After we dropped Jacob back off at William & Mary, we stopped in Richmond for a late lunch. Richmond is organized into little neighborhoods – Church Hill, Oregon Hill, Jackson Ward, Scott’s Addition, and many more I’ve yet to discover. I am always surprised how each of these areas has its own community with cafes and shops and service businesses all nestled in amongst the homes.

In the Church Hill district, we found Stroops Heroic Hotdogs, the WPA Bakery (Well-made Pastry Alliance), and an adorable shop, Gather, with houseplants, gardening supplies and art.

I spent a half-hour in Gather – talking to gardener and owner Melissa, taking pictures, and shopping. I came out with a new succulent plant, a tiny jade, tucked inside a Chinese food carry-out carton, surrounded by white pebbles. What an ingenious idea! The pebbles kept the pot from tipping over and served as a beautiful ground cover when I potted the plant in my own vintage Roseville Pottery vase at home.

There are just as many opportunities to celebrate life and spread goodwill as we make. I am happy to gather with new friends in new places.

Day 272

Day 272