Around the House

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1-6 A February snowstorm
   
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(Easter - March 2008) On "Farmer Bill's" Ranch

  • Dan and a horse (Dan is on the right) (7)
  • The turkey is nature's most magestic bird from the neck back. From the neck forward, it's the ugliest. (8)
  • Dan and Maureen with Cousin Bill (9 - 10)
   
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This is our cat, Cleo

  • This is Cleo stalking a pair of birds (12)
  • Here are the birds now two trees over (13)
   
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(May 3, 2008) We've done this trip before: up to Martinsville over US-58 through the mountains, Blue Ridge Parkway to Mt. Airy and back home. This time we had Maureen's sister Kate with us. Some of the highlights are:

  • The view from "Lover's Leap" on Highway 58 (14)
  • A farmhouse down in the valley (15)
  • One of our favorite stops is the birdhouse store about a mile from the leap (20)
  • One of the many stops on the Blue Ridge Parkway (close up of cabin shown in 2007) (22)
  • Downtown Mt. Airy. (23 - 24)
25 - 26 One of the residents on our lake
27 - 28 A rainbow during a summer shower.
29 This moth landed on our deck. Thanks to the magic of Photoshop, it's now on a leaf.
30 Dan vs. The Chipmunk
31 The Chipmunk wins!
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(August 2008) A trip to the Booker T. Washington National Park. It was a nice day but we had the park to ourselves. The inside exhibit is rather small and contains the biography of Booker and a small book store. Booker lived on the farm until he was emancipated at age 9. Booker was listed on the property ledger as "one negro boy" being worth $400: a tidy sum in the 1850's. The farm was owned by a couple and their 7 children. They had 12 slaves and raised tobacco on a little over 100 acres: hardly the sterotype southern plantation of Gone With the Wind lore. The outside exhibit is mostly a recreation of the farm.

  • 32 - 36 The kitchen and the cook's house. The cook's house is where the slaves would have lived.
  • 37 MR Pigpens. O S M R. Although they look something like Dan's weekend projects around the house.
  • 38 - 40 The blacksmith shop.
  • 41 This goose kept posing for the camera, so I couldn't not take its picture
  • 42 Is that you Dolly?
  • 43 A Dolly of another type.
  • 44 The tobacco drying barn
45-46 This wasn't on the farm. It was along side the road on the way to the National Park. It's a steam powered tractor. You don't see many of them around anymore.
47 Eric's stage debut. He had a bit part (he plays a policeman) in the production. Next to Eric (to the right in the picture) is David Polinski, a friend of ours.
48-53 Our annual trip out to Ft. Fisher. This time we took in the aquarium.