it was a nice day to do it.

Outside of Mansion

George Washington had the weathervane made especially for him.
It is a "dove of peace" with an olive branch in it's beak.

The back of the mansion.

Porch on the back of the mansion, facing the Potomac.
The dung repository - colonial composting

Most of the outbuildings look similar to these.

Carriage House

This is a riding chair, apparently much easier to  ride in.

Kitchen - see the fire pokers above? At the opposite end is a rendering room for animals.
They ask that we not take pictures inside, but Greg ask if he could this room as there were
not many people around.

The view from the porch.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Why I Believe - Thurl and Sindi Bailey

August 20, 2017

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Thurl Bailey played college basketball  for North Carolina State, which won the NCAA Championship in 1983.  He played for the Utah Jazz for nine years. Sindi also played college basketball. He and Sindi married after her family staged an "intervention" and forced her to choose between Thurl and her family. She chose Thurl. Flash five years forward, Sindi's father baptized Thurl in Italy where he was playing basketball. A turning point in his conversion was when he was going through a border crossing into Switzerland. The border patrol officer always asked three questions when someone wanted to cross, but one time, the questions caused him some deep reflection.

1) Where did you come from?
2) What is your purpose?
3) What is your destination?

He was lonely, family wasn't with him, so he called the mission and invited missionaries over, and then a few days later the mission president was knocking on his door. Brother and Sister Bailey spoke on many things and it was a wonderful testimony of the  power of love, of the Holy Ghost guiding you, and the power of perseverance.

A side note, his son, Elder Bailey is serving a mission in the Washington D.C. North Mission.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy birthday, Ava!

This bundle of perfect cuteness is four years old this Wednesday, Aug. 16th. She has spunk and personality to spare!  I wish I was with her this week! Big hugs, Ava!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Emmett!

This little man is two years old on Friday, Aug. 5th.  We love his smile, his quiet looks, and that he is ours!  Happy Birthday, Emmett!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Space Shuttle Discovery

The very best part of the day!  It was amazing and the pictures do it no justice. My heart skipped a few beats when we walked into this humongous room to the following: The Space Shuttle Discovery

The arm, provided by Canada, that the astronauts used to space walk.