Tuesday, October 27, 2009


On Sunday,
Mom and Dad
got us up early.
We walked, drank water, ate
and then got ready
so they could leave us!

and go stand in this line.
It really looks like a lot of people
milling around in a room,
but according to Mom and Dad,
this was an organized line.

When they got to the end of the line,
they saw this sign.
It doesn't seem like too many people
when you live in the city,
but where we live,
that's a lot.

The Meadows of Dan
Fire Department and Ruritan Club
were having their annual pancake breakfast.
It is the last 2 Sundays in October.
They have buckwheat cakes, pancakes,
homemade sausage and gravy.
Also butter and syrup.
Mom said it was really yummy.
Even though she grew up here
she had never tried buckwheat cakes and gravy.

Once they left the breakfast,
they went to
Poor Farmer's Market
Dad teased Mom for acting like a tourist
when they were less than 30 miles from home.
In her mind Mom could hear
the pumpkin chorus singing
with the wind-chime band.

The colors of the mums
were just phenomenal.
And the cabbage grown on the mountain
is famous for miles around.

Virginia is also famous for it's apples.

This is a corn maze.
Mom didn't get too close to it -
somehow it just freaks her out
thinking about getting lost in
all of that corn.
There was a corn maze
at our local high school
that had an unwelcome visitor
this past weekend.
A black bear got in there
and chased the kids out.
It's a good thing that Mom didn't
hear this until later in the day.

Their next stop was at
Greenberry House.
And Mom finally
got to meet a fellow blogger.
Leslie Shelor is the proprietor
of Greenberry House
and quite a talented artisan.
Mom and Leslie
decided that it was time for
Mom and Tammy
at Footheel Sock Knitter blog
to meet,
so they made arrangements
to meet at
Greenberry House
next week.
If anyone is close by,
we're sure they would like to meet you too.
The pancakes had settled
so they decided to do
little wine tasting
Chateau Morrisette Winery.
And Mom was pleased to see
that one of their new wines
is dedicated to service dogs.
It made her think of our
friend, Clive.

We know you can't tell what this is,
but they are sheep -
that desperately need sheering.
Their fuzzbutts rival any 'dales'.

Their ride through the countryside
took them to Buffalo Mountain.

The next stop
was to do a little cider tasting
at Foggy Ridge CIder.
Here they saw an unusual site -
even for the mountains -
a mule drawn wagon.
And the last stop of the day
was at
Blacksnake Meadery
where Mom fell in love
with the screen door.
But she found out that
she does not like mead.

We missed them while they went
on this little jaunt,
but they came home
feeling like they had been
on a little vacation.
They were only gone a few hours
so we were able to stay home alone.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java


Jazzi said...

Sounds like a fun mini vacation.
Were you guys ok at home /or did you have a dog sitter?


TwoSpecialWires said...

What a wonderful day trip! At first we got excited, thinking maybe they were coming to see us in the Rocky Mountains (babies, compared to your Blue Ridge), but when we read about the day, we were sorry we weren't THERE to share it with them! So many places! So much variety! And such a nice day! You were very good little doggies to let them have this time, and we're sure you were amply rewarded. Right? xxoo

Jake and Fergi

(glad your mom must be feeling better!)

Scout 'n Freyja said...

We are thinkin' that you should go next time if only ta get soma' that pancakes and other nommy breakfast stuff!

Footheel Sock Knitter said...

Love all the pictures. Most of them looked familar, hmmmmm.

Looking forward to our meeting at

Greenberry. I have a friend who has been wanting to go and see the fibers. I was w/ her when she bought a new spinning wheel from our lys. And I tried to help her one day last week w/ a lesson. I'll
see if she would like to come. You would like her too.

ScrapsofMe said...

Did they get an order of pancakes to go? Or maybe bring you an apple or two? SHE brought us apples back from the mountains where Nana n Poppaw live. And a punkin n a cabbage that was bigger than the punkin. We ate cabbage for days! Fried cabbage, slaw, boiled cabbage and I think there is still a hunk left in the veggie drawer for nibbling raw. All this talk of food here and on Jazzi's blog is making me HUNGRY and that sensitive tummy dog food is just lingering in my bowly.

Maggie and Mitch said...

It looks like your mom and dad had an awesome mini-vacation! Mitch is drooling just thinking about eating all of those apples!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The OP Pack said...

Our Mom thinks that sounds like a perfect mini vacation. Lots of good food, wine, great things to see and visit. And the best part is they didn't leave you all alone for too long. A pawfect Sunday.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

SEDONA said...

Wow, all those sights in one day? Your pawrents sure get around! Those buckwheat pancakes looked yuuuuu-meeee! But maple syrup for me, please.
What a great fall outing; thanks for sharing the pics!
Your pal,

Two Country Poodles said...

Great breakfast, beautiful fall colors, and meeting a fellow blogger...What more could some humans wish for?

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo and Bobo

Martine said...

That church is amazing!!!!

Glad your parents got home safe and had a fun time!!!

xo martine & the kiddlets

Sierra Rose said...

What a lovely 'vacation'! Felt like we went with you. Great photos of the area. A black bear! Yikes!
Looked like a little band playing at the winery. Neat!

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Cassie said...

What a fun mini-vacation your folks got to take! Pancakes & wine sounds great to me.
Probably BabyRocketDog and Hootie would enjoy it too!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Scotties,
I still have not found the little lost scottie! I wish I could find him.
We went to an organic fram last Sunday.
So glad your humans had a well deserved mini vacation.
Love you all, Bambi and Happy & Fern

animal lover, quilt lover said...

I do know how to spell farm, thats the thing I have you know!!!!!

Benny and Lily said...

Now that looks like a good pancake breakfast. And what nice pictures. Looks like the pawrents had a good time
Benny & Lily

Hamish Westie said...

Now you really need to get your Mom and Dad better trained. Did they never go to obedience classes? I mean, how could they go on a mini-vacation and not bring you back some of those delicious pancakes?!
Better luck next time!
Cheer, H.

Poppy Q said...

What a lovely day out for your mom and dad. I hope you didn't get up to any mischief while they were gone.

Inky and Molly said...

It's good for the Pinkies to get out by themselves every now and then, we think. Keep them sane...

Dory and the Mama said...

WOW...they got to see so much AND not leave you all for too long!!


Mango said...

So many cool things they saw in just one day. Wow!

Too bad they didn't bring home any pancakes, though.


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

What a pawesome day!

Mom always remember Meadows of Dan from her little girl days and trips down The Skyline Drive!

Tank woo fur sharing!

Of khourse, she would have appreciated woo sharing the AGJ; I would go fur the pankhakes!


Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Wow! What a busy day! Did they bring you any goodies?

*kissey face*

Sue said...

What a fun, but busy day. I loved the pumpkin chorus. Wine tasting and cider all sounds good, but I don't like mead either.

Hollie and Janie said...

That looks like such an amazing adventure! and those pancakes look heavenly! I'm glad your parents got to have a little fun and that your mom is feeling so much better now!!

Leslie Shelor said...

Glad you had such a good time in Meadows of Dan! And found so many great things!

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