Old Buildings: Tear Downs or Tourist Attractions

Since COVID my blog has been my shelter in place go to activity. Look for more Photo and Writing Challenges. Please add some of your own.

Cee Neuner’s Fun Foto Challenge – Old Buildings

I’m squeezing in at the last second on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. She convinced me that I don’t have to write much. If you want to see more pictures, (and writing LOL) I included links to my original articles.

Bob’s Barn

For some reason this gorgeous relic was torn down the week after I took this picture to make way for a grove of trees.

Inside Bob’s barn. I’m not sure why there was a bed springs in there. It does rain in CA.

Down the road are more of the same. They have stood the test of time from the early 1900s.

Biltmore front
Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore mansion, on the other hand, still standing since 1889, is the largest privately-owned house in the United States, at 178,926 square feet.

Biltmore
Residents and guests read in style

The lighting wasn’t perfect on these 1900s replica guests, but you can see the beauty of the room. Nobody, even Bob, is going to tear this old building down any time soon.

pile of rubbish
Coffee Run Mission Site, also known as Coffee Run Church and St. Mary’s Church, is a historic mission church site and national historic district located at Hockessin, DE.

St. Mary’s Church, which may date back to 1750 has seen better days. Bob might want to tear it down, but it is protected.

Inside St. Mary’s Church

The Featured Image is the church at Jamestown, established in 1607 and rebuilt in 1639 is one of the first buildings built by colonists. It gets constant care, sorry, Bob.

Thanks for hosting this Fun Foto Challenge, Cee, and for encouraging me to post more than one post per day – “write less.” It’s sooooooo hard! Please join in by clicking the link. Your comments are always treasured, too.

CFFC runs weekly challenge starting every Tuesday.

Look for Cee Neuner’s story as a blog challenge hostess to come out tomorrow on my blog. I’m so excited that she is sharing it with us. 🙂

Reward: What Does It Mean To Me?

I think accomplishments reward me.

2015 ride home126Frankly there is no reward great enough to recompense a person for the amount of effort they put into a project.  For example, why blog? Is it because someone rewards you? Of course not. Most of us blog to communicate with the world, to share what’s happening that’s important to us. My last blog told the story of  Bob’s old barn, I fell in love with it just in time – it’s coming down. It was rewarding to take pictures and tell the story.

2015 Hengst Barn106I took the picture below of this same path Saturday on my way home from Visalia. It has changed. History is all about change. Today it looks like this.

2015 ride home128This crane cleared out olive trees, and the barn will come down soon to make way for a new field of fruit trees.

Today I met with a friend, Laile Di Silvestro, today who is helping me heal a sick and injured website for San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies. My reward for the three and a half hours that we labored is a website that works a little better, a closer relationship with a talented and generous person, and –  totally unrelated, but I’m counting it as a reward – beautiful weather giving me scenery to photograph.

2015 ride home110Seriously, you’d think it was mid-summer in Montana to look at that sky. It’s a bit chilly, but not enough to deter anyone. We’ve all been praying for rain. That would be a reward.

2015 ride home105A few of these clouds rewarded us with a light drizzle, but not much rain. Most of our water comes from wells pumped from underground aquifers or nearby irrigations ditches.

 

2015 ride home104These pumps may not look beautiful, but water is a huge reward.

2015 ride home106

And we are rewarded by food, not only for us but for the cows that provide one of my favorite foods – cheese. Tulare County is one of the largest dairy producing counties in the world. We probably have more cows here than we have people. Most of them live near Visalia and Hanford in large dairies of up to 5,000 cows. Talk about a lot of work. If you don’t like cheese, it might not seem like such a great reward, but I love it.

2015 ride home119This is the dairy I used to pass everyday on my way to and from work.

2015 ride home117Those cows probably aren’t praying for rain, but I’m guessing that the people who live in this house on that dairy farm are.  I hope they get their reward. 🙂

 

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