Monday, April 23, 2012


Last Thursday I drove from Mathews to King William for my son's track meet and brought my loaner camera along for the ride.

On the way out of the county just before Dutton I glanced through the rear view mirror and noticed the wisteria growing up the side of this wonderful old structure.

So I pulled over in the little dirt turnaround in front of the building below and snapped these few shots.

My mother lived near here as a child and can perhaps provide additional details or memories about the area.

I've always been drawn to the old buildings.

Unrelated to the Dutton area but along the lines of old buildings draped with wisteria, below is an image from 2010 taken with my Beloved Camera, which is currently in the repair shop.

(With any luck, it will be back home and by my side within two weeks.)

A 2010 photo of an old store hiding behind a trailer
on Route 14 across from the state shed.

Click here for the May 2010 post about wisteria and the photo above.

May your week be as cheerful and hopeful as the lilac-purple flowers on the upward climbing vine otherwise known as wisteria.


Anonymous said...

Happy Earth Day, which includes Wisteria Gratitude Day. Hope yours has been a good one. April 23 is my firstborn's 33rd birthday.

Deltaville Jamie said...

I like wisteria. It's pretty and it sounds a lot like hysteria.

Ann Marie said...

I love wisteria... your "boyfriend" loves wisteria.. I LOVE those two buildings always have.

I miss you.

Daryl Edelstein said...

Wisteria is one of my favorite climbers

Anonymous said...

Good morning everyone--this is Betsy checking in to say howdy, hello, and here's my favorite quote about wisteria:

“Wisteria is my favorite flowering vine. Do you know why?'

I shook my head. 'No, ma'am.'

'Because it's strong -- just like me.”
― Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

deborah said...

Love the photos, wisteria smells so good.
Wishing you a wonderful week!
Good news about your camera-

growing wild on waverly lane said...

When I lived next door to that first building, it housed the offices of a lumber business, which had a sawmill in the rear. I could hear it sawing all day long. Before that I don't know what was there; but it looks like a country store type. I believe the business was run by a Mr. Denton.

Wisteria is unusual and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

By the way I have a completely unrelated question for you. You take the Coleman Bridge to work, right? Do you ever see people walking across it? Would that even be something that would be possible to do?


Rodney said...

Hmmmm not to be a party pooper but Wisteria was always considered a nuisance where I grew up, but it is very pretty.....

TSannie said...

Love that last photo. Wisteria is one of my favorite blooms.

Maria_NJ said...

OMYGosh the "dreaded" really I love it but I had it growing in the trees that I once had in an island in the front of our house...there was a total of three tress with wisteria vines going from one tree to another and covering all the branches, when it was in bloom (it was really lovely) you could no longer see my house from the road it was that big...we eventually had to take the trees down it got so overgrown...I have one little vine left that I am "training" into a bush, I'm hoping that it will bloom some day...

Dghawk said...

I love the smell of wisteria, but it can be VERY evasive. We had wisteria growing up the side of the house when I was growing up. It would cover the chimney and the TV antenna. We would have great TV reception then. But when it would come down the chimney and "peek" into the living room, Dad knew it was time to cut it back.

Mental P Mama said...

Pavlovian response: Wisteria+William Faulkner.

The end. Did you register?????

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Betsy - It would have to be an emergency for someone to willingly walk across the Coleman--as in, car accident, earthquake, tsunami...I have nightmares about that bridge. But it is a necessary evil since the only alternative for us Mathews folks to reach the other side is to drive all the way around through West Point, which is way out of the way. We therefore view it as a necessary evil; but most people are not exactly fond of that bridge. (This is my opinion, I'm sure someone out there must like it, but they're the sort who enjoy root canals too.)

No new post today, was up late last night and another long day today.

In other news, my mother's laptop has died. She can't get it to boot up (believe she just gets a blank screen). If anyone has any thoughts on what the problem could be, we welcome them. All of my suggestions have failed.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Enjoy the day. - cbw

Meg McCormick said...

Does mom still have the original disks that came w/the laptop? I dunno if that would help it... sometimes you can boot w/the disk. Otherwise I'd say, take it to a professional!

Country Girl said...

Do you think wisteria smells like bubblegum? Or is that just me?