Saturday, December 15, 2012

Williamsburg 2012 - Day 2

The next morning we got up, had breakfast, watched the trains and gingerbread houses, colored, played cards, played with dog. C43 got some photos of them with this brass dog in the lobby that they tried to ride:

C8 and the brass dog 2 Girls and the dog

Until finally it was opening time at 9:00. After a little mishap over our tickets (they'd been printed out the night before and were at the front desk) we got out and essentially the first thing we saw was the stocks. This time C8 refused to get in, but she did take photos. I look miserable because I WAS miserable. It turns out it was a sinus infection or something else that needed to be taken care of by antibiotics, and rest and fluids hadn't cut it yet. But I was trying to make the best of it, even if it doesn't look it. Q6 is on my lap there because she couldn't reach the leg stocks while sitting on the bar.

c43 in stocks C43 more stocks  q6 in stocks Q6 in leg stocks E43 in stocks

We decided to head to the gaol at the recommendation of a friend who'd been there last week and said her children (4 & 6) had really really enjoyed the gaol. Plus, I think we'd missed the gaol last time we were at Williamsburg. While on our way there we stopped at the cabinet makers shop. 


The cabinet maker also would have also made ... harpsichords! And they let you touch and play them. 
C8 sitting at the harpsichord

I can't tell what C8 is playing, but Q6 is playing "Rodeo" her favorite piano piece. C8 spent a LOT of time at the harpsichord. I loved the harpsichord ... so quiet and tinkly.

We also visited the cooper, where C8 got piles and piles of shavings, but we failed to take any photos. C8 proceeded to write notes on those shavings for the rest of the weekend.

We eventually did reach the gaol, but it wasn't fun for C8 for some reason, but Q6 did enjoy it moderately. It wasn't the gaol extravaganza that our friends experienced, but it was worth it, if only because to get there we must have passed 5 dogs.

q6 in jail q6 goig into jail

girls at house

We were really on the wrong end of town, but we set off for the maze, stopping when things looked interesting. But the most fun WAS the maze. You go through gardens to get to the maze, which we zoomed through.


c8 on way to maze e42 on way to maze

How many times did we do the maze? I'm not sure. We all did it together, then we each did it on our own, and we tried to guide those in the maze while we sat up above the maze ... but the maze is tall enough that you really can't see anybody in the maze, and Q6 and C8 kept cheating by going through the hedges.

in the maze

The maze from above!
maze from above

After this we walked along the little lake, saw a blue heron up close, and decided to head to lunch.

blue heron 3

After lunch we headed back to the hotel and ran into a cookie-decorating event, and then went swimming at the spa for two hours. Lovely and warm, and the kids had a great time. Just the break we needed.

making cookies

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