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Last Days in Charlottesville

October 11 – 19, 2015                                                                  Most Recent Post: 
Charlottesville, Virginia                                                                Leaving Shenandoah, Now What?

 

 

We call this ‘the week after Roger left’.  If you didn’t see his “fun” visit to his younger brother use the link under most recent post above.

There are still a few more “home town” things to do.  Bright and early on Tuesday, Winnona goes over to Charlottesville Truck to get new shocks.  She’s going to ride like a dream after the stabalizer and the shocks.

 

 

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The dryer still has to be fixed and put back inside its little spot behind the dutch door. 

 

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And that gets done one piece at a time.  All that’s left is to return the claw foot tub to its spot in front of the window next to the oak washstand.  You can bathe and gaze at the Blue Ridge if you like.

 

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FINALLY, it’s Winnona Wash Day.   Finally we are somewhere that A) will allow us to wash Winnona and B) has water so we can.   Why are there so few drive thru self wash stations tall enough for an RV?  We’ve seen a couple on the road and used them but I sure wish there was a URL with them listed throughout the country.  If you know of one anywhere PLEASE give a shout out and I’ll put together a list.

 

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He doesn’t look enough like grumpy does he?    This picture is for you Bill.

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Our hay man couldn’t get to the fields before they were too far gone so they had to be bushhogged this year.  Actually we wouldn’t want to hay them every year since you do need to leave some to replenish the nutrients in the field.

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It will look green again as soon as all that rots down.  But at least it isn’t up to your shoulders any more.  View is looking down the farm lane to the house.

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This is the view looking west from the yard.

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We have this view above and also the one of the sunset in the previous post from both the living room bay window and the upstairs master bedroom porch.

 

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There’s a pond down there in the middle between the now mowed field and the woods.

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There are trails on the property and the farm road carries on past the house and down to what we call the lower field so it’s time to take a hike and go see how it looks newly mowed.   Definitely fall.   Sure glad we don’t have to rake these leaves.

 

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Looks great.  Those mountains are to the east.  There is a stream running along the right hand side of this field.  It’s one of my favorite places on the property.  We had a huge fire ring down here and once had a labyrinth mowed into the field.

 

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That about wraps up our time in this area. And a good thing too as the over night temperatures dipped down to 33 and 32 two nights this week.  We’ll fix that.   On Saturday, Winnona will be on the road to Florida for the winter and be spending much of the early part of that in the Keys.

25 comments:

  1. Oh I do love seeing the farm, even in the fall after the color is gone. I, like you, however, would be very happy to be heading for the Keys! Travel safe and have fun.

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  2. The views to and from your home are beautiful! The time flew by - are you here another week? The colors and cooler temperatures came on quickly! Hope you have a wonderful Florida winter!!

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  3. I can't wait to read about your experiences in The Keys as we plan to head that direction in the Spring. . .

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  4. If I had a beautiful place like that in the mountains I would never see Florida!

    Try googling "commercial truck wash". I thought about running my 5th wheel through one but never actually did it.

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  5. The Keys might a bit too hot and humid for now. Destin in the pan handle has nice temps for a few months yet. Just my Clueless Know It All advice

    Your farm sure looks nice, thanks for showing it.

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  6. Great to get the jobs done before you head out and fit in some family time too. We cleaned and waxed the "Minnie Vansion" but it is a much smaller job than yours. It still took all day. I will be interested in how the oxidation remover worked. What do you think of the name.....Minnie McVansion" Minnie for short. I have been trying it out today. or Minnie Vansion? :)

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  7. Your farm is so lovely. Wow, I thought we had a lot to do in Ashland, but you guys REALLY had a big to-do list before taking off. Congratulations on getting it all done! It sounds like you kept your reservations in the Keys -- that's great! We'll be seeing you soon!

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  8. Yep, the temps are telling you it is time to migrate...even through your farm is really lovely this time of year!!!

    One solution to getting the RV washed is just follow Bill around. He seems to be able to wash Baby wherever we go;o))

    BTW...the weather is great just bring your kite for the winds...it's bit more than a tropical breeze;o))

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  9. sure is nice and warm down here in Florida...

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  10. I love the smell of freshly mowed hay. Your farm is so beautiful, but I wouldn't want to spend the winter there either, especially if I could spend it in the Keys. Unfortunately, we probably won't be able to go to our site in the Keys this winter. sigh....

    I've heard about Blue Beacon for Rv and truck washing. I don't know anything about them because we've actually never "washed" our MH. We use "The Solution" to wash/wax it. Here is the link for Blue Beacon

    http://www.bluebeacon.com/locationinformation/locationlist/

    I'm looking forward to you finally being able to get to the Keys and see if you love it there as much as we do.

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  11. Someone else was mentioning that there needs to be list of places that you can wash your coach. Wouldn't it be nice if Allstays or RV Park Reviews would start listing them.

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  12. There is a self-wash in Lone Pine, CA with a tall bay and scaffolds for RVs. Put it on your list, it's even open during the drought :-) Loved my claw foot tub, but didn't have your view, nor your enchanting farm. I'm so excited you're off to the Keys - maybe even there now :-) Can't wait to see what you and Laurel get up to!!

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  13. Your property is so gorgeous:) I'm sure it is a little difficult to say good bye again. It is its own wilderness with all the amenties. Lucky you!

    Safe travels to Florida!

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  14. I used Blue Beacon once and they did a good job, but the $70 cost made me reconsider using them on a regular basis.

    I totally understand why you love your farm so much, it's your personal slice of heaven. Must be hard to leave it behind, but heading to the Keys makes it so much easier. Enjoy the sun and surf! :c)

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  15. Your farm is beautiful! We did not want to remain landowners when we went full-time, but we had a city lot. Might have felt differently if we owned a farm as nice as yours.

    We are work camping at Christmas RV Park in Christmas, FL for the winter The park is located just 10 miles or so west of I-95 on Route 50 between Titusville and Orlando. It's a nice, quiet park with basic, but clean, amenities. Stop by if you have a mind to on your travels south.

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  16. Love the farm but sunny FL sounds pretty good with fall passing and winter on its way.

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  17. Safe travels! Love the pictures.

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  18. I wouldn't mind some bathing and gazing.

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  19. I could park Harvey on your property and have a great time :)

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  20. What a beautiful farm you have, I always enjoy seeing pictures of it. Sounds like your last few weeks have been busy. Safe travels south.

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  21. I have enjoyed following your blog for over a year. We gave a shout out to you on our latest blog post today at explorvistas.com. Safe travels to Florida, Diana

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  22. For those who care, I was disappointed in the Protect All - Oxidation Remover & Color Restorer. Nice label, big claims but very average product performance. Seemed watery to me and did not have much grit for the oxidation removal. Looking forward to some beach time now. ;)

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  23. Beautiful pictures!! It looks great at the farm and I'm sure Winnona runs great now and is looking lovely after her wash - Love Dad's shirt up there on the RV. LOL. Great pic. Nice solar panels too!

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