Papa’s World – where we live

We moved to NVA in 1999 – June to be exact – transferring within the company –

both of us – taking our years – pension- 401 K – vacations and knowledge –

after 32 years for me and 20 plus years for Sherry.

GOOD MORNING

We bought two houses –

moved twice – in 6 1/2 years in Fairfax Va.

Then – we found our home – in Brambleton Va. almost thirteen years ago.

Our new library in the town center

We moved into our home – in August – 2006 –

and have watched our little community grow and grow.

They actually built a new town called Brambleton –

and now are finishing the THIRD High School set to open in September!

Main street – Brambleton Va.

Watching all of this – being a part of it – is amazing !

We are a community that sits in the middle of the country –

once you arrive home –

you do not have to go back out into the crazy traffic of NVA.

And in two years or less – the METRO – Silver line – will be 3 1/2 miles away !

The construction of SEVEN more stops is 80 % done –

and will open a brand new line here !

We can hop on – go into D.C. or right to the airports –

everything will be connected !

View of half of Brambleton Town center

New four story town homes just completed –

and recently we have been walking the new trails around a huge lake – man made –

Of the new –

OVER 55 community being built just a half mile from our house.

That community is going to have it’s own retail center along with it’s own HOA !

OUR NEW COUNTY LIBRARY

The new four story library just opened a few months ago –

with a huge teen section where you see the windows on the second floor!

HANSON RECREATION PARK

Yesterday – it was announced that what is known as HANSON FARM –

Has been turned over to the county –

and next month – development will start on a 257 ACRE preserve !

Soccer fields ( grass)10 of them – 2 pro turf fields –

4 ball diamonds – 1 cricket field – multiple tennis and basketball courts.

FIVE LAKES – pavilion’s -picnic areas and tables and grills.

A park lodge – rest rooms – and the list goes on –

all to be completed in two years.

The farm house and outbuildings will be preserved as a historic site.

Tom and Sherry

This is but a glimpse of where we choose to live 13 years ago.

In the end of the development –

there will be an additional 5 to 10 miles of trails to the already 15 miles we have now.

We were very fortunate – we love our home –

(not the cold Winter )

Our roots are now here for the time being.

I hope this provides a look into the Country living in NVA!

Just another day in my life !

GOOD NIGHT

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Papa’s World – Walking the streets of BRAMBLETON VA.

Every morning – we try to walk between 2.25 miles and 3.10 miles.

This is one of the paths we take – along the streets of Brambleton Va.

GOOD MORNING

Our little town has grown in the thirteen years we have lived here.

Today – it still is building out – the third High School opens this September .

Walking the streets

This path is 2.16 miles long – and follows the sidewalks and streets .

Very little traffic – and if you stay on the shaded side – very comfortable.

The whole side of the street by water

Water in a man made stream runs along side the street –

waterfalls – ponds – and flowers and trees !

Beautiful flowers change out each season
One of multiple water falls
Collection ponds
Rocks placed for rapids

The area along here is all man made.

The walk is slightly uphill –

and you can if you wish –

take the path through the little park on the other side of the stream.

Flowers in the medium

The road has several places where flowers are planted in the medium.

The entrance to Brambleton on this side of the development
Brambleton entrance

The other entrance has a water fall twice as large as this one.

Beautiful colorful flowers

Sherry informed me – we are planting these nest year –

She says that each time we walk by them ! LOL

Hasn’t happened in thirteen years !

My two oldest grand daughters

My shirt for the day – taken 12 years ago -the picture that is –

Of Maddy and Ella – when they were 6 and 3 !

The street

Walking back home – we pass a large fishing pond.

Catch and release pond

Although I do not fish – this is a great spot for catch and release.

The ponds are all this way –

Meeting of old men

Each morning – around 7 AM. A quartet of older men –

Gather and sit and talk for a hour or more –

Below the rocks are more chairs –

Most of the day this is shaded.

Small park

Our walks each morning can be different –

Silence – greeting other walkers – bikers and runners.

TOM & SHERRY

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Papa’s World – Surprised – watching a marching band

It started out watching my grand daughter in her first cheer leading !

But – as I watched – I could not help but notice

The Marching Band – Drill Team and Color Guard –

It was very large considering it was a High School band.

I looked at my hand out of the team details

and found that the Marching Band had 243 members !

Now that I thought was what you would most likely see

at a College football game – not High School

Plus – all the equipment that was on the track later to be set up

I took pictures starting from the center
and then a left center
and a right center

A tractor was used to tow part of the equipment out –

There were platforms

one that had stairs and microphones set up at the top

a small platform was seen in this picture

And there were THREE DRUM MAJORS

each with a platform

two small ones right and left

and a high one in the center

where they directed the entire field!

Left Center –
One drum major to the left
and higher up
the Center Drum Major

The music flowed – the drum corp and horn section

all the while the drill team and color guard performed.

During the performance

each member set their hat on the field

all lined up in formation

off to the side

I found that to be quite effective

Right center
with the drum major
directing that side

I do not know the correct name for the instruments in front of the platform

But there were four of them

and microphones set up

and band members with horns and flutes

would climb the stairs and play from up high.

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The whole performance
was to the music
LED – ZEPPLLIN
and I thought performed
really well

The announcement came – they had performed in competition

and each time – FIRST PLACE –

They were going to compete at JMU this weekend

competing against 50 bands from across the Country.

The Briar Woods
marching band
color guard
drill team
Brambleton Va.

Thank you

It was a unexpected viewing

one that I knew little about

Amazed that so many students

participated in all the activities that night

Football team 86

Marching band 243

cheerleaders 30

student section Full

whole experience Priceless

Tom & Sherry

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Papa’s World – where did the Summer go – now – we wait for Winter !

Our Patio
Marcus Bode Taylor Cassidy
and Sherry
they call her MORMOR
Swedish for Mothers Mother

Sadly – almost all our flowers in the Patio are gone-

Thrown away before we get a frost

It is cool in the mornings

mid to high 40’s low 50’s

That is cool for me

As you can tell – I am not a snow and cold person

My idea of weather is low 60’s at night

low to mid 80’s in day time.

Cassidy Tammy Taylor
all three have the same
BIRTHDAY !!!

We celebrated birthdays –

Korean Wall Memorial
The Vietnam Wall Memorial
Reflections
both Physical
and mental
remembering our classmates
in a very use less war.

We took friends on tour of D.C.

The Ghosts of Korea
with Sherry walking among them
THE FORGOTTEN WAR

We were busy – that is how we live life –

always looking ahead – planning –

when you quit – is when you are done

that is how I feel.

Every Sunday morning
in our community
is a Farmer’s Market
Sherry ( MorMor) and Taylor
she is only 9 years old
but I can tell
she is going to be tall
like her MorMor
at 5′ 10″

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