Oct 31, 2010

Autumnal Sojourn in D.C. with Eric

I had the most wonderful past weekend  visiting my son, Eric, in D.C. The weather was magnificent and although our time together was brief, it was a most memorable time shared.

He abides with my perpetual requests to tour one or more of D.C.'s museums each time I visit.  This time we toured Marjorie Merriweather Post's mansion museum, Hillwood.  I don't quite understand why she is called 'Mrs. Post' as that is her maiden name and she was married four times. I guess it's easier that way. No need to change the monograms, of which I am most certain she had many. Oops! 
Mrs. Post was the uber collector par none. Her decorative arts collections are beyond compare and I can only imagine how much more she would have accomplished had she experienced the Ebay marketplace. :) We walked the grand estate grounds all dressed in their fall  finery and took a docent-led tour of the mansion. After pondering whether or not to have a late lunch at the tea house on the estate grounds, we opted  for the famous
Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street.
I do not regret that decision one iota.
 Afterwards, Eric gave me a tour of D.C.'s wonderful Rock Creek Park in its autumnal splendor. Such a glorious day shared with my wonderful son.
 A real memory maker.

Here are the best ingredients for a D.C. Autumnal afternoon at Hillwood:

Start with a canopy of maples and peeking dappled sunlight
 Blend in a bright riot of mums that encircle the luscious lawn .
Sprinkle in several deer grazing along the garden's border.
Listen to the waterfall  gently cascading down the hillside.
Skip across the brook on the delicately balanced stepping stones.
Remember this spent happy day forever.

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