OLD TRACTOR IN THE GARDEN

SYMBOL

This week, the Weekly Photo Challenge asks us to share a symbol and explain what it means to us.

Since we are using personal symbols — as opposed to universal, religious, or mathematical symbols — I’m using my old tractor.

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My husband gave me the tractor for our tenth anniversary, just a couple of months after we moved into this house. I had admired them, lined up in front of the farm up the road and had noticed some of them were for sale.

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I said “That would be so cool in the garden. Kids could play on it. We could climb it. It’s a reminder of our rural roots. An old farm tractor.”

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About a week later, a flatbed truck showed up and dropped the tractor in our driveway. My son and a bunch of his friends pushed it into a better location. We found an old Model-T steering wheel and a long out-of-use license plate. Owen scored a seat on eBay.

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We built a rock garden around it and planted the Japanese maple in front of it. The tractor can never be removed from the garden without completely deconstructing it.

For fifteen years, the old 1927 Fordson tractor has lived in the garden, surrounded by day lilies, rocks from the old stone fence in the woods. Roses trail over it. It’s part of the land, part of our garden, a symbol of our life here in the Blackstone Valley.

Some people think it’s rusty junk. They don’t have a clue.

PATHS ON THE TREE FARM – CEE’S WHICH WAY CHALLENGE #27

CEE’S WHICH WAY CHALLENGE: 2015 WEEK #27

Welcome everyone to Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge.  This challenge subject is all about capturing the roads, walks, trails, rails, we move from one place to another on.

The tree farm up the street, just a few doors down.
This is the tree farm up the street. It’s just a few doors up the road from our house. We got married here. I believe it was our third vow renewal.
Follow the road until you see acres and acres of baby Christmas trees!
Follow the road until you see acres and acres of baby Christmas trees!
The south end of the historic horseback riding trail that crosses our road at Arrowhead Acres.
The south end of the historic horseback riding trail that crosses our road at Arrowhead Acres.

I stuck close to home today. Because the valley in which I live is blooming. Flowers and trees. Green, the deep green of full summer.

LOVE AND HATE – LISTS OF TEN

If it were anyone except Rich Paschall, I probably wouldn’t have agreed, but how can I turn down our partner in crime here on Serendipity?

Here are the very simple rules:

“List 10 things you love and 10 things you hate – then nominate 10 bloggers to do the same.”

I’ll make the lists, but I won’t nominate anyone. Sorry, but I can’t do that. I will however, be very glad for anyone who would like to take up the challenge. It’s an easy one and fun!

The lists are in no particular order.

THE LOVE IT LIST
  1. My people (you know who you are!) and my dogs
  2. Books in all forms — Audio, regular books and those who write them
  3. Cameras, photography
  4. Well-written movie and television scripts with intelligent, snappy dialogue
  5. Clever people
  6. People who have a unique outlook on life — or anything else
  7. The Blackstone River
  8. Pretty much all animals, wild or domestic
  9. Birds
  10. Butterflies.

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THE HATE IT LIST
  1. Telephone solicitors, survey takers, and especially recorded messages
  2. Spiders
  3. Clichés and platitudes
  4. Bad scripts on TV series, especially when the main character suddenly behaves completely out-of-character because the scriptwriter is too lazy to write it properly
  5. Any script which proffers blatantly wrong information that could be easily corrected with a simple Internet query
  6. Cable and cell phone companies
  7. Bigots
  8. Bad customer service
  9. Trolls
  10. Ignorant rants all over social media and the morons who encourage them.