Monday, December 21, 2015

Remembering My Beetle

Seeing a Beetle Made Me Remember

 “There are small fish and large ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.
~Author Unknown

When I moved to Lexington many years ago, I brought with me two of them an old Land Rover like you see in Africa and the other my yellow VW Beetle. Both  have now gone to The Happy Hunting Ground for dead cars. Here’s the story of how I lost both cars:

1. Bud was giving my eldest son a driving lesson out in that big field in front of the house, but as he was turning to drive it back over our Bridge to Somewhere, he turned the steering wheel way too hard to the right causing the Rover to flip upside down into the creek. No one was hurt, but the Land Rover died.

2. Then one day years ago, my daughter had parked the Beetle on Main Street. At some point there was an accident somewhere, and one our trusty firemen came racing thru downtown in a huge red firetruck, ran a red light, hit the car which was already into it from the other direction and who had a green light. Then swerved smashing into my Beetle totaling it so it was dead. Only to me could these bizarre things happen. I just have to laugh like I always do, be thankful no one was injured in either incident, and move on.

Finally, last week I was coming out of my doctor’s office, and I saw this gorgeous VW Beetle. Well, out came the iPhone and I started taking pictures...pristine condition...a 2000. Well, as I was about to finish up, a woman came walking up speaking rather sternly...”Are you taking pictures of MY car.? "Oh dear, I thought”. I worriedly turned around, and there she was...Dorothy Perkins...a person I knew well, had been good friends with for years, and with whom I had taught. We both had a great laugh, and then I asked her if she ever was going to sell it to PLEASE sell it to me. I am keeping my fingers crossed. We shall see.

This is the icing on the reflections I inadvertently captured in the side view mirror and the window above.

...and here is my friend, Dorothy Perkins

These pictures were shot with my iPhone 5C  - 12-17-15

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Experimentation with My Favorite Tree

Experiment Each Day and You’ll Create

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, 
taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun."
~Mary Lou Cook

My favorite tree on a beautiful day.  ~ SOC

And here is where the fun started. 
Creativity through  Experimentation.
Manipulation and the use of textures.

I find it interesting that in the last three pictures the two mountains look more like sand piles rather than to rather impressive smaller mountains and that the perspective changes. Photography can be so fascinating.

This picture was taken with a small Canon Point and Shoot  12-13-15

If you are interested in posting  pictures like these to a meme, be sure to go to Pippa’s site.Her  blog is  filled to the brim with creativity, unique collages, and more. Her work is one of a kind. Her link is:

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This picture was taken with a small Canon Point and Shoot  12-13-15

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Wear Hunter Orange

Pay Attention and Wear Hunter Orange 

“There is certainly something in angling 
that tends to produce a serenity of the mind.
~Washington Irving

These fences and gates are typical of Rockbridge County, VA...
nothing like the beautiful ones of Texas, but the sign is one I have never seen before. I suppose because of all the accidental shootings during the different hunting seasons, these new signs are the way of the future. Sadly, I still saw quite a few fishermen on that first day of trout season not wearing their Blaze/Hunter orange.The old wooden fencing dates back a long, long time, but is as pretty as the day it was installed.

This post is linked with Good Fences and Signs, Signs

Friday, December 18, 2015

Barn on White Rock Road ~ Rockbridge County, VA

Old Barn on a Rainy Day 

“Let the rain kiss you. 
Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. 
Let the rain sing you a lullaby."
~Langston Hughes

This is a working farm with other outbuildings, and it is in our neck of the woods. It could use a couple of coats of paint on the roof and sides, but the old rustic wood still looks wonderful to me. The white spots are rain droplets as it was a dark, rainy day.

Tom, over at the Barn Collective, sponsors a meme devoted to the beauty of barns new and old. If you would like to see more of them here is the link:

Dragonstar also has a meme for black and white photos. If you would like to see more of these here is the link:

Picture taken 12-17-2015 with my iPhone 5C.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

White Rock Road ~ Rockbridge County, VA

Different Views Driving in the Rain

“I find peace in the rain.”

had to go into town this morning, so on the way home I decided to take the "road less traveled that just happens to come out very
close to our place. It was pouring rain, but I did not care. Genie was a woman on a take photos. That is NOT snow you are is rain on the lens...UGH! The mountains were socked in so I could see little but fog and rain.


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Maple Hall ~ Rockbridge Country, VA

A Happy Mariage ~ Years of Happiness

This gorgeous old home has a special meaning to me and my family, for this is where my daughter ~ now 52 ~ had her wedding reception in the garden area off to the right. It is also where I helped her dress for the last time before she and her husband left to fly off for their honeymoon in Ireland. She wore a baby blue with white polka dotted dress and threw her bouquet from the first balcony which is lots higher than it appears in my picture. I can remember it as if it happened yesterday. It was such a happy day.

“Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.”
~ Simone Signoret

Maple Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places

 To read more about it and its interesting history, go to the following site:
It is on the National Register of Historic Places

Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Day of Happiness

Being with Children Makes Me Happy

“You’re never too old to become younger.”
~Mae West

It is so interesting how the shadows vary from spot to spot. 
It was a HUGE sunny day.

This is the nicest entrance walk to the front door of the school.

Yes, this is inner child trying so hard to burst out and fly freely.  :-)

Will the children remember them or leave them? 
That is the question. 

This is such a neat thing to have painted on the pavement.

The school playground backs up to a sweet little cemetery.

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Six Word Saturdays
Shadows Shot Sunday 2

Friday, December 11, 2015

Alexander Dairy Farm ~ Fairfield, VA

Local Dairy Farms Are Fading Away

“Growing up on a dairy farm, 
you certainly learn discipline and
a commitment to purpose."

~Mike Johanns

On my way to Fairfield Elementary School and the quilting shop, I pass this big dairy farm. I have been meaning to take some photos of it, but only this day all the planets were in line. There was no proper place to park and I was across the 4-lane highway from the farm, so I pulled off onto the shoulder and walked first to the median and then across to the farm to get these shots. It was a state road so the cars were going relatively slowly. I was very, very careful. I promise. BUT, I was scared to death the cops were gonna ticket me because I was just about 5 lengths back from a red hydrant and barely off the road.

Keep Out!

You Can’t Chain Me From Nature

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
~John Muir

End of Fall on North Mt.

North Mountain Is a Beauty of Nature

“Keep close to Nature’s heart...and break clear away,
once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a
week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.’
~John Muir

Sunday started out as a beautiful day, but by mid~afternoon the dark sky was moving in quickly. Bud and I decided if we didn’t hit the road just then, we would miss our views of the county from North Mt. so off we went. I was fascinated my the single little leaves stuck in trees...up high and down low. Each had its own personality. By the time we were ready to leave, the rain droplets were singing a little tune as they hit the dry leaves. and the temperatures were dropping. Even though there was no blue, this gray sky was a tranquil and beautiful one.

While looking through some of my pictures tonight, I found these two of Eloise and her close friend, Sage, up where we were at the North Mt. Overlook a month or so ago. They are so cute and have been together here at the house so many times she’s like like a second granddaughter. Buddy gave her that cute hat with the ties.I just couldn’t resist adding their photos to the page. 

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