Monday, May 25, 2009

Here's to Sweet Briar, Hola! Hola! Hola!

A view of Sweet Briar from Daisy's grave in whose memory the College was created.
There are 3250 acres of land at Sweet Briar.
Sweet Briar has an impressive equestrian program, so the resulting horses put out to pasture for those of us who ride, but don't ride is a welcome massage to the eye if nothing else.
Need I say more? It is truly lovely.
The boathouse at one of the two lakes on campus.
Until recently, there was a working dairy at Sweet Briar. As we went on long walks around 'the dairy route' which is a 2.5 mile trial that appropriately passed by the Sweet Briar Dairy we would see charming Holstein cows grazing on the rolling hills. At the dining hall we would enjoy our own milk and yogurt (whole, thank you very much). It was sad to see it go. Many of the buildings have been revamped and refitted to house the Fine Arts (of which I was a major) including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, ceramics and graphic arts. It is a first rate facility - wow!
The new Fine Art buildings (in dark red)
Peony garden at the President's House
I believe someone thought this was a indigenous magnolia tree -- it was stunning.
L-R: Brooke, Latane, Susan
L-R: Michelle, Monica, Brooke, Kathy, Margaret, Latane, Laura
Laura and Latane walkin' the dairy route
More eating
Chatting, Chatting and more Chatting
More Walking L-R: Monica, Sandy, Susan, Laura, Brooke
We all wondered before going how it would be between us all 20 years later, and what we found were the strong roots of friendship, love and admiration that have withstood the test of time. 
All of us are glad we choose to go and made an effort to get there, though time and finances were sometimes pulling us back towards home and the present. 
We have a renewed appreciation and love for one another and the experience we shared at Sweet Briar.
Hola! Hola! Hola!


Wesley said...

Looks like a fine time was had by all at SBC. I wish I could have been there. Everyone looks great.
I love following your blog - my neighbors had bees (lost their hives last summer) and I always wondered what they were up to in those designer white suits.

Amy said...

This is so YOU Sandy!

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gina said...

Great post and lovely blog. Your bees are FANTASTIC. So good to see you this weekend. Hola Hola!!
Oops...I am chezdavis (deleted post). Not yet with-it this am.

Sandy said...

Gina, it was wonderful seeing you!! Worth the effort, wasn't it?
Wesley, so sorry to have missed seeing you ... next time!
Amy, LOL.