Monday, April 30, 2012

The School Teacher ~ “in the picture” ~ {a piece of me} ~ #17

 I despise filing. I have to keep a full report on every child who comes to my room...time in and time out + referral from teacher or sub and reason child was sent in the first place. A report goes to the principal at the end of the day, a report goes in the child’s folder, and then it all starts over again.  

This is my reward. A toddy at the end of the day.

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An Old Red and Green Barn

Now, this is what I call COUNTRY RUSTIC!
My guess is it is no longer in use other than for storage.
I am wondering how many different things one could find around this barn.

This post is linked with Tricia’s Barn Charm.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Footbridge at Park ~ Waynesboro,VA

Today Buddy ran in a half marathon between Waynesboro, VA, and Stuarts Draft, VA. I took these pictures while we were waiting for the race to begin. They are of the footbridge over the water so people can get from one side to the other. While the Star Spangled Banner was being played, I thought the flags looked more beautiful than usual...the red especially. Once the “starting horn” went off I took this photo.

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Genie Finally Shot the Moon!

 This was our view of the sky as we walked across the parking to Whole Foods in Charlottesville, Virginia, to do our grocery shopping. 

Now, just look at what we saw walking out the door after a wonderful supper. I could not believe my eyes. It was the moon,and it was a big moon, and I had my camera. Hip-Hip Hooray! I was one euphoric old lady. Thank goodness I had my Canon Rebel with me. Before Buddy could say “Calm Down, Dear,” I was out there in the parking lot clicking away. I cannot believe the pictures even came out because it my first solo try at shooting the moon. I have no idea if this is a good shot or a not so good one, but since it  is my FIRST one I think it is superb!  I am such a happy camper.

A country so rich that it can send people to the moon still has hundreds of thousands of its citizens who can’t read. That’s terribly troubling to me.”
~Charles Kuralt

                  This post is linked with Skywatch Friday.

Slow Down and Smell the Roses

“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.”
~Ben Hogan

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Shadows at the Homeplace

Our Bridge to Somewhere

 Our Front Field ~ For Years It Was a Communal Victory Garden

L to R - Apple Tree, American Chesnut, Japanese Maple

This post is linked with Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Eloise and The Wheat Fields of Maryland

This wheat field had wheat higher than Eloise is tall,
and she is 7 years old and tall for her age.

The huge and beautiful field is directly behind my daughter’s home.

This post is linked with Weekend in Black and White.

To Drink or Not to Drink

Bud says the water from that pipe  is OK, but I continue to drink only from my NON-PLASTIC water bottle.

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Oh, Happy Day...I Finally Found One!

This post is dedicated to you, Theresa,
 our TexWisGirl.

Yes, I really did find a Texas style entrance 
to a farm in Rockbridge County, VA.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

in the picture ~ {a piece of me} ~ #17 ~ Rainy Morning

Gotta Go to Work ~ Rain or Shine ~ Sleet or Snow

I Finally Found a White Pitcher

My Buy of the Week
Local Antique Mall...aka Local Flea Market  ~ $5.00

This post is linked with Texture Thursday
and Wordy Wordless Wednesday.

Genie’s New Still Life Treasures

Neither of the cameras works, but they surely are fun to look at and to photograph. I had a Brownie just like this one when I was a little girl.

This post is linked with Texture Thursday
and Vintage Thingy Thursday.

The Fire Is Out!

Finally, after 2 weeks, the Rich Hole Wilderness is out and we are all safe. Thousands of acres were burned, but no one was burned or killed, and no homes were lost. Buddy dove me to see the damage, but we could not go in. The fire is still being investigated so on one is allowed up the access road. There was something in the paper about the police had a man they were questioning and they were looking for another. Hints of arson were floating around. Then today, when I got to school, one of my students said someone in the area had been burning “stuff” on a no-burn day , and the fire for out of control. Maybe tomorrow when the our local weekly paper comes out I will learn more. 

All of these shots were taken from the road. As you can see all the under brush was burned, and the bases of the trees were black. The fascinating thing was the dogwood was blooming up over our heads and was untouched. Teams from all over the country were brought in to cut fire breaker paths. do back burning, and to fight the fire with water which had to be hauled in because there was no water in the area. This few was from out west. Thank goodness is it all over, there is no more forest burning, and the air is breathable again. 
Sign at Entrance to Rich Hole Wilderness Area

National Forest Wilderness Rules on the Tree

Fire Fighters Bused in to Cut Down Small Trees 

 I though thought this picture was so interesting because the 2 trees in the center looks like horse’s hooves.

The Blackened Floor of the Forest.

Water Pump at Bubbling Springs ~ Burning All Around It

I am glad we were not allowed to go in the access road because I am so afraid of fire, and the destruction we saw just from the road was very upsetting. It is going to be a real heartbreaker if it turns out the fire was intentionally set or started by accident because someone was not following the law and NOT burning.

This post is linked with Our World Tuesday 

This post is linked with Our World Tuesday