Can you just picture that……

So, here are just a few photos of the journey so far…..

The Capitol building, Washington DC

I never tired of this view and still don't - partly because it is the one view that impresses upon me where I really am !

The John Kennedy grave in Arlington National Cemetery

I've always hoped to visit this monument. Like most who were alive on that fateful November day in 1963, I remember exactly where I was when I heard - sitting watching Emergency Ward 10 with my grandad !

Giant Panda in Washington Zoo

This is certainly one of the highlights thus far - the Giant Pandas in the Washington Zoo. I've always wanted to see one, and now I have !

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The portico of the Library of Congress

This building got my vote for the top D.C. visitor attraction - the Library of Congress. Apparently very few of the natives ever go there, silly, it is quite 'awesome'.

The loo at the Library of Congress

One of the things you notice quite quickly here is the grandeur and cleanliness of the 'rest-rooms', public loo to you and I. They are something else and I have become fascinated to photograph them. Once again, the Library of Congress stands out !

Dog walkers in Washington D.C.

This tickled me, I thought dog walking services were just something that happened in films, like 'In Her Shoes', but no, it actually is a seriously important service, and it costs ! The other amusing 'service' I saw, but could not really snap, was a barrow, like a two wheel market barrow, on which were four rows of bench seats in which sat nursery kids being wheeled along by one nanny !!

Washington Memorial at night

The other icon of the D.C. skyline, the Washington Monumento.

Pentagon from Arlington

The other iconic building is of course the Pentagon, seen here from Arlington Cemetery. I found it strange that right outside the Pentagon is a huge bus stop and metro station with entrances into the building, no pictures are allowed there and there are a lot of men with short hair, dark glasses and machine guns......

The amphitheatre at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Arlington National Cemetery is a sombre impressive place where all the dignitaries gather at times of National remembrance.

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Old English timber frame house in museum in Virginia

The Frontier Heritage Museum of Virginia has houses from the U.K., Ireland, Germany and from the State itself, all depicting stages of the evolution of domestic farmstead architecture.

Old Irish farm house at Virginia Heritage Museum

The 18th Century Irish farmhouse and buildings was my favourite exhibit at the Frontier Heritage museum. The display of old tools and equipment might have influenced me a little.

Irish farmhouse window with rush light

The interior of the Irish farmhouse had period (rare and real !) furniture and fittings such as this rush light - y'all know I love rush lights

Cleft timber fence at the Virginia museum

I was enthralled by the zig zag fencing in the museum which is a traditional free standing cleft timber (oak maybe) structure that can be easily moved. I am going to have a go at making some when I get home.

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Virginia University - the Lawn

This is the famous Lawn area of Virginia University with small student flats around the sides. It is a very desirable University and only the cream get to live in this area.

Thomas Jefferson's home of Monticello

Thomas Jefferson's mansion at Monticello outside Charlottesville, Virginia. For such an immense man the house was not at all over done. I especially liked the clever 'gimmicks' like his door mechanisms, clock systems and bed alcoves.

Old wooden cabin and barn, North Carolina

These old wooden cabin type houses and barns are still to be seen, dotted around the landscape or in the wooded areas, they date back into the 1800s.

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A typical wooden house out in the woods of North Carolina

This is the house where we built the fire pit, it is early 20th century and wooden. I love the old swing o the porch and the setting, this is near Carrboro in North Carolina.

Cabin set in dispersed woodland, NC

The fire pit we built was near the cabin in the distance, this is taken from the house.

A stone fire pit built in a woodland

The fire pit is a common accessory for garden / woodland living out here. This one is dug in clay and is therefore likely to have its own water supply for dousing !

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Bronze depicting slaves holding a heavy burden

Statues and monuments abound in the Universities, this one, depicting slaves holding a great burden, is in Chapel Hill on the University of North Carolina campus (UNC)

Atlanta, Georgia

The Atlanta skyline is dramatic indeed, the traffic is dramatic indeed indeed.

Tank at entrance to Fort Benning, Georgia

Fort Benning, Georgia, it is a huge base for the U.S. Army

Colour troop, Ranger graduation, Fort Benning, Georgia

The Colour Troop stand-to at the Ranger graduation ceremony

The tower at the Ranger Training School, Fort Benning, Georgia

The tower where rope training takes place at the Ranger Training School, Fort Benning, Georgia

Mock patrol of Rangers at the Ranger Training School

The display consisted of mock patrols and other daring do's

Rangers being extracted by a Black Hawk helicopter

The extraction demonstration was impressive, four Rangers dangling under a Black Hawk ain't the sort of thing you get to see every day, even at Fort Benning !

Just a taster of the things I’ve seen and done so far on this amazing trip through the South.  Two weeks gone and two more to go, much of the next week will be spent earning my keep out in the woods at a cabin owned by a family member where Whitney and I have to build a dry stone double arched bridge over a ‘creek’.  As the last few days have seen nothing but rain the water level will be up and it will be an interesting little dual between us and the power of the stream.  We went out to buy the stone on Saturday, about 10 tons of it (stone is expensive over here, that little lot cost over $2000, which increases the pressure to do a good job) which will gradually be turned into a little piece of W & W stone art (Whitney and Welshwaller) here in the hills of Table Rock Mountain, South Carolina.  It may be a while before you hear from me again – mountain cabins are bereft of modern technologies (thank goodness !) but have no fear, I will re-appear before too long – unless a Grizzly gets me that is !!

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