Country Come to Town

We Country Mice have nibbled at the edges of high society and come back down to earth, landing on our feet, in our favorite barn boots.

It was a nice place to visit: Charlottesville, Virginia. Occasion, a black tie wedding. Yes, Fred in a tux.

We laughed a lot, ate not wisely but too well, and had a safe trip. Playing catch-up.

iPhone image taken from the front steps of the Keswick Hall Hotel. (We didn’t stay there, but they did allow us to visit.)

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Fred and Ann looked wonderful at the Keswick—not like country mice! Remember me? Becky’s sister from MS? Hope to spend more time with ya’ll in the future. I think we share a love of “the country”. Connie