Yesterday, I went to Richmond to pop off a few shots to share with those who have never visited our State’s capitol city. I chose to focus on the basic street views for yesterday’s post to give you an overall feel of the surroundings. Today’s post will cover the ground at our feet as we wall along the street. Enjoy your stroll, please.
Oscar has decided to try his hand at painting. He had to rig some scaffolding from the tree to be able to reach his canvas. Evidently, it is not easy being an orple. Meanwhile, now that Olivia has learned to read, she is reading her books, and enjoying being outside on such a beautiful day.
I am obviously loving Jake’s theme this week. This one is almost as ‘up my alley’ as the landscape theme a few weeks back. So here is another example of shelter, I felt worthy of sharing with my fellow bloggers. Please enjoy.
This was another one of those photos I had to turn around, go back, and shoot. A stable with animals (mostly horses,no less) and a Christmas Wreath on the window above? Hmmm, I couldn’t help but take advantage of the opportunity to add this little number to my collection of roadside shots.
Jake has managed to come up with another fine challenge this week. And so, what can I do, but submit my idea of shelter?
Here is a humble example of storage. I love these old buildings that have been around for years and are still providing shelter from the elements.
I hope trail rides count as journeys, because that’s what I’ve got to offer. In this case we rode in the mountains of North Carolina. This was the “Love Valley” ride. We spent four days camping under the stars with our horses.
‘T’ posts and wire were used to make a corral for the horses,when we weren’t riding them. A waterfall about 5 miles away was our shower, and the town, which provided nightly entertainment on the weekends, was closed to motor vehicles. The streets were lined with hitching posts and wooden sidewalks. There were tack shops, a farrier, a saloon, complete with pool table, dart boards,and a live band. There was a supply/grocery store and some souvenir shops lining the streets. The trails began on the ‘other’ side of town.
If not a journey, these four days were definitely an experience.
When I took this photo, I was basically snapping off memories while out riding Magi one day, about 5 years ago. I had no idea when I took this shot that the little house sitting on top of the hill would soon be lost to a fire.
The farm’s caretakers lived in the house before it burned. Thankfully, they escaped the fire unharmed, but they lost everything they owned. The owners of the farm replaced the original structure with a mobile home. A piece of local history was lost forever, and a home was destroyed. But still, proof exists that the house indeed once stood on the hill.
Jacob was really getting the hang of riding ‘all by himself’. A good horse is a terrific confidence booster for kids.
Magi was a little spoiled, if you look closely, you’ll see his ‘treats’ tied to the side of the bareback pads. He liked cherry tomatoes, broccoli, watermelon, cantaloupe, fruit loops,apples, carrots, and whatever else was sitting around in the kitchen. Magi was a regular garbage disposal. I think his colorful diet is why, at almost 27 years old (now), he is still a healthy horse. In the photo above, he is about 22 years old, Jacob was 5.
I just wanted to welcome in the month of March and wish everyone a Blessed Month. May each of you be dappled with sunshine as you follow your own paths in life. It will be a busy day today (still trying to get my book ready to publish … duty calls), so If you leave a remark, and I don’t answer, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. Please have a lovely day and be happy.
I know, yesterday was Sunday, but I wanted to continue the theme, so here’s another landscape to add to the old portfolio of shots. Please enjoy.
Below is the same cabin, but a different view
Obviously, I like that humble little cabin, and the colors surrounding it. There is something about the simplicity of the country that begs to be captured in film.