For over a week, John has been building a wonderful Hen pen for me. It’s finally finished and tomorrow, we will go and find some inhabitants for it. I’m looking for Marans specifically, because they lay dark brown eggs. Sometimes, people mistake their eggs for dark chocolate. 🙂 There is a poultry swap tomorrow morning, and we will go.
Today, however was a day to ride. It warmed up beautifully and offered a beautiful, blue sky to cycle under. I loaded up the bike and rode the VBRRT again. This time, under sunny conditions. I zipped down and zipped back, without stopping. I did acknowledge the cedar that provided shelter in the storm last weekend. Very close to the trail, is a great country store and I did stop in to get air for my tires, or a pump. They didn’t have anything, but there is a country tire garage right across from the trail head, and Randy, pumped the tires up and is quite a friendly guy.
On the way home, after the ride, I stopped at the Thai restaurant (this isn’t a place you would expect a Thai restaurant. It’s so country and remote, you really only expect little country convenience stores). The couple that does the cooking are very sweet. They are heading to Thailand for a month, so I won’t see them again until after that. The lady is in her 70’s and she tells the other folks to take orders or not to take orders based on how tired she is 🙂 It’s mostly take-out and they do a very brisk business!
Anyway, after a great 13 mile ride, I arrived home to find John had gotten to the house also 🙂 We took a walk through the woods and discovered that our hillsides are covered with bloodroot and it’s all in bloom. We also found several healthy colonies of hepatica. That’s a favorite of ours. On the way back up to the house from the creek, we found 2 blue jay feathers (my favorite feather to find in the woods) and to top off a perfect day, we headed into Charlottesville to cook dinner for our elder daughter’s 22 birthday. We made hot pot for 13 people and lotus root salad. It seemed to go over well.
Now we are home. Simple pleasures can be such great blessing.
Go make your own breeze and remember, if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.
Cycle joyfully and God bless you on this sacred weekend.