Hey guys! I hope you had a wonderful week!
The almond blossoms are in full swing in our orchards! Here’s a couple of pictures taken from inside my house. I hope this will hold you over until I can get my butt outside and take some nicer pictures:
This photo was taken from off our second story balcony. Notice that every other row of almonds are blooming. There are two varieties of almonds planted on our property and they bloom at different times. Interesting, huh?
This photo was taken through our second story picture window in the front of our house. This is my cousin’s almond orchard across the street. Most all the farmland in our area are almond orchards. If you look at the horizon, you can see a sea of white that goes on as far as the eye can see (is that enough “sees” for you?). 😀 It is so gorgeous here this time of year, and the smell from the blossoms is absolutely heavenly!
And because I know it will come up – yes, those are train tracks in front of our house. When some people see that there are train tracks in front of our house, they 1. Feel the need to point out to me that there are train tracks close to our house, and 2. Assume that there are trains roaring by our house every 5 minutes day and night.
I grew up on this property, as my parents before me and my grandparents before them. The train tracks were always there as far as I know. My grandparent’s house sat where our house is now, and my parents built their house right around the corner. The trains that went by during my childhood were freight trains, maybe 20-30 cars, and at the time did run day and night (although it was nowhere near every 5 minutes). I grew up with the trains going by and never once was I bothered by them or saw them as some kind of nuisance. One of my fondest childhood memories was putting pennies on the tracks for the train to flatten as it went by.
Because of this, it never occurred to me to build our house it anywhere else on the property than where it stands. So it was really a surprise to me that some people seemed to think of the tracks being so close to our house is some kind of “problem.” It used to bother me a lot, but it doesn’t anymore because I understand that other people don’t have the same perspective about it as I do because they didn’t grow up here.
Perspective is an interesting thing.
So, if you had the same thoughts as above:
- Yes, I’ve noticed 🙂
- The train goes up and back once every Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday, and it usually 20 cars max. The train goes to the winery that is on the next block over and a cannery in the next town. With that being the only two stops the train makes these days, I don’t know how keeping this line open can be cost effective. I imagine they will probably close this line down eventually. If and when they do, I will miss the train as I like watching and listening to it as it goes by. The traffic on the road in front of our house is far more busy and annoying to me than the trains will ever be.
I’ve also had people ask me if I ever worry about derailment. The tracks are about 100 feet away from the house, but they may look like they are closer to you in the picture. The train tracks are a straight shot (no twists and turns) and the train is only allowed to go at a max of 20 mph through this area. Because of this, the likelihood of a derailment is extremely slim… we’ve never had a derailment in this area. And if it did derail, all the train would do would be to come to a stop or possibly some of the cars may fall on their side. Train cars are extremely heavy, and going 20 mph they would not have enough inertia to actually slide into the house. What we do have a problem with in this area is cars running into people’s fences and even houses because people drive on this road like their butts are on fire. The train tracks have acted as a barrier against cars that have skidded off the road from hitting our house – twice in the 10 years we’ve been here and several times when my grandparents had their house here.
You guys that link up just keep blowing me away with your amazing projects and decor!!! I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with for this spring!
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