Saturday, April 30, 2011

Weekend Reflections ~ 4-30-11

Maymont Japanese Gardens ~ Richmond, VA

"Many drops make a bucket, many buckets make a pond, many ponds make a lake, and many lakes make an ocean."
Percy Ross
This post is linked to Weekend Reflections at Newtown Daily Photo.

Sunday Bridges ~ 5-1-11

 Swinging Bridge over the Tye River
Nelson Country, VA
"We build too many walls and not enough bridges."
Isaac Newton

This post is linked to Louis la Vache’s

Daily Photo 4-30-11

Surprises beneath My Feet

"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair. "
 ~Kahlil Gibran

Friday, April 29, 2011

Weekend in Black and White ~ 4-29-11

Our Front Field at Sundown
-just shy of an acre
-very rocky and uneven

its uses:
-the location of our septic system
-a “victory garden” when our the children were still at home
 (fyi...the only way to water it -use a gas pump & pump water to it from the creek)
- a 3-family “victory garden” for 2 years
-a parking lot when we had old time music gatherings
-a place to put the volleyball net for fearsome competitions
-a walking field for me, but only out around the perimeter
-a hay field for a neighbor to use yielding about six bales and two cuttings
-a tomato garden behind the tree on the right, sometimes
-a fabulous spot to fly kites
-a job for a friend - we now pay him to keep it take a heavy duty mower
-a favorite spot for the deer to run about

"Peace - that was the other name for home."
 ~Kathleen Norris
This post is linked toThe Weekend in Black and White,” The New Home for Monochrome Maniacs.

Weekend Portrait ~ 4-29-11

Thru Hikers on the Appalachian Trail

Last Saturday I took my husband’s place running shuttle for 3 fellows - two from Georgia and the other from Chicago - thru hiking the Appalachian Trail. For those of you who are not familiar with the trail, it goes from Springer Mountain, Georgia, to Mt. Katahdin, Maine, approximately 2,172 miles. They had gotten off Friday about 20 miles from town, hitched a ride into Lexington for a good night’s rest, bought some new things from Buddy where he works at Walkabout Outfitters, and then I ran them back to the trail to resume their hike. This was my first shuttle run, and it was so interesting talking to the guys about their experiences and the sights they had seen. They have a long ways to hoof it to get to Mt. Katahdin, and  I’m so happy it’s them doing the walking and not moi!

"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.”
 ~Steven Wright

This post is linked to the Weekend Portrait meme sponsored by Dindin MK.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Daily Photo 4-29-11

The Poppy Field at Mr. Stevens’s House

This was my post for “Skywatch Friday,”  but somehow I deleted it and all of the comments that went with it. I am not a happy camper tonight :-(  Rather than not have my record of the shot in its correct spot, I have reposted it as my Daily Photo for April 29th. A word to the careful when you are cleaning up your post list in Blogger and deleting old drafts you do not want. If you don’t pay attention, you’ll delete the one you wanted and have no way to get it back. I think I have learned my lesson the hard way!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Love of the Appalachian Trail

Three Ridges Wilderness Area ~ Harper’s Creek
Bud’s Trusty Pack, Hiking Stick, and Gatorade

"After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value." 
~George Macauley Trevelyan

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Daily Photo ~ 4-28-11

Borthwick’s Garage ~ Since 1921...but no longer
5585 North Lee Highway, Fairfield, VA
The thing I liked best about this sign was the “.” I discovered after the “Garage” when I looked at it on the camera.

"We regret much of what we've built; we regret much of what we've torn down. But we've never regretted preserving anything.”
~Daniel Sack

This post is linked to "signs, signs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Watery Wednesday ~ 4-27-11

Saint Mary’s Wilderness Area

  “Wilderness in not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”
 ~ Edward Abbey

This post is linked to "Watery Wednesday.”

Barn Charm ~ 4-27-11

The Staton Barn
Many of the people in Rockbridge County use their old barns and outbuildings as storage places for all the stuff they collect. This is a perfect example.

"We're running out of time. Can you imagine an America without a barn on the landscape? Is that the America we want?"

This post is linked to Barn Charm sponsored by Tricia at Bluff Area Daily.

Daily Photo ~ 4-27-11

Fairfield’s Flowers

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.”
  ~John Muir

Yesterday while waiting on my car to be serviced, I decided to take my camera and walk up Main Street in Fairfield, VA,  to look for interesting old homes to photograph. When I got to this house I was almost knocked over by the beauty of these flocks, and the gentleman mowing his lawn seemed tickled that I was taking pictures of the flowers.It was one of those special times when what I saw was so pretty I just had to take a picture of it. I added Kim Klassen’s “warm sun” texture. If you enlarge the picture, you will see all of the little goodies he has all over his yard.

This post is linked to “The Creative Exchange” over at Lisa Gordon’s Photography

Outdoor Wednesday" at A Southern Dreamer.

Daily Photo ~ 4-26-11

Hide and Seek
In my part of world, hunting in the woods for mushrooms is a way of wife. We eat only the ones sold at the grocery store since we cannot tell the good ones from the bad. Do any of you know if these are edible or not? They are growing beside our barn where we keep our mulch pile.

“You must grow like a tree, not like a mushroom.”
~Janet Erskine Stuart

"This post is linked to "My World Tuesday.”

Monday, April 25, 2011

Macro Monday ~ 4-25-11

These are the wires and the hinge on just one side of a swinging bridge. There is one of these hinges on each side of the bridge as you enter it and as you walk off of it. The wires running around them are huge!

“Progress under whose feet the grass mourns and the forest turns into paper from which newspaper plants grow, has subordinated the purpose of life to the means of subsistence and turned us into the nuts and blots of our tools.”
~Karl Kraus

This post is linked to Macro Monday over at Lisaschaos.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Mellow Yellow Monday ~ 4-26-11

 The Lipscomb Farm Silos at the End of the Day
Faifield, VA

"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator.”
~Mohandas Gandhi


This post is linked to Mellow Yellow Monday.

Daily Photo ~ 4-25-11

Forest on Road to Panther Falls ~ Rockbridge County, VA

"Each generation takes the earth as trustees.  We ought to bequeath to posterity as many forests and orchards as we have exhausted and consumed.”~ J. Sterling Morton 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Daily Photo ~ 4-25-11

Planting Time ~ Fairfield, VA

“Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution. If you don’t have any problems, you don’t get any seeds.”
~Norman Vincent Peale

Daily Photo ~ 4-24-11

Front Porch of The Quiltery ~ Fairfield, VA

A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.
~Author Unknown

Sunday Bridges ~ 4-24-11

Bridge across the James River ~ Buchannan, VA

“Knowledge of other people’s beliefs and ways of thinking
 must be used to build bridges, not to create conflicts.”
~ Kjell MagneBondevik

This post is linked to Louis la Vache’s

If you want to drink some excellent coffee or tea, go online and order from Louis La Vache’s “Holy Cow Coffee Company. We are return customers many times over and highly recommend them both.

Daily Photo ~ 4-23-11

One of the Views on My Way to Work.
(This time I stopped the car and got out to take the picture.)

"A figure with curves always offers a lot of interesting angles.”
~Wesley Ruggles

Friday, April 22, 2011

Weekend Reflections ~ 4-23-11

Gate Closed!

"Sunsets are so beautiful that they almost seem as if 
we were looking through the gates of Heaven.”
~John Lubbock

This post is linked to Weekend Reflections at Newtown Daily Photo.

Weekend in Black and White ~ 4-23-11

Fence across the Road from Our House

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, 
penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
~Maya Angelou

 This post is linked to “The Weekend in Black and White,” the new home for monochrome maniacs.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Skywatch Friday ~ 4-22-11

Humpback Rock Visitor’s Center ~ Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

"There are elements of intrinsic beauty in the simplification of a house built on the log cabin idea.”
~ Gustav Stickley
This post is linked to Skywatch Friday.

Daily Photo ~ 4-22-11

Growing Old Alone

"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years.  We grow old by deserting our ideals.  Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. “
 ~Samuel Ullman

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sepia Scenes ~ Window Views and Doors, Too ~ 4-20-11

What Stories Are Hidden behind This Old Door? 

"Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
~Pearl S. Buck

This post is linked to "Sepia Scenes
"Window Views and Doors, Too."

Daily Photo ~ 4-21-11

Old One Room Schoolhouse
Turkey Hill Road ~ Rockbridge County, VA

This old schoolhouse is now owned by friends of ours who fixed it up and rent it out to families visiting their children who are attending Washington and Lee University. It was under water in the 1985 flood, but with lots of tender loving care was rebuilt and is a precious weekend rental property now.

"I would not be gotten into a schoolhouse until I was eight years old. Nor did I accomplish much after I started. I doubt if I had gone to school six months in all when my father died. I was fourteen at the time.”
~Sam Houston
American statesman, politician, governor of Texas, and soldier ~ 
born March 2, 1793, on Timber Ridge in Rockbridge County, VA,
 and died July 26, 18863, in Huntsville, Texas.

signs, signs ~ 4-20-11

Last Week Was a Human Port-a-John 
 This Week It’s one for Man’s Best Friend

"There aren't many things that are universally cool, and it's cool not to litter.
 I'd never do it.”
~Matthew McConaughey

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