We managed to make it through the snow storm with no permanent damage. We did have huge branch fall. It took down some wires, but it turned out that was not the cause of any power loss. (Thank goodness. I would have been embarrassed to have been the cause of the whole neighborhood losing power.) It turns out the wires that came down were just old telephone lines but it sounded and looked pretty damaging:
Wild, huh? The husband chopped up the limb and took care of business and looking around the neighborhood there were quite a few people who had downed tree limbs.
We spent a lot of time at Starbucks and hitting some restaurants over the few days that the electricity was off. It was cold in the house and we are also sadly addicted to internet access.
I was thinking about writing Starbucks a thank you note when I was sitting there warm, snuggly, full of vanilla latte and perusing my favorite craft blogs with their free wireless. But then I remembered that Starbucks has been getting PLENTY of my cash over the years so I figure we're even.
Once the electricity was back on and things had settled back to normal the Hubby and I decided to take an outing. We've been out to Middleburg, Virginia several times. It's one of those cute towns in Virginia horse country with a lot of history, beautiful old buildings and adorable shops. They have a great Christmas parade that also signals the start of fox hunting season so the parade begins with hunting dogs and horses and riders who take part in the hunt. I think because this is such a big part of the Middleburg social scene, the unofficial mascot of the town is the fox:
We in fact had lunch at The Red Fox Inn. It's a restaurant and hotel that was originally built in 1728 and according to their web site, this was how Middleburg got it's name. It was the half way point between Winchester and Alexandria Virginia, and where travelers would stop on their trip to spend the night. The Inn has lots of history - of course as with most places in Virginia, that history includes the Confederacy during the Civil War. General Jeb Stuart and Colonel John Mosby (who is insanely popular here btw, everything is named after Mosby!) met there and it was used as Confederate headquarters and a hospital during the war. John Kennedy also gave a press conference here and they say that Jackie Kennedy stayed at the Inn during fox hunting season. More importantly - Elizabeth Taylor used to kick it in the Tap Room at the Inn when she was married to Senator John Warner.
The Inn is beautiful as well as historically interesting and the food is great:
After lunch we strolled around the shops and buildings in Middleburg.
My favorite shop in Middleburg is The Christmas Sleigh which carries Christmas ornaments and decorations from Germany:
I bought this adorable smoker:
I think he matches the Santa Claus table runner kit I bought in Berlin and embroidered. I can't wait for next Christmas!
I've got some progress on knitting and embroidery to post soon. We're expecting more snow tonight so keep your fingers crossed that it's a small storm. I'm looking forward to heading into Spring.