Hello, Blogland Friends!~~~On Thursday I took Amtrak and rode down to see my Bff Suzy! I don't like to drive long distances by myself, and taking the train is very relaxing to me. Hubby dropped me off in Alexandria station and I waited in the early morning looking at this:
Alexandria, VA station is very old, cute, and quaint. It was also very quiet at seven in the morning.
But by one in the afternoon, I was with Suzy and we visited the huge quilt show held this weekend in Hampton. One of our favorite booths is run by the perky Maureen of Thoroughbred Threads. She and her pal are so FUN, and it was delightful to see her again!
Neither Suzy or I quilt, but we did find scads of wonderful vintage and new fabrics to use in forthcoming projects. Here is my haul:
Today, Friday, we hit a multitude of thrift and antique shops finding a few fun things. One place we visited is this crazy shop run by the local rescue mission. The dude behind the counter is a nice as could be and he pretty much prices everything for a quarter. I found three things and he charged me a quarter for everything. According to Suzy, he wouldn't take more money. The place is pretty wild and dingy but if you look under the layers of crud you'll find a few treasures!
The highlight of today was going to the lovely Tidewater town of Smithfield, VA (the town famous for it's salt-cured hams). We visited this cool shop:
And then we had a wonderful lunch of crabcakes (Suzy) and Brunswick Stew and fried green tomatoes (me), with coconut cake (Suzy) and caramel cake (me) for dessert. We rolled out of the restaurant and saw this fun statue~~~Here's one part of it:
Cool pigeons. But looky who they are visiting:
I really don't get the Benjamin Franklin connection in Smithfield, and perhaps someone could enlighten me. I like the statue very much though.
We came back to Suzy's house and her sweet Smooth Fox Terrier, Wendy, and I hung out while Suzy took care of some business. Here she is in the guest room:
And here is Wendy in Suzy's backyard:
She's a very photogenic dog as you can plainly see here.
Suzy has some fun things in her garden. I really like this Buddha, which she calls Jeffrey--don't ask :)
Well, my friends, tomorrow Suzy and I set out for a big adventure visiting some other delightful blogland pals and antiquing till we drop! Until tomorrow...!~~~XXOO, Beth