“No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” - Thomas Jefferson
Said seeds will hopefully turn into:
|Painted Lady sweet peas|
|'Brandywine' is considered the most esteemed late nineteenth century heirloom tomato. It has potato-like leaves and large, meaty, reddish-pink fruit, with an indeterminate growth habit.|
As we made our way back to Charlottesville in search of a good dinner, we drove past the University of Virginia, founded by Jefferson in 1819. It was the first nonsectarian university in the United States and the first to use the elective course system. I thought the architecture, designed by you-know-who, looked familiar:
|At this point we were tired and hungry, so the photo op was a rolled down window and a slight slowing of the car while I shot the picture really fast!|
And as we finally, after a long but truly satisfying day, made our way back to the motel for a good night's sleep, I discovered another question I should ask when making reservations sight unseen....by any chance, are there railroad tracks located approximately fifteen feet from my bed???
|Scenic view from our window. The whole room was shaking, and I think the trains ran every fifteen minutes...all night long!|
So on that final note we say goodbye, or au revoir (as French loving TJ would say) and head towards Williamsburg, originally known as Middle Plantation when founded in 1632 and later the capital of the Colony of Virginia. We'll see what Patrick Henry said to fire up the colonials and listen to that rascally traitor, Benedict Arnold, try to condone his actions! Stayed tuned for some colonial mayhem and the great Gunpowder Incident of 1775!
Here's a poem by Thomas Moore, Irish poet and songwriter, and a great favorite of Thomas Jefferson's. It is taken from Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks: Poems of Nation, Family and Romantic Love, Collected by America's Third President. It's a fun book to browse through to get a sense of what interested Jefferson and the sentiments of the times.