Tuesday, March 20, 2012

More "Backyard" Discoveries

It's not quite 7:00 AM as I write this, but it's already been Spring for almost six hours.


The porch at Shumate Auctions in Warrenton.
Spring has always been one of my favorite times of the year. Not just because it gets warm, but because of all the amazing colors bursting forth. I'm a color-loving kind of gal. But this year, our first year in the new house, it's extra-special.

Our yard is full of sprouting bulb plants. This I know because many are out of the ground. Only a few have bloomed so far (a few crocus and some daffodils). It's sort of fun discovering what plants we now own.

Speaking of fun, this past weekend was a weekend of firsts. Hubby and I went to our first auction. It was held at an auction house here in town that's apparently been in business since the early 1900s. The theme of the auction was Tools, Toys, and Trains, i.e., guy stuff.

I went with Hubby purely out of curiosity. It was interesting to see some of the stuff. I didn't take too many pictures there, but I did capture this image of an interesting model set.

The "optional parts to simulate pregnancy" made me chuckle. I have no idea if this is old or not, but it was on a table with various other model kits (airplanes, cars, model train buildings, etc.). What sort of odd little boy had this in his collection?

There was a vintage auto, too.

Definitely guy stuff. I'll be returning on March 31 when they auction furniture, glassware, and other household antiques.

I didn't stay long, as I had plans to go to the Warrenton Point to Point (my first point to point horse race), which I wrote all about HERE.

Since it was a nice day, I HAD to get some riding in, right? Absolutely!

I didn't go far, but I sure saw some pretty stuff.

Little Georgetown Church in Broad Run, Virginia

The cemetery behind the church has early graves from as far back as the late 1700s.That was my first visit to Broad Run.

The vistas encountered on my local rides continue to impress me.

Like this old farm complex, which is still in use.

I most definitely uttered a few "oohs and aahs" when I crested a hill and saw this driveway lined with pink, blooming trees.

A bit further along, I turned off onto Hilltop Lane and captured this view of the same driveway from off in the distance.

Not much later, I encountered this old, yellow barn and topless silo. With the blue sky in the background, I couldn't not stop for a picture there.

The curious horse was a bonus. My first curious horse shot (I think).

I'm not a hundred percent sure, but I don't think I left Fauquier County. So this stuff is all sort of in my backyard.

Whenever you are ready to come for a visit, just let me know. I would love to show you around. Of course, there's lots more left for me to discover. We could discover it together!


Trobairitz said...

What a great day. I can't get enough of the countryside photos. So beautiful.

Aren't auctions fun? When we lived in BC we used to go to one all the time and you never knew what kind of treasures you'd find. Usually good prices too. Nothing like it around here though that we've found.

SonjaM said...

I like your backyard. Can I come over and play?

bluekat said...

Such pretty scenes!
That dirt road really beckons me to take a ride and have a nice explore.