Saturday, June 22, 2019

CONTINUING OUR TIME WITH BLOGGING FRIENDS


(photo found online)

This is a continuation of our time with blogging friends Dorothy and Pat of The Frog and the Penguin.  After picking them up from their hotel, we headed to Middleburg and had lunch at Common Grounds. This has been our go-to place when we are in Middleburg, where we usually get a sandwich for lunch.  I forgot to take a photo of it but here is the menu.  Their website says it is under construction but they do have a Facebook page here.  


My sandwich was the Mosby: Black Forest Ham, Gruyer, Honey Mustard on a Jalapeno Cheddar Roll.  I have had it before and it is always excellent.  I didn't take note of what anyone else ordered as we were too busy chatting, but everyone seemed to enjoy their lunch.  


Most of the photos in my last post were either taken inside or out front of this place. After lunch we decided to take a walk around town, going down on one side of the street, and later walking back on the other side.  There are lots of shop windows to look in....
and this little lady was begging for me to take her home and add her to my collection, but I told her that though she was really lovely in her pretty pink frock and hat, I am trying to be good.  Me being a teddy bear lover since childhood, and a lover of costume, I felt the pull.  Where teddy bears are concerned, I have always stayed in touch with my inner child and am a bit weak-willed.  I stayed strong today and waved goodbye.  I just kept looking for the pretty flowers, and I found plenty.
Many pretty flowers which 'woman with camera' - in this case my iPhone - had to stop and take photos of.  What else is there to say except here are those pretty flowers?   

Dorothy and Pat, Gregg and I talked as we walked.
We stopped to say hello to this handsome chap.  He was in the front of an ice-cream shop where we got our dessert.  It was a really neat place and I think it deserves its own post, so more of that later.
We also found two fun shops to go into, the town's Christmas shop and a wonderful antique store. I admired an old grandfather clock in the second store.  It's not only teddy bears that I love.  It was a beautiful piece and Gregg pointed out with amusement that I needed to add another zero onto the price I gave him. When he asked how much it was and I told him, he did a double-take and looked for himself.  I really need to put my reading specs on when I look around these places.  Some things just look too good to be true.
Sorry I cut most of you off Dorothy and Pat, but I was also trying to get the shop into frame, and give you a sense of what the place looked like for your memory book.
It was time to move on and Gregg took us through pretty countryside on the way back to the hotel.  These three horses were enjoying the shade.
Not a very good photo but as I like to say, it's a memory, especially of our time with Dorothy and Pat.  
We went inside their hotel, sat down in the lounge area with a cup of coffee.  Chatted some more until it was time to go our separate ways.  Hopefully it won't be as long before we see each other again, as I am sure we will see each other again on one or the other's road trip.  

We had a great time getting together.  Thank you  to our dear friends from The Frog and the Penguin.  Happy travels as you head home.


 


44 comments:

  1. I am glad you had such a lovely time, and sure that they remember it as fondly as you do.
    Well done on resisting that teddy bear. This time.

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  2. Nice time with friends.
    Very interesting places and cool photos.

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  3. What a lovely post. It had a bit of everything and made me a bit envious of your surroundings.
    Say Hi to Dorothy for me, Denise.

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    1. Hi Valerie, I will pass on your greetings to Dorothy :)

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    1. Obrigado, certamente foi uma caminhada muito agradável com nossos amigos. Uma boa semana para você também :)

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  5. Hello, the lunch and time with your friends sounds lovely. I think I would love that sandwich, yum. The teddy bear is cute. Great photos. Enjoy your day and weekend!

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    1. Thank you Eileen, it was a fun day with friends :) Happy day and weekend to you.

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  6. How neat to meet other bloggers! Looks like a fun day also.

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  7. Seems like you have so much in common they fit right in.

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  8. what a lovely trip, beautiful flowers and friends!!! i have never met any blogging friends, but it must be really nice to!!

    the horses are beautiful!!!

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  9. love those horses and all the pretty flowers. good job being a good girl and not adding a new bear to your collection.. sounds like a really good day with friends. we don't have anywhere here to window shop... no windows at all.

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    1. Hi Sandra, and thank you for the kudo's on resisting the temptation of the bear :) It was a real fun day :)

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  10. such a wonderful time....
    Have a great weekend

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    1. Thank you Tanza, I hope you had a fun weekend :)

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  11. What a wonderful post. I want to go here, and am trying to figure out how far away it is. Maybe two hours or so? I want to go to all these places! I love the entire window setting with the beautiful bear and hot air balloon! And the flowers are gorgeous. What a wonderful day this was!!!

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    1. Thank you Ginny, always happy you enjoyed. Via Rt 29 Google Maps says it is 1 hour 46 minutes away :)

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  12. You did well resisting that pretty bear Denise ;D)
    Beautiful photos and I always love the flower shots... those geraniums in the concrete planter are very pretty.
    The lunchtime menu reads well - I like your choice.
    Happy days and thanks for sharing your lovely experience with friends. Sue xx

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    1. Thank you Sue, it was hard resisting that teddy bear. Glad you enjoyed my post and you are very welcome. Happy day to you too :)

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  13. The ice cream shop greeter is quite a sight!

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  14. it's always lovely to meet up with blogging friends.

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  15. I am amazed you could leave that cute bear behind;) Love the flowers...I have never cared for many concrete items, but I would not mind having one of those concrete flower baskets at all!

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    1. Hi Rose, me too truth be told :) I would like one of those baskets too!

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  16. You had a wonderful time when you met up with your blog friends. It's such a pleasure when you can do that. Middleburg and countryside looks like a great place to meet up.

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  17. What a lot of fun to meet up with blogging friends. It looks like you got to see a lot and enjoy a lot of good food and camaraderie.

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  18. A lovely post, I am so pleased that you had such a great time.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan and all the best to you too :)

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  19. Hi Denise,
    Appears you had a wonderful time with your blogging friends at a great place to meet up.
    Your sandwich sounds delicious, I can almost taste it myself.
    All the best,
    John

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    1. Hi John, thank you, I wish you could join us :) All the best to you too!

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  20. Thanks again Denise for this post about our visit. We really enjoyed the chance to see a new place and have you and Gregg as our guides. Already looking forward to our next meet-up, whenever that may be.

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    1. Well hello there, we have been wondering how your traveling goes. We had a marvelous time with you both, and really do look forward to the next time :)

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  21. Denise, thank you for sharing your trip to Common Grounds.

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    1. You are very welcome Doug, it's a really neat place.

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  22. Not a cheeseburger(the world knows that's my fave-lol) in sight at the Common Grounds, the menu looks quite unique enough for me to try something new and tasty. Isn't it just so fun to hang out with other Blogger Buds? Glad you enjoyed yourselves, and as always, I love your pics! Hugs, RO

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    1. Hi RO, no, no cheeseburgers here! Yes, so much fun! Thank you and I'm happy you enjoyed. Hugs to you also :)

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