Building Your Neighborhood

posted by Sharon March 20, 2012 16 Comments

How are you doing on building your neighborhood, your community?

Here’s a picture of a community built on the sea by early settlers. Plimoth has been recreated so we can visit and get a sense of what it felt like to be a part of this long-ago neighborhood.

Winding dirt paths surrounded the houses so people could walk about and visit and work together.

They helped each other build their homes and fences.

They chopped trees and formed a community woodpile so they could all fight the cold of the New England winters.

They fashioned benches so they could sit in the sun and share a laugh.

The neighborhood contained people who worked hard, constructed things together, sat awhile with each other, talked, smiled, cared.

Our neighborhoods today don’t usually have wooden-stake fences. Some are online communities with no visible paths. Still, we can connect with others using invisible cords of friendship. As much as online interaction is maligned, it can be good. We can reach out to each other on Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, and other ways to form an ever-growing neighborhood not limited by land space. Our words, sent into cyberspace, can bring a smile, light up a face, prompt a laugh. We just need to be intentional enough to make it happen.

Who will you include in your neighborhood this week? Who needs a friendly hello from you? A chuckle? Who needs to figuratively sit and share a bench and just catch up on life with you?

 

 

 

 

Linking up with Sweet Shot Tuesdays and with Texture Tuesdays, where the theme this week is “black and white.” The photos of Plimoth are processed using Kim Klassen’s textures And Then Some and Crackerjack. Also linking up with Inspired Tuesday!

The wonderful Plimoth Plantation opened this week for the 2012 season. If you’re in the Boston area, be sure to visit! For a perspective on life from the view of the Pilgrims, here’s another post you may enjoy.

 

 

 

 

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16 Comments

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Kim Young March 20, 2012 at 5:04 am

Wow, I love those shots. I really like the second one. The way the path guides your eye through the photo is so lovely.

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Sandy March 20, 2012 at 5:10 am

These are truly beautiful and I loved your story so much! I love them all but my favorite is the third one 🙂 Great job!

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Sivinden March 20, 2012 at 5:14 am

That’s a wonderful collection of photograps! Love the natural textures and those you added. Great compositions too!

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Cedar March 20, 2012 at 5:15 am

What a great place to visit and get a feel for the past. Lovely photos!

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PrairieJill March 20, 2012 at 5:16 am

Wonderful series of images! Your use of b&w is very effective!

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angela dunn March 20, 2012 at 5:48 am

What a wonderful series of heritage photos..

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Desirae R March 20, 2012 at 8:55 am

What a really neat place. Love your pictures. I would also love it if you could link up this post with my Inspired Tuesday link-up this week (if you would like to).

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Sharon March 21, 2012 at 3:16 am

Thank you for the invitiation! I’m linked up now and pleased to find your blog, Desirae!

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Kathleen March 20, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Absolutely wonderful series on Plimoth plantation! I love living history and try to visit these sites as often as possible — our closest ones are either Old Sturbridge Village or Mystic Seaport, both about 2 hours away (sigh). Your photos are wonderful, and really draw you into that other world. I especially like the third photo and how you’ve juxtaposed the lines of the building and the fence.

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Sharon March 21, 2012 at 3:15 am

Kathleen, I’ve been to Mystic Seaport and love it! The day we planned to visit Sturbridge the rain came down in sheets and we turned back. Maybe someday! I love visiting historic places.

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Giulia March 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

These are lovely. Nice black and white tons with a lot of texture – pulls you right in.

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Dominique@Dominique's Desk March 20, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Love the black and white shots of the countryside. It really has so much history.

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MG Atwood March 20, 2012 at 6:11 pm

What a lovely post. The photos are magnificent, and the message so true. We could learn from our fore fathers.

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Emily March 21, 2012 at 4:36 am

I have always wanted to visit there! I love how the black and white adds to the nostalgic feel. Thank you for sharing! I would love if you linked up at my link up called Tones on Tuesday.

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melody March 21, 2012 at 8:24 am

Great set of photos! I love what you had to say about communities. I am loving the blog world and connecting with people all over the world. It is pretty incredible! 🙂

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Mira Crisp March 21, 2012 at 12:05 pm

These photos look like they are part of an old movie and they tell a great story! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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