Tuesday, April 15, 2014

One more time....

It sounds as though winter is going to make yet another appearance for many of us!  Hopefully there will not be any damage to things that may already be in bloom where you are. 

One more time let's return to Jamestown.  The Englishmen who came on the three ships had no fear of the Native Americans when they arrived.  Their greatest fear was the Spanish/pirates who were roaming the waters.  That was the major reason they constructed the fort - for protection from the Spanish.  It was several months later that they learned the Native Americans were not going to be friendly. 

Thatched roof on buildings inside the Fort.

Exterior of buildings.

A glimpse inside.

A bedroom.

Herbs hanging from the rafters.

Inside the Royal Governor's house.

Elegant sleeping quarters for the Royal Governor.

On display in the house.

This was the only house in the Fort that was more than one story. 

An interpreter in full costume.

Artillery in place for defending the Fort.  The first Fort that was built burned, so rebuilding was necessary.  The Native Americans knew their weapons were no competition for the weapons of the Englishmen, so they hid in the forest surrounding the fort, ambushing the men who would leave the fort to search for food.  That led to illness and death, so the number of the group that first came began to dwindle.  Captain Newport returned just in time.


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Monday, April 14, 2014

The week-end.....

.....really flew by!  Here are some of the things that kept us moving around here.

A high school in a nearby town held their first sale day for bedding plants on Saturday morning, so we were up and out early to see what we could find.  As you can tell, the plant choices were not limited to vegetables, though that is what prompted most of our interest.

After we left the high school, we then drove to our favorite herb farm for their Spring Fever Day. 

Yes, we did come home with some things. 

It will be awhile before they are placed in the earth outside, though.  Can you believe we have below freezing temperatures predicted for tomorrow?!?  Maybe even the chance of some snow mixed in with rainfall tomorrow as the temperature drops during the day!

Well, that was only Saturday.  On Sunday, there was a church-wide potluck lunch with a dessert contest!  I entered Oreo Bon Bons.

Forgot to take the picture at home!

There were other desserts as well, as evidenced by the following two pictures.

It is estimated that at least 400 people attended!

This brings us to Monday morning and a new week - Holy Week - as that is how we refer to the week leading up to Easter.  Are there some special events going on for you this week?

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunday, April 13, 2014 - Palm Sunday....

                          "Hosanna to the Son of David!

                              Blessed is the one who comes in

                                        the name of the Lord!

                             Hosanna in the highest heaven!"

                                                               - Matthew 21:9 (NRSV)

The children will process with palm branches today at the beginning of the church service.

The Mission Focus from the UMW Prayer Calendar for 2014 is the Wesley House Community Services in Louisville, KY.

May you have a blessed Sunday!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

What was in bloom?

Here we are at Saturday morning!  The week-end is ahead of us, and I hope you have some good plans in store for yours!

I first need to mention that I am not an expert on identifying flowers.  Therefore, the pictures that follow will not be labeled.  They are just pictures that were taken on our recent trip to Williamsburg.

I do know these are daffodils.:-)

Can you tell that there are tiny flowers in this area?

The grounds behind the Governor's Palace.  

Williamsburg is on the eastern coast of Virginia, not far from the Atlantic Ocean.  Our guide in the Governor's Palace mentioned that in just a few days, there would be a tremendous showing of blooms.  We were just a bit early to catch it all.

Today is a special day for one of my followers.  I send wishes for a Happy Anniversary to Kim way out in California! 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

What did I buy?

Happy Friday to you!  Do you have some exciting things planned for the upcoming week-end?

The past few posts have been about our recent trip to Jamestown - and Williamsburg - with our Munchkin grandchildren and our daughter and son-in-law.  Of course, there were many things "calling my name" to come home with me.:-)  Today, I will share one of those with you.

A book - of course!

This sounds like a grueling schedule to me!

Images of what it may have been like to sail on the Susan Constant.

Instruments used for sailing in the early 1600's.

A glossary is even included to assist those of us who are  unfamiliar with some of the terms.

You are not surprised that I came home with a book, are you? :-)

There were 104 men and boys who were sailing on the three ships to establish the colony in the New World.  The book gives an account of how it might have been to sail on the Susan Constant.  Everyone had duties to perform under the leadership of Captain Christopher Newport, the commander of the ship.  (Bartholomew Gosnold was commander of the Godspeed, and John Ratcliffe was the commander of the Discovery).  No women or girls were brought on this voyage.  The three ships set sail on December 20, 1606 and arrived off the coast of Virginia in late April of 1607.

I have much more for you in the coming days.  The next post will jump ahead just a bit as I want to share what we found in bloom in Williamsburg!  I hope you will follow along.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The arrival of the Englishmen....

Thursday already!  How is the week going where you are?

In the previous post, I mentioned that this one would deal with the arrival of the Englishmen.  You know, more than one boat sailed across the ocean.  There were three that came together.

The Susan Constant!

Specifications of the ship.

The Susan Constant was the largest of the three. 

The Discovery was the name of another.

The Godspeed was the other.

A costumed interpreter on the Godspeed.

A map shows the route of the voyage.

The interpreter explains the importance of the dish of butter.

When the voyage set out from England, the temperature was very cold.  There was a dish with cold butter in it.  The ships had the instruction to sail south "until the butter melts," then turn to the west.  The map of the route of the voyage indicates several stops before reaching the area that became Jamestown. 

This was such an interesting portion of the area that we spent over an hour touring the three ships and listening to the interpreters!  I haven't even touched on Fort James, and Friday is usually when I do a book feature.  That means Fort James will be delayed until next week.  I do hope you will return.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Powhatan....

Here we are at the middle of the week already.  I hope you are having a good one!

Continuing to share about our recent trip, today's post is about the Powhatan village we viewed in Jamestown.

One of several dwellings.

The Powhatan were not nomadic, so their homes were not portable as a tepee would be.  These were planned to be permanently located. 

The following pictures show other views of the village.

These pictures show the interiors of other dwellings.  These skins were on the frames that served as beds.  Handmade baskets are visible in the top picture.

A frame holding a skin.

One of many fire circles.

A weaving underway.

These three pictures show other views in the village.

The Powhatan used cypress trees for forming their canoes for the river.  There were, of course, no tools developed that would help them hollow out the logs, so they burned out the space they needed.  The fire would be extinguished and shells would be used to scrape away the ashes.  This process continued until the trench in the log was the depth needed.  The area that wasn't to be burned was covered with mud/clay to keep the fire contained where desired. 

I can't imagine how many hours were needed to reach this stage in creating a canoe!

The Munchkins were on spring break, but there were other schools that were not, and we encountered many of them on a field trip to Jamestown! 

The Powhatan were already on this land in 1607 when Jamestown was settled by the English.  The next post will show how the English arrived.  I hope you will follow along.

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