Enjoying a Perfect Spring Day on a Road Trip Through Easton

Monday, May 15, 2017

Rain, rain, go away....I hate to be a complainer but really....I'm looking foward to the sunny days that have been promised for the rest of the week.  We did take advantage of one beautiful day last week and took a ride to the country.  One thing I love about living in the Northeast where we experience four seasons is that we get to enjoy (and photograph) our favorite places in different seasons and backdrops. Surprisingly, as many posts as I've written about Easton, NY, we'd never actually toured during spring or summer so we've been looking forward to checking out the view covered in spring blossoms and shades of green.  I can say we were not disappointed.  A beautiful view is a beautiful view in any season and as you'll see, that's true of Easton.

I always say that photography helps me to 'see' the world with new eyes, a sort of magnified vision. It also helps me to see things I'd probably not notice were I not looking for photo ops.  Like this photo...
I don't know why, but this scene just screamed to me to be captured.  Were I not traveling for the purpose of capturing images, I'd probably not have even noticed it.  That's what blogging does for me.  It gives me inspiration to notice the world around me and share that world with all of you.  Life today is so busy, so full of commitments, that unless we make time to, we just go from one task, one commitment to another without taking time to enjoy the world around us.  Luckily I take enough time enjoying it to make up for most of us ;) and I'm going to share it with you - one road trip at a time!

 My favorite is still standing....
 A very special friend and the Visitation Minister from my church, Brother Paul, sketched this masterpiece for me recently.  Talk about talent!!  Thanks to him, my favorite Easton building will now stand forever - at least on my wall.

Cow and cowbirds!

There's something so peaceful, so calming about a ride through this countryside.  Maybe it's the view for miles, the untouched, unspoiled land for miles, or perhaps it's the quiet of the country but I could spend a million afternoons riding these back roads.  I know progress must be made and cities must exist but I hope I don't live long enough to see the view here any different than it is today!  Thanks for coming along for another ride through Life As I See It in the beautiful Easton, NY.  If you're interested in comparing any of these shots with their winter counterparts, use the links provided below.

Shhh....I don't want to say it too loud, but I believe I see the sun shining.

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A Sunday Drive in the Amish Countryside

Monday, May 8, 2017

Welcome back friends!   Life's been a bit crazy around here lately. Grandkids have a wonderful way of filling our days with laughter and joy and the impending arrival of grandchild #3 has also filled our recent days with excitement and apprehension.  Our little grandson isn't really due for about 4 weeks, but mama has been on a bit of a roller coaster ride this past week.  We're hoping and praying that things remain stable and delivery won't be for at least a couple of weeks so if you could keep Katie and baby in your prayers, we'd sure appreciate it.

In the meantime, I'm back today with a post and photos from a ride we took a couple Sundays ago to one of our favorite places - the Amish Community in nearby Montgomery county.  Someone who recently subscribed to my blog said to a mutual friend, 'your friend sure likes barns!' Haha....didn't take her long to figure that out, but I hope the rest of my longtime followers know that as much as I love barns, this blog features much more than that.  At the risk of scaring her away...today's post will definitely be full of barns and cows and countryside.  It's no secret that I am not a city girl, not in the very least.  In fact, it's safe to say I really dislike cities and feel like a fish out of water when I find myself in them - lost and disoriented.  But take me out into the country where I can see miles of farmland and old barns ....that's my happy place.  I may prefer living in the suburbs, but I love visiting the country.  I also love the seaside, but sadly it takes a bit longer to get there. That is why nearly every ride we take brings us to back roads and unspoiled acres for as far as the eye can see.  So, consider yourself warned.  If you hate barns and fields, now's your time to run while you can.

Ever notice how cows just stare at you as if to say, "What are YOU looking at?"

This house though.....so much to love!

Loved the juxtaposition of this power line with the old barn and view for miles. Reminds me of the Who song, "I Can See for Miles'

Of course none of those are Amish farms, but you can't deny the beauty of the countryside!  When we finally approached one of the areas known to be home to several Amish farms, we happened on this very neat scene - probably a Sunday church gathering.  It's definitely not something you often see around here, maybe in Lancaster, but not in NY.

Amish Parking Lot - How do you know which horse is yours? 

See the dog next to the front wheel?

There must have been 30 or 40 buggies all together in the middle of a Sunday afternoon!  After this we went to our regular Amish community just a short drive from here.

Honestly, I can't tell you what it is about the Amish that I find so intriguing, but I'm drawn to them. One of these days I'll get to Lancaster and get me a ride on one of these buggies!  Until then, I'll enjoy what is a growing trend right here in New York State.  Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you'll come back soon to Life As I See It where you never know what's around the bend but you can be sure we'll document it and share it here on the blog!

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