THE BLESSED MOTHER

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This statue of the Blessed Mother has been in my Wife’s family for many years.  Before she had it, her Great Grandmother had this, and who knows before that.  The date imprinted, as you can see, is 1830.  Now, weather it was made before this date, I don’t know.

So, since She has been around for so long, I thought that I’d give Her a remake by painting as close as I possibly can to the original color.  Some of the color’s have faded away over time, but I still can make out what they used to be long ago.  The round area in the front of the statue is for a small “tee light” placed in a red holder.  I have done some asking around to find out if She is worth anything, but was told that it is not worth anything, except sentimental value.  Good enough for me.  I don’t think Eileen would sell this anyway.

It’s going to take some time to paint Her right.  I do have the colors that are needed.  Some of the area’s are hard to reach and take a steady hand to keep Her nice.  When She is done, I’ll show you all how She came out.  I apologize for the Image quality.  Taken with my phone camera.

Les

GO FOR A RIDE?

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A 2016 Chevrolet Corvette.  702 HP engine.  Price?  $114,000

On Sunday there was a car show up at a place called Cabelas, who is a very large Outdoor Store that supplies all kinds of hunting, fishing, shooting, and cloths for the outdoor person.  I’ve been up to this huge store a number of times, and think that the products for sale a very expensive for my taste.  However, most people must not think so.  They do a outstanding business here.

So, I thought I’d take a run up here to see what the Car Show has.  Lot’s of Cars here from the 50’s & 60’s, as well as a few from the present day.  It was nice to walk around and see all these different cars, even though it was very windy.  There were about 40 different cars on display.  Most of them were in outstanding shape and took a long time to be restored back to their original glory.  Alot of money and time go into restoring these old cars.

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A 1963 Chevrolet Impala.

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Thanks for taking a trip back in time.  Remember that all Images are the sole property of Les Barr and may not be copied unless given my permission.

Les

LET’S EAT!

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Do you remember getting served like this?  I do!  This was back from the time of Rock & Roll in the 60’s.  Placing your order to a pretty girl wearing a short red skirt that came up to your car on roller skates!  When your order was ready, it was brought to you by the same girl, placed on a red tray like this, and hung on your car window.  It’s a shame that these day’s no longer exist.

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Les

LIGHTROOM 5

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One of the photo editing programs that I have is Adobe Lightroom 5.  It works real nice.  One of the things you can do with this is called Split Toning.  I’m still learning how to use it, but this is one of the Images I’ve done using it.  I have alot to learn.

CHANGES OF THE US NAVY

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Back in 1965 when I was aboard this US Navy Destroyer, I didn’t give much thought on how much the Navy would change in the future years.  Back then I thought that what I was aboard was one of the better Destroyers that the Navy had.  Little did I know back then, that this “Tin Can” was one of the older ships in the Navy.  It was not quite as modern as some of the other ones, but it seemed to be OK for the time I was in.  The picture above was taken the day we entered Sydney on R&R after the gun line in Vietnam.  We enjoyed our visit “down under” very much.

Since those day’s long ago, the US Navy has changed a whole lot.

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This is the new modern Navy.  It’s a long stride ahead from what I used to have compared to what is now.  These ships of the US Navy are now more sleeker looking.  They have so much better firepower than before.  They are faster and can track quite a number of targets at one time.  These ships can put a 35 knot wind over the bow in less than 5 minutes!  That’s movin’ at sea!!  They don’t have as many crew members as before.  Allot of the controls of the ships are done with computers now.  The fire control systems are now computer controlled, including the Bridge. The engines that drive the ship are not really boiler driven.  They now have Electric Turbine and Steam Driven Turbine engines that can drive the ship so much faster thru the sea than before.  It’s truly amazing how much technology has changed over the years.  It will continue to change even more as technology advances further and further.

In honesty, I would not mind going aboard one of these new sleek Destroyers, just to see how much has changed since my day’s.  I can just bet that it would be another experience that I’d enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les

REBERS COVERED BRIDGE

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This road is what’s known as Rebers Covered Bridge Road for a reason.

Back many years ago, there was a Red covered bridge here.  Known as Rebers Covered Bridge it stood here where you see the black & yellow signs on either side of the road.  Back then there was no safety rails or a macadam road like there is now.  Just a plain dirt road that led up to the Bridge that spans the Schyukill River below.  There were no motorized cars then.  They came along later.  Horse & Buggy were the main transportation.

The Bridge stood here for many years, until a heavy truck tried to cross over it.  The truck was to heavy for the bridge to support, being it was made of only heavy wood.  The truck and it’s cargo fell thru the bridge and into the river about 20 feet below.

The driver got out with only minor injuries and the cargo was recovered.  However, the old Covered Bridge was not able to recover.  Allot of the heavy timbers were broken beyond repair.  The road was closed for a long time until the Covered Bridge could be torn apart and a new steel bridge could be built in it’s place.  This is what you see today.

The only structure left of the Covered Bridge is the stone supports that are still on the right and left side of the road.

It is a shame that this Covered Bridge was lost into History.  Only those who know what used to be here remember that a important part of our History is gone forever.  There are only 4 or 5 Covered Bridges left, so far.  Most all are taken care of to preserve the Heritage of this area.

Thanks for stopping by.

Les