October has been a very busy month for us. Projects, some traveling and life. The Hubby took a short trip to our favorite place, Colonial Williamsburg. We have friends that live there part-time and Harry's wife was going to be away for several days, so he invited Hubby up for a visit. They spend four days revisiting Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown, all of which are in Virginia. Photo of the Governor's Palace.
These are very important places in the history of our country. Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in the New World. It was settled in 1607. The National Parks Service has discovered the location of the original fort in the past few years. They thought it was out in the James River, but realize they were wrong. They are digging like crazy and finding lots of artifacts from the 17th Century. See the photo of Hubby by the cannon at Jamestown. This year was the 400th anniversary of the settlement at Jamestown. Remember when the Queen of England was in the US several months ago, that's why.
The Capitol was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg, I'm not sure what year that was, so I'll not guess. It was here that many important historical events occurred during the fight for independence from England. The town has been restored to it's original condition and is a "working" 18th Century town
Yorktown was where Cornwallis surrendered to General George Washington in 1782, resulting in the Colonies independence from England. Actually, Cornwallis didn't surrender, he sent one of his aids to do the dirty work. Well, it was dirty work to the English.
Hubby decided he wanted to make an 18th C. floor cloth. They are very expensive in all the publication we get. Now we know why. It is very time consuming and very tedious work. All those stripes and checks have to be drawn and painted on the canvass, only after it has been properly prepared. Prepared means many coats of this stuff called Gesso, which is a special white paint. I had drawn all the stripes and checks on the canvass, then I read the instructions. It had to have four more coats of paint. Always read the instructions, FIRST! Before I did any drawing, I did a scale drawing to see how the end product would look. That took time as well. Now we know WHY floor clothes are so expensive. Hubby has decided this is the first and ONLY one we'll be doing. Hopefully this project will be finished SOON. I don't know HOW I manage to get involved in most of Hubby's projects. This time, perhaps, it was because it ended up on our kitchen table for a period of time.
The severe drought continues. Pray for rain, lots of rain. Our lakes and rivers are so dangerously low here in Georgia. I'm watering my outdoor plants with water collected in a five gallon bucket located in our shower when you have to run all the cold water out of the system in order to have a warm shower. There is a total band, state wide, on outside watering. We do cheat and give the birds water, but we bring the bucket INSIDE to fill, so not to actually use the outside water hose. I suppose this is a techicality, but we will continue to give the birds water. It also attracks those harry deals (squirrels) as well.
We are off to Blue Ridge today to visit some friends.