About puddlewonder

Barbra Pinnock, originally, wanted to be an English teacher. After earning her B.A. in Literature she decided to pursue her passions for writing and photography. She lived in Okinawa, Japan as a child. The experience left a lasting impression on her and she returned to the island as an adult. After four years abroad she returned to the states. She spent a few more years as a nomad before settling in Virginia. She now lives in Ladysmith, Virginia with her husband and two daughters.

A Day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

On this past Sunday, February 12, 2017, my husband took me and our girls to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to see the Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life. I have been a huge fan of Edvard Munch since I was a teenager. So when I heard the VMFA was going to have an exhibit of his work I knew I had to go. Fortunately, this was a photo friendly exhibit so I was able to capture my aspiring artists in action. My daughters brought along notebooks so they could sketch some of the pieces they liked best. It was a perfect day! The girls asked lots of questions and took their time looking at the art work. When we were done with the exhibit we wondered around the museum to see what else they had to offer for our day of art!

 

 

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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

On December 8th catholics celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. My daughters American Heritage Girls troop, which is sponsored by the CCW at Saint Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception, put out luminaria for the evening mass. It was a fun service project and a beautiful sight! Here are a few photo’s I took.

Honoring Those Who Served America

On Saturday October 15, 2016 my daughter’s American Heritage Girl Troop and our brother Trail Life Troop had the privilege of thanking veterans who were visiting the National Museum of the Marine Corps as part of an Honor Flight. To say that it was a moving experience doesn’t do justice to the memorable morning we had. I am sure that the young men and women will not soon forget the morning spent honoring those who served. Also, a special thank you to museum volunteer Trish, who made sure we were in the right place and gathered a few Quantico Marines for the big send off. She was absolutely wonderful!

 

Birthday Fun

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.  Richard Bach

A Trip to Cape May for a 5K

Had the pleasure of going to Cape May, New Jersey for a fun 5k at the Cape May Winery. It was an AWESOME weekend. We took the Cape May-Lewes Ferry. The crossing there was a bit choppy and over cast, but the return trip was absolutely beautiful! While there we ate at three places each very different and very good. Dinner was at the Good Earth Organic Eatery  where I had a wonderful gluten free almond pesto pasta, YUM! Breakfast, before the race, was at the Avalon Coffee. Although, this was a bakery joint I was able to get some eggs and sausage which were good. The others said the bagels were outstanding and we all agreed that the coffee was excellent. After the race we sampled the wineries many fine wines before we headed to the beach. While down at the beach we got very hungry and stopped into Zoe’s Beachfront Eatery. I had an extremely good hamburger. The food in Cape May is superb. The people of Cape May are so warm and friendly. and so are the vacationers we met a lovely woman and her therapy dog, a standard poodle named Sigmund Freud. It was an trip not soon forgotten. I have already started planning for a return trip with my family. The charming seaside town of Cape May, NJ is one that should be experienced by all.

ARRRRGH!

Our annual pool party was dedicated to the members of the family with big birthdays this year, 30, 40, and 60! So we threw a Pirate Bash!

 

A Visit to Richmond

A few weeks ago my husband and I had the privilege of being childless on a Saturday. Their grandparents had them overnight. What a lovely twenty-four hours. We had been invited down to friends for a cookout and had a few hours beforehand so we went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. This is one of my favorite places. They have a wonderful permanent collection and they get some great exhibits. Here are a few photographs from our day out.

 

Then we went to dinner!