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Shenandoah Valley sunset

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Monday sunset in my corner of the Shenandoah Valley.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
November 17, 2014

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A day with Mom at Dayton Farmers Market

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????While my parents visited last week, Mom and I slipped away, driving the 30 minutes from my house to the Dayton Farmers Market in the Old Order Mennonite town of Dayton. It was Thursday and a horse and buggy were at hitching post when we arrived. The owners soon climbed in and clopped-clopped away down Route 42 toward “downtown” Dayton in rural Rockingham County.

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Thursday travels in Shenandoah Valley

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Thursday I traveled to Lexington and Rockbridge and back to Augusta before heading to Waynesboro. The rural beauty of mountains and Shenandoah Valley never cease to amaze me in this part of Virginia. With dark clouds hanging low, I ran through several rain showers. This picture was in Rockbridge looking toward the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Early autumn lunch with Barb and the wisdom of Dove chocolates

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As we enjoyed the warm autumn afternoon, my friend Barb and I caught up on all the goings-on in the area as well as life in general. We were at an outdoor table at McAlister’s Deli in Waynesboro, soaking in the warm breeze and relishing the second day of October over iced tea — sweet for her, unsweetened for me — and sandwiches.  It was a long, leisurely, much-needed catching-up, a respite in the middle of busy days and, for her, moving to Fishersville from north of Waynesboro.  I like the new abode because it’s closer to our circle of friends, not that distance has ever kept us apart.

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Appalachian dusk

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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While walking after sunset this evening, the afterglow over the Appalachians caught my eye especially with the silhouette  of this tree against the western sky. I pulled out my iPhone and, though the pinks in the sky didn’t exactly come through and there’s a bit of a grainy texture, it gives the essence of what I was looking at in the warm fall evening. It’s autumn in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Appalachian sunset

By Lynn R. Mitchell

??????????Tonight’s sunset in my corner of the world … Buffalo Gap.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell
September 25, 2014

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Staunton needs restaurant with a view

2By Lynn R. Mitchell

How can it be that a city like Staunton surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains doesn’t have a restaurant that looks out over those million-dollar views? I have asked that question since moving here in 1996.

Afton Mountain used to have a restaurant at the Holiday Inn with huge windows that overlooked the Rockfish Valley. Years ago the franchise was lost and it turned into the Inn at Afton that is now run down along with everything else on the mountain. What a perfect location for a restaurant with a view.

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Katy and Colin … two years later

???????????????????????????????It hardly seems like two years have passed since that sunshine-filled September day when we gathered for the wedding of our daughter at House Mountain Inn west of Lexington in a beautiful setting among the western Virginia mountains.

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Military fighter jet crashes in western Augusta County mountains – UPDATED

Jet crashBy Lynn R. Mitchell

A military F-15 fighter jet crashed early Wednesday in the western part of Augusta County in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

A lawyer friend, Sabrina Chester in Churchville about eight miles west of my house, first posted on Facebook Wednesday morning around 9:00:

Does anyone know what the huge explosion was just a bit ago?? Shook my entire house & spooked all the animals…smoke from Deerfield side of the mountain….possible airplane crash???

At my house, we had not heard the boom but were hearing helicopters overhead. Still not sure if they were heading toward that crash area, or whether they were military, or the Pegasus helicopter  with University of Virginia Hospital out of Charlottesville.

A search and rescue mission is underway but word has trickled out the pilot ejected before the crash. There is still no confirmation of that or if he has been found.

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Lunch in historic downtown Staunton

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Emily Phillips, Adam BerrySWAC Niece and her boyfriend drove over from Richmond Monday to spend the day in Staunton, enjoying the adventures of a small city and the wonders of Gypsy Hill Park. SWAC Niece has grown up spending time in this part of the world. They invited us to meet them for lunch at the Clocktower Restaurant where we visited and laughed over good food and enjoyed excellent company of these two as their summer days dwindle before leaving for university in late August. SWAC Niece is heading to UVa while her boyfriend is heading to Fredericksburg, and home base of Richmond will be their hub.

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Shenandoah summer wildflowers

??????????This year’s summer wildflowers in the Shenandoah Valley have been stunning with the white Queen Anne’s Lace, blue chicory, purple thistle and clover, and yellow Brown-Eyed Susans, and now honeysuckle has begun to bloom. This was west of Staunton overlooking the Appalachian Mountains.

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Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
July 19, 2014

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Sunset over the Appalachians

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Photos by Lynn R. Mitchell
July 15, 2014

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Rocking on the porch enjoying the sweet Virginia breeze

FlowersBy Lynn R. Mitchell

I’m rocking on the front porch as a brisk breeze with a cool edge blows across the yard, and the sky is clouding over during the late afternoon in my corner of Augusta County. Leaves are rustling in the trees … it feels and looks like rain … so I had to come outside to enjoy the comfortable 70-degree weather.  Newly-planted summer annuals are happily blooming in the windows boxes on the porch railing and in terra cotta pots scattered on the steps and around the porch, beautiful reminders of summer blossoms that will fill the landscape with waves of color as the season progresses. Their purple-pinks and whites and yellows, blues, and reds make a rainbow of awe as the weather turns hot.

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