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Monday, July 4, 2016

July begins 2016

We've had a stormy long weekend but Sunday was nice enough for a drive to Oxford, NC where Bill has retired to.

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When we were still married we had a tentative plan to retire somewhere out in the country in the mountains.

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Since we're divorced and back to a close friendship I'm kind of glad that Bill didn't retire quite that far from Raleigh.

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He's 8 years older than I am and retired last year.

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He bought a farmhouse and five acres of land in Oxford NC which is less than an hour from Raleigh.

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The shots above include his first phase of the vegetable garden he's put in, the cold frame which is growing weeds now that the plants are out, and a pasture that he originally thought he'd use as a meadow but currently plans to plant trees on.

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One of the old tobacco barns on his property fell down recently the other is being eaten up by vines. Starting with the next shot are photographs inside Oxford proper as opposed to out in the sticks where Bill lives.

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The first shot on this post is of the horses when I first turn on the road his house is on and part of the 5 mile drive from the turn to his house. 

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We went into downtown Oxford all decked out for independence day and I photographed some of the houses on the way there and back while Bill drove.

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It's nice seeing such well maintained older houses.

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I particularly like the one with the sunflowers out front and the old truck.

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It's nice to see a variety of styles.

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Part of what I don't like about newer subdivisions is the houses often all look a lot a like, that's certainly true of the 1960s one I have lived in since 1984.

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Happy Independence Day!

6 comments:

Naquillity said...

good looking property and great houses. i loved that old truck, for sure... and i'm sure the garden will be good eatin's later... hope all is well. have a great night~

YTSL said...

Happy 4th of July to you, Carver! Re North Carolina: know it mainly from your photos and writings, the road trip I took that went through it more than 10 years ago, the books of Kathy Reichs, and via a friend of mine who used to live there before moving to Hong Kong. As you can imagine, this makes for quite an interesting portrait of the place... ;b

Linda said...

Beautiful photos! Thank you so much for sharing this lovely tour, I feel as though I took this walk myself with you.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Nice to be able to visit the farm fairly easily without having to do the physical labor. Sounds like the best of both worlds to me . Enjoyed the tour of the pretty town, which looks just like an All -American town should look, but few do any more!

Lady Fi said...

Glad to hear you're good friends. Lovely pictures of his retirement house.

lissa said...

the yellow house with the sunflowers and the old truck is quite a pretty house, makes me want to move in.

have a lovely day.

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