Sunday, April 7, 2013

Colonial Williamsburg 2013, Day 3

Our third day was the Lord's day, which found us starting our day at Bruton Parish as has been our pattern for the last several visits.  I forgot my camera, so I don't have a picture to show, but our view from the balcony looked a lot like the image here.

Our afternoon tour of the town included a visit to the cabinetmakers who work in this charming little workshop.  Someone called our attention to the different roof materials on the two sections of the building, so we asked one of the cabinetmakers why the taller building got a new roof, and not the entire building.  We were told the lighter colored shingles are actually clay tiles that were installed in the 1960s!  Presumably the darker roof, which I believe has wood shingles, was installed after the clay tile roof, although no one explained why the two roofs are different.  Oh well, I guess we'll have to ask that question the next time we stop in.

This chest was constructed by the cabinetmakers, but it's not accessible to the public since it holds the tools of the workers and rests in their work area.  Now THAT'S a tool chest!

Sadly, the little garden we document on each visit looks about as bare as we've ever seen it.

Our afternoon took an interesting turn when Karen and I struck up a conversation with this young man that was practicing cricket bowling on the lawn of the Market Square.  Just a few hours earlier, a customed CW interpreter had invited us to a cricket match as we exited Bruton Parish; that interpreter happened to be this young man's father.  Levi Walker and his sister Annaiah (to his left) turned out to be two of five home-educated siblings that have lived with their parents on the property of Colonial Williamsburg for the last five years, currently residing in the home behind Levi which happens to sit directly east of the Peyton Randolph House.  Levi's dad, Brett, is a journeyman shoemaker that works in the shop on Duke of Gloucester Street, and is organizing an 18th century cricket match at Bacon's Castle on April 20.  The game will be played to 1755 rules, 18th century dress is expected for players and spectators, and vendors are encouraged to hawk their wares (which I assume will be period-correct as well).  If you're in the area on the 20th, head out to Bacon's Castle and check it out!

By late afternoon, the weather and lighting were ideal for a little fashion photo shoot.

Since lambing is in full swing right now, we've been scouring the city to find its newest residents.  We finally found these two siblings in the pasture to the north of the Blue Bell Tavern.  Even though sheep have a reputation for being stupid, these two lambs are still very cute.

While exploring behind the Blue Bell (yellow building in the background), we found this gazebo that I'd never noticed before.  This structure has several interesting features, one of which is the screens all the way around the structure, which makes it suitable for evening use in mosquito-infested Illinois.  I don't know that I'd call this gazebo my favorite in town, but it's definitely in my top five.

Finally, a rare shot of Karen and I courtesy of Kathryn.


  1. Loving the new jacket ensembles, ladies! The color combinations are lovely, and the styling is beautiful. You two look like you walked right out of period prints!

  2. Thanks, Rebecca! It was fun getting some new clothes after several years of wearing the same things (well, me at any rate). I'm not sure that Kurt has any pictures of himself in his new suit of clothes, but they sure do look nice on him! (Even if I say so myself) It's a green coat and cream breeches and waistcoat.

    Karen (the Mrs.)