Monday, October 9, 2017

First Day - Color!

Hi, everyone! I left the Eastern Shore a little past 7 a.m. on Sunday, with Kitty and Bob Ross for company. The first part of my trip to the northeast involved driving to the southwest, to Roanoke, to bring "Eenie, Meenie, Mynie and Moe" to their new home.

I was delighted and amazed to see fall color beginning, even as far south as Hampton Roads. The beautiful, burnished colors - even just a little here, and just a little there - made my heart beat fast. Most of the color visible in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the bit of Pennsylvania I saw was yellow - and sponsors of past trips know how crazy I am about yellow!

Today, my plan is to get into New England, stopping to paint on the way if I can find a break in the rain.

Black Dog Salvage
A friend of mine is crazy about the TV show "Black Dog Salvage," and practically forced me to promise I'd visit the store when I was in Roanoke.

The show, as far as I could tell from watching part of one episode, is about a couple guys who go into buildings that are being remodeled or demolished, and salvage architectural and other items. They sell some of the stuff as is, and make things out of other items. It reminds me of a version of "American Pickers."

On one trip, I visited American Archaeology, the store of the American Pickers, and I wasn't impressed. The store had mostly self-promotional stuff, and a few very expensive items, and that was it.

But Black Dog Salvage was one of the most fun stores I've been in! There was tons of old stuff, doors, windows, etc., and cool things made out of the old stuff. Great furniture, too!

Erin, who checked me out, loves working there. When she's not behind the register, she is a writer of non-fiction.

Big, beautiful stained glass windows were some of my favorite things. What if you put one of these as basically the wall of one of your rooms? Wouldn't that be fun? 

The donkeys are made of salvaged materials, as is the bench. 

This is Erin, who is a writer who works at the store. She taught English for 20 years before leaving to write full-time, with a little part-time padding to make it all work. 

Dog of the Day

It's three of ours - from the top, Dr. Cooper, Koko and Woodreau. They were supposed to be saying goodbye to me, but were more interested in racing around the yard and barking. 

A Final Thought

The heat of autumn 
is different from the heat of summer.   
One ripens apples, the other turns them to cider.   
One is a dock you walk out on,   
the other the spine of a thin swimming horse 
and the river each day a full measure colder.   

- From "The Heat of Autumn," by Jane Hirshfield

1 comment:

  1. LOVE Salvage Dawgs. What a great bunch of guys. One time they got done earlier than expected and traded the whole crew to some indoor skydiving on the way home, looked to be a real hoot.