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Sweeping Landscapes and Barns En Route

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Weekly Photo Challenge:  Connected

This week, show us how two (or more) things – people, objects, places – come together.

Maple Shaded Glory

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I do not have a zoom lens and this was taken with my cell phone camera, but I like it anyway.  There are so many colors in those clouds and the whole fuzzy effect is vaguely impressionistic.

Moon Colors

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A mossy ledge invites the camera’s capture.

Mossy Ledge

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Extraordinary Staircases from AD Features : Architectural Digest www.architecturaldigest.com  Water Mill, New York staircase

Extraordinary Staircases from AD Features : Architectural Digest
Water Mill, New York staircase

More on Stairs.

I am preoccupied with stairs.

Oh elegance!

When I was a young girl with ah, so many longings, I yearned for  a splendid home of my own – a home with a sweeping spiral staircase!

As a new bride I harbored dreams of  the mansions featured in magazines like Architectural Digest – gorgeous homes of the rich and famous with circular staircases leading to enormous bed/sitting rooms, with silken draperies, libraries, and the artwork of the masters on the walls.

And my yearning for such a home was always punctuated by the impressive, inspirational, sumptuous spiral stairs.

And would you believe I finally did get what I wished for?

Have you ever seen the GEICO commercial about a guy who meets a genie and makes a wish for a million bucks.  And that’s what he gets – a million male deer?

My wish was exactly like that.  The genie appeared in the form of Bill (my singularly brilliant spouse) and he magically produced a spiral staircase for the house of my dreams.

The stairs are spiral all right, and they are


not particularly elegant,

slightly rickety,

 even dangerous

(particularly in lightning storms),

frightening to those who fear heights,

and the railing is similar to a stiff rubber hose!

Bill is a Civil Engineer who spent a lifetime building roads (not houses), but he knows all about blueprints and measurements and since he is a highway man, getting from one point to another.  The point is, his design plan worked.

We do have a lovely, much beloved, mostly one level, mostly comfortable, unpretentious home.  Bill designed it – drew out the plans and everything.  AND THERE IS A UTILITY ROOM IN THE BASEMENT.

Evidently, the most utilitarian way down to the utility room was to install a pre-fabricated metal set of winding scares stairs.


It is not a million bucks, and certainly not a mansion, but who can complain with a literal wish coming true?

Spiral Stairs 2

Spiral Stairs 1



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It  was another drizzly day, with darkened skies and looming clouds obliterating Virginia’s  Blue Ridge Mountains.  And then I felt the sun’s return and was forced by some inner prompt to look out the window.

Skyscape 2


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I have to stop and marvel at how beautiful are the seasons in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

More Baling

Make Hay While the Sun Shines: Meaning

Make the most of one’s opportunities while you have the chance.

Make hay while the sun shinesThis proverb is first recorded in John Heywood’s A dialogue conteinyng the nomber in effect of all the prouerbes in the Englishe tongue, 1546:

“Whan the sunne shinth make hay.  Which is to say

Take time whan time cometh, lest time steale away.”

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Lone Star Tree

My favorite tree stands upon a hill all alone,

impressive in all seasons.

Isn’t she elegant?

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This is Photo Story #2 for the Five Photos, Five Stories challenge.  The rules are to post a photo a day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo.  It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph.  Oh yes,  and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.  Today I nominate Dianna of These Days of Mine.  This should be fun!

Neighborhood Chicken Ranch 1


I was saving this photo for something

I just didn’t know for what.

It looks like a gypsy caravan in

the midst of a mystery plot

 But it’s only a home place for chickens!

And I smile as I drive alongside

at the clucking mass of hens pecking

with a horse and goats grazing nearby.

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Spring casts its spell on the hills and dales in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

May in the Valley 2

 Click on image to enlarge.

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