Platanus occidentalis

Sycamore behind the VFW on River Road, next to the Rivanna. This tree had been encased with bamboo. Recently liberated by?

A sycamore can grow to massive proportions, typically reaching up to 30 to 40 m (98 to 131 ft) high and 1.5 to 2 m (4.9 to 6.6 ft) in diameter when grown in deep soils. The largest of the species have been measured to 53 m (174 ft), and nearly 4 m (13 ft) in diameter.-Wikipedia

Sledgehammer

Meeting today with a neighbor who understands the Internet. Hoping, with his help, to get back in the good graces of Google. I am tempted by the sledgehammer. In 1978 I was breaking temporary constructions to reclaim lumber. The next owner of the farm burnt down the loved house in the background. Seemingly, because he could.

Lurtie Breedin and Scott Christian in the tall grass
Left, Lurtie Breedin. One of the CCC boys.

quadrennial

Wish I was in South Carolina today. There would be pictures .


“People who complained that New Hampshire was no place for a presidential primary just haven’t been to South Carolina. The flinty Granite State has its faults, but it looks like an island of tolerance compared with this capital of implacability, fierce fundamentalism and dirty politics.”

Losing Battles (Washington Post, 2/20/2000) Mary McGrory

Betty Lou

Betty Lou on the porch of her natal home with grandmother Ethel Leake Scruggs
Following his death in 1905, John Wesley Scruggs’ widow, Ethel, moved from the northeast corner of the Woolen Mills neighborhood to Market Street.
Pictured above, Ethel and her granddaughter, Betty Lou.
Ethel was a weaver at the Woolen Mills. Ethel is buried in Riverview cemetery.
Ethel’s grand-daughter, Betty Lou (above center) was born in 1932, daughter of Lucian and Virginia Hall Scruggs.
Betty Lou attended the Woolen Mills School.
Betty Lou loved her church, her community, her family, her friends and her neighborhood and they loved her
Betty Lou was solid as a rock, a straight-shooter. She lived in her house for 88 years. Betty Lou died Sunday night.
She will be missed.

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