The Orples couldn’t have picked a better time to visit Colline’s blog and get the incentive to make their very own afghan. Colline made this beauty as a Christmas gift for her son — lucky guy! — and she has quite a few photos of it on her site to share with anyone who cares to visit her. Please tell her we said ‘hello’ if you go see Colline.
In the meantime, the Orples and I are going to head over to Amazon. They have Lion’s brand woolease yarn on sale for $2.99 a skein (at this writing).
Believe me, that is a GREAT deal on that particular yarn. I love Lion’s brand anyway, but this yarn is particularly nice since it offers the warmth of wool, but the ease of care as seen in acrylic yarns — it is machine washable and you can toss it in the dryer too. I couldn’t help but share this info for all of you knitting/crocheting/craft nuts out there who just can’t get enough yarn to play with (Jackie, are you paying attention?). After we are done shopping, I think we’ll stroll back through the neighborhood and see what our neighbors are up to, and maybe let them know about our latest Amazon find.
Who knows what goes on insidethemindofIsobella? Who cares? Izzy comes up with some wonderful posts and here is a classic example of what we are talking about. The Orples are admiring a paper-cut greeting card we found on her blog. Poor Oscar has gotten stuck. That figures. He was seriously talking about buying some fancy scissors so he can go home and try his hand at making a few things himself. However, it seems curiosity has gotten him sidetracked a wee bit.
I’m sure Oscar will get unstuck if he listens to Olivia’s advice. But just in case he doesn’t, why waste time waiting for him? I’ll be visiting the neighbors while Oscar figures how how to make a card of his own.
After all of their dancing yesterday over at Dolly’s place, the Orples are ready to take a relaxing walk with Uncle Spike in Turkey. It appears Olivia and Oscar have discovered a dry irrigation ditch shadowed by the late afternoon sun.
I think maybe they might need a comfortable pair of walking shoesif they intend to take a long walk, and with all of the photos Uncle Spike has posted, they might be awhile. My feet hurt just thinking about all the walking the Orples are in for. Thus, as usual, I think I will confine my stroll through our own neighborhood, right here in Orpleland.
Leave it to Dolly over at allaboutlemon to come up with a new adventure for the Orples to partake in. Disco dancing! Talk about a blast from the past. Those two are meeting all kinds of new characters over on Dolly’s blog. You should go introduce yourselves, and tell Dolly we sent you, if you will please, when you get there. Olivia likes dancing so much, she’s talking about heading on over to Amazon for some dancing shoes.
Seeings how I am too old for such nonsense, and the Orples are obviously having a ball, I’ll visit the neighbors, in search of a place to sit down, while I wait for them to finish partying.
The Orples are looking forRen to emerge from her spacewhile they wade in the translucence waters kissing the shores of Boracay Island. Olivia is contemplating buying sunglasses to protect her eyes from all of that sunshine.
While those lucky Orples enjoy paradise, I think I’ll backtrack through the neighborhood and beyond to see what else these two loveable little creatures have been up to lately.
Today’ we are visiting Sylvia, to enjoy another day in Paradise. Sylvia does get around, and she most certainly comes up with some delightful posts. If you’ve not yet visited with Sylvia, you don’t know what you’ve missed, I assure you.
I hope Oscar doesn’t get in trouble eating Sylvia’s flowers. Leave it to him to come up with new ways to get into trouble. While the Orples are playing in the flowers, I will revisit the neighbors as usual.
The Orples went to see Madhu, who is not the only person that gets the Urge to Wander. While they were visiting her blog, they decided to see what she was up to in the begins of 2014 and came across a window challenge she met with flying colors. We are talking about Madhu, so who would expect less?
Olivia and Oscar are going to take some paint over and touch up a window or two while they are in the neighborhood to appease Olivia. While they’re off visiting Madhu feel free to check out our more recent blog entries to see what our other neighbors have been up to lately.
I thought for today, I’d post a few photos of my own of the Maymont Mansion, the Dooley’s winter estate, located in Richmond, Virginia. Those of you familiar with Orples should already be familiar with Maymont Park through past posts. If not, come take a peek. The Mansion is the crowning jewel of Maymont Park, a fabulous estate bestowed to the people of Richmond through the generosity of the Dooley’s.
Below are some of the people who worked for the Dooley’s, running the household.
A bird’s eye view of the estate gives an indication as to where the mansion sits in relation to he carriage house and main driveway. The photo (of the photo) shown here only shows about 25% of the park’s total area. Not shown are the science center, animal petting barn, Italian gardens, Japanese Gardens, and or any of the many animal enclosures housing bears, bison, deer, birds of prey, foxes, and the like, along the way.
You guys didn’t think Oscar and Olivia would let me leave them behind, did you? They are eager to explore the kitchens, now that the park staff has added an outside entrance, accessible to the public through guided tours. Perhaps we will see them at another time.
The Maymont Mansion was built over a period of about seven years, over the turn of the twentieth century. They were just beginning to decorate it for Christmas when this photo was taken on December 1, 2014.
Below is the left elevation of the Maymont Mansion.
Though not really too visible from this shot, the entrance to the kitchen is located between the bushes, where you see the cobblestones veering toward the right (facing). The arched attachment on the left is a carport of sorts, accepting both early automobiles and for the most part, carriages. The carriage stone/stoop is hidden by the supporting piers.
I think if I were to make a new years resolution for 2015, it would be to finally tour the kitchen in this wonderful mansion. I’ve been on the first and second floors, inside the house, over the years, but never down below. Maybe I will tour the Maymont kitchen in 2015.
JT Avery should be ashamed of himself for taking this photo of Ms. Cross Orb Weaver without warning. He didn’t even give her time to shave her legs prior to the photo shoot, and now Olivia is giving her grief.
While the Orples work out their problem with their new friend, smoothing over hurt feelings, I think I’ll stop off and find some razors and shaving cream before I stroll through the neighborhood to review our more recent adventures. Feel free to join us here, or go check out JT. He said if you zoom in (on his blog) you can see even more detail, as though Ms. Orb Weaver isn’t embarrassed enough. No wonder she is cross.