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Bovine Barn Charm

Today’s barn is another one from our trip to Scottsville, Va. a few weeks ago.

This was our first glimpse. I can just imagine hearing the rain on that old tin roof.


Look! They have cows!

barn and cows

This one is definitely still earning its keep.


(As evidenced by the blurred fence posts, these were “drive-by shootings”.)

Linking up to Barn Charm.

Friday’s Fences – Roadside Peacock

Monday, as Motor Man and I were returning from Scottsville, he suddenly said: “Did you see that?”.  Of course, not having seen anything extraordinary, I asked  what he meant. And Motor Man replied: “That peacock, sitting up on that fence, looking at us.”.

This, of course, required a u-turn.

And this is what we saw.


We both decided that it wasn’t real, and proceeded on up the road a short distance. It just so happened that, after the u-turn, we spotted the barn that I featured on this week’s Barn Charm.

As we drove back by the peacock, we slowed down to have a better look.

jr peacock

Still thinking that this wasn’t a real peacock, we started driving away.

peacock 2

And then…..he moved.

peacock last

 I didn’t get a picture, but he hopped down off the fence and scurried across the yard.

And I had a Friday’s Fences post.

fridays fences

A Ferry Nice Day

(Oooh…sorry about that title…)

Remember the road trip I mentioned on Tuesday? Today, I’m sharing pictures from that trip.

A friend had told us some time ago about the Hatton Ferry, the last “poled” ferry in the country, located in Scottsville, Virginia .

Since Monday was a holiday, Motor Man didn’t go to his shop, and we set off that morning for Scottsville. It’s about a 3 hour drive from home.  En route, I went online on my cell phone and found a restaurant “Tavern On The James”, which sounded like a good place for lunch.


The interior was beautiful, our server, Christa, was wonderful, and the food was great.

tavern interior

Christa took us on a quick tour of the restaurant, seated us and then pointed out the window to “Sargeant”, the Scottsville Police Department cat. (He’s standing by the police car.)

db in tavern

So, of course, after lunch…..(you knew this was coming, didn’t you?).

db and sarg

We found this interesting little landmark showing the flood levels of the James River, prior to the levee being built in 1989.  The highest mark (just below the second story window) is from Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

agnes water level

We drove five miles out of town to the Hatton Ferry. This isn’t a great picture – it was taken through the windshield – but it gives you a good idea about the ferry.

driving on the ferry

The two-man crew was very friendly and offered to take a picture of us during the ferry ride.

on the ferry

The crew, “working the poles”:

working the poles

And this was taken as we were driving off on the other side. The James River is 512 feet wide at that point. (It’s about 4-and-a half miles across in our area.)

driving off

Just another reminder of my motto regarding Motor Man: “Life with you is like a road trip; we may not always know where we’re going, but it’s a sweet ride”.

A clue about tomorrow’s Friday’s Fences post: “Is that real?”.