Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Afton Mountain Rockslide

 We live in the Shenandoah Valley, at the foot of  Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. So we are down in a valley. To get to the nearest big city, Charlottesville, we must go over Afton Mountain.

The roads are winding and were cut into the mountain.

At times, you will pass the shale of the bare mountain.

Here is a fence they attached to help with rockfalls. There are signs to beware of fallng rocks.

There was a major rockslide a couple months ago. No one was hurt. But the road was closed while they cleaned up and figured out how to secure it. They put this mesh over it and drilled posts into the mountain to attach it. I still love living here and wouldn't trade it for anything! 

Coming back home, here is our valley laid out at the foot of the mountain.

“A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.”

1 Kings 19

Monday, July 26, 2021

Lidl's Not So Little

 Have you ever herd of Lidl, or do you have one nearby? They are a German owned supermarket that is in most of Europe and the U.S.A. They are sililar to Aldi, but bigger. And have great prices. A new one just opened in a nearby city, so we went today and checked it out. Come shopping with me!

These shelves of Sunflowers were just inside the front door.

I was surprised by how large they are.

They have a well lit wrap-around bakery.

And this entire row is their seafood dept.

They have a nice produce department, which I was unable to snap because it was too crowded. They also sold power tools,clothes, ironing board covers, and many other things.

Their paper bags are very thick and nice, but they cost 8 cents each. And you must bag yourself. A preview of next week's sales is at the door out.

And on the way out, we saw a row of tiny shopping carts for the little kids.

“Whoever said money can't buy happiness simply didn't know where to go shopping.”  ~Bo Derek

“When women are depressed, they eat or go shopping.  Men invade another country.  It's a whole different way of thinking.”

  ~Elayne Boosler

Saturday, July 24, 2021

The Cormorant

 We spotted him behind a fenced-in industrial pool. Looking at his profile, I pretty much knew right away what he was. 

Still, I could hardly believe my eyes. Cormorants are never very far from the ocean, and we are about three hours away from any shore. So this was a really rare sighting for our area. He was alone, as well, with no mate or flock.

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Haze

 We have been getting a lot of haze from the wildfires up north and west. This has made the setting sun all fifferent kinds of beautiful colors! Here it is from last night on the hill, in order.

Notice the bird flying over the sun?

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

1 Corinthians 13

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Bicycles & Flowers

 We passed by this house last week, and I was enchanted! They used flowers and matching bicycles as their outdoor decor! I have never seen anything quite like it! 

They even had a toy dump truck planted with succulents.

“Life is like riding a bicycle; we can keep from falling if we keep moving. Only a few trick-riders can stand still and not tumble.”

 ~Author Unknown

Monday, July 19, 2021

An Elephant's Eye

 Right now the corn is just about as high as an elephant's eye. There is a lot around here, and it is finally doing well.

Would you believe that many neighbors are growing it in their yards in this residental area? Take a look.

And it is always so pretty in a field with the mountains behind,

Corn can add inches in a single day; if you listened, you could hear it grow.

Laura Ruby

Sunday, July 18, 2021

The Drive

 As we were driving a few days ago, we again passed the giant watering can.

These are the flowers under it now.

These giant leaves were what it watered a few years ago.

We also passed this Mimosa tree, with the most abundant blooms of any I have seen.

But maybe my favorite of the day were these sunny flowers we saw.

Come forth into the light of things,
Let Nature be your teacher.

~William Wordsworth


I will find my joy —
Not in a bed of hothouse roses,
but in a wayward roadside flower.

~Muriel Strode

Afton Mountain Rockslide

 We live in the Shenandoah Valley, at the foot of  Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway. So we are down in a valley. To get to the neare...