Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Butterflies have been abundant this year, most attracted to the wildly happy and growing butterfly bush we put in near our screen porch. Those bushes vibrate from morning ’til dusk with colorful motion, butterflies, bees and even hummingbirds exploring the deep...
Butterflies

Butterflies

Beginning in late Spring and stretching thru Fall, butterflies are a frequent sight in the pollinator gardens planted on the cut slopes behind the house and barn. One of the most beautiful is the Eastern Black Swallowtail.  The Virginia state butterfly, the Tiger...
Natural Tunnel State Park

Natural Tunnel State Park

Driving south you can visit Natural Tunnel State Park. Sure, it’s a big hole in the ground but it’s a very nice hike down and you can get a chairlift ride back up (they even allowed our dog to ride with us which was a hoot). There are also other side hikes...
Wild Foraging

Wild Foraging

Beyond the highly prized morel mushrooms that can be found in spring, there are many other wild food plants present if you look. Black raspberry bushes are abundant providing a lot of food for local wildlife. Hidden in the meadow are other edibles. Near the house,...
Natural Bridge

Natural Bridge

A short drive up the 81 freeway you will find Natural Bridge.  The park, a Virginia and National Historic Landmark, is well worth visiting especially in the spring when the creeks / waterfalls are running high.  We didn’t find the wax museum particularly...

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