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Farmette 1769

by Monica Melograna-Ward

After a few extra rough weeks here on Farmette 1769, I was thinking about the idea of stopping to smell the roses. I’ve done it in horrible life cycles before, but I thought of a way to really force it into my life to a higher degree.

I am a morning person that loves the still and quiet breaking of the dawn. It is not being welcomed by rooster crows right now. We had lost one during the early October onslaught of terrible events. Our remaining rooster, Hector, barely survived the second issue with the flock. I really don’t know how he survived. His comb had drooped and was not only pale pink, but also had a yellowish tinge to it.

But, Hector is running around full speed now, albeit lingering on the floor of the coop at night. I hope that he gets back to crowing soon. Either way, we’ll need to locate a second Swedish Flower rooster. It’s nice to have a back-up to help protect the flock. And, two crows are better than one.

But back to seizing the day, no matter what is going on in one’s own life; I started to take sunrise photographs. They are taken with just my iPhone. It’s quick-ish to do that. I can just edit with the light and color controls that come with my phone software. Then, posting right onto social media is easy.


October 16, 2018
Noles Drive

Weekdays start with the morning drop-off. It’s nice to have some car talk time with our teenage son. He rides the bus home from school and could do so in the am. But, it gets us both rolling for the day.

I started this new project on 10/16/2018. It’s a Monday through Friday, one final photo per day, type of thing.


October 17, 2018
Noles Drive / Side Street, Mount Holly, NC

I couldn’t decide between these two pics, so I posted one personally and one publicly.


October 18, 2018
Old NC 27 Hwy

This one was taken just across the way, in front of our neighbor’s horse field.


October 19, 2018
Noles Drive

At some point, the people that own the house (down the driveway from where I have been stopping) may grow weary of my visits. But they don’t seem to be home on weekdays, so I may be able to get away with this for a while.


October 22, 2018
Woods to the side of our house.


October 23, 2018
Railroad Tracks – Downtown Mount Holly


October 24, 2018
Noles Drive


October 25, 2018
E. Central Ave. & S. Lee St.


October 26, 2018
Catawba River, Mount Holly


October 29, 2018
Catawba River, Mount Holly


October 30, 2018
Willowside Drive

SR_103118October 31, 2018
Stockbridge Drive

I parked at the top of the drive at our son’s friends home. It had one of the best views on the street, and no one would think I was a stalker there. So, that is where I got out of my truck to take in the crisp, fall day aka Halloween.  It was my last October sunrise photograph for the year.

On the weekend following the last weekday of November, I plan to blog that whole month of pics in one fell swoop.

Next Saturday, I’ll stalk the honey bees.



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