The Courthouse located in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia

We had a tour of the Courthouse in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Our guide explained every detail on how the Courtroom proceedings were handled years ago.

Crimes varied from thefts to horse stealing and fights that got out of control. Some people that stayed in an inn did not pay their bill so the inn keeper took them to court. Stronger offenses were handled in a different court.

You would be judged by a jury of your peers and they would meet in  a private room in  the courthouse until their decision was reached. There was also a private room for the judge and lawyers to to meet in. The judge would hand down the sentence which could be very severe. You could be hung, branded for life or put in the stockade,etc. Your ears would be nailed to boards on the stockade. They would cut your ears open to remove the nails from your ears once your sentence was served out in full. If you were lucky you could work off your debt to society and not be scared for life.

The reason why we say pass the bar exam for future lawyers. The bar was the bar in front or the gate that opened in the front of the courtroom. The judge, lawyers, and jury would sit in that area. The people watching or the general public would sit back of the bar. So when you pass your bar exam you are a lawyer that has earned the right to sit up in front of the bar with the judge, other lawyers and jury.

On court days, lots of people would gather around the courthouse to participate in public  affairs within their community. George Washington had been in the original courthouse in Williamsburg, Virginia to watch a trial.

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Market Square in Colonial Williamsburg, Virgina

I loved looking at and seeing the old stores that they had at the time of George Washington. The people in the stores were dressed in the attire of years ago. All of their talks and demonstrations were very informative of how people made a living in Colonial times.

We had a tour of the Barber and Peruke Maker. Peruke means “artificial head of hair ” in the French language. Wigs were popular for men in the 17th and 18th centuries. They would shave off all of your natural hair and then they would fit you for a wig. Very few women had a wig because they did not want their hair shaved off. Wigs were very expensive and only the upper 5 % could afford to buy one. A wig such as George Washington’s took over 100 hours to make. Wigs were made from Yak, horse, goat and human hair.

We had a tour of the Apothecary or Drug Store. The original brown containers from the 1700’s that held the different compounds were in the store. All of the stores were very dark inside since they depended on candle light for light. Medicine was rolled in licorice root to give it a better taste. The different compounds were mixed together for your particular medicine.

The dressmaker spent 100 hours making a wedding dress as it was very labor intensive. A politicians suit with vest and all the lining took the tailor 100 hours to make. Corsets could take 50 hours or more to make.

The  cabinet maker made cupboards, doors, and window frames for your home. He had every kind of wood plane that you could imagine for the different shapes and cuts to decorate the trim with. He also made wooden benches for outdoor use.

The shoemaker used leather from cattle and goats to make your shoes. Goat leather was used in the more expensive shoes as it is very soft and subtle. A pair of boots like George Washington wore took one half a years wages that most people got paid. Excellent quality shoes took 8 hours to make. Slip on slippers took 3 hours to make.

We went to the silversmith shop. They still make jewelry today that is stamped Colonial Williamsburg. I purchased a sterling silver cross of Lorraine. They sell candle sticks, rings, necklaces, ear rings and much more.

We had a tour from the Weaver. He told us it took all day to weave 13 yards of fabric. In Colonial days he would start out as an apprentice. He would have the apprenticeship for five years with no wages but he would get room and board. When the apprenticeship was finished he would be a journeyman. If he could save up a half years wages he could buy a loom and start his own shop.

We watched the Printer and Bindery man putting leather on a book. He said you had to be very careful shaving the leather so you would not put a hole in it and have to start over. He used cowhide to cover the books. He had to heat various irons for different patterns on the leather. If you heated the iron too hot you would burn the leather. You could not rest because if you stopped the pattern would be off and the leather cover would look terrible. The very wealthy would have gold gilded leather covers put on their books.

History truly came to life on Market Square in Colonial Williamsburg, Virgina.

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What To Look For In A Good Restaurant

If I see a lot of people in a parking lot of a restaurant I figure they must have good food. If you need to make reservations that is a good sign that their food must be good. People waiting in line to get in the restaurant speaks volumes about the quality of their food.

I like to be waited on right away when I am seated at my table. I want my waitress to come around with a glass of water and their menu. I like to place my order within ten minutes of being seated at the longest. I go to a restaurant that is willing to remove ingredients that I might be allergic to from my meal. If they are not accommodating  to my request I will never return again.

At a fine dining establishment they will not say can I seat you guys when two ladies walk in. The waitress will say how are you ladies today, may I seat you at a table or a booth. A topnotch restaurant will have cloth napkins and tablecloths and a special atmosphere that is very attractive along with all of the appointments.  One should treat themselves to fine dining on occasion. Try their special deserts such as creme brulee, panna cotta , tiramisu , and more.

I look for cleanliness in a restaurant if their floors are dirty or their tables I figure their kitchen must be dirty also. I do not want to see dust on the light fixtures right above my food. I do not want them vacuuming while I am eating. Cleaning should be completed and done before they open there doors for business.  I check out restaurant reviews online as they can be very helpful in choosing where to eat out.

I want to eat in  restaurant with relaxing music and a relaxing and calming environment after along day of work. I want a waitress that brings around more water or coffee and that ask me how my meal was. I want a friendly and accommodating waiter or waitress. Happy dining and awesome food awaits you in all of your travels.

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The Fall Season

We can enjoy the fruits of our labor in the fall season. We hope we have a bountiful harvest of crops, vegetables, fruits, etc. to enjoy over the cold months ahead. We have our furnaces checked and anti – freeze checked in our vehicles to make sure they are in optimal working order.

I enjoy working outdoors in the fall months as it is cooler and things are at a more relaxing pace. I enjoy looking at the fall leaves along the river as they are in their beautiful fall colors. Harvest festivals in the small towns are fun to attend with the decorated pumpkins, arts and crafts and antiques and more for sale by the local vendors and others.

Towns have events to entertain the children such as face painting and horse and buggy rides for the young and old and games with prizes they give to the children. Some towns have a talent show for the kids such as singing, dancing, etc. Caramel apples are always a big hit along with bobbing for apples.

 

I love to eat at the local restaurants and try out there homemade candy, apple cider, and stop at coffee shops for a latte. I love to walk around and look at the antiques in the local antique stores as certain items take me back to childhood days. Shopping in small towns is always fun you are waited on quickly and efficiently and every store has wonderful and different discoveries. I tend to always find that something  little something extra that I cannot pass up. Small town shopping is an overlooked treasure sometimes. Every store is unique in what it for sale.

 

 

 

Take time to travel and relax in the fall season. You have worked hard all year long so enjoy the fruits of your labor and live your life to its fullest with Gods bountiful harvest that he provides for us. Enjoy Gods harvest of colors this fall as you look at the leaves on the trees.

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Kelly Gau Opened A New Studio Located In Lake Mills, Iowa

I was provided Art Supplies from Kelly Gau Studio located In Lake Mills, Iowa to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100% honest and my own.

I love the lighting in her new studio and the abundance of supplies she had to make your art project with. My friends Sara Broers, Mary Levad Lovstad, and Donna Hup started working on our creations. Kelly helped us with anything we needed help with and she was very kind and helpful through the entire art creation.

I found working on my art creation with friends to be very relaxing and a fun and wonderful way to spend our evening. I love cats, traveling and Inspirations with Laura which I incorporated into my art project. I have a gray cat on my canvas, the cats background is a map of the World and butterflies flying freely along with a bright sun and a bright blue cloud. i wanted to incorporate every aspect of what I write about and love on my canvas. You can learn a persons likes very quickly by looking at their art work as their art work reflects a part of them in each and every project that they create on their own.

 

Kelly Gau Studio takes ages 3 and up that can make their own unique creations. She offers birthday party, after school art, wall hangings and create seasonal art projects. Kelly Gau also has another studio located in Albert Lea, Minnesota.  You can contact Kelly at 1-641-590-3235 for more information.

Children would absolutely love a birthday party canvas art project with all of their friends. Her studio is easy to enter and is right on Main Street in Lake Mills, Iowa.  Making art projects is an expression of your inner self. Get your creative juices flowing and book a creative canvas event at Kelly Gau Studio with your friends as you will be amazed at what you can create and say about yourself in one art project.

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Alcatraz Penitentiary Located In San Francisco, California

I had a guided tour of Alcatraz and our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Alcatraz Penitentiary. He was a wonderful guide and he said the worst thing  for prisoners on Alcatraz was to hear the nightlife and to hear people laughing and having a good time in San Francisco while they were stuck on the Rock.

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I was impressed with the size of Alcatraz and its vast history over the years. Alcatraz has 104 year prison history. It started out as a military prison in 1859 and ended in 1963 when the last inmates left the Rock and Alcatraz to be transferred elsewhere. Remnants of each time frame can be seen today , the National Park Service has had a caretaker for the island since 1972. The water in San Francisco Bay is only 58 degrees making escape from the island very difficult as the body can go into hypothermia very quickly and shut down in the cold frigid waters.

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Alcatraz is under preservation. The buildings are getting new roofs and being repainted so future generations can learn the history of Alcatraz. The jail cells are only 5 ft. wide , 9 ft. deep and 7 ft. high which are very small. Al Capone was a prisoner on the Rock along with George ” Machine Gun ” Kelly and more.

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Alcatraz is one of the top places people have on their bucket list to see. Paris and the Eiffel tower are number one. People are very curious about Alcatraz and the various escape attempts that were made over the years to get off of the Rock. The movie escape from Alcatraz has also made seeing Alcatraz in person so tempting and interesting. The method of escape in the movie was the same attempt the actual prisoners made while stuck on the Rock. They removed the grate in their cell and put homemade heads in their beds and when the guards hit their beds the artificial heads rolled to the floor. Alcatraz had 1500 prisoners pass through it doors over the years.

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Muir Woods National Monument California With Ancient Redwood Forests

I was very impressed with Muir Woods National Monument. The trails were nicely marked and I loved the peace and serenity in the woods and looking at the impressive ancient Redwood trees.

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A redwood tree can live up to 2000 years. The tallest redwood tree is 250 ft. and the widest is over 14 ft. Most of the redwood trees that are mature range from 500 to 800 years old. There are delicate wildflowers in the park, ferns, bay laurels, and big leaf maples.

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In 1908 Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the area a national monument under the Antiquities Act of 1906. The area was named to honor John Muir a conversationalist. The Kent family donated their land of uncut stands of redwoods  to the federal government in 1905 to ensure its protection.

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Spotted owls, bats, deer, raccoons and various birds live in the quiet redwood forest. There are snakes, chipmunks, gray squirrels, fish, and salamanders that live in the woods.

I love the layout for the hiking and walking trails in the park. The average daytime temperature in the park is 40 to 70 degrees F. I only needed a lightweight jacket on to keep warm.

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Two weddings were taking place in the woods the day I came. The couples had wedding dresses on and tuxedo’s. The park would be a perfect place for a wedding. It is so peaceful and scenic and serene in the Muir Woods National Monument.

I was taken back by the size of the ancient redwood trees. The trees are very impressive indeed. The tallest tree in the woods is about 250 ft. tall. You can tell the age of the trees by counting the rings in the tree after you cut it down. The winter wet season gets most of the average total of 40 inches of rain for the year. When the creek becomes swollen with too much water it enables the threatened steelhead and endangered coho salmon to be able to move up the creek and spawn.

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Seeing Muir Woods National Monument in California with the ancient redwood forest was the high point of my vacation. I would highly recommend seeing this national treasure in your lifetime.

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Sibley Birds Guide Second Edition Book from Chewy.Com

I as provided Sibley Birds Guide Second Edition Book from Chewy.Com to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

The second edition Sibley Birds Guide book  is completely revised with more than 600 new paintings and 111 rare species added, new information on behavior and habitat, and more tips on finding species in the field. The book is written and illustrated by David Allen Sibley.

The illustrations in the book are 15 % to 20 %  larger for better detail. There are nearly 7000 digitally remastered paintings for better print quality. The attention to extended detail on every bird is exquisite and extensive.

I have learned to look at birds more carefully and pay more attention to their wing patterns and markings making it easier for me to identify them correctly the next time I see one. I also pay closer attention to their bill length and the overall size of the bird and learning their songs and calls.

I have learned what kind of trees or brush attract the birds in my own backyard. Some birds like older mature trees and others prefer pine trees. Some of my birds like to eat dried up berries on some of my hedges. Older trees are a good area for birds to go that like eating insects and ants that are found in and or on older mature trees.

The Sibley Guide to Birds from Chewy.Com is a must have guide for the basic bird lover. I love how the Sibley Bird Guide shows you the pictures of the young birds and then the fully mature picture of the bird. It is interesting to see how the coloring in their feathers changes as they become more mature birds.

I have learned what kind of birds like to eat at bird feeders.  I learned that if their feathers are laying down or up it means that they are cold, scared or completely relaxed. The Sibley Birds Guide is my far the best bird guide book I have ever owned. I keep it by my chair which is located by my picture window and my bird feeders for quick and easy reference.

My cats are delighted that I have the Sibley Bird guide book from Chewy.Com. With the new guide book our caregiver can attract more birds at her bird feeder to keep us entertained throughout the day.

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Bread and Buttercreme Patisserie & Eatery Located in Clear Lake, Iowa

I was provided lunch at the bread and buttercreme patisserie & Eatery in Clear Lake, Iowa to facilitate my review. All thoughts are 100 % honest and my own.

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They have homemade high quality baked goods and chef created small plates. I ordered there Lobster Bisque Soup which was outstanding in flavor and quality.  The soup tasted just like the lobster bisque soup that I ordered in Maine years ago.

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I also ordered a cranberry muffin that had a slight lemon flavor to it. The muffin was nice and fresh and just melted in my mouth. The slight taste of lemon elevated the muffins flavor to the next level. I will order the muffin every time that I go to the bread & buttercreme patisserie and eatery in Clear lake, Iowa.

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They have an outstanding and welcoming atmosphere. They offer gluten free baked goods, Tapas, pizza, Prime Rib, hamburger & fries and much more.

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They serve coffee, cocktails, cinnamon rolls, pecan rolls, wraps, candy, pastries and more.  They sell various kinds of bread. They sell fancy cheese cakes. At Christmas time the cookies they sold were decorated nicely and would make an awesome Christmas gift or ad a special flare to any family gathering. Bread & Buttercreme offers catering for your special events or meetings.

Bread & Buttercreme serves a egg bake with ham,  Swiss cheese, spinach, special mayonnaise  and more.They have a lunch menu and a dinner menu. Their food is priced right and our waitress was very friendly and accommodating to our every need and want.

The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxing and you can hear the other people talking at your table quite easily. The pictures and decorations in bread & buttercreme were spot on. I have found a place that I will keep coming to on a regular basis and I will be inviting my friends to come and eat with me.

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Boudin Bakery In San Francisco, California

Boudin Bakery has been in business since 1849. They are known for their famous Sour Dough bread. Mrs. Louise Boudin was quiet the business woman and made the company what it is yet today. The sour dough bread is made in the shapes of teddy bears, turtles, alligators and more. They sell light and dark breads, croissants and much more. The Sour Dough bread has only four ingredients which are : mother dough, flour, salt and water. The sour dough bread is made with a mother dough which has Lactobacillus sanfrancisco bacteria in motion that gives it a unique sour dough taste that can only be produced in San Francisco.

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My friend and I ate several times at Boudin Bakery which is located along Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco. I ordered the Turkey and Avocado sandwich on a croissant and Clam Chowder soup in a sour dough bread bowl. My friend had the same except she had the tomato basil soup. Our food was excellent and came to our table quickly. I ordered some hot chocolate later on and it was perfect with lots of chocolate.

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The bakery is constantly very busy with people buying the various breads and ordering food to eat.  I enjoyed the museum upstairs that tells about the history of Boudin over the years. I enjoyed watching their big commercial ovens and the entire operation of making the various breads. The breads only take five to twenty minutes to bake depending on the size of the loaf of bread they are baking.

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Boudin Bakery has something for everyone. They have a vast menu and many gift items available. I purchased a can of clam chowder soup and drinking chocolate to take home with me and enjoy in the long winter months to come. I ate an Almond Croissant that was filled with almond paste and it was outstanding in taste and flavor. I would highly recommend going to Boudin Bakery in San Francisco, California.

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