Thursday, January 15, 2015

Good Fences

A few weeks back before my Christmas break I had posted a couple of entries to Good Fences of the historical Sharp's Country Store in Slatyfork, West Virginia. The eighth generation of the Sharp family still owns the property and runs the store. It is said General Robert E. Lee ate supper in the log cabin behind the store sometime in 1862.

This past week we had six inches of snow and this is what my front yard looked like. Most of this was gone Tuesday and what was left was that ugly dirty stage of snow; but we awoke this morning to a fresh light dusting that made the ground white again. Temperatures stayed below freezing so it didn't melt. Today's expected high of 38 will most likely melt it away.

Here's the other side of my fence. I had begun taking down the Christmas decorations on my porch and inside my house but hadn't make it outside to take the bows off my fence. Actually I'm rather glad I hadn't. We didn't have snow for Christmas so this made for a pretty shot. Who knows, this could become next year's Christmas card.

Linking to Good Fences

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wild Birds

We had six inches of snow this week and this cardinal enjoyed the sunflower seeds in my bird feeder. If you look closely or click to enlarge the photo you'll notice the perfect accessory he wore on his left temple - a little delicate snowflake.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Good Fences


Last week I posted the historical Sharp's barn and store here in West Virginia. Today as promised I have more from that same spot. Here is a covered bridge across the street from the store with some fencing in front. The bridge isn't old but it sure looks like it.
  
A close up of the fence and some stonework. Did you read the sign above the opening? "Kissing Bridge - Bridges Don't Talk" - the Sharp's are a fun family.

From my family to yours we wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!!!!
(Time to spoil some grandchildren - see you soon.)
 
Linking to Good Fences.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Wild Birds

This Common Grackle with its lovely irredesicent colors paid a visit a couple of weeks ago. In the summer my feeders can get overrun with them but I see them only occasionally in the winter.  It was spitting very fine snow when I took this so that's why he looks like he has dandruff. :)

Our grandchildren all visited for Thanksgiving and doing the festivities this Pileated Woodpecker showed up. All the kids (ages 4, 5, and almost 7) were fascinated by him.

This guy landed in a walnut tree outside my window this week. By the time I retrieved my camera he was taking off. Can anyone help identify him for me?

Linking to Wild Birds with Stewart.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Good Fences: "Who Moved My Ladder"

It's all in good fun. Look closely because this is a stuffed version of a man and the scene is staged. Hubby and I found this barn during our fall foliage trip in the mountains of West Virginia. The barn is part of the Sharp's Country Store Complex in Slatyfork, West Virginia.

The general store first opened in 1884 by L.D. Sharp. Today Sharp's Country Store is owned and operated by Tom Shipley. L. D. Sharp was his great grandfather.

This little car sitting out in front of the store with its fake wind-up gear in the back just made me smile. It is a 1940 Bantam Midget. It was made by the American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pennsylvania.
This particular car was formerly used in the Shrine Circus by the clown Roland Reeves. Top speed is claimed to be 50 mph. From what I saw the day I was there I feel sure it has to be pushed to where they want it to sit.
I'll have another find from the Sharp's for next week's Good Fences.
 
Linking to Good Fences.