Monday, May 31, 2021

A Cheerful Sight

 This house is just a few blocks away, and I love the way they have decorated the yard and tiny porch. It cheers me up just to see it.




The grass may be greener on the other side of the fence, but you still have to mow it.


Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day 2021

 






For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. 

 ~ William Penn


Friday, May 28, 2021

The Town Houses

 When we moved into our home over 30 years ago, we had a lovely view of the river out back. But since then, they have built townhouses between our back yard and the river. So they are basically in our back yard. The owners do keep them really pretty, though. Here are some shots of how they decorate.









“True luxury is being able to own your time - to be able to take a walk, sit on your porch, read the paper, not take the call, not be compelled by obligation.”

Ashton Kutcher


Thursday, May 27, 2021

The Quartet

 Behold our local neighborhood barber shop.


In front, they have a wooden homemade barbershop quartet.


Of course a barber stands beside them, waiting to cut their hair.


Beside them stands some kind of strange Aztec looking bird.


And on the other side is a row of old beat-up bicycles. The charm of small locally owned shops. 


"No matter what barbershop you go to, there's always that guy who's just hanging around and doesn't do much, but knows everything that's going on in the community."

Deon Cole


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

You've Got Mail

 Drive-bys of some unusual mailboxes locally.








It seems a long time since the morning mail could be called correspondence.

Jacques Barzun

Monday, May 24, 2021

Community Mural

 This mural is in the heart of Charlottesville, Va. The artist said that beside painting what he had planned, he also included people he saw nearby. Like a workman, children playing ball, or someone grilling.






I have tried to snap this mural for what seems like years! But it is at the intersection of a very busy highway intersection and an interstater ramp.




Many of our buildings have large format murals that are of varying subject matter, and we've found that those are the sort of things that make people stop, digest, and absorb.

Miguel McKelvey

Friday, May 21, 2021

A Prickly Sunset

 Behold the humble Teasel. A common weed, but I think they are beautiful. Especially when they go to seed.







“If old age means a crown of thorns, the trick is to wear it jauntily.”

Clare Booth Luce


Wednesday, May 19, 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 neare...