July 21, 2016

10 Reasons Why I Love Williamsburg, Virginia

I want to tell you all something about this sign.




This is a sign that makes me smile just to see it in a picture, and to see it in real life, sends chills down my back. (Good chills, though. Not scary ones.)
     I have experienced Williamsburg three times in my life, and each time my longing to see it again increases. To write something that captures how much I love this place is difficult and intimidating, but also exciting and loads of fun. :) So here are 10 reasons why I love Williamsburg:

1. The Music

Fall Fifes.:

Williamsburg is full of music: there are thrilling fifes and drums in the streets every day, and candlelit concerts of chamber music by night. The sound of this music is unlike any other genre: the fifes and drums are bit like Irish music, but better. And the chamber music is akin to classical, but prettier. That's why colonial music, both lively and lovely, is nearly my favorite genre (next to Bach) My favorite purchases from Williamsburg have been the music books. :)

2. The Fashion

Ladies of Williamsburg:

If you haven't seen already, I love historical fashion. Exploring all sorts of decades is wonderful, but my favorite era is definitely the late 18th century. I could try and give all sorts of reasons why it's the best, but for now let's just say that what the women wear in Williamsburg is lovely and fresh and oh so real. 

3. The Nature/Gardens


The Virginia plants and weather I love isn't necessarily specific to Williamsburg, but it does hold a lot of the nature in one place, and the gardens are exquisite. There are of course the standard crape myrtle and boxwood that I love, but also beautifully laid out gardens with gorgeous plants. (I realize that I'm basically telling you that everything is wonderful, but using slightly different words. I'm sorry. But I shall continue to do the same! :)


4. The Buildings

The Governor's Palace by njpearce via Instagram.:
(Yes, that's a lion and a unicorn guarding the gate there. Impressed yet?)
Again, as in fashion, there are many beautiful eras of architecture, but none so beautiful and pleasing to the eye as Georgian architecture. The symmetry, the shape and decoration are perfect. And when I say buildings, I don't just mean the outside. The interiors, and everything in them, are wonderful! I love how you can look all around you in Williamsburg and be surrounded by 18th century buildings. 

5. The Museums

Inspiration and Ingenuity: American Stoneware  Explore stoneware from the 19th century through to present day and discover how the tradition of decorating utilitarian stoneware evolved into an art form all its own.   Through October 2014:

Ah, museums. I don't quite know how to put this, but museums are just my cup of tea. The objects themselves are amazing (especially textiles!) and the information that comes with them make museums a mecca of learning for me. I loved walking through Williamsburg's large art museum, appreciating how well everything was displayed, and just how beautiful the museum itself was. I want to be that person who arranges, displays and cares for those beautiful pieces of history.

6. The Stores



So I don't know if it seems odd to you that gift shops are on my favorites list for Williamsburg, but the sad reality is that they are very much one of the best things about the place. I'd say that these are not your average museum gift stores, but then again, nothing in Williamsburg is "average". There are at least 4 or 5 stores right in the historic city that sell historic things, which is so cool. There's even one that sells mostly fashions/accessories! And the stores in the visitor's center and museums are not to be scoffed at either. They have, among a plethora of marvelous things, many, many books. :) 

7. The Programs

Colonial Williamsburg's Holiday Musical Performances.:

The programming at Williamsburg is intense. They give you an brochure of everything that's going on in the next three days when you arrive, and it can be difficult to plan what's most important to do! I've been to music, art, and dance programs, and all have become lifelong memories. Getting to dance by candlelight in the Governor's Palace, for instance, was speechlessly amazing.

8. The Animals

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The animals aren't my most favorite part of Colonial Williamsburg, but they're definitely cute, and help bring the history alive by making it look like a real, working city. Williamsburg has sheep, cattle/oxen, chickens, and of course many horses in various parts of the city. You can ride in a carriage through the streets, which sounds wonderful, if only you have the money to spend on it!

9. The (Immersive) History

Winter walk down DOG Street:

Colonial Williamsburg is truly a living history museum. It's more than just a tour through the buildings, it's an experience for all the senses. There are colonial people everywhere, and if you can ignore the hundreds of tourists around you, it really is like you've traveled back in time. To add to the immersive nature of the place, Williamsburg not only has their interpreters mill about; instead they reenact the conversations and events that would have occurred around the Revolution. The interpreters talk to you, and involve you in their activities. As you've probably gathered by now, I love everything about this era in history when it comes to clothes, music, food, dance, buildings, and more. But besides the lifestyle, the time of the Revolution is so exciting to learn about, especially when in an immersive experience!

10. The Details

how lovely!:

The buildings you walk through at Williamsburg are not at all sparse or empty! They are filled with all sorts of final touches that really make Williamsburg the immersive experience I mentioned before. If you go to Williamsburg, I hope you have the will to seek out some details on your own. Most tourists stay on the main drag, but be sure to stroll around in the gardens behind buildings. Go all the way back in the Governer's Palace yard; there's a lot there, including a boxwood maze! Programs, tours, and just plain being in Colonial Williamsburg is detailed. It's those details: the doll on the bed or the smell of boxwood that make the best memories. 

July 20, 2016

Lately

Lately I have been...

We’re inclined to think that it’s never too cold for ice cream.  Read more: Olive Oil-Saffron Ice Cream with Burnt Orange Caramel Swirl on Food52.:

-eating cappucinno ice cream at a fancy parlor

-picking strawberries


-biking along the lakefront

-driving with the windows open, listening to country music


-going to farmers markets

-working playing in the 19th century

-stressing about senior pictures

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-watching good favorites, Little Women and Felicity

-making a pioneer group on Goodreads

-watching and waiting quietly as the tags and blog theme weeks fly, because somebody has got a blog party that will last all month. (hint: it's going to be a blogging advent calendar for Christmas!)


-reading historical fiction

-living in a house without air conditioning! :P

Gretl und Liesl. behind the scenes of Sound of Music :):

With that, Auf Wiedersehen! :)

July 15, 2016

A New Look for Summer

Hello everyone! I hope all of your summers are going well!  I haven't been posting much, and I really don't know why. I haven't been away, or even too busy. I just feel like I'm in one of those dreams where you try to run or do something but you're forced to move sluggishly slow. It feels like I work at my blog a lot, but have nothing to show for it. It doesn't help to have a computer that really is a slug. It takes a long time just to switch between tabs!


But! I did just manage to change the header and background on the blog. I was going for a summery, Americana sort of feel. What do you think? (As always, don't be afraid to knock me off my little pedestal of blog pride !:)

July 4, 2016

I'm It Again!

Wow, the tags are just flying this time of year! I like it. :) This time I've been tagged by Ruth, who has a lovely little blog called Amongst Spring Blossoms. This is again a tag of simple questions. No frills, no novellas within an answer. :)


1. What nationality are you?
I am an American, pure and simple. But my heritage is 3/4 German, 1/4 English.

2.What's your favorite animal?
A horse, of course! I had a brief giraffe kick a while back, but horses have always been the best.

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3.What's your favorite food?
I like pastas of various kinds, and of course chocolate. :)

4.Who's your favorite author? 
Lynn Austin!

5. Do you have pets? If so, what kind of pet? And no, which one would you like to have?
(See question 2) I'd love to have a horse, but I also really want a kitten, a cute dog, a bunny, or a hedgehog. 

English cream dachshund:

6. How old are you?
I am 17 going on 18. I'm that person who's "older and wiser". :)

7. Do you have a big family? (cousins, uncles, and aunts included)
Not particularly large. 

8. What is/are your favorite soundtracks?
I did a post on this here. I love the soundtracks of Little Women, The Paradise, Belle, The Last of the Mohicans, Copperhead, 1776, and am a reluctant fan of Hamilton as well.

What sort of bird shall we choose as the symbol of our new America? - 1776 Musical:
LOVE this movie. Review coming, maybe?
9. What is your favorite Disney movie? (only animated or drawn)
 Hmm, hard to say. Probably Cinderella. The Incredibles is a really good one too!

10. When is your birthday? 
Somewhere in the depths of winter, around Epiphany. (I don't know if I'll say my full birthday just yet. I want to though!) 

Thanks for tagging me, Ruth! I tag:
  • Heidi
  • Rae
  • Miss March
  • Anyone who wants to fill this out in the comments section is welcome to!

July 3, 2016

Tag, I'm It!

Well, I'm back...again!
*collapses on top of suitcase*
My third adventure, this time in Colorado, was an interesting one. But after riding the bus overnight both ways, and having little sleep in between, I am quite exhausted. That's why I'm so thankful that Rachel tagged me with some simple, straightforward questions! So-voila:


1. What's your favorite ice cream flavor?
 I love cherry chocolate ice cream, with big chunks of cherries and chocolate chips. :)


2. Do you love period drama? Why or why not? 
Oh yes, definitely! Period drama is one of the main reasons I started this blog; I envied other beautiful blogs about period drama, and I wanted to connect with other people who love it.

3. What is your prettiest book cover?
Well, after a quick glance around my room, I found this one:

Sweet Paris: A love affair with Parisian chocolate, pastries and desserts

4.What's your favorite series?
I mean, if we're talking lasting impact here, I'd have to say something like all the Felicity books, or all the American Girl books, or maybe the Little House books. That is my straightforward, definite answer.


5. Do you have a favorite flower? Which is one of your favorites?
I did a post on my favorite flowers here. I think as of now, my favorite flower is the peony. I think. Very decisive, I am!

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6. Do you write?
Well, I write on this blog anyway! I used to have a pretty good journal and wrote lots of poetry. But my writing muse, (or at least my poetry/story muse) has up and left for years. I've kinda sorta been working on a book about an runaway indentured servant in 18th century America, but I cannot stress enough how seldom I touch it.

7.How old is your blog?
It is now over half a year old! That question just made me realize this: this is amazing! I've passed a benchmark!

8. Do you love Lucy Maud Montgomery? Why or why not?
Well...I love listening to people who love her? I will confess: Anne of Green Gables was not even on my radar until a few years ago. Weird, huh? I love the character and movie, and have at some point in the murky past read the book, but I haven't boarded the Montgomery train...yet!

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Is this the cutest cover or what?

9.Do you like fashion?
Anything from the 16th century to the 1950's, I do! And yes, I like some modern fashions and love shopping (with a stress on looking, not buying!), but historic fashion is where my true passion lies.

Gown detail, 1775 -1780, Spain. Linen, silk, satin, lace, taffeta, tape [Handpainted]. Round neckline has detachable cowl. Trimmed with bobbin lace linen that runs around the perimeter of the neck, front and cuffs. The same perimeter is crossed by a silk ribbon hand painted with motifs of leaves and stems. All seams are covered by a braided silk cord and shoulder pads leads draped topped with tassels.     [CE001005 ]  (c) Museo del Traj ceres.mcu.es:
Because I will never fit all my 18th century gowns into a Vintage Fun post:
10. What's your favorite color?
Lavender. Thus Lavender Spring. :)

11. Who's your favorite actress? 
The truth is, I am really bad at following/identifying actresses, and I have a hard time removing actors from their roles. But based on the fact that to me, no one else could ever really be Jo March, I suppose Winona Ryder. *looks up Winona Ryder* For Little Women only, apparently. Most of her movies are trash!

Jo March. Bold. Unafraid to take risks and try new things. Someone who breaks the mold and challenges tradition. Someone who loves others and works to give new opportunities to the disadvantaged. "Astonishing.":

12. How many brothers and sisters do you have?
Oh... a few. :)

And as often happens, it seems that everyone I am aware of in my little area of the blogosphere has been tagged, and I really am exhausted, so I think I'll just leave it at that!
Happy Independence Day!