They overhung the river where racing skulls were practicing.
The cherry blossoms are fickle; they don’t always come on schedule and their peak lasts only a day or two. I was so fortunate to be able to see such a spectacle. The blossoms are both pink and white, very delicate and fragrant. It’s no wonder they draw crowds of people to Washington every spring. Of course, the forsythia and other spring flowers were in full bloom as well, making the landscape even more spectacular.
Since my flight back to Austin wasn't until late afternoon on Wednesday, Eugenia and I spent the morning visiting President Washington's plantation home, Mount Vernon.
The mansion is lovely, and it was obviously springtime. There were baby lambs in the sheepfold and spring plowing was in progress...the old-fashioned way.
After a scrumptious lunch served by a waiter in period costume, on our way home, we stopped to visit the restored mill that Washington built on Dogue Run Creek in 1771. It produced flour and corn meal, and on the tour guides in period costume demonstrate the process with equipment like that in use during Washington's time.
Next door to the mill is the working replica of a distillery Washington built on the site in 1797.
Eugenia and I had planned to buy George and John each a bottle of the whiskey that is produced and sold on site. Unfortunately, however, each year's production is sold out as soon as it is bottled (at $92 per bottle). Sorry, Guys, but if they hadn't been sold out we would certainly have brought back a bottle for each of you!
It was a wonderful Girlfriends' Get-together; I think it should be an annual event!