Recently I stopped by the Old Attic Treasures site at Old Hollow and U.S. 211 and met Jennifer and David Smoot, new Sperryville merchants and operators of DL Smoot’s Nursery. (Jennifer giggles and says she likes to call it “Smootie’s.” David laughs good naturedly, as is his way, and . . . “Nah,” says he, “we’re not Smootie’s, we’re DL Smoot’s.”)
What a terrific new local business – not only do they sell lovely, reasonably priced plants and shrubs, flowering baskets, with greenhouses overflowing, but they are also plowing and planting a rather large vegetable garden. For those of us who enjoy bagging it by the pound, David says that he’s planted virtually every major vegetable in demand and will happily take orders, so come by and bag your own! He’s also available to truck your purchases to you if you need assistance and will happily help you plant and assist with some landscaping. Jennifer and David, you are both delightful and exuberant in your newfound endeavor. I personally love the flowering plants hanging off my porch that I purchased from you. They are swinging in the spring breezes, healthy and thriving. We wish you the best of luck in your new enterprise.
Rappahannock, as we all know, is filled with talented, exceptionally talented folks. Will Hopkins of Flint Hill is just such an inhabitant. He laughs when I ask him about chasing his passion for songwriting between D.C. and Nashville and our own Flint Hill, and tells me he’s a recovering attorney. He recently co-wrote, with Ellen Britton, a beautiful song entitled “Mary’s Rock,” inspired by a hike up Old Rag. It was recorded in Nashville with session singer Jeffrey East, and was inspired by the various legends surrounding Mary’s Rock – legends of old bespeaking love lost and land, family and passions. Will is full of Rappahannock-inspired songs such as his “No Road’s Goin’ Through Me,” inspired by a paving controversy on Grimsley Road a few years ago, and his visions of Robert E. Lee mounting his resistance along Ben Venue. And then there’s his song, “Dog Don’t Know Sit,” about his dog Amiss.
I asked, given his love of Rappahannock, if he would he be putting quill to paper and writing more about living here. He said yes, in fact, that he just recently made the decision to embark on a new project – an album devoted exclusively to all things Rappahannock. We wish you the best, Will, and look forward to listening to more of your lovely songs.
Meanwhile, you can hear Will’s “Mary’s Rock” song online at reverbnation.com/willhopkins.
Laura Morey, one of Dick and Jeanie McNear’s daughter’s, lived in Ohio with her husband Dwayne. Fertility-challenged for a number of years and wanting to have a family, after three years of endeavor and fertility treatments, Laura had triplets, three beautiful boys. To everyone’s total pleasure, they moved back to Rappahannock County last year. For Laura, she was coming back home, where she was born and raised. Not planning on more, not knowing they could . . . a little girl just came to be, little Ella Jean. You are a gift, sweet girl, a blessing, and God’s surprise. Welcome to Rappahannock, pretty little Ella Jean.