I drove to Warrenton Saturday morning knowing it would be a long day as it was freezing cold outside. There was still snow and ice on the ground but thankfully no wind yet I was sure I wasn't wearing enough layers. But I did remember to stuff a couple of hand warmers in my pockets and throughout the day, I was grateful I'd remembered to pick them up before I left the house.
It was all too soon when car engines and heaters had to be turned off and we stepped back out into the tundra. We valiantly walked back into the house and continued our tasks.
I couldn't wait to get home, rushing through the door and dragging a chair directly in front of the wood stove. I opened the doors and let the intense heat blast over me, it was heaven. I could almost feel my eyebrows singing but I didn't care.
A little later I was thawed enough to open a package that had arrived for Kota and Rosie. A new water bowl that had a very quiet motor which rippled the water, something that attracts cats, they love moving water. They paid rapt attention to me as I pulled it out of the box, rinsed all the parts thoroughly and placed it on the floor. Showing no caution they both made a beeline for it. I quickly grabbed my phone to capture their first moments with their new gadget.
On Sunday, having thawed out sufficiently from the day before, with the cold painful memories becoming almost insignificant, as often bad things do when time has passed, I was ready to do battle with another cold day and met up with some of Urbexia. We were going to explore the old abandoned greenhouses at Poplar Point, a large tract of land that 70% of DC residents don't even know about. There's little information on the internet about it's history except for an article here:
The area was abandoned when the soil became too contaminated from the dumping of toxic materials but apparently it once housed all the plants and flowers used in the Federal buildings and for special occasions. We wondered where the flowers come from now and joked that they probably use silk flowers from China.
We managed to get through to the old greenhouses after trekking through briars and frozen creeks.
And then we came across the greenhouses themselves. I think they are likely to be inaccessible after early spring, there was so many old brambles around and bushes that I think it will rather be like trying to penetrate Sleeping Beauty's castle once this vegetation starts growing back again in warmer weather.