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Brandywine and Longwood


Again, my husband’s idea of a day off is to run around learning things so we started off the day by going to the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. The artwork is exhibited in a 19th-century grist mill, and is known for its collection of works by three generations of Wyeths.

We were lucky enough to be given a tour by Andrew Wyeth’s only grandchild, Victoria Wyeth. She is a tiny spitfire and she gave us a lot of background information about her family. She, by the way, is not an artist – she’s a Harvard educated psychologist.

The museum is beautiful in the wintertime. They celebrate the season with fabulous holiday displays including an extensive O-gauge model railroad, an elaborate Victorian dollhouse, and thousands of whimsical "critter" ornaments that are made exclusively of natural dried flowers, grasses, seeds pods, and leaves. The critters can be animals, angels or people.

We then went to Longwood Gardens for their Christmas display.



Here’s a picture of the indoor cranberry bog with over 500,000 cranberries. Isn’t it gorgeous and Christmassy?


…and a pic of me standing in front of one of their beautiful outdoor Christmas trees.




…and the Hubster

…and one final picture from Longwood – this was hanging from the ceiling of the observatory as we walked in


We ended our day at Jimmy John’s, a small truck stop that sells the best burgers around – a place that has been part of our Christmas traditions for 30 years. They have several trains that are decorated for Christmas that run around the top of the building and in several display cases. My kids always loved to go there after we visited Longwood…and this is where the Hub and I became a little sad, remembering all the times we took our oldest son here. Oh well…maybe he is remembering us now also.



10:40 p.m. - Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008
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