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Friday, October 19, 2018

We are suddenly having perfect fall weather. 

The heat of summer that lingered into the first part of October has given way to cooler, sunny days. 

Highs in the fifties and sixties are perfect for getting out and breathing in the air. 

Yesterday was one of those days. It had literally been several months since I left the confines of my city and on a sudden whim I decided to take an afternoon drive. 

I imagine that this old house was once the home of a large farm family. These days its sad overgrown exterior exudes a sense of melancholy

Although the leaves still hadn't begun to change, there were still some beautiful images that called to my camera. 

The river and the old Valley View ferry were beckoning me.

I love this little ferry. It is the oldest ferry in the state of Kentucky and carries people across this stretch of the river most days of the year.

I couldn't resist taking a ride with my windows rolled down and the wind in my face. 

The river sure was muddy from all of the recent rains, but I loved those few minutes of being on the water. 

I think one of the things I don't like about where I live is the lack of water. I grew up with a river running at the back of my yard and I was seven miles from Lake Erie. It took me a long time to realize how much I took that for granted. 

There are days when I really crave just sitting on the bank of a river or lake and contemplating the meaning of life. 

There is something so calming about water, and that calmness is something I crave in these crazy times we live in.

I love this old building. I think it has been in this same falling down state for the last 25 years. I'm surprised it hasn't completely fallen down by now. 

It sits right on the road, and I wonder what its original purpose was. Maybe back in the day they didn't have to worry about cars slamming into their building. I guess a runaway horse and buggy wouldn't do the same kind of damage.

It's amazing what a couple of hours driving in the country can do to bring back serenity into your life. 

I'm going to have to do it more often. 

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  1. What a wonderful ride, Laura. That old house really is sad, isn't it? You know that once it was full of life and, hopefully, love and stew on the stove and pies in the oven. I love the ferry. We just moved off the water and I touched on that on my blog today. It gets in your soul, I believe, and it really calms and soothes me, too. I hope someday you will be close to the water again...and hope I am, too. xo Diana

  2. Hi Laura,
    How sad that those beautiful homes are left alone to die off. Sad to think that something that probably has so many family memories is now unkept. Almost like a time in history of a simpler life is dying off. Those trees are going to be beautiful when the leaves begin to change. Glad you had a nice day seeing some beautiful history of a slower time. Hugs.

  3. I love taking little trips like this. Restoring my soul I call it!

  4. what an interesting outing, indeed. Your pictures of the river crossing on the ferry are quite unique - and oddly relaxing. What part of Kentucky is this? I am unsure if I could be brave enough to cross on that ferry but would be an experience. We are in south-western Ohio, so maybe it wouldn't be far.

  5. Glad you got out to tour and soothe your soul...... water does that to me too. I know what you mean about not living by water. I complain about that on my blog every now and then. My birthday is in late June, and I once went to a numerologist who told me I don't just "like" to be by water, but that I NEED to be by water! I totally agree, and that is why it's hard for me to be living here in this dry climate with no water close by. Sometimes I too just need to go sit by water and contemplate life and feed my soul with the smells and sounds of it. The ferry looks wonderful. If I had one nearby, I would go ride it every week! I've almost always lived close to a river, and drive along it to get to wherever I lived. I really miss that. I'm always sorry to see run down houses and old buildings. I always wonder who lived there and what kind of life they had. It's sad to see that happen to old homes especially. I hope one day you will be able to live closer to water (just like I hope that for me!). Take care.....Marilyn

  6. That's definitely one of my favorite things to never know what you'll see! I need to take a drive one day next week. Wish we could go together!

  7. I would be imagining family living and working in these two houses. It's a shame when you see these days gone by places.

    Imagine the stories these houses could tell.

    There's nothing like living by water. Something always attract us to water.

    Happy you enjoyed your drive. Thanks for sharing.

    Enjoy your week



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