Snow Farms

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My son is a professional hair dresser and I have decided that he will give me hair services for the rest of my life as payment for carrying him for 9 months.   He lives and works in a small historic town on the Delaware which is about a 75 minute ride from There.  The relaxing ride through the Pinelands takes me past many miles of farmland. For three seasons there is life abundant in one form or another but now, in the dead of winter, under a foot of virgin snow, the farmland lies dormant, often with a backdrop of woods.  So peaceful.

Christmas Blizzard 2010

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Snow cap on the patio table

The Sunday after Christmas I left for my vacation.  I left early because all week they were predicting this blizzard and I didn’t want to get caught driving in it.  I foolishly stopped to take a few pictures on the way but still arrived just as the first snow flakes were starting to stick to the grass.  I hurried out to fill the bird feeders knowing I would be alone and snowed in for at least the next 36 hours.  The birds would be a source of amusement.  I unpacked, gathered up my candles, flashlight and blankets in case of power failure (W’s suggestions), took stock of what food I had brought and R had left for me, and set up my paints.   Inspiration was fleeting and incomplete so the painting I made was borderline horrible.  I decided to watch the snow and the TV reports.  This photo was taken about 11 PM Sunday night.   We had over 20 inches.  

But it’s got new windows

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The house on the corner

Before the pine barrens, at the edge of  horse country,  there is this small farm with a corral for perhaps 3 or 4 horses, a pole barn, a small house and a few small sheds.  At the edge of the property, just at the corner and very close to the road is this old unpainted wood house.  The front door is boarded up.  But recently, I noticed that new windows were put in.   I find it hard to figure out why.  Now the side window on what looks like an addition was boarded up.  The attic window by the chimney was also boarded up.  But the front and sides of the house have new windows.   No curtains though.

The end of the tracks

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This picture needed to be large to see the detail.  I noticed this only recently and this was my first opportunity to get a photo of it.  And yes, the tracks continue on the other side of the road.   I don’t know of any railroad stations in the area so maybe the tracks were strictly for freight trains hauling goods, produce, etc.  There’s nothing but pinelands in the area with an occasional house or two.  The road has been there for at least 40 years so it’s hard to say what the train line would have been used for.  With a little nerve, a willing companion, alot of bug spray and maybe a good staff (to fight off the Jersey Devil and occasional buzzard or gopher) I might be willing to do a little exploring in the spring to see if there are any clues as to where the tracks lead a half century ago.   If I can fill my list of pre-requisites to make the journey, I’ll report back on my findings.