They’re Taking Her Down

I didn't do my homework before starting this post, so I'm not sure what year the Teslow granary was built, but this iconic structure has stood in our little town for all my life, and even as far back as my Mom can remember, and she moved here when she was a teenager, many moons ago.

Now it's scheduled for demolition. Many of our townsfolk are very sad! There is a community appreciation site for our town on Facebook, and they have had a kind of photo “contest” to basically just honor and show our appreciation for this long time sentry of of our little country town.

These photos I am sharing from Facebook-



You can see how it's been slowly falling apart over the years. The wind in this area is wicked, and structures here, especially ones as tall as this, require more maintenance than buildings in areas with less volatile elements. The roof is blowing off, bit by bit, as are sections of the sheet metal cladding. The busiest street in our town runs right next to this granary, so it is more than a little hazardous having chunks of this building fall to the street.

These are photos I have taken of the old building –



It was for sale at one time, and I heard someone was interested in restoring and putting a restaurant in the building. I guess it all proved to be too much of an undertaking, because it never came to fruition.

So, over the next few weeks, we'll be losing a piece of our little town's history. I really hate to see these kinds of things slip away.





Hometown Charm

There are a lot of very talented and artistic people that live in and around our little town. Lately there have been some especially nice photographs locals have been sharing of our area, on Facebook. Thought I'd share a few here to try and spice up this dullish little blog-o-mine.

This is a nice shot of Park Street, the main street that runs from east to west across town. On the left is the Murray Hotel, on the right is the the very beautiful old train depot. I am not sure who took this photograph, but if anyone seeing this knows who did, let me know and I am happy to give the well deserved credit.

A very pretty old barn a few miles east of town, on the Old Clyde Park Road. I believe Debby Perryman's took this photo, and the two that follow.


I took these, below, of our neighborhood deer (I'm sharing not because I'm talented or artistic, but because I'm amazed these ding-a-lings will practically let you walk up and pet them when they're supposed to be “wildlife”). This is just around the corner, about a block from my house.


Not anything too terribly exciting going on lately, which is good! I'm not much of a fan of trauma and drama, so I'll take nice and quiet any time. If I don't post again before Thanksgiving, I hope you all have a safe, happy, healthy one!





Lots O’ Changes

It's been a couple weeks since my last post. Boy, lots can happen in even such few days. We've had a birthday, a holiday, a funeral, a “possibly won't need surgery” doctor visit (fingers crossed – only minor surgery, but no surgery at all is a much better option), a new job!, and a new camera. Talk about hills and dales.

Anyway, I finally caved and got an awesome new camera (Canon EOS Rebel T3i). I was determined not to spend the money on something I felt was such an unneeded extravagance, especially with all the cabin repairs looming ahead of us this Spring and Summer. Good Mr.Bruce, who had been encouraging me all along to just do it, said it could be an early birthday present, to which I added it would also be a Mother's Day, Independence Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas present…….for the next 4 years. But, I think this will be a good investment in banking our memories, and I plan on making this camera earn it's keep. I'm going to document the dickens out of this cabin rejuvenation ahead.

It did help ease the guilt a bit that the day I got the camera, I also found out I would be starting a new job! Yup, I've been a kept woman for the last 3 years. My last job spanned from kid-hood, to sprouting-gray-hair-hood. I worked for the same outfit from just a bit out of High School, to 3 years ago. That encompassed my entire adult life. IN. ONE. PLACE. I did some major soul searching and finally came to the conclusion that there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing, and I bailed. Talk about scary! It felt akin to jumping out the door of a jet airplane with a little, tiny parachute pack and arm floaties on. I discovered I love being a homemaker, but unfortunately it doesn't pay too well! And with a kid in college, and a new hobby (aka cabin) which I have a feeling may get to be a bit expensive during the extreme makeover that's coming, guess it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. I'm very optimistic about this new job as it is a complete 180 from what I did before; and I plan to jump in with both feet and give it my all. I thank the good Lord for this opportunity, and thank my good friend and neighbor Eileen for giving me a heads up, and a leg up on this terrific job!

So, in my last few days before jumping back into the job pool, I've been dutifully studying the camera manual, and researching tutorials online. But today I decided enough was enough, and I just wanted to go out in the beautiful Spring Day and play with the darn thing! Here are the results of my folly 🙂

I am very intrigued by the old advertising art painted on the sides of the downtown buildings here in our little town. A lot of effort has gone into trying to preserve these icons, and I think they are wonderful!







I think these photos prove that this is a pretty phenomenal camera when clear, sharp pictures come thru in spite of the ding-a-ling that was pushing the buttons! I'm anxious to learn how to properly operate this camera, and discover all the added nuances it offers as you gain knowledge and confidence.

When I step out my front door and turn right, this is the view I am gifted with! Our house is on a hill above the town, so our view is pretty much unobstructed. Look at that beautiful blue sky!

The biggest problem I had with my little point and shoot was trying to take pictures inside the house. Try as I might, I could never get any kind of sharpness on anything inside with the lack of natural light in my very “treed in” house.

Well, this pic and the next few, were taken in my basement, without a flash! I was impressed with the detail it showed for sure.



And these next were using the close-up function on some new posies appearing in my garden


So, onward and upward!! And here's hoping the best is yet to come!