It was just 24 hours, maybe a few more, but it was 24 hours of joy for the senses. All five of them.
After taking care of a few errands, I packed up the truck and hit the road for Richmond. On the way out of town, I couldn’t help but stop to capture the Sight of Glencoe. Built in 1870, Glencoe was the home of a Civil War General, and currently houses a museum and art gallery.
Soon enough, I was on the way to see the Girls Of August. Some of you may remember that the GOAs are the women I attended the Medical College of Virginia with over 20 years ago. We meet every August for a summer getaway and we also meet for what we call our Mid Winter Sanity Check in February.
What a Weekend! The Sound of laughter, of stories being told, and of the neighbor’s laundry flapping in the breeze. (okay, okay, I couldn’t really hear it but I liked this image and wanted to include it).
The Smell and Taste of a delicious meal (thank you, Becky; you are a master in the kitchen!),
and of several yummy beverages, including this glass of wine, showcasing a neat reflection of Jan.
There was beauty,
and opportunities for photography.
Do you think it’s better in monochrome or color?
And finally, there was the feel of the cold snow on my feet as I took this picture. So yes, Touch was there this past weekend, too. The B&W version of this will be my contribution to Monochromia soon.
A feast for the senses, and for the heart and the spirit, as well.
And oh yes, the bike started up just fine today! The battery tender did it’s job though the frigid temps (so far). Maybe the weekend will offer a ride!
Great friends, great food and beautiful surroundings: a feast for senses indeed! Have a great weekend, Johanna ps color…definitely ;o)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the color vs B&W. I’m sure my friends wondered why I was even taking the photo 🙂
Thank you for sharing your “feast for the senses” ~ gorgeous photos!
Thanks Patti. I’m still working off the food calories, while enjoying the memory calories
I too am working off too many calories ~ from Snowzilla.
Wow.. great Photography..!!
Thanks so much!
A mid winter sanity check – that is brilliant. It should be put on the National Health!
I wish I could take credit, but Jan came up with the name. It is a good one, isn’t it?
This sounds like the best kind of get-away!
The photo of the Girls of August is a keeper for the long-term 🙂
I love that photo, too … just wish I’d had a moment to get my hair dried.
A very February look. It’s an underrated month. Get-togethers like you have with your buddies make it that much better.
I agree about February. For those who like winter (like me), it’s a continuation of it, without the hustle / bustle of the holidays. It’s a time to reconnect with friends, and this gathering of the GOAs is a light that shines all through January, guiding us toward the joy
Such a great time to connect with good friends, post all of the holiday business & stress. Looks like a fabulous time was had by all!
I thought of you, Lynn, as I wrote this post. I remember that one of the first posts of yours that I read was about a group of friends and the blessing (and fun!) that they are in in our lives
Wonderful photos of you and your GoAs and snow! I can’t decide which of the two options I prefer. The colour is beautiful [a clear winter sky is such a glorious colour!] but the sparkles are a lovely silver in the b&w ………… Not much help huh? 🙂
It sounds like you know how to take care of yourself, Laurie. What a great weekend.
What a lovely group of ladies! Laurie, some of my favorite memories are get-togethers with girlfriends. I’m glad you were able to feel the weekend with all of your senses.
I prefer the B&W photo over the color, but my fave is the hanging laundry. Takes me back to when my mom hung out the laundry and the reward was the smell of fresh-air sheets on the bed.
I reckon the laundry would make a good b/w 🙂
Well put together. Beautiful pics. Monochrome
It sounds (and looks) like a perfect way to help a person get through February! The photo of the wine is lots of fun–so much to see. And I like the B&W version of the photo better–makes me stop and look longer.
I love your GOA weekends and the fact that you’re all so loyal to the traditions. Twice a year is impressive with everyone’s busy schedules.
Your photos are stunning as always. Funny, the black and white reminds of an alien space ship where in color is reminds me of a carnival. What is it actually?
The photo with the contrast of the sharp cliff and the blue sky is stunning. What fun, what fun. xo
The laundry photo is the best and I’m glad you included it even though you couldn’t hear it flapping. I can. My imagination popped in a soundtrack, so no worries there.
I agree with the commentor above: Mid Winter Sanity Check is brilliant! And you can tell Jan I said so. It is so special that you and the Girls of August are still meeting up. Have you been meeting for 20 years consistently? Or did you reconnect more recently? Your post makes me nostalgic for old friendships and I’m suddenly thinking of my girlfriend in Santa Rosa who really does need me to drop in and use up her hospitality for a few days… ha ha!!
The photo of all of you together turned out nicely. It’s a keeper, I have to say. You look like a group of women I’d enjoy knowing: intelligent, big-hearted, quick to laugh.
I vote monochrome.
It’s nice to save pictures with snow just before a massive heat wave is going to happen. Glad you had a great time.