An Early Morning Gift

I had an early morning errand today. On the way home, as soon as I got to the dirt road, I slowed way down. We had more heavy rain last night and the dirt roads are getting worse and worse. In one spot I had to cross a stream. I kid you not. There's a drop of several inches, then the inch-deep running water a couple of feet wide, and back up a couple of inches on the other side.

Then I rolled the window down. I said good morning to the black cows that were in the yard of the old house that's falling down. I watched a turkey hen fly across the road. There are a lot of turkeys this year.

I always look for the sorrel horse in the pasture where the road bends, but he must have been off in the woods somewhere. His pasture-mate died a few months ago and I'm afraid he's lonely.

I stopped the truck for a minute to watch the water pour out of a culvert under the road. It's a seasonal creek, only running after it rains. The rocks are worn bare from decades of flowing water and it's a pretty place bordered by cedar and oak trees. Suddenly I noticed a pair of deer staring at me from the other side of the creek. I wouldn't have even known they were there if I hadn't stopped to watch the water. What a pretty sight they were, an early morning gift.

What has surprised you lately? Have you turned a corner and smiled at what you saw?

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  1. This is beautiful. This brings to mind a place called Flat Rock Creek. The creek bed is actually an intended part of the road. We went there when I was growing up to visit elderly friends. There was a falling down house that was an Underground Slave Station. I wish I had a picture of it. Back then film & developing was expensive. We went down there a few years ago and the house where our friends lived was gone too. I used to swing on huge grape vines over a ravine with a kid who lived on the next farm. I shuddered when I saw that ravine as an adult! LOL. Thank you for the memory! I am glad you shared your wonderful morning.

  2. I like the old house, Kathy. We get blessed with a Spring visit every year of Hooded Orioles. The males just take my breath away every time i see them. I have to say "thank You, God - well done!" while I stare in awe at the brilliant yellow and black-black plumage.
    Their feeders are on our back patio so I get to watch them while I sit and read indoors.

  3. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:51 PM

    Me too, Mary! I told Him thank you for those deer this morning. They were so pretty, standing like twins, looking back at me amidst all that green. It's all in our attitude, isn't it?

  4. Nan, thank you for sharing that memory! Flat Rock Creek sounds like a pretty place. Isn't it crazy the things we did as kids and never thought of it as dangerous?

  5. Great photo. I agree that we go to fast and taking dirt roads should happen more often.

  6. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead7:58 PM

    Bonnie, thank you. I hope there's a dirt road in your life.

  7. How beautiful that house looks in the black and white effect.
    Be careful out there with all the flash flooding going on!

  8. Beautifully stated, when we slow down there's so much more to see. I once lived in the country and enjoyed every moment of nature's surprises.

  9. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead5:31 PM

    Letty, those of us with our hearts in the country are truly blessed, aren't we? Thank you for stopping by.

  10. I loved this post - such a wonderful reminder to slow down and really look at the beauty that surrounds us! Thank you for sharing with us at the Hearth and Soul hop - this is the kind of thing the hop is all about!

  11. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead6:16 AM

    I'm glad you enjoyed it, April. Thank you so much for stopping by.


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