In Fall of 2012 I took a long journey to a Funeral Party. Yep, that’s what I said. I traveled 600 miles, from Georgia to Virginia and back, to attend a pre-death celebration someone I never met was throwing for herself, complete with tables full of her favorite food and drink. She’s a foodie, so it was all to die for. I got the invite because I “know” her from her professional work, but before this our only contact was through the virtual world–it’s the 21st century, what can I say?
[You can click on picks to enlarge, twice for extra detail.]
You had to be there….
It turned out to be a fabulous party, with appropriate “Day of the Dead” decor–she works south of the border a lot. While I did not take my primary camera, not wanting to be that obnoxious person, I did end up being that obnoxious person with my smart phone camera. It wasn’t up to the ambient party lights in an outdoor setting, but you get the idea with her Dracula-like coffin propped in the corner of the tent.
They found me behind the tent with an empty bottle of eggnog.
On my way back I stopped at the charming historical tourist town of Williamsburg, home of the College of William & Mary, founded in 1693. I ventured onto the edges of the college grounds and wandered around the town for a couple of hours before continuing on my journey home.
Lined with shops in this historic town, Merchants Square is closed to traffic.
These tables were soon filled as Sunday lunch approached.
Before the crowds showed up….
A lovely Fall Sunday to hang out….
I was going to exclude the following pictures so I wouldn’t bore too much, but then remembered my friend Mary is an architect. So I decided to include them in case she might find them interesting. They are very old buildings, the kind that creak and smell with age. They have been meticulously restored and maintained, so it is a walk back in time if you have a little imagination.
One of the largest on the Square, this building sits on a corner.
There were blocks of downtown businesses, but those focused around the Square were most charming.
This was early before these shops had opened.
Very old brick sidewalks….
I love the steeple on this building.
Lordy, can you imagine how jumpy I felt roaming around all that Old Money going back to King William and Queen Mary? Aside from the requisite tourist traps with historical themed junk to sell, these shops were rich, baby.
This teddy bear was wearing fine wool that cost more than my entire wardrobe.
Speaking of the King and Queen, the College of William and Mary is just across the street from Merchants Square.
The College of William and Mary; 1693
I walked over to take a few photos, and thus began my own goodbye to another friend: my Kodak camera struggled to take the shots, while an old buzzard with a huge camera bag and tripod gave me a hard time for lingering too long in his target area. I am not making this up!
As the son of a bitch hollered at me for occupying a public space–I was there 15 minutes tops–my Kodak stalled and froze over and over. It had never done this before, so I kept trying to work out the electronic problem to take the photos. Finally it rallied and I finished, leaving as slowly as I could walk by Screwface while he scowled at me. Some people….
But I got my shots.
Who expects no people in this shot? Cranky old prune.
Lord Botetourt…and his canon?
Why I persisted: hubs wasn’t on this trip and he loves this stuff.
And more historic buildings for Mary–the architect, not the Queen:
Across from the statue and canon….
The Campus Center
Finally I went to shop and purchase lunch at The Cheese Shop, which my Not-Yet-Departed foodie friend had insisted I visit. I bought some great cheeses and a coffee, plus a grilled cheese sandwich to eat on the road as I had a some hours to drive before dark.
The Cheese Shop is behind the tree in the middle of this picture.
It was quite packed with lunch in full swing.
Choosing was a nightmare: this, no that, and this, oh, that looks good….
Did I mention they give cheese and wine samples? I didn’t drink, of course, but just FYI if you have a designated driver.
I love this shop!
With Kodak, working hard to the last….
Alas, the time came to leave.
Once I was on the highway, I bit into that grilled cheese and lord have mercy, you have NO IDEA how good it was. I couldn’t believe it: it was a CHEESE SANDWICH. The cheese was so exquisite, the bread so fresh, I’d drive back tomorrow just for that if I could talk hubs into it. I’ve tried….
The next day I managed to take some final photos of family I stopped to visit in North Carolina, and then Kodak closed its shutter for the last time.
Silly, I know, but it was this fairly cheap point-and-shoot camera that introduced me to digital photography and taught me so much, which I have shared here.
From beautiful ocean sunrises to cranky old farts, it was a good ride.
[The header is a night photo of Myrtle Beach, S. C., taken with my Kodak from a balcony in Surfside 7 miles away.]
Thanks for indulging me. I hope you found something to enjoy. I have more pics coming with my new Canon DSLR, which I have already introduced with my Space Thingies blog. Until next time, ciao!