Legato School

July 14, 2007 at 6:45 am (architecture, landscape, Virginia) (, , , , )

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The Legato School is the last of Fairfax County’s one-room schoolhouses. It has been restored and furnished as it was in the 1870s, and is operated as a museum. It was here that first to eighth grade students of western Fairfax County were taught the three Rs from 1870 until 1930. The schoolhouse was originally located at the intersection of Pender and Legato Roads. The building now sits upon the grounds of the Fairfax County Courthouse, Route 123 near Main Street, in Fairfax City, Virginia.

One elderly gentleman once described Virginia’s educational system in those impoverished times as teaching “The Three ‘Rs’ … Readin’, Writin’ and Road to Washington.” Today, Fairfax County, Virginia is one of the most affluent and educated counties of the entire United States.

In June of this year my Red Hats group were given a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse construction site by project manager Ellen vanHully-Bronson. Parts of the courthouse were complete with carpet and finishes. Other areas were very much still a construction site. When completed the almost $100 million 316,000-square-foot expansion will more than double the size of the existing Jennings Judicial Center. The new courthouse is a five-story reinforced concrete-framed structure surrounded by a serpentine Jeffersonian brick wall. There are fourteen fitted-out courtrooms and three shells of courtrooms for future expansion, fourteen elevators, larger holding cells, a new law library, a beautiful courtyard and a state of the art security system.

Here is the slideshow: Courthouse Construction Site June 2007.

The image, Legato School, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr.

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Awaiting His Queen

April 30, 2007 at 2:45 pm (history, landscape, Virginia)

English Captain John Smith, scanning the James River from Jamestown Island, Virginia, as he anticipates the arrival of his long awaited Queen Elizabeth. She will be coming on May 2, 2007.

My Jamestown Island Slide Show, April 2007

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Remember the Cross

April 8, 2007 at 11:16 am (Christianity, landscape, Virginia)

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Remember the Cross on which Jesus died. Remember the Promise of Resurrection.

Easter Remembered at Laurel Grove Church Ruins, from my Picasa Albums:
Laurel Grove, Virginia“.

“Fire Guts Historic Church

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Train 53 Southbound

April 4, 2007 at 8:01 pm (Florida, landscape, Virginia)

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 … the engineers don’t wave from the trains anymore
Not the way they did back in 1954

“They’ve all got computers and diesels and things
And the engineers don’t wave from the trains any more
No the engineers don’t wave from the trains.”

“There’s more important things that’s changing our world
Engineers forgot about us little boys and girls
But I still get a far-away look in my eye
When I see an old train rushing by. ” (Blue Grass Song)

AmTrak Train 53 Southbound, travelling through Lorton, Virginia beginning its journey of 855 miles from to Sanford, Florida, non-stop, carrying passengers and their vehicles.

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The image, Lorton Train, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr.

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Old Brick Church on the James

April 2, 2007 at 10:27 am (architecture, Christianity, landscape, Virginia)

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Jamestown Island Brick Church on the James River, from “My Picasa Album” – Jamestown Island.

The present church was built in 1907, by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America. The Church stands behind a brick tower which was erected circa 1690, and is the only surviving seventeenth-century structure at Jamestown. It is also one of the oldest English buildings in the United States. The interior of the Church contains the brick and cobblestone foundations of the original 1639 Jamestown settlement church. The James River flows beside the site. It is at this sacred place that America’s most cherished traditions of freedom were first planted. They took root well.

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Long Shadows

August 29, 2006 at 9:54 pm (landscape, Netherlands)

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A Dutch “Fietspad”

“Jog on, jog on, the footpath way, And merrily bent the stile-a;” wrote Shakespeare, however, the long and foreboding shadows barred our travelling further.

 

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Portrait of a Faithful Frog

August 25, 2006 at 8:54 am (gardens, landscape, Virginia) (, , )

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I purchased this terracotta frog ornament when I was living in Seoul, South Korea in the mid 1970s and he has decorated my gardens thence forth wherever in the world I have settled. He is one hardy soul as both his hands have suffered amputations at the hands of various less-than-caring maintenance people. Each morning he sits greeting Neddy’s world with a smile on his face. No more faithful service could be expected from anyone, much less a clay froggy.

From “My August Garden” album

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April in Belgium

August 1, 2006 at 11:47 pm (architecture, Belgium, landscape)

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Bruge, Belgium Canal, April 2006

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Windmills of the Big Sky

July 21, 2006 at 11:32 am (landscape, Netherlands)

Kinderdijk Windmills

A Lowland Landscape makes a Big Sky Country. The image, Kinderdijk Landscape, was originally uploaded by barneykin. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr

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Along the Canal

July 16, 2006 at 3:31 am (architecture, Belgium, landscape)

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In the Ancient City of Brugges, Belgium, April 2006

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