Friday, August 24, 2018

Finish the Sentence Friday - Foto Share Friday

After looking through photos I finally found one that I thought might work for the Finish the Sentence Friday - Foto Share Friday, a blog hop hosted by Kristi Campbell of Finding Ninee and co-hosted by Kenya G. Johnson, of Sporadically Yours

Each week the Finish the Sentence Friday blog hop has a different challenge. The first week we are given a sentence to complete. The second week we write a listicle on a topic we are given. The third week we think about the prompt for five minutes and then write our thoughts. Lastly is the Foto Share Friday with the challenge to write about a photo. When there is a fifth Friday, we still write, but we need to check to see what Kristi and Kenya decide should be the prompt.

This photo of me was taken when I was 14 years old, that is if the film was developed soon after the picture was taken. Sometimes film would stay in the camera until all the photos were taken to complete the roll. That was a different era.

The car is a 1956 two-door, two-toned blue Buick. If I remember correctly, it was my parents' first brand new car purchase a couple of years before this photo was taken. (I'm certain it was not my idea to sit on the car, as my dad was quite proud of his car and wouldn't have appreciated me possibly scratching it. That being said, I suspect it was his idea for me to sit there for the photo.)

I am wearing what was then referred to as peddle pushers (the pants) and white tennis shoes.

In the foreground is a lavender bush. It is difficult to recognize that is what it is, but I remember how hard it was to weed around it.

On the other side of the car is the driveway leading down toward a wooden bridge spanning a creek. Beyond the driveway, where the tops of some trees can be seen in the photo, is a deep drop-off to the creek down below. Perhaps after many years of the creek meandering through the property, the hillside eroded as winter and spring flooding occurred. There were two creeks that flowed through this lower area of the property.

A couple of barrels on a stand are shown in front of the very old barn. The barrels contained gas for the farm equipment and sometimes for our vehicles if needed. 

There was a newer barn on the farm, so the old barn wasn't really used much as a barn. When our red 1950 Farmall tractor wasn't being used, it was parked inside it. Some odds and ends were stored in there, but not much more. Since the simple farm house had been built at the end of the 19th century, I'm guessing this structure was built then too, or even earlier. 

My dad bought a young Belgium shepherd. When she got big enough, he had her bred and she gave birth to 14 puppies! Part of that old barn became home for them, until dad sold the pups.

At the top of the barn's roof can be seen some fir trees off in the distance. Only part of the property had been cleared for farming. There was some pretty old timber on some of the property which brought some needed income for my parents later.


  1. On the fifth Friday we actually just share something we've already written. I think we've only done it once, and then skipped the next one because it coincided with the 4th and Kristi's big move.

    All the era's of "film" I've used many and some technology that didn't stick. I love your photo. I'm going to try to look for/use something black and white next time.

    Interesting tidbits about the photo and property. Have you ever looked on Google Earth to see what the area looks like now?

    1. Thanks, Kenya for the reminder about the 5th Friday.

      I just now used Google Earth to check out the property, but nothing beats going there in person, which I have done. I've even written a little about it. See

  2. Cool photo! I had to smile about you suspecting your dad had you sit on the car to pose for the photo because I remember how my dad was about his cars and not wanting them scratched. I miss the excitement of picking up developed photos from a roll of film but also remember how out of the 24 (was it 24??) photos, there were usually only a few good ones worth putting in albums. I enjoyed reading this!

    1. Thanks, Kristi. Yes, there were so many photos that really weren't very good back then. They did bring some laughs though.
      I'm not sure on the number of pictures one could take with a roll of film, but 24 sounds right.

  3. WOW - There's a lot more to that picture than just the black and white glance. Love it!

  4. Thanks for all the information about this photo! Was that little barn still around when I was born? I only really remember the big barn.

    1. Yes. It was still there. It may have even still been there in the early 70's.