Wednesday, March 27, 2013

A Little Rusty....

It's a short trip from this house, to Rural.

Along the back roads, there are places that have been there for many years.

And then, you'll see some thing that was just put there, 
and left.  Maybe they just didn't know what else to do with it.

For instance, an old truck.

Sometimes, you see old trucks and equipment sitting out front, as a sort of decoration.
I'm pretty sure this one isn't for decoration.  Parked behind bales of hay,
and stuck behind bushes.

Maybe it still runs.  Some would say it needs a paint job.
I happen to like that rust.

We almost missed it, and had to turn around and go back for a photo.

Another International.
That must have been a popular truck brand, in it's day.

If we ever finish getting the weeding done around here,
we need to get out and search for more Rural Beauty.

In the mean time, be sure to check out Madge's

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Another week.
Another chance to show off some of the rural areas around here,
and some interesting barns.

We recently took a ride on 
Fischer Store Road.
The name comes from just the way it sounds....
it goes to Fischer's store.

It's still a small community.
The store is still there, and there's Fischer Hall,
used as an event venue.

But first, we came upon this great building.

I'll call it a barn.  Not really sure if it is more than display area for some 
neat, old advertising signs.

It didn't hurt, that it had this great old
International truck.

What is it about old trucks, and people with cameras?
We do seem to like to take their portraits.

A little profile.

And, straight on.

That rust.
That lovely color of green.

Even without a bumper....she's a beauty.

You just never know what you'll find, driving along those back roads.


I'm linking up with Tricia at

and Madge at

Be sure to visit them, for more rural fun.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Showing It's Mettle..... this case, it's more like
In fact....TIN.

I'm not sure if this is a barn, or some kind of garage.

Most barns are closed on all sides.
This one was ready for driving equipment right in.

A bit overgrown.  So, I'm not sure it's still being used.

It served it's purpose for me....
it's barn-like and rural.

So, I'm linking up to

and Madge's

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Monday, March 11, 2013

Texture Tuesday...Anything Goes...

This week, for 
Texture Tuesday,
Kim is letting us post any photo....textured or not.

I chose a photo of a Whitewing Dove, from last summer.

I added two of Kim's textures...
1402 Magic 
and, Yesteryear.
I wiped the Yesteryear texture off the dove.

Then, I applied a PSE effect...Old Paper.

Turned out pretty good.

Be sure to visit Kim for more


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The original... 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Limestone Country....

We have a lot of country roads around here.

Not much farming, on this side of the Interstate.
This is Hill Country.
There's a thin layer of clay, over LOTS of limestone.

There are some farms, though.
Several lavender farms have been doing pretty well around here.
Apparently, lavender does well on thin, arid soil.

And, vineyards.  Grapes like it here, too.

But, mostly you'll see ranches....cattle, goats....even Alpacas.

That's what this appears to be....a ranch of some sort.

There's a barn here.

See it peeking out back there?

But, this is why we turned around for a photo.
The old, falling down fence.
(We call these Coyote fences here...made from cedar limbs, wired together.)
The old cistern.
And, that great stone building.

Around here, you usually see a windmill beside a cistern.
But, looks like this is hooked up to power.
So, there must be a pump in there.

But, what was the building for?
The roof seems to be gone.  But, it looks like a nice size for something.
Wish I had it here.  I could certainly use it.

Oh, and that green at the top of the fence?
That's Prickly Pear Cactus.  They grow really well (too well?),
and really big here.

I'm linking up today with Tricia's 

And, Madge's

Be sure to visit them, for more rural beauties.

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