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[New Post] Daily Post , Oh, The Irony

Oh, the Irony is today’s challenge, so I figure, now that I’ve thought about the challenge for awhile, I will touch on two subjects, both gifts revolving around ‘The Magi‘. First there is the  book: ‘The Gift of the Magi, by O’Henry. The story is about as ironic as you can get. It is the story of a young couple in love. Neither of these young lovers have any money, so they  each sell something to give the other a gift for Christmas; he sells his watch to buy his beloved a comb, and she sells her hair to buy him a gold watch chain. The other Magi, my sister’s gift to me, in 1990, has it’s own sense of Irony. When my sister originally bought ‘my Magi’, he was a rescue horse, and I have no doubt he’d have died early had he not been saved. The horse was literally starving to death. As it turned out, I’m not so sure that it wasn’t Magi that rescued me. He certainly was a rock for me through some trying years. I don’t have Magi anymore, but he will always own a piece of my heart. He was named after The Magi that followed the star when Jesus was born.  Appropriate, since, indeed, Magi was a godsend—to us both.

Magi. the day my sister bought him. He had worms, so she left him in his pasture for the 1st week and carried him oats, hay, and fresh water everyday to avoid contaminating her own fields.
Magi—only about seven years old shown here— the day my sister bought him. He had worms, so she left him in his pasture for the first week and carried him oats, hay, and fresh water everyday to avoid contaminating her own fields.  That cute kid in the forefront is my little niece, all grown up now.

Magi_after Look at what a handsome, happy fellow he turned out to be seventeen years later.  Another seven years have passed since the above photo was taken, and while I don’t have Magi anymore, he is still alive and has a good home on a big farm in Cumberland County, Virginia. He’s retired now, but very well loved by some friends of mine who were thrilled to adopt him.  I think if it had not been for my fine stead in years past, I’d have lost my mind a long time ago. Another little tidbit, only my blogging audience knows, is that Polly, Beth’s horse in Book 2 of my new Bride’s trilogy, is based on Magi’s coloring, although, Polly is written to be a mare, while my guy is a gelding. I’m sure Magi would forgive me if he knew I turned him into a girl. He probably figures the Vet beat me to it anyway.  I wish I’d gotten Magi while he was still at colt. He’d have been a wonderful daddy, and I have no doubt, would have sired some beautiful foals.   To watch the story on you tube, just click the title story–-The gift of the Magi video:  

Weekly photo Challenge . Today . June 4, 2012

Today I was getting ready to set up a post along an interesting path, leading to some of the rocks on the James River. Of course, the orples have been haunting me, and pouting because they didn’t get to join us on our walk around the block in Richmond on Saturday and I’ve been ignoring them ever since. So before we stroll the entire path, let’s give the orples time to catch up. It appears they’re stuck in some tree roots along the path. They’re helping each other across, so we may have to wait for the next post … “A path to the river’s edge“.  Those silly little orples just have to come along sometimes, or they bug me to death.

“Grab my hand, Olivia. We will keep each other balanced.”

Stay tuned, we’ll visit the river when Olivia and Oscar get untangled and can keep up with the rest of us. ;) I wouldn’t want to leave them behind.

Enjoy today, whatever your day brings.

Weekly photo challenge . Today

Street Scenes in Richmond, Virginia  …  June 2, 2012

Today went by so quickly. It was so beautiful after last night’s storms, I went to Richmond with the intent of hunting down a few murals to share, which I did. Not many though, and I’ll post those shots another time. For now, I thought I’d invite those who care to join me, to take a walk around the block. These shots are of a couple of older residential streets, one of which is a 4 lane street, divided by a median strip. The main drag is across from the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts. I didn’t take a photo of that building, since I’d have needed a panoramic lens to fit the entire building in. Not to mention, my camera kept cutting out on me, so I didn’t get anywhere near the number of shots, I’d hoped to take. But something is better than nothing. I did manage to grab enough takes to fill a couple of posts on varying themes in the coming days. So please, put on your walking shoes and come along.

Somebody was marking the spot with balloons, it seems.
The little blue house was across the street. It was begging to be included in this set, so I had to accommodate its request.
Another fine little home, worthy of a portrait peeping out from behind the trees.
A view of the street corner
I don’t know what the deal with the flags was. The corner of that building in the background is the Richmond Museum of Fine Arts. They probably had an event going on dealing with the civil war. Usually when you see the Confederate Flags out, these days, that is the subject. Many people take offense at a Confederate Flag, even though it is a part of American History, and should therefore be treated as such. I’m not sure about the significance of all of the flags shown … I guess, I shouldn’t publicly admit that, should I?
This is a more distant photo of the flag ceremony in question on the right side corner of the Museum building, facing it from across the street.
Some apartments tied into the home beside them via an arch through the alley.
A few more row houses … very typical in Richmond, Virginia.
Another apartment building
… and another apartment building beside more row houses.
Looking across the street, I saw these little brick beauties.
Looking up the street a ways, some businesses mixed with the houses were beginning to sneak into the picture.
On yet another corner, a little sidewalk cafe was hosting a full courtyard, while people in the vicinity went about their business.
Here is another typical Virginia home, I couldn’t leave out. This one screams Richmond, Virginia.

I took a lot of detail shots of some of the architectural features on these homes, which I’ll post soon, plus a few murals, taken elsewhere, and a few landscaped lawns that accompany some of the houses shown here.  I’ll divide them up and divvy them out a little at a time.  No need to overwhelm anyone.  But for those of you that have never been to Richmond, Virginia, I thought you might enjoy an overall view of a typical city block for the time being.  This is what the street looked like today:June 2, 2012.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Summer

Olivia and Oscar have joined Jacob to eat some ice cream sandwiches in celebration of summer. Yum! They’ve been so left out lately, it is past time for a treat, or so I’ve been told.

The orples just love Summer!

Weekly Photo Challenge. Reflections

There was an alternative challenge this past week, which I am just now getting to.  Even though there are a gazillion photos of buildings reflecting back in the water, all of them are different. Thus, I offer yet another building admiring its own reflection, as it shares its double vision with the world. This photo was taken in Danville, Virginia.

Looking across the Dan River.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Unfocused 2

This is the back of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant in Danville, Virginia. It is a wee bit blurry, but for this challenge, works quite well.

Down by the river.

The Dan River sports a reflective view, even though it, too, is a blur. I thought this was an interesting photo despite the fact that it is not a focused shot.  Maybe it is the blues and the browns together, or the fact the houses on the hill above show up in the reflection, but not on the bank beyond the camera’s frame on the hill overlooking the river?  Maybe it is the vertical trees reflecting back that offer subtle interest? This shot is so busy blending it’s features into each other, it is hard to tell?  I hope you enjoy the shot, none-the-less.

Weekly Photo Challenge . Together …. # 3

They say birds of a feather, flock together. Here’s proof!

Little blue birds decorating the tree tops.

Here’s hoping this little pair of bluebirds will bring you a happy heart, and therefore, a happy day!

Weekly Photo Challenge . combo . light. through

This photo should cover all of the bases as Olivia and Oscar play by the creek. They love the way the light shines through the trees above.

Olivia and Oscar playing by the water.