Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday for a good start to the new school year.  I work with some wonderful people, so even though we are in the midst of our teacher workshop sessions, it still remains fun.  

Sharing a gate that continues to reside in a very old cemetery.  It is the gate for a family plot on a parcel of land that used to be a prized farm that has remained in the same family for several generations.  Today the farm is still intact, though with different ownership.  


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sweet Sunflowers

Several flowers are blooming around the farmette, but nothing is quite as lovely as the sunflower.  

All the varieties have blossomed and the bees love them.  

As do many other insects.  The sweat bees were out in force while I was trying to take a few photographs.  

Thank goodness that they love the heatwave we are having.  

Nothing deters their beauty.  

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows.  It's what the sunflowers do."  

Helen Keller  

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black Barn Sunday

Sharing a classic, black Kentucky barn for Tom's link up today.  With our soaring temperatures, I cannot imagine just how hot it would be inside this barn today.  

As a child I used to visit Kentucky and spend time with my maternal grandparents.  They didn't have air conditioning and that meant any free time was spent sitting outside underneath the shade tree.  Most likely breaking a five gallon bucket of beans while you were there.  

Nights were spent sleeping on the couch with fans blowing throughout the house.  Today I cannot imagine not having air conditioning.  For my grandparents, it was just their way of life. 

Linking up with The Barn Collective.  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Randoms

The bees of the farm have been working hard lately.  They are enjoying all that the sunflowers have to offer.  

Here is a feel good story to get you going this morning.  

A farmhouse built into a Medieval wall?  Charming, for sure.  

I am currently suffering the invasive behavior of a Rose of Sharon shrub.  Here are a few plants you don't want to have around your property.  

Leaving you with some Post Modern Jukebox for the weekend.  

Linking up with Tanya today! 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Thankful Thursday

Thankful this Thursday to be visiting with my coworkers.  After a few weeks off work, we all have much to catching up to do. I truly am blessed to work with some wonderful people.  Our classrooms are coming together as we are preparing for our open house next week.  

 Yes, seriously this early.  

Sharing a photo of a barn that is surely not functional anymore.  
Hopefully it is just decoration for the landscape.  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Walk in the Park

Recently I spent some time at my parent's house.  My daughter and I took a road trip to hang out with the Nana and Pap of our world.  Good times and good coffee in the mornings, except my dad now reads the paper online, so no newspaper in the driveway in the early a.m. 


Well, whatever....

 My dad and I went for a walk one evening in a local park.  A lovely place I have frequented over the years.  It has wonderful walkways , wildlife, and scenery.  

Wildlife abounds, as do people.  

You never know what you might spy.  Owls and Egrets have been spotted before, but that day I wasn't as lucky.  

The area was flooded with people, walking, tubing, swimming, and kayaking.  

On my way out of the area, this little fellow was the talk of the walk.  

He, (she?),  appears to be about one year old.  Female alligators typically lay eggs in a nest during June and July.  I also read that the mother aggressively defends her babies during their first few years of life.  

There were so many people swimming in the water that day.  I sincerely hope its mother was not close by.  

Sunday, July 17, 2016

The Barn Life

Back in the land of barns this Sunday morning.  No more beaches, umbrellas, or sand between my toes.  Though, I did bring home a couple of sand spurs.  

Not the kind of souvenir I prefer.  

Coming back north I certainly didn't leave the heat behind.  Our outside temps seem to be at the melting point each day.  The perfect excuse to stay inside and label all of my student's supplies.  

One more week of summer vacation for me.  

Linking up with Tom and The Barn Collective.