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Something old, something new

On the way to Chincoteague Island
On the way to Chincoteague Island

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.

~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Billboard
Billboard seen on the way to Chincoteague

When my brother and sister-in-law were here for a visit a few weeks ago, my sister-in-law commented on how driving down Route 13 on the Eastern Shore is like time traveling.  When you leave Maryland and enter Virginia, it’s almost as if you’ve stepped back into the 1950’s or 1960’s.  Cheap cigarettes are all the rage, and there’s just something about the look of the buildings and houses that make you think time stood still.

Deedra Ervan singing at the Blueberry Festival in Chincoteague.  (She recently appeared on the television show "Rising Star.")
Deedra Ervan singing at the Blueberry Festival in Chincoteague. (She recently appeared on the television show “Rising Star.”)

On July 4th, Bearyweather announced a Share Something New Challenge and, as you may recall, I was going to take up the challenge.  Only, I didn’t.  Well, I tried to.  Honestly, I did.  Having declared my intentions to find and share something new, I walked around with my camera anticipating and looking for the new only to discover nothing was new.  Or so I thought during that week of looking.

Ponies in the corral
Ponies in the corral

Bearyweather has kindly made the due date for this challenge flexible, and I’m so glad she did because not only did I find new things and learn new things, I finally realized that every day brings something new if I’m looking with fresh eyes.

Lunch time
Lunch time

I recently read the book Misty of Chincoteague.  I’d never read it before so that was something new.  The month of July is, as they advertise on one of the radio stations around here, all about the ponies (of Chincoteague).  You can find the schedule here.  Over the weekend, the Saltwater Cowboys participated in the Pony Round Up, bringing in the wild ponies that live and play on Assateague Island.  M and I decided to head down to Chincoteague yesterday to go to the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival (new to us), see the ponies in the corral (new), and spend some time on the beach (old, but always a new and refreshing experience on a hot summer day).

Youngsters
Youngsters

I am so glad I read “Misty of Chincoteague” before we went to see the ponies in the corral.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and seeing the ponies in the corral brought a small part of it to life for me.  M and I are talking about going to see the movie sometime soon.  That will also be something new as I’ve never seen it.

Blazed
Blazed

Next year I’d like to be there for the Beach Walk (at day break, the Saltwater Cowboys move the ponies from the northern corral to the southern corral, walking them on the beach).  The Swim would be fun, too, but I hear it’s terribly crowded, usually hot and humid, and hard to see what’s going on.

Together
Together

The Blueberry Festival, by the way, was a lot of fun.  I saw a lot of great artwork, and came home with a few pieces that I will tell you about sometime in the future.  I can’t tell you now because some of them are gifts.  I suspect the people who will be receiving those gifts don’t read my blog, but since I am not one-hundred percent sure, I’d better keep it a secret for now.

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In addition to wandering around the art booths/tents, we had some great food, including a Greek Salad with blueberries and a Chicken Salad Sandwich with pecans and blueberries.  We had hoped to indulge in some blueberry pie, but they were sold out so we settled for blueberry ice cream.  Yum.

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I reckon that’s it from the Eastern Shore on this hot and steamy Monday.  We are well into the dog days of summer.  Can you believe that July is almost over?  Full days make the time fly by although I’ve noticed mindfulness can slow it down a little.

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Thank you for stopping by today, and joining me at the corral.  I have more photos of the ponies to sort through, as well as some images from the beach.  I’ll bring those to you soon.

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Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Today’s joys:  A strong breeze with the promise of lower heat and humidity; music to sing and dance to; great big, fluffy white clouds; butterflies in the garden; hugs.

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19 thoughts on “Something old, something new

    1. Thank you, Carol. 🙂 I think that’s a good idea, to have someone to help out sometimes. That’s the main reason I don’t have chickens (yet). I don’t know what would happen with them when we travel. I’m not sure my house and pet sitter would want to take care of chickens.

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    1. I had to rush over to see, Kathy. They are so full of expression, aren’t they? All eyes are, I think, but there is something old-soul about the look in a horse’s eyes to me.

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  1. LOVE the pony photos, especially the header and ‘ponies in corral’ near the top. Loved the singer too, wonder what she did to hurt her hand? I think blueberry ice cream is 100 times better than blueberry pie. So you ended up with the best new thing after all!

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    1. Thank you, Dawn. 🙂 I wondered about her hand, too. As for blueberry ice cream vs. blueberry pie, I’d love to put that to a taste test someday. Just to be sure. 😉

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    1. Thank you, Jane. 🙂 It’s a lovely ritual, and has helped me to better appreciate all that I have, and realize that it is enough. More than enough, sometimes (especially with the cucumber glut we’re going through right now…lol!).

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