On Saturday I met with a group to explore Fredericksburg, a town about an hour from me. They were also planning on visiting a winery on the way back to DC but I wasn't bothered about going there, I have so many on my doorstep. But after I arrived I could see this day was going to go downhill if I stayed with the group. There had been no forward planning and the leader had no clue where to go, so decided they'd walk up and down the main street, then head to the winery. His herd of about 40 all bleated their approval and I knew it was time for me to break off.We'd been hanging around for an hour just chatting. I'd heard a couple of the others complaining that they had wanted to check out some of the antique stores but with such a large group that wouldn't be feasible, so they followed their leader meekly and stayed with the flock. I watched them all move down the street, a huge pack filling the pavement chattering loudly, then I quickly crossed the street and walked in the opposite direction.
I spent nearly an hour in the store, it was so interesting and visual, and then felt incredibly guilty when on the way out I spotted a 'no photography' sign, but neither of the staff members had said anything so oh well....
I wasn't that bothered about looking through antique stores this afternoon, and there were a lot of them so I walked back to the car and decided to check out a place called Belmont, which I'd read about in the visitor center.
Belmont looked an interesting house but while parking I drove too far onto the soggy grass and got bogged down. Stuart's wheels were spinning and even with rocking back and forth I was stuck. I had cat litter in the car and threw that down to no avail but then a really nice guy came over and pushed me out backwards. I was petrified that he would get covered with mud spraying up from the car as the wheels struggled to get a purchase but thankfully I made it back onto the gravel and he walked away clean
War and of Peace that he painted.
Here are a couple of links showing the interior and flower gardens.