The first week of December I joined three of my quilting buds for a week at Sandbridge Beach, just south of Virginia Beach! It was mild the first day, then very cold and windy the rest of the week. Which didn’t stop us from taking walks along the deserted sand, but kept us inside most of the time stitching away. I finished two quilt tops and a bunch of knick knacks for Christmas – see the Dan Springs blog for more photos.
We had delicious meals – each of us did a night or two, and breakfast out twice at Big Sam’s Inlet Cafe and Raw Bar at Rudee Inlet. First of those was to get warm – power was off all night Friday, and it got very cold inside the cottage!! We visited the Fabric Hut in Norfolk, one of the last family owned, full service fabric stores left, and reveled in their wide selection. A couple of stores down in that same mall we discovered The Leather Arts store, opened just four months. They specialize in leather accessories for the reenactment trade, particularly for the Renaissance period. Of interest to us sewers, they had an industrial Singer sewing machine that they’d converted to handcrank for finer stitch control!
First Landing State Park, formerly Seashore State Park, is 30 minutes north of Sandbridge and full of hiking trails, paved and natural. We bundled up on Monday and strolled the park and beach late in the afternoon, then drove down to the Virginia Beach boardwalk just as it got dark to see the Christmas Lights! Saw the displays for the Twelve Days of Christmas before all the pedestrians (that would be just the four of us!) were warned off as they were opening the boardwalk to car traffic for the evening.
A fun, productive week! Now to catch up on prep for Christmas!