October 16, 2017

Three Photos from a Short Trip

Good: This statue of Jackson the elephant surprises tourists passing through Somerset, Pennsylvania. It represents the International Conservation Center for elephants, a program of the Pittsburgh Zoo. 

The Random: This is a pleasant scene in our hostess's home in Western Pennsylvania.

The Fun: The third picture shows what happens when adult siblings get together.
Bill and Frank W.

October 15, 2017

Village Church, Relocated

When I did not see a sign on this church, I wondered about it's story. Often I take a picture of both the church and the sign so that I can identify it for the InSpired Sunday blog hop. Fortunately I found it on the internet.

This was a Methodist Church in Pleasant Valley, Maryland. Built in 1903, it was used for 90 years but then fell into disrepair. It was rescued and moved to Grantsville to be part of a recreated town that serves as a heritage museum and arts center.

October 14, 2017

October 13, 2017

A Pennsylvania Porch

1. We drove to Pennsylvania on Monday to visit Frank's brother and his wife, who happens to share my first name. Yes, it gets confusing!
Frank, Linda, Bill
2. The porch is a delightful place to sit on a nice day.
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3. The cat was telling me something but I don't understand the language.

4. As you can see by the leaves in the reflection, autumn is near.
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5. The final image just shows a bit of country decor.

October 12, 2017

Cookout at Heidi's

We made a quick trip to Pennsylvania to see Frank's brother and his wife. We drove up there on Monday and returned yesterday. Bill's younger daughter Heidi invited us over for a cookout. She and her husband Alan live in the countryside not far from where Bill lives.

Heidi has two aging horses and a large friendly dog. Alan built the stable.

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Although Alan and Heidi both have jobs, they spend a lot of time with their animals and other interests. Alan is a mechanic and enjoys restoring various old vehicles. 

October 10, 2017

Lost City Random-osity

The Good: Lost City is in a pretty and fertile valley in West Virginia. Originally known as Cover,  it's named for nearby Lost River.

The Random: Here's the little post office. The town has had a post office since 1892.

The Fun: There's an arts and crafts center with a sense of humor.

Bonus Photo:
Sharing with Random-osity and Tom's Barns and Treasures linkups

October 8, 2017

St. Bridget's Chapel

I came upon this charming church accidentally, while seeking a place to turn the car around so that Frank could have an ice cream cone. We were driving into Berryville and he spotted an ice cream stand and wanted to go back. I looked for a public driveway or parking lot and there it was!

Although the style is classic and charming, St. Bridget's Chapel is fairly new. It was dedicated in 2002.

October 7, 2017

Farm Fun Days at Orrs Farm Market

Recently we went to a festival just over the West Virginia line, north of Winchester. We hadn't been to Orrs Farm before, although they have events there fairly often. The address is Martinsburg but we used the Tabler Station Road exit on I-81.

Bison. Sharing with Saturday's Critters

October 6, 2017

Blog Post #6100

Yes, really! Blogger tells me I have posted six thousand one hundred times on this blog. I've been very dedicated (compulsive?) and will continue to try to post every day, at least for a while. However, I am trying to be a little more relaxed about it so I'm not participating in quite as many linkups. For example, I'm skipping Skywatch Friday today because I have other things I want to share. However, I'm still joining Willy Nilly Friday because I happen to have five images on different topics.

1. It's been a sad news week, and it followed a couple of weeks of worrisome stories about hurricanes and other disasters. 

2. At least Lynn had some good news: She is officially cancer free! She doesn't look happy here because I was intruding with my camera as she tried to complete some paperwork. This is her "Mom-what-are-you-doing" look.

You can see her GoFundMe page. Even after insurance, she has a hefty bill from UVA Hospital. But at least the surgery and radiation were a success.

3. Last weekend I enjoyed an exhibit at The Barns of Rose Hill. The National Park Quilts Exhibit is only there until November 25 but it is excellent. 

4. Here's some advice I want to share with my friends. There are people who seek to divide us, perhaps to "divide and conquer" but more likely to distract us so that we don't stop them as they expand their power.

5. And finally, I realized the other day that I have another online anniversary. I made my first website 20 years ago! I was learning HTML so I created a simple site for my dog Guppy. Eventually the hosting service closed in 2008 and I did not repost the pages. I still remember Guppy though; he was a great dog!

October 5, 2017

Rappahannock Rurality

Near Little Washington, VA.

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October 4, 2017

Bathing Bird and Backyard Geese

Sparrows seem to love birdbaths! Sometimes I see one splashing in our other one, which I can see from a window.

It's been dry here for several weeks, so I'm making an effort to keep water available for the birds. Drought is hard on our feathered friends! They don't need the basin to be full; I think they prefer shallow water.

A family of geese continues to visit our back yard. There are other geese and ducks on the community lake but this group strolls through my yard every day.

October 3, 2017

October 2, 2017

Wardensville Garden Market

Random-osity (Good, Random, Fun)

The Good: Last weekend we stopped by a pleasant farm market in Wardensville.  It's on the Frye Homestead, which was established in the mid-1800s. 

It's located directly across from the point where Route 55 meets WV 259. I was pleased to see that the intersection is being improved to make turning safer.
Made with Canva for Mosaic Monday

The Random: This barn on the property sports a large flag. If you look closely you may be able to see large letters above it: W and V (for West Virginia) with a star between them. 
(You can view more barns over at Tom's "Backroads" linkup, and more seasonal images at "Seasons.")
The Fun: The market has some amusing decor, including a metal pig sculpture and some photo cutouts. Frank talked me into posing in one, and of course he did the same.