Colorful fall streets

“Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.” ~ Anonymous Colors down near by boy’s school. Pano below. “Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall. Count your life with smiles and not the tears that…

Home by the pond

Vermont’s a place where barns come painted Red as a strong man’s heart Where stout carts and stout boys in freckles Are highest forms of art.” ~ Robert Tristram Coffin Though hampered by the overcast sky, I was still able to capture a little of the beauty of this Vermont home.

Dutch Colonial

“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you” ~ Christian Morganstern (1871 – 1914) German poet My grandad had a Dutch Colonial style house – see the barn-like roof profile? Lots of room in the attic. I’d love to own a 5000 sq foot dutch colonial :D.

Wood for the still

The maple sugar house I visited uses the one fuel they have plenty of for distilling the syrup – trees. Maple sap is 98% water, so it has to be boiled down quite a bit to make the syrup we all love.

Sugar house

A sugar house is where maple sap is boiled down to maple syrup.

As in a dream

“There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.” ~ Douglas H. Everett On an overcast day in Vermont, this house just looked kind of dreamy. Here’s a posterized view:

Tree eats house

The trees are God’s great alphabet:With them He writes in shining greenAcross the world His thoughts serene.~Leonora Speyer This little one-room barn is on my way to work – abandoned, and being eaten by this tree.

Neighborhood sunset

“How strange this fear of death is! We are never frightened at a sunset.” ~ George MacDonald, Scottish author, poet and Christian minister (1824 – 1905), particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels  Just another sunset outside my front door – wish I had a direct view of the western hills, but no, I…

Birdhouses for Sale

“When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.” ~ Bill Watterson  I am a birder, and look forward to taking my kids out to the various game reserves. In the meantime, I think I need to buy some bird feeders – or a designer bird house from this guy along Hwy J17 near Turlock, CA.

Water house

“Water is life’s mater and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.” ~Albert Szent-Gyorgyi (Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine, 1893-1986) This water house is at a small local farm reservoir, pumping water through the culverts used to water the local orchard (see yesterday’s photo).

Hard times for owners and renters

Many a man who pays rent all his life owns his own home; and many a family has successfully saved for a home only to find itself at last with nothing but a house.  ~ Bruce Barton Two of my neighbors have to move because their landlords are being foreclosed on.  The guy across the…