5 Shots: Shenandoah Valley, VA

When visiting a brother-in-law last week, he procured blueberry moonshine for us to sample. It was a sunny day and the drive to his place tucked in the Shenandoah Mountains lifted my mood. I was intoxicated as though I had drunk half the bottle of his moonshine. No, it was just the sunshine and the air filled with the scent of hardwoods. Which shot do you like best?

Lake Laura at Basye, Virginia.
It was a quiet afternoon hiking around Lake Laura.
Moss.

 

Down the road from Basye, there’s a hamlet called Orkney Springs. Shrine Mont is an Episcopalian worship and retreat center. I worked in the kitchen many summers with some authentic country ladies who taught me a lot about cooking. The summer music festivals they have on the lawn is a popular venue.
Fall colors are coming.
Meet our new puppy! Jim and I had no desire to get a new dog after the passing of Bear. But the buyer for this little gem bailed. Our son and daughter-in-law asked if we wanted her. Who could refuse a face like this? I returned to AZ to work, and lucky Jim gets to bring her home on the plane this weekend.
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For my friend Pete who is a Civil War buff. This is one county. If you like U.S. History, Virginia is a living museum. More military events and key people from the Colonial period lived here than any other state.

 

 

42 thoughts on “5 Shots: Shenandoah Valley, VA

  1. When people say take a hike I’m guessing they don’t mean your paradise neck of the woods haha

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    1. There’s a lot of pretty spots in the world. You’ve been on quite a few trails yourself!

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      1. Thanks for reminding me there are always new ones to see πŸ™‚

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        1. I wish I lived in England. I had a daydream that when I have lots of time on my hands, I would take a trip around the periphery of England and Scotland. Hike and drive…

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        2. I forgot to tell you about Radiohead. “Lucky, Just, Paranoid Android — anything on Rainbows and The Bends….” Gosh, anything. They have the best dreamscapes of sound and I love the voice of Thom Yorke.

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          1. I listened to him recently in Desert Island Discs. You can tell how creative he is even if you had never heard his music. I’ve lost count to how many times I’ve changed nind iver favourite songs, but There There and Brain Damage are always there.

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          2. Oh, yes, good ones. Did you listen to Greenwood’s classical work? I haven’t yet. Wondered if you liked it…

            https://pitchfork.com/news/radioheads-jonny-greenwood-launches-classical-music-label-octatonic/

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  2. Thanks for that civil war poster, Cindy. Maybe one day, who knows?
    You look happy with your lovely new puppy, so that’s my favourite of course.
    But I would like to try some blueberry moonshine too. πŸ™‚
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  3. Isn’t that a cute little doggie?! Have fun!

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  4. You question β€œWhich shot do you like best?” The photograph of the Ball jar with a taste of blueberry moonshine is my first choice. By the way, do you have the recipe? It looks to me like vodka in which blueberries have been soaked, but at first glance, I thought it might be cherries.

    β€œFall colors are coming” would be my choice tomorrow. It captures both the colors and light of an autumn afternoon.

    Which shot do you like best? After all, you are the photographer

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    1. I remember as a girl in Southern Illinois (Which is quite similar to VA), my great grandfather had a still that he finagled a way to dip it in and out of the pond during prohibition days.

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  5. My favorite picture is the one of you and your new puppy πŸ™‚ I also love the ‘colors of fall’. They are all beautiful.

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    1. I guess noe, a week layer, it had rained and tree leaves have really popped.

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  6. Well, you know my favorite is going to be the one with you and the new puppy! For # 2, I pick the top picture of the post.

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    1. That is my favorite shot. It isn’t everyday someone offers you blueberry moonshine. πŸ˜‰

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      1. I’ve only had the plain moonshine, but I like blueberries – sooooooo……….

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  7. Cindy, the happiness shining through you obviously being back β€œhome” comes through in the last picture. That one has my vote though the rest were amazing too. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you for stopping by to comment. I had a wonderful time.

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  8. I’ve been having trouble getting comments to stick to your page lately but will keep trying. I voted for the pic of you and your new pup. The happiness on your face at being back β€œhome” comes through in that one though the others were great too πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww, yes, you came through as”someone”. I am happy you read my post and liked the pictures. 😊

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  9. you and your new buddy!

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  10. You’ll have lots of doggie tales to tell in a year or two’s time!

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    1. She will be a welcome addition to our camping expeditions.

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  11. Soooo nice and relaxing. I swear, it looks like the kind of place where I could just melt into. Mmmm…

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    1. That is an apt description! I did just. Melted.

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  12. Absolutely beautiful, Cindy! While it is always hard to pick a favorite from your collection, Lake Laura would be my pick. Moonshine! How cool. πŸ˜€

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    1. It is a haven for me. I lose myself walking around her.

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  13. Great post πŸ™‚ I love all of the pictures especially the one with the new puppy πŸ™‚ Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  14. Hey Cindy, very hard to choose from all these pics. I like the framing of Orkney, I like the Lake and I like that puppy but I’ll go with Fall Colours. My condolences on the loss of Bear. When did he pass?

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  15. A really great post and this puppy is truly adorable! I love this kind of breed and one day I hope I will have a similar one.

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    1. She moved in on Sunday. Ah, the joys of potty-training.

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  16. Congratulations for adopting such a cute little guy! Lovely photos as usual!

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    1. Thanks, Eric! We named her Ruby. She’s a smart girl. We’re having fun training her.

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