Monthly Archives: July 2013

Barn Charm – Over The River

While crossing one of the many bridges in our area, this is the view.

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Several years ago, we toured the ground floor of this beautiful old home when it was featured during a Christmas Open House.

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These days, I’d probably just ask to tour the barn.

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Sunday Morning On The Banks

And, of course, you know I’m referring to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Motor Man and I were down for the weekend, and made our way up to Corolla early yesterday morning to see the wild horses.

We weren’t on the beach in time for the sunrise, but the sky and surf were beautiful when we arrived.

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We were off to a slow start seeing any horses, but I thought this was interesting: wild horses beside this “road” sign.  Guess they know that’s where they’re supposed to be.

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But then, we drove back over to the beach, and saw this:

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Eight horses, including a little one, down by the ocean.  And the baby was feeling quite frisky. (This photo has been cropped: I definitely wasn’t this close.)

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The two of them enjoyed a few minutes of playtime in the sand, while we all kept our required 50 feet distance from them.

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Then, Mom said: “That’s enough”…

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And they ran off toward the dunes.

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Where they enjoyed Sunday morning breakfast with the family.

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Another morning worthy of the 5 a.m. alarm.

Friday’s Fences – Summertime!

A few years ago, I asked Motor Man to build a little section of fence in our side yard. I’ve never really done much with it, other than put a wreath on it at Christmas time.

But last fall, I began the process of making a flowerbed around it. And earlier this spring, I planted.  In the center is my favorite, thunburgia (Black-eyed Susan vine). I’m learning that it’s very stubborn and insists on only growing vertically.  Persuading it to trail along the boards of the fence is proving futile. To the left is an old bushel basket that washed up in our yard during a high tide (sometimes you get treasures!). In that, I  planted marigolds.  The sunflower-type plants are rudbeckia.  This is my first experience with them, and I really like them. (So do the rabbits and deer, so those plants require regular spraying with Liquid Stench Fence.)

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Thanks, Motor Man. I’m loving my little fence!

Linking up to Friday’s Fences.

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Participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop this week,  and  I chose this prompt:

“Currently”. A simple list of things you’re currently feeling as seen at Simply Sweet.

Feeling:  Delighted that my niece, Donna, and her son, Connor, have been visiting this week, but so very sad to see them head back home to Texas today.  It’s been a busy week, filled with family get togethers, a trip to the beach to see the wild horses, and lots of genealogical discussion.

Looking forward to: An upcoming trip to Cambridge, Maryland for a boat race and antiquing. This has been an annual trip for Motor Man and me for several years. It’s a beautiful area, there’s a wonderful antique mall there, and we always have a great time.

Reading: Actually, this should be “not reading”.  I’m missing visiting my blogging friends this week and promise to catch up soon.  I’ve just been too busy enjoying our company to be at the computer very much.

Thinking about: With all the research and discussion Donna and I have done about family history, it really makes me think about our ancestors and how different their everyday lives were from ours. My maternal grandparents had twelve children. Can you imagine cooking three meals a day for fourteen people? With no electricity? Or running water?

Watching:  Weather radar, and hoping for rain. I went a little crazy this spring, buying and planting flowers. We’ve had a week of 90+ degree days, and now I’m watering plants everyday.

Making me happy:  Having the “deep” family roots that I do and living in the same area that my ancestors lived in for hundreds of years.  Feeling loved by my family and spending time with them.

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Mama’s Losin’ It

Wordless Wednesday: … ‘scuse Me, Sir….

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Barn Charm – A Friend’s Farm

As promised last week, my Barn Charm photos today were taken at my friend, Linda’s, homeplace. She asked if I’d like to come take pictures of the barn, but there were also several other interesting old buildings.

This barn has been on the property as long as Linda can remember. This side was used for horses.

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And the other side was for cows.

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There’s an old smokehouse in the barnyard.

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This is an old kitchen from the original house, which is no longer standing.

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And Linda said her dad stored grain in this old building.

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Thanks, Linda, for providing me with this week’s Barn Charm.

“Creep” Myrtles

Those of you not from the South may not be familiar with crape myrtles. (Crape or crepe is acceptable, with crape being the preferred spelling.) Crape myrtles bloom nearly all summer, and we rarely have a long enough cold snap in the winter to kill them.

Crape myrtles come in shrub or tree varieties in several shades of pink, as well as red, white and purple.  This is one we have in our yard.

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There were several crape myrtles in the yard of my childhood home. Although I’m sure it did, I don’t recall the bark shedding on those like the ones in our yard doing now.  After a particularly hard rain last week, this was what I found when I returned home.

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It reminded me of a horror movie setting.

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When I showed the pictures to Marshall, he remembered a typo he saw several years ago, where someone wrote about a “creep myrtle”.

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A fitting description of them right now, wouldn’t you agree?