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Friday, January 8, 2016

After Christmas visit

I took Adalyn and Genevieve to visit Aunt Wanda and see Natalie who is two years old and are third cousins.
The house was still decorated , I got a few shots.
Living room tree


Pretty lit nativity on canvas

canvas with lights

I really love these singing penguins someone made - I just think they are so cute, especially the accordion player

I wish my picture was not so blurry of Natalie, beautiful red hair and blue eyes

den tree

Like the scene painting back drop by my nephew

Great Aunt Wanda with Adalyn Genevieve and Natalie
Popcorn with nuts, m&m's, and white chocolate

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Jefferson Hotel Christmas 2015 New Years

Steve and I visit the Hotel Jefferson every year at Christmas.
A mood setter for sure.

Beautiful frosty lit fountain with alligator escaping to greet at entrance.

As I posted in earlier posts of our visit to the Jefferson,  the story of the alligators'.
Richmond's and hotel guests donated pet alligator's to the hotel where they lived in the Palm courts marble pools.  The last of the gators "Old Pompey"  in 1948,  died.

A glance  up before venturing in

 The Jefferson was elected in 1969 to the National Register of  Historic places
and it's beaux arts style architecture is considered to be among the finest examples in existence

A close up of "Old Pompey".   He lies at the foot of the arbor with wrought iron Victorian bench surrounded by festive Christmas decor.

You can see him in the distance next to the arbor

dripping crystal garland

Thomas Jefferson in the distance

Elegantly dressed mirror with cascading red velvet ribbons with velvet covered boxes at the base

Edward V Valentine,  a Richmond sculptor created the life-size image from Carrera marble.
Clothing actually worn by Jefferson was borrowed by Valentine in which he copied for the sculpture.
2 years and $12,000 later it was complete.

Stained glass above in Palm Court

cotton is in the tree to give a look of snow

to the lower level

a decorated tree at the end of the staircase

A short video of tree  here  -  https://youtu.be/8XlT1AoXw1Q

Gift shop closed 

Some books I see by a local author that two of the grandchildren should be interested in reading.

sorry for fuzzy pictures, need a steadier hand I guess

gingerbread village ingredients

On our way out.  The  reason for our season and all things beautiful because of it

sharing with The Vintage Nest Share you style

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year

Good bye 2015

A shot of Santa out of our office window

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