Thursday, February 26, 2015

FENCES, SKIES AND HORSES ALONG SKYLINE DRIVEi

This beautiful sky was  found along Skyline Drive a couple of weeks ago.....


and this impressive looking house we found on our mystery road when we took a turning too early.  I often wonder who lives in places like these.  


There was a horse stable a short distance from it.  I didn't get the whole building but it was long and I liked its stone entrance and archway. 


Another beautiful sky scene....


and we saw more horses.  













And now for Willy-Nilly Friday 5, in the order that they happened.

1) I had a lovely surprise a few days ago, a letter from a cousin I hadn't had contact with in well over 40 years.  She is the daughter of my father's sister and I think the last time I did see her was at one of her brother's wedding in Southampton.  This was several years before I met Gregg, so you can tell how long it has been.  It was a wonderful letter, an honest-to-goodness handwritten one, with lots of catching up on her family.  I am happy to be in contact with her and will be replying with my own hand-written missive, and hopefully it won't be chicken scratch as it has been a long time since I wrote anything in long hand, other than writing a few notes here and there.

2) Our son and daughter-in-law came over for Oscar night.  What a fun night!  This has been an on-going tradition for at least the last three years.  To be perfectly honest neither Gregg nor I go to a lot of movies.  In fact I think we may have seen two last year, and were so totally ignorant of what was up for an Oscar.  They came with a page of nominations and we had to circle who we thought would win.  I think I got six right and that was just by guessing.  And of course what made it for us was the company.  Gregg fixed his two Thai dishes that he has been waiting to fix for them, and our d-in-l brought dessert, the most delicious cupcakes.  You can find them here at Taste of Home.  I asked her for the recipe.  The surprise ingredient was bacon as a garnish.  Bacon you say?  Yes bacon!  Before you go all wobbly on me, it was a delicious part of the cupcake.  A little salty to balance out the sweet.  Gregg and I enjoyed them so much we had a hard time not scoffing the lot.  A great night all round.

3) It snowed the day before they were due to come over, so we were uncertain that they would be able to make it.  We had six inches this time.  They couldn't get their car out for a while but thankfully all was well by the time they were due to come over here.  Our neighborhood is very lucky because we have a snowplow that comes through immediately and our roads were okay to drive on, and again once you get on the main roads they are taken care of also.  

4) I read a wonderful post today, the blog, carolabARTz.  If you click on the blue letters it will take you to a very special day when Carola received her American Citizenship.  I smiled all the way through it.  Fantastic!  Congratulations Carola!  

5)  I am finishing off with an animal video.  This one can be seen here if you can't access the video below.  With all the love that I have for all things wildlife, and bears in particular, I never want to get this close to one.



I am linking with the following, with thanks to all our hosts of these wonderful memes.

Theresa at Good Fences, the Skywatch Team at SkyWatch Friday, Misty at Camera Critters, Eileen at Saturday's Critters,  and Tanya's Willy-Nilly Friday Five.




57 comments:

Linda said...

Denise, I can picture myself walking there, and the horses are lovely. :)

Ginny said...

This whole house compound is large and lovely. But the SKY!! The fourth picture...the sky has greens and pinks in it, I have never seen such a thing. It is like an Easter sky! How gorgeous!!

Kay said...

Wow! Those are awesome skies and house. Mom would say that's too much house to keep clean. LOL

Indrani said...

You have excellent pictures in this post!
Love the skies, very dream like. :)

Cloudia said...

That mother-of-pearl sky above the horses is a particular gem!





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Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! What a beautiful property and I love the horses behind the fences.

Valerie said...

Brilliant sky shots and the horses, too. The compound is very attractive. It looks so peaceful there.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, Denise. I love the sky captures..and the horses are pretty. What a grand place. They are all beautiful images, have a happy day!

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I can tell you who lives in houses like that...people with far more money than us!

Linda Gross said...

Wow, big house!

gigihawaii said...

I looove horses! I want to ride one now.

Sandra said...

these are wonderful. love the stone turret on that building and the building.. fences and horse always make me happy. the sky is awesome, both of them

Rose said...

I often wonder about houses like that, too...wonder what it costs to heat and just run it in general. And I wonder if they have a maid or two just to keep things spiffy.

Love the sky shots and love those horses.

TexWisGirl said...

a GORGEOUS estate! wow! and beautiful skies above it! :)

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Love that sky from the first picture! And I would say there are some stinking rich people living :))
Nice horse pictures with fences :D
Have a fine day
【ツ】Knipsa

Carola Bartz said...

The sky is awesome - I love both sky images, they are so different and so fascinating. Wonderful captures.

SuperLux said...

Your shots are all postcards worthy. Bravo!

ladyfi said...

Gorgeous shots of sky and horses!

William Kendall said...

The skies are amazing, Denise!

Linda Kay said...

Denise, it looks like the horses have just about as nice a place to hang out as the owners of the house! You have definitely covered all the blog hops in one fell swoop!

From the Kitchen said...

I love seeing photos of the Skyline Drive as I grew up there. Here, we see skyscrapers, expressways and, if one gets out of town, corn and soybeans.

Best,
Bonnie

happywonderer.com said...

Lovely photos from the skies to the critters!

George said...

Betsy and I love the Skyline Drive in just about any season. We'll have to look for this house and stable next time we are along there. You've captured a couple of beautiful sky photos.

Gill - That British Woman said...

just lovely. Love driving past horse farms.

pattisjarrett said...

I have my cup of tea! Beautiful skies and horses. The home and land around it make for a gorgeous setting.

Stephanie said...

The sky shot is gorgeous, Love the horse images and nice looking fencing.

Christa atCedarmereFarm said...

Hi Denise,
You sure had a good photo day!!! What a house! Wouldn't it be fun to go inside? The sky shots are spectacular, especially the last one. And the horses!!! So handsome!!! Have a nice week, Denise.

Valerie said...

Spectacular sky shots Denise. Happy weekend!

Debbie said...

Dreamy skies Denise ours have been so pretty this winter, especially the sunsets!!

That is an amazing home but it looks more like a hotel, they must have help to clean it. The barn is gorgeous, I can't remember if that was on the same property as the house!!

Penelope Postcards said...

A luxurious sky on Skyline Drive sounds perfect, as does your own personal Oscar night. That is good guessing, considering you did not see any of the movies. I saw The Theory Of Everything and Birdman. Both were amazing and so well portrayed it restores faith in the quality of current moviemaking.

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I love your sky shots. And that house, wow!!

Debby Ray said...

Stunning images, Denise! That is certainly SOME home...looks like a castle...beautiful fences, all!

bj said...

O, I loved this entire post...just LOVE it.
I need to make cupcakes for our home fellowship gathering on Sun. so I am going to ck out your recipe..ANYthing with bacon has GOT to be awesome...and with sugar...
YES, PLEASE.

bj said...

I'm following you now thru Google Friend Connect...
and I meant to tell you that this last summer, one of my 1st cousins that I hadn't seen in 67 years and I met up and spent 2 days together with his wife and my hubby....my mom and dad divorced when I was little so I lost most of my dad's side of the family. (just to say, tho, that God sent me another dad and the best family..I am so blessed).

Susan (ABON) said...

Great sky shots and such a lovely country home!

Felicia said...

great fences, great skies and beautiful horses.

Lina Gustina said...

Awesome skies, Denise.
The property looks like a huge castle.
Enjoying the whole post :)

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Arija said...

What a well behaved, though very large, bear to keep to the path and go back to the wild when he saw the human.
Your second sky shot has fabulous colours in it.

Carver said...

Stunning skies and I love the shots of the horses.

Rose said...

What a bear! A little too close for comfort.

There is nothing quite like a handwritten letter. Like you, my writing is not so great. Feels really awkward at times if I got to write more than an address.

Maggid said...

Must be a handy bear crossing . . .

Judy said...

What incredible skies!!! The bear video is impressive, but I am sure glad to see those windows between it and the camera!!

Tom said...

Love your sky shots. Tom The Backroads Traveller

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Virginia has more millionaires than almost any other state, and many of them, like Robert Duvall and Sissy Spacek built homes along Skyline Drive or in horse county a little bit further north where the Harrimans lived.

The house you picture must belong to a very wealthy person. I can see you were in horse country too. When my youngest son lived in Charlottesville, I loved to drive down there and visit him. Now he lives in a a new home in Martinsburg, further south. Its not as grand as the one in your photo, but it sits on a ridge with a nice view.

A very scenic drive. Have fun with your new pen pal.

Leovi - La Fotografía Efectista Abstracta said...

Yes, delicious photos, sky beautiful colors! Gorgeous beauty!

Laura said...

magnificent skies Denise!

fredamans said...

Beautiful horses, and that first shot was pin-worthy! :-)

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Beautiful post.

Norma Ruttan said...

That house and its surroundings are fabulous! As for the bear, I'd be mighty glad to be inside.

eileeninmd said...

Good Morning, Denise! Wow, that video is really cool. I can not imagine being that person walking in front of the bear..I would rather be in the building.. Great post! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post.. Have a happy weekend!

bailey-road.com said...

Beautiful sky shots. That house and horse stable are really something! That must be fine horse flesh behind those fences.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous skies and beautiful horses. Enjoy your weekend, Denise.

Jeanne said...

Love the bear video!!

Linda said...

Marvelous pictures, Denise.

Marie said...

Any excuse is a good excuse to be together with family! Loved your beautiful horses photos...and that bear video was really something. Wow! I got so worried about the guy at the end of the road, but the bear wasn't interested.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I have had a lovely time browsing as I catch up with your posts I missed while we were away from the computer; thanks for all of them. You are so lucky to live near that beautiful drive. And that sounds like the best Oscar night celebration ever!

Tanya Breese said...

your wrong turn sure was a great part of the trip! i love number 1, to get a real letter!! my daughter loves award shows but we didn't get to watch together this year...she was back up in harrisonburg...back and forth for school, at least she's close enough she can do that! what a fun night with voting and yummy food! thank you for linking and have a great week :)