Saturday, June 30, 2018

For Sale: This Gorgeous Landscape

I photographed this gorgeous landscape on Thursday at a Realtor Open House near me. This 18-acre offering has wonderful mature plantings and distant views. I arrived to tour the house and grounds after a morning of rain and a sky appeared with enough blue to patch a sailor's pants, one of my mother's favorite sayings. 


Pam said...

Beautiful view. Love your mom's saying, too.

Penelope Bianchi said...


My mother had the same expression! "Enough blue to patch a sailor's pants!!"

My mother was from Alabama until she was 12; then California! Where in the world????
How interesting!!

rmzbrooks said...

My mom was an optimist forged in the heat of the depression that hit when she was just four years old. It could so easily have had the reverse influence. When it was gloomy, she longed for sunshine. We lived in an area known for brutal amounts of snowfall. So, her eyes were always scanning the winters sky hoping to find a bit of blue that was big enough to patch a Dutchman’s pants. I really wish she knew how long and deep her Dutch roots were. I was always curious about our family tree, but she had very little info to give other than knowing she had one grandmother who immigrated from Bavaria and a grandfather that immigrated from Sweden. She always said her paternal grands were of English extraction. After she died, I dug into researching her roots and learned that on her dads side the lineage is Dutch through and through. Her paternal grandmother was the English part of that equation. We should have grandfather would call my grandmother a silly old Swede when he was frustrated. She called him her stubborn Dutchman. Turns out his surname is the name of the village his ancestors left behind with Americanized spelling. Well, that’s all you’ll never need to know about my grandparents and mom.

Content in a Cottage said...

Penelope Bianchi -- My family lived in Alabama when I was young but we moved to Pennsylvania when I was in 4th grade. Maybe my South Carolina mother picked up the expression in Alabama. I always loved her saying it. xo, Rosemary

Content in a Cottage said...

rmzbrooks -- I love your mother's expression changing sailor to Dutchman. I love your story about researching your ancestry. I've always wondered about mine and might research it too. All of my relatives on both sides have an all-american history. Nobody ever discussed coming from anywhere else.
xo, Rosemary