The next morning we decided that we would go and visit the battlefield at Petersburg, but when we arrived the gate was closed. This was what we expected, and we found a "paper note" attached to the Stop sign that read as follows: "Because of the Federal Government Shutdown, this park facility is closed." Oh well. Sometimes we just can't do what we want to do, but it surely is bad under the circumstances we have here. Since we couldn't enter the park, we went into the adjacent cemetery, and there we had an interesting adventure. We met a group of "Sons of Confederate Veterans" who were busy repairing the grave sites of Civil War Veterans. I spoke with several of the men, and soon they agreed to let me take their picture. Imagine taking your Saturday morning to repair graves. These fellows are dedicated.
Well Diana and I decided that the time had arrived that we should
go to the Club's meeting. When we arrived we met so many friends. Almost as soon as we pulled into the driveway, we saw Dave DeKort and his mother, Mary, who drove from North Carolina to attend the meeting. Then we saw Kim Langston who is now married, and has a young son. It was difficult for Kim to make the trip, but she did, and we were so glad to see Kim. I must also tell you about the wonderful hospitality of President Paulette Miller and her popular young son, Michael, who is an outstanding hybridizer. Paulette and Michael took us to dinner on Friday evening, and after our meal we just kept
talking, and the young waitress must have "given-up" on trying to reassign our table. I must likewise mention Club Member, Louise Walton. I do not recall having sold daylilies to Louise, but she owns these daylilies that I've introduced: KENNESAW MOUNTAIN HAYRIDE, LEMON SORBET, PASTOR LAURIE ANN MOELLER, RED SAPPHIRE, and CHILLED ORANGE SORBET. Louise likes my daylilies, and this really lifts my spirits. Thanks Louise for giving me the good news.
I want to also mention that it was a wonderful treat to speak before a Club whose members include the Esteemed Hybridizer, Ms. Margo Reed. Margo was selected by the AHS as "Hybridizer of the Year." This recognition is a significant accomplishment, and I think that H. MARGO REED INDEED is one of her very best introductions.
We saw much more in Virginia including the Governor's Mansion, and a massive statue of General Washington. Wow! He was a Virginian as well.
When we returned home I was tired. I went to sleep.
Thanks again to the Richmond Area Daylily Society. Coming to visit with you was much, much fun!