Monday, February 29, 2016

Tuesday's Treasures 030116

A little worse for wear but still a treasure
This is a small pitcher my grandmother kept
with her collection of toothpick holders.
Its history is, as I know it, that it belonged to my great great grandmother
for whom my grandmother was named.
The first Annie was born at New Castle on the Tyne, England
and came to America with her family at the age of two in 1851.

Annie Blackett 
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Kept an Eye Out for Blues 022916

Out for a Sunday drive to neighboring Ohio;
keeping an eye out for 'Blues'.
 Spied this quite unique display of American Flags
Wondering if it was a project or one person endeavor.
 Buzzing along and passed this very blue semi.
 and back to Pennsylvania; home again, home again.
More blues of all kinds at:

Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Barn Collective 022816

Another barn than conjures up nostalgia from my childhood.

View more barns at:

Critters: To Each His Own 022716

Backyard Sentry
While the other backyard birds flit from feeder to feeder,
the Mourning Dove often takes up a perch and remains there;
often for an hour or two.
For a variety of Critters join:

Weekend Reflections 022716

There are two ways of spreading light.
to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.
                                              ---Edith Wharton

Joining James for:

Friday, February 26, 2016

In Remembrance

In remembrance of Tina, EGCameraGirl, and her husband who both passed as the result of an auto accident.

Her kind comments were a blessing and she will be missed.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

A Photo a Day Challenge: Bridges 022516

A 2006 study determined that Pittsburgh has 446 bridges, and with its proximity to three major rivers and countless hills and ravines, Pittsburgh is known as "The City of Bridges".
This is Roberto Clemente Bridge viewed from PNC Park.
(on a rainy day)
It is closed to vehicular traffic on Pirates' and Steelers' game days, providing a pedestrian route to PNC Park home of the Pirates baseball team, and Heinz Field home of the Steelers football team.

This bridge spans the Slippery Rock Creek
flowing down a gorge formed during the ice age.

 Pondering: Does a bridge cease to be a bridge when it is closed?

More bridges to view at:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Snow Fence in Waiting

Snow Fences have been pretty much unemployed in our area this winter with few snow drifts to hold back.
 This one makes a nice foreground for two stately trees.
More fences at:

Black and White Wednesday - Sepia 022416

lucy sepia b

While creating a post for a black and white photo challenge on my other blog
Ventures In Photos,
I discovered the sepia setting on my camera.
So . . . who but Lucy could be my first subject? 😉
To see a couple more using other means for sepia click here.

and more Black and Whites at:
Black and White Wednesday w/Adrienne

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

A Few Random Outdoor Shots . .

 The "Snow Moon" at Muldoon
A Babbling Brook
A springhouse on a renovated estate.
Not a good day for fishing. The cows are lying down

An aging farm building near my childhood home.
More of the great outdoors at:

That Fine Line . . .

between treasure and junk.

We all know the old adage about junk and treasures and anyone who has watches American Pickers
knows 'treasures' to them can be a stretch.
My entries today, in my observation are just plain junk,
but applying the above statements, here they are.
 Give it a few years and it may have sunk to the top of the tires
Who towed who?

I saw this the first time in the summer and it looks nice surrounded by the plants.
Guess someone didn't have time to do
the needed maintenance for Fall and Winter.
Seeking treasures?
Find them at:


Sunday, February 21, 2016

Blue Reflection

Was recently trying my hand at creating reflective photos
So since this one is blue . . .
Lots more 'blues' at

Wondering . . .

Came upon this building that looks very much like a barn.
 However, it is located on the corner of two well traveled roads;
has keep out signs in a couple windows;
and no sign of farming close by.
Wondering what its future may hold.
 Be sure to travel on over to:

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Critter Tolerance

When the starlings show up at the feeding station, my usual response is 'oh great'. They come in large flocks, send everybody else flying and proceed to gobble up every seed in sight.
Well since they are 'sparrows' that God watches over just like all the rest I realized it was time to become tolerant of them and take time to observe them.

 First I discovered they have their own beauty
  Very pretty breast feathers

Bold contrasting beaks
and a cuteness when all puffed up against the cold. 

They were willing to share perching space. 
 and a spot at the feeder
  And everyone else was willing to stick around
and feast on left overs.

So o.k.; a salute to the Starlings 
Edit to add: In looking at them again I have given them a nickname - The Polka Dots
(sounds like a singing group from the 50's)
Lots more critters at:
and Wild Birds at:

Thursday, February 18, 2016

atMuldoon 021916

Joining Teresa for Friday's Hunt
  • Letter H
  • Favorite photo of the week
  • Family
H is for: Home
Home again, Home again, jiggity jig ---Mother Goose
I chose this because after 30 years I am home again, home again; having left the realm of paid employment and returning to the first desire of my heart - wife and homemaker atMuldoon.

Tiny frozen drops of sunlight and tiny buds; the promise of spring.

My Parents - 1947

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Monday, February 15, 2016

A Treasure in Need of a Landlord 021616

A village hotel of yesteryear currently for sale.
Any interested investors out there?
There's a mom and pop grocery across the intersection
and the little town remains well populated and active.
Don't forget to join:

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Linking with The Barn Collective 021416

Seemed appropriate to round out my week of
photos from a recent drive
by sharing these barns decked out in red for Valentine's Day.
When I inserted the photo in the post, 
numerics began to jump out at me.

  1. Trellis
  2. Shutters on the cupola & 2 sliding doors
  3. Doors on the second level
  4. X'd Doors on the barn
  5. Squares on the upper level & 5 triangles too
Did I miss any?
Head on over to:

Saturday Critters - Winding Down from the Drive

and couldn't forget the critters

A few interested bystanders
as we wound through the countryside.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Friday Favourites from Saturday's Drive

So for Cath's Friday Favourites, here we go . . .
The rest of the story - almost
A one room school converted to a cottage.
I want to take another drive to see the other side
which appears to have an addition.
A totem pool which is not really a pole
but part of a real tree at Lake Latonka.
 One of several docks at Lake Latonka

 The Dam built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
forming the 300 acre lake.
The sound of the water rushing over the dam was soothing.

A distant view of some of the homes surrounding the lake.

Maple Lane Farm
The long storage building houses multiple pontoons.
Perhaps belonging to the residents of Lake Latonka?

See something that catches your eye?
Follow along atMuldoon back and forward this week.
(more to come).
 Right now click on over to Cath's blog for:
Friday Favourites