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Random Five Friday

First Friday in February; let’s have some randoms:

1.) Motor Man and I had yet another celebration yesterday for our anniversary.  We made a day trip to the beach, saw 14 horses and ate sandwiches in our vehicle while looking out at the ocean. (Written in the heart is “we still do. 02-02-17)

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2.) We’ve noticed that the sky has been lavender several times this week.  Pretty, but unusual.

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3.) And how about this smooth water?  As Motor Man says, “we could run a hydroplane {boat} race out here today!”

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4.)This past week, I had reason to call our cable/internet company about a new modem we’d purchased. I know they usually get a bad rap as far as customer service, but I was very pleased with the young man I spoke with on the phone, as well as the one who came to fix the issue.

5.) Today, I’m having lunch with two of my nephews and my niece (their sister) to celebrate her birthday, which is Sunday. I’m looking forward to our visit. Happy Birthday, Barb!

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My niece, Barb, and me, circa 1968

Happy weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

It’s been a while since I’ve done a R5F, so here are five random thoughts:

1.) One of my Facebook memories this week was from five years ago. It was the day our friends took us to Corolla to see the wild horses for the first time; we saw seven that day.  I cannot imagine how many horses we’ve seen since that first trip. Little did we know…..

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2.)  Last night, one of our local restaurants, Wharf Hill Brewery, had a special event: dinner by candlelight. Motor Man and I went with our friends, Bev and Bill. The building that is home to the Brewery was built in 1906, and electricity didn’t come to our town until 1907, so that was the inspiration for the event.  Dinner by candlelight is nice: photography by candlelight is challenging.

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3.) Yesterday morning, the sunrise was especially colorful. As I was out on the deck, taking pictures, I noticed some unusual sounds (other than the drone of the work boats and that super-happy bird).  As far as I know, no one near us has a cow, but I could have sworn I heard one in the distance. You may be able to hear it toward the end of this video.

4.) Yes, she’s definitely trying to figure out that bird feeder, which is attached to the tree limb with a zip-tie (cable tie) to critter-proof it.

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5.) Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to lunch with special friends whom we haven’t seen in awhile.

Happy Weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

Winter At The Beach

Last Sunday, Motor Man and I headed to the Outer Banks to have a look at the beach following Winter Storm Helena. The main highways had been treated, and, for the most part, weren’t hazardous. That isn’t to say, though, that we didn’t travel through some “dicey” sections between home and the beach.

The Outer Banks didn’t get nearly the snowfall that we did at home, but it’s somewhat unusual to see snow on the dunes.

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You could say that we had the beach to ourselves. And, by the way, notice how wide the beach is?  During the storm, the ocean was nearly up to the dune line.

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But, we didn’t go to the beach just to see snow….we went to see “my” horses. And we weren’t disappointed: we saw 31, including this one, obviously paying no heed to the nearby sign.

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And this “Black Beauty”.

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And I realize that the Christmas season is over, but I just couldn’t resist….(volume up)

Ever wonder what it’s like to go four-wheelin’ over the dunes?  Here’s a Go-Pro clip, and let me just say that it appears much smoother here on this video than it is in real life.

Happy weekend!

Our New Year’s Eve

Many times, clicking on a blog post titled “New Year’s Eve” would bring up pictures of folks in fancy clothes, enjoying music, dancing and good food at a festively decorated venue.  Not here. To close out our year, Motor Man and I took a day trip last Saturday to one of our favorite places…

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…to visit some of our favorites of God’s creatures.  They are looking especially healthy and hearty with their woolly winter coats.

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They appear ready for the cold temperatures and snow, possibly several inches, that’s forecast for this weekend.

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I ask you: does this majestic stallion with the windblown mane not know that he’s handsome?

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When we see the horses, they’re usually just standing (posing, we say), sometimes grazing.  It’s always fun to see them running, and the thrill is to see one (or both) rear up during a little scuffle.  And then, there are fun little shows like this one.  (Volume up)

Uh…’scuse me, you didn’t quite shake off all that sand there, buddy. But, that’s okay: you wear it well.

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Motor Man and I packed a picnic lunch, which we ate while looking out on the ocean (from the comfort of our vehicle.).  And we remembered the tripod, so we could get a picture.

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We were safely back at home long before dark. It was a fun, no-frills New Year’s Eve….just our style.

~These Days Of Mine~

Random Five Friday

Happy Friday! Time for randomness:

1.) The other evening on our way to dinner, Marshall spotted a sun dog in the western sky. (Just one more thing my son has taught me….)

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2.) I do believe that I have my first photo entry for the 2019 Corolla Wild Horse Calendar contest.

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3.) On a recent trip to Clarksville, VA, Motor Man and I discovered yet another LOVE sign.  Virginia’s state motto is “Virginia Is For Lovers”, so signs spelling out the word LOVE are scattered over the state.  Clarksville has many recreational activities related to its lakes, and the land was once home to the Occoneechee Indians (thus the dream catcher) . We thought this was a very original sign.

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4.) Another busy weekend ahead: antiquing and “live” wreath-shopping with a friend tomorrow. We aren’t tackling the horse-head wreaths again this year. We had a fun time making them last Christmas, but it was a LOT of work.

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5.) Santa is scheduled to be at Bacon’s Castle tomorrow.  I may just have to stop by to take photos.  (Any excuse to visit the Castle… )

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Enjoy your weekend!

~These Days Of Mine~

It’s Been Awhile….

Have you been missing the beach and horse pictures recently here on These Days? Yeah, me,too.  Let’s see if we can remedy that today with a few  photos from our recent trips to the Outer Banks:

We love driving on the beach this time of year. We practically have the place to ourselves.  On pretty summer days, this place is packed with vehicles, sunbathers, swimmers, fishermen, children and dogs playing, folks flying kites. But, now that the weather is cooler, this is usually our view.

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Of course, you’re also a little less likely to see horses on the beach. But, on our last trip, there was one lone horse, walking along the water’s edge. We didn’t see any other horses nearby, but they could have been out of sight on the other side of the dunes.

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The trip prior to that, we saw this handsome stallion with the windblown mane. (Picture was taken with a zoom lens, then cropped once it was downloaded to the computer. I wasn’t nearly as close as it looks.)

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I’m guessing this was his mare; she was close by.  You can tell the horses have started getting their woolly winter coats. They’re beginning to look “fuzzy”.

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Thankfully, most of the flooding from Hurricane Matthew has receded, so we’re able to travel the “back roads” once again.

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See? Although it’s rare, I do occasionally take a beach picture that doesn’t include a horse.

~These Days Of Mine~

New Kid On The Block

Last week, I read on the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Facebook page that there was a new foal – a beautiful colt – born into the herd. He was just recently discovered, and they estimate he was born in early October.  It’s rather late in the season for a little one to arrive; according to the CWHF, this is only the second one born in October in the past 10 years.

So…naturally, on our next trip to the beach, I had high hopes (if not expectations) of seeing the new baby.

Motor Man and I had driven down one of the dead-end dirt “streets” in Corolla and were in the process of turning around at the end when I spotted…..little Gregorio and his parents walking up a path.

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Thankfully, my camera was already in my lap. Just look at that gorgeous little face.

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There really wasn’t much time for pictures, because Gregorio and family never stopped walking.

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They walked up one path directly in front of us and immediately headed down another nearby path. (You would think they could have stopped for at least a few seconds to munch on some grass….)

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But, in 12 seconds, I took 8 pictures of that sweet baby.  And you know that we’ll be watching for him on our future trips, and I’ll be sharing pictures if when we see him again.

~These Days Of Mine~