Sunday, November 6, 2016

Country Livin'

Last weekend, I was asked to accompany a friend down to 
the country, about 60 miles from home. 

It was a gorgeous Autumn day, and I decided that it 
would be good for me to get away from my worries for a few hours. 

There were so many things to see! 

This flock of turkeys just kept coming and coming out of the high grass, down to the little pond. 

I am not seeing turkeys up here right now, so it was exciting to see them. 

Yes, it was a cloudy day, and I didn't realize I had my camera "eye" closed so far. 

There were some gorgeous old barns. 

Still standing 100 years later. 

Though overgrown around the foundation, this one is still usable with some cleaning up. 

Though the lean-to at the back has seen better days. 

There were game trails all through the woods, and so much flora to see and photograph. 



(Ashamed of myself, I had to ask) 

Darnit, it's so pretty here's a second picture. 

Here is Friend Jill standing in front of what is probably one of the largest cottonwoods in the State of Kansas.  The trunk was unbelievable. 

And yes, it's still alive. 

It stands near this unused railway station... I would love to have this building, just sayin'. 

And near a yard where the state honors the largest Bur Oak in the state... look at the age in 2006! 

Notice the morning glories and petunias... flowers are still blooming here, and I have iris blooming in the garden. 

What a mild fall we have had. 

I have stopped cutting grass... oh, it could use one more, I think, but I am 
not giving in.  It's November, whether Mother Nature agrees or not. 

I will try to get caught up with everyone's blogs this week. 

Thank you again, friends, for all your wonderful expressions of sympathy. 


  1. What a lovely post, Mary Ann. I'd love to see both the cottonwood and burr oak. My goodness, when the cottonwood seeds blow in the spring that tree must put out clouds of them.

  2. the cottonwood is awesome. you are in my thoughts mary ann!

  3. Enjoyed the pics. Hope you're getting along okay.

  4. Hari OM
    Oh what delights to discover! Can't beat old buildings and the longevity of trees... Sending hugs. YAM xx

  5. That is an amazing tree. I am glad you are taking small steps forward. I can only imagine how hard it is.

  6. Those are wonderful pictures. Be careful of the turkeys. They can turn on you.

  7. Wow, you have an Iris blooming? Loved the pictures too.

  8. much beauty! I love the old barns and the tree looks as large as some of the redwoods out here!!

  9. A trip to the country is good for what ails you. I'm a city girl with a country heart. There is so much to see and enjoy no matter what season. Good to see your pictures they are always a delight!

  10. Great captures on the turkeys. We have been pics on the game cams.

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the huge tree.

    I'm jealous that your iris are blooming and mine act like they are dead because of no rain.

  11. Welcome back Mary Ann!
    I don't post as much either --- but have retired and may get back onto the band wagon!!
    Those old barns ARE love and the size of the cotton wood tree is amazing!!

  12. Hello Mary Ann, I am not a blogger but a regular reader of your blog. The pictures are so good, especially impressed by the cotton wood tree. Thank you for sharing your picture taking talents. Hope each day gets a little better and a little easier for you since your loss. Speaking from experience, it did for me. Have kept you in my prayers and send loving thoughts to you. Carol S.

  13. Such great pics. Love the colors.

    Hope you are doing well.

    M : )

  14. Oh, Mary Ann, I'm so sorry for your loss and sorry I didn't know it sooner. I will add you to my prayers. God be with you.

    Your pictures are always gorgeous, and I love the old barns and buildings. I'm with you. Love that train station. With unlimited money and energy, the train station or the barn with the stone foundation could be wonderful homes. That tree trunk is amazing! Glad you got to get away to enjoy these wonderful views, and glad you have a friend who would thin to take you. Hugs.


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