May 20, 2012

Barns. Yes, really.

I enjoy barns.
Always have.
The history.
The stories.
The beauty.
The lives that have lived inside.

Photographing them never gets old for me.
I have been known to pull over on the side of the road just to get a picture of an old barn.
Nothing makes me happier than capturing a rustic barn framed with a blue sky full of fluffy clouds.
Add in an old cedar fence with some cows or horses and I am giddy with joy.
Add in some bon bons and rockin car tunes and I might even do a dance.
Don't judge. I am only human.

Lucky for me, my family history involves farming...and barns.
Except, sadly, they are empty and falling apart.
But it still doesn't take away from the history.
The stories.
The beauty.
And the lives that have lived inside of them in the past.

Once upon a time, my family ran a huge dairy farm. Like hugely, huge. Like ginormously huge. I can remember not being interested at all in the actual cows, but the milk room smelled sooooooooooo good, I could spend the whole day sitting in there sniffing the wonderful scent of freshly squeezed milk. YUM.

Now it sits empty and I am sad about that.
I could totally milk cows now. I could totally deal with the yucky smells and the wonderful smells.
I could totally be a farm girl.

At one time there were working horses on this farm. We think this building housed the harness and wagons. I will check on that and get back to you because I am sure you are wanting to know.
This makes me sad. The rickety old walls. The holes. The items left untouched for many years.
But the history is still there.
And the stories.
And even the beauty.

Could someone lend us alot of money so we can restore everything and start up another dairy farm....with horses and wagons?
Thanks muchly.

Also linking up with Homestead Barn Hop.
All of a sudden my blog has become country-ish.


Gigi said...

I've always loved old barns - although I believe the majority of the ones I see around here are actually tobacco sheds.

Elaine A. said...

Oh that third photo, LOVE.

And I would totally give you the money if I had it!

Heatherlyn said...

I'm totally with you on this one. I will pass old barns or even old farmstead homes that are falling into ruin and I will wonder about the people who built them, their stories, and why they are now left to decay. I think they are beautiful and artistic and an interesting part of history.

Foursons said...

I love barns too and am always looking for one I can photograph my children in front of without treaspassing on property that people still live on.

Hey- we're going to Niagara Falls this summer and are going to cross over into Canada so the boys can say they've been in another country. Would we be anywhere near you if we enter from upstate NY?

TexWisGirl said...

it does still have a lot of charm.

Carletta said...

Charming in image and prose! :)
Lovely post!

Genie said...

It is still pretty and full of personality. Bet there are lots of stories it can tell. Maybe someone will come along and fix it up. That would be so nice. I loved your writing. You have a wonderful way with your words. Such a nice post this week. genie

Elaine said...

Fantastic photos and a very poignant story to go with them. Even if you can't have a dairy again if someone would just lend you enough money to keep those beautiful barns standing.

Tanya said...

i love all the different views you gave us! that window is awesome :)

Amy Burzese said...

Beautiful barn shots. So many of us have the same wish.

Kristy LifenReflection said...

this is beautiful, my father was a farmer too

bon bon said...

i like the little diamond window. preserving them through photos is the best we can do sometimes. *sigh*

Anonymous said...

I'm definitely w/ ya on the barn pics w/ blue sky & fluffy white clouds... absolutely. love. it.
The history, stories, & beauty will never die... they'll live on, thru all the pictures that us Barn Charmers take over the years!
I would love to loan everyone the money to do it, but I guess it just isn't in the cards to save them all, sadly!

You captured some great shots of this beauty & I love that ol barn wood... if something happens & it does fall down, you can always repurpose that ol barn wood! =)

Thanks a million for joining & sharing =)

W. Latane Barton said...

Sitting idle but so much charm remains. Nice.