The Cherry on Top: Old Hill Cidery

This week’s prompt for The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge is “Cherry on Top”.  As an explanation, Michelle offers:

“The cherry on top. The icing on the cake. Or, as the straightforward folks at Oxford Dictionaries explain it, “a desirable feature perceived as the finishing touch to something that is already very good.”

My most recent “cherry on top” experience happened on the return leg of a road trip through Virginia Jay and I took for our anniversary a few weeks ago.  From the beginning the vacation was exactly what we hoped it would be: relaxing at a gorgeous resort (Primland) between hikes in the Blue Ridge mountains with a very few touristy destinations (like Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest and Chateau Morrisette Winery) thrown in the mix.

The last stop on our journey home required a short detour off Interstate 81 to the town of Timberville, VA.  Our destination? Old Hill Cidery, which we found nestled among rolling hills in the Shenandoah Valley.  The grounds were adorable, the cider tasting was educational and fun, and because we were the only customers in the shop at the time, we enjoyed a friendly conversation with the young woman who ran the shop.  She then directed us behind the shop, where we found a unique “Virginia is for Lovers” sign with a quintessential rural Virginia view.  It was the perfect ending to our anniversary trip, an unexpected and delightful “cherry on top”!

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{ View from the parking area of Old Hill Cidery }

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{ Cider Tasting }

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{ View of the Shenandoah Valley }

Check out other “cherry on top” offerings at The Daily Post.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Curve

The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland
The Italian Chapel, Orkney, Scotland

The Italian Chapel, which was lovingly constructed by Italian POWs, is an interesting little piece of World War II history tucked away beside a cow pasture on the main island of Orkney in the North Sea.

Today’s post is inspired by the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge.

The Strathmore Highland Games: A Photo Gallery

One of the highlights of our Scotland trip last summer was the Strathmore Highland Games held on the grounds of Glamis Castle.  It was such a fun mixture of culture, country life, and athleticism.  The 2016 Strathmore games are taking place this Sunday, June 12 and in their honor I’m posting a gallery I put together from the photos of our happy experience last year.  How about a little Scottish culture consumption?

 

 

 

 

Scale (and Observation)

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We toured several castles as we traveled through Scotland last summer.  Each was unique in history and situation and we enjoyed them all.  Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of James V and Mary Queen of Scots, was our favorite of the bunch.  I’m using some photos from the Great Hall to show Scale for today’s assignment.  The hall is impressive as a ruins.  Imagine how magnificent it must have been in its glory…

Fireplace of the Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace
Fireplace of the Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace

 

Window of the Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace
Window of the Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace

 

Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace
Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace

 

Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace
Great Hall, Linlithgow Palace