Monday, November 19, 2007

Backroads of the Shenandoah Valley ... foggy day

It's deceptively chilly today in the Valley as a pea-soup fog that never lifted continues to block the mountains from view even in mid-afternoon.

My sister and I needed to restock our spices for Thanksgiving and Christmas baking so headed out in the fog and mist to the Cheese Shop in Stuarts Draft to stock up on nuts, spices, and grains. A Mennonite business, those folks have products in bulk and it is much more reasonably priced and fresher than those found in most grocery outlets. One of the local home school graduates works there part-time while attending college, and all the folks are very knowledgeable and nice.

After leaving the Cheese Shop, rode down to Country Connections which is another stop in Stuarts Draft for visitors to the Valley because they offer a huge variety of outdoor furniture, indoor furnishings, home decor, candles ... everything you can think of to decorate a country-style house.

While heading to the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, the fog hung low over Betsy Bell and Mary Gray mountains, the twin landmarks that can be seen from miles away and are within the city limits of Staunton. It was misty so not a good day to make the trek around the farms ... another time ... but saw the new house that was recently moved to the museum and is still sitting on the flatbed in the parking lot.

The grayness and chill actually make it feel seasonal as the woodstove glows and we make final plans for our Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday....

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