Creativity! Stumbled onto the Richmond Murals

With a couple free hours in Richmond, I went out exploring with my camera.  We were staying at the gorgeous Jefferson Hotel in Downtown Richmond, so I wandered toward and along Broad Street for a bit.  And what a treat!

Block after block of terrific murals, a great little boutique with original dresses designed by some VCU design students, and lots of quirky shops and independent local restaurants.   It was a terrific little afternoon walk.  Between the terrific food, great museums, and other sights  we left Richmond feeling like we had ignored it far too long and would be back again very soon.

I love a city that really embraces creativity!  (Need to get back to find the rest of the murals.)

Check out this link to the 2014 Richmond Mural Project:

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CSA Season Begins!!

The awesome fruits and veggie of Farm Chicks Produce​ are BACK – and I am so happy! :-)

We are part of a wonderful CSA program (community-supported agriculture) with Farm Chicks and it’s an important part of helping us cook and each with the fruits and veggies that grow here in our region and based on what’s in season.  I feel so much better about our meals during CSA season.  Once you have a big bounty of great local food in your fridge, you almost can’t help but plan meals to be sure you can use everything.  And I definitely feel much happier about our family’s nutrition when I know we make healthy choices.

I had to be away from home this morning, so Bryce handled our CSA pickup today.  When I got home, there was a gorgeous and yummy spread of strawberries, asparagus, lettuce, carrots, spring onions, cilantro, and spinach … and of course their delicious eggs for the week.

And aside from the food itself, I look forward to going to our farmers market every weekend and seeing this positive and hard-working family – Amy Cooper and her daughters Maddy and Michelle.  They are always a bright spot in the week.    (and they bake, too!)

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So if you are in VB or Chesapeake, you should definitely check them out at the Chesapeake Farmers Market at City Park.  Here’s a link for a little more info on CSA, and the Farm Chicks Produce website – check it out!

How does CSA Work?

Farm Chicks Produce Website (great recipes too)

Maker Saturday: littleBits DIY Electronics

Today was a terrific Maker Saturday at 757 Makerspace with over 20 kids attending the littleBits Electronics workshop – all ready to learn, tinker and have some fun!

littleBits are an easy and fun way for tinkerers of all ages to learn and invent with electronics.  With modular pieces that connect with magnets (hard to make a mistake!) you can connect power to inputs and outputs.  At a minimum you will have some fun bringing to life some blinking, buzzing, spinning creations.  From there … your imagination is the limit on how to uses these capabilities to create!

There’s a great little intro to the company and their kits on their website here:  http://littlebits.cc/intro

They have made it easy to experiment and hard to make a mistake – basically a color coded scheme where blue connectors are power, pink are inputs (like remote control, sound, light, or touch), green connectors are outputs (like buzzers, scoreboards, light, motors to drive a servo, and orange are wires that help you branch out your circuit so that you can take several actions.

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The kids such a blast – they were inquisitive, hands on, and oh so creative.  Here are some pics from the session.

Today was the first littleBits session and was mostly an ‘open build’ where the kids worked in small teams to experiment and create, then shared their creations and what they learned with the other teams at the end of the class.  Excited to see what next week’s littleBits projects hold.

Great Makerspace Saturday! And, as always, I can’t say enough about 757 Makerspace here in Norfolk.  Visit, join, make!!

Members have access to the space and the Saturday classes are included in your membership. We got the value of our membership from the great classes alone – and have started our first project (stay tuned for a future post.)

Here’s their page and a link to some prior blog posts on their space.

757 Makerspace Website

https://www.facebook.com/757Makerspace

Photography Escape to Cape Hatteras

This year life got in the way of a planned girls weekend getaway, but we were determined to find even a day to get away, laugh a lot, reconnect and enjoy nature.  So my dear friend Suzi and I got our awesome hubbies to hold down the family forts so that we could escape to the North Carolina coast for a little photography getaway

We had a great visit at Cape Hatteras Bed & Breakfast in Buxton, and terrific meals – including a terrific dinner and the most amazing original craft cocktail mixed up at Cafe Pamlico (delicious blend of grapefruit, blood oranges and rum – so good!   But back to the photographs!

 

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