Monthly Archives: July 2010

Easements around Oatlands preserve history and conserve the environment…

A few days ago Sandy Lerner of Ayrshire Farm in Upperville announced that she has placed Mountain Gap Farm under protective conservation easement.  Ms. Lerner purchased the 350 acre farm in 2008 to save it from sub-division development.  Mountain Gap Farm joins Oatlands’ … Continue reading

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Lovely weather today at Oatlands

It’s one of those perfect days here at Oatlands.  The storm yesterday cleared all the stagnant, stale wet air.  Although much of the surrounding area suffered tree damage and power outages, we had only minor tree “self-pruning” and a brief outage here. … Continue reading

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Day by Day History…

Today I stumbled across a Twitter feed from @patriotcast.  They tweet out day by day history of the American Revolution–really neat.  It made me think about our perspective on history.  Reading a diary, journal or even an old newspaper can … Continue reading

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Summer Garden Wine Tasting was great fun!

All enjoyed our Summer Garden Wine Tasting last night!  In spite of the hot weather, Mary Watson-DeLauder gave an energetic and engaging seminar about how the taste of herbs and seasonings in food impacts the taste of wine.  She demonstrated … Continue reading

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The earth shakes at Oatlands

We woke this morning to our houses shaking…such a rare occurence here that people had no idea what was happening until it was over.  It was a very small earthquake, centered across the Potomac  River near Gaithersburg, MD.  We certainly felt … Continue reading

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Greener and greener…

We’re glad to have every drop of rain we can get!  I just walked through the garden and the earth smells grateful to have a good soaking.  Everything looks a shade greener already, although we need even more rain to … Continue reading

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Snakes in a barn

Well, one little snake anyway.  This photo is of a small black snake-skin right outside the brick bank barn.  Black snakes are just one of the helpful species of wildlife at Oatlands.  Our 360 acres of precious open land shelter all … Continue reading

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