Thursday, June 26, 2014

Virginia Beach Getaway Part I

The sun setting on my final night. Just a quick walk down the street from Laura and Brian's.

Last weekend, I made my annual trek to Virginia Beach to visit my good friend, Laura.

Laura and Brian's is my home away from home. Whenever I visit I know I'll have good times, good talks, nature walks and get the chance to dip my toes (and this time, my whole self) into the ocean and/or bay.

American Lotus flowers from the Crezia Covington Reed Lotus Garden. An amazing sight and one worthy of its own post...stay tuned!
While on a five mile trek in the local park discovered this little guy.

I also get to check out Brian's vegetable garden. Each year it gets a bit larger and more impressive. I love getting a tour from the head gardener himself!

Brian in his ever-impressive vegetable garden.
Corn silk. Brian described the sex life of a corn plant...really pretty fascinating!
One of this year's tomato varieties sounded a lot like my name. Here I am posing with my tomatoes.

Laura always cooks up something delicious using some of the garden veggies. This time, it was a dish featuring roasted eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and garlic with raisins, cinnamon and a dash of hot pepper. YUM!!

Eggplants from Brian's garden before being chopped up for a delicious dish.

I had a special companion traveling with me this trip. I brought along, Bedeliah Boop (Betty's favorite aunt). I made Bedeliah over 20 years ago when I first started making dolls. The pattern I used was designed by my friend, Andrea Perkins. Bedeliah was one of a few dolls in which I completely stitched the face, in this case using stem and satin stitches. I remember her being a favorite of Laura's from years back (Laura even wrote a poem about her). I decided that it was time for Bedeliah to retire and in no better place than Virginia Beach with Laura!

Bedeliah posing with a bouquet from Laura's flower garden.
Close-up of Bedeliah's face...all hand stitched!

Thanks dear friend for inviting me to visit and being such a warm and wonderful host!

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