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Sharon Whitehurst: On Dooryards

Maury Lewis made right assumptions
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By Sharon Whitehurst

Maury Lewis has come up with a pretty good definition of 'dooryard' a term which natives of New England and upstate New York [my heritage] readily understand.

We use it in the way that my English blog friends speak of a 'garden,' meaning the intimate and adjoining outdoor surroundings of one's house.

When one lives in a rural/farm setting the dooryard is the tidy area that is kept mowed and trimmed; its where ornamental shrubs and perennials are planted as opposed to pasture or areas where outbuildings stand which are more roughly kept.

Most of the photos I share on CM and on my blog are taken from my 'dooryard.'


I tend to concentrate on close-ups and details rather than the larger picture, although a friend visiting from Vermont earlier this month stepped out of the car and said, "I would have known this for your place from your photos. Now I can see how it all goes together."

Thank you for the words of appreciation re my essays. I enjoy sharing my thoughts and experiences. - Sharon Whitehurs

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The Whitehurst Diaries: Painted Apple Blossoms



2013-04-22 - Old Gradyville Road, Gradyville, KY - Photo By Sharon Whitehurst.
Wandering around the dooryard with a new camera [scary thing!] I noticed this 'painted' apple blossom amongst the more expected ones on a venerable old apple tree. - Sharon Whitehurst

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