About Me

My photo
Within the confines of this blog, you will find bits and pieces of the life and times of myself, my family and friend dear and near., far and wide, few and far between. You will find bits and pieces of my world, tho small to some, but huge to me. You will find everything from 'soup to nuts',; recipes, hobbies,crafts, gardenings,loves of my life, GrandLoves-a-Plenty, and even my pets... Sooo, if you can handle family life, enjoy the tour of my 'Stuffings'.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Barns and a few Necessities

Aunt Lois and Mom Wynette- Aren't they just peaches? So much fun and so active for youngsters in their 70-something and 80.We laughed Sooo hard our faces and stomach muscles hurt...
The outhouse started it....tho there IS inside plumbing, there used to be a need for this lil building years ago and when the power goes out....brrrr
Yesterday, I took my Mother to see her sister up North. Now, Aunt Lois is a pioneer of a generation before me. She and her husband never had any children but she still ran the farm by herself while my uncle was involved with forestry, tending the upkeep of cabins around the flowage. He is in another heaven for a few years now. Our visit was wonderful and memories abounded.
These are my Aunts barn boots, now all purpose and wood carriers. She no longer farms after being recognized several times for her excellence in milk producing stock.
I will be adding more photos later but for now will keep with the barns and just a few of her items that sustain her life. She is not of todays requirements of survival, but rather of yester-years. This is one of the antique gas pumps, still in use.
The old iron wheel barrow leaning against the outhouse, is still used to haul her firewood from one of the barns to the porch of her house. She heats with firewood in the kitchen and dining area which is one big open space, much like todays new-fangled home with open-concept design.
The distance from the wood storage to the house is about 60 yards up a steep grade. She fills her wood box a couple times a week after shoveling her path if the plow has not come through.
It takes her about 5 trips to fill the box. Now that beats any workout in the gym.
This is the counter-weight system used to open the Bus Garage door with ease. The bus garage is over 100 years old, and is still in excellent condition, having only a couple rows of logs replaced nearly 50 years ago when my aunt and uncle first moved into his parents home a few years prior.
The log bus garage is quite the wonderful sight. It has dormers on the west side to let more light in and the upper section is used for storage with a ladder access. Windows and the dormers were added later.
The west side with the dormer, more windows, and a service door. I love this building. I would sure love to move it to my cabin...
This is the barn that housed many prize cows, calves and a bull throughout my aunts farming days. It sits about 100 yards from the main house behind the bus garage and a couple other outer buildings. Love that copula that used to have a cow weathervane atop that neighbor kids shot off with their BB guns. It's still a beautiful site.
This is the back and side of the wood barn. More loft windows on this beauty.
On the ride up north, we pass this wonderful old barn in the middle of a field that must have either had a home or perhaps, just to store the hay without hauling it to the actual farm which I believe was across the road by yet other outbuildings and another small barn. It's a nice sized field for our rocky country.
Another shot of the same barn.
I hope you enjoyed the ride... It was such a wonderful day for a visit and how we laughed.
God Bless Your World

15 comments:

GardenofDaisies said...

What a beautiful old barn! And it sounds like you come from a family of very fine, strong, determined and lovely women! I can't imagine having to run a farm by myself.

vintage girl at heart said...

Oh my goodness... I just love your blog!!! Y'all look like you have so much fun!!! This is only the second time I've seen one of those gas pumps!!! I just saw one on American Pickers and was amazed by it!!! I have used outhouses too...they can be scary but when ya gotto go they sure are handy!!! Haha!! Love all of your images..just beautiful in their rustic natural state!!! Blessings and stay warm girl!!

~mel said...

I love that top photo of Mom and Auntie Lois ... just look at the mischief in those eyes! They both are reminding me more and more every day of Grandma B. But then when you look at the second photo with you in it ... you look just like them too!!! Next time let me know when you're heading up that way ... I'd love to tag along.

janet said...

Those ladies look they can get into a heap of trouble...I mean that in a good way of course ;-) Love the barn photos! Thanks for the tour of the farm.

crochet lady said...

Having fun with family is the best. Your aunts look like fun ladies! Love the barn pictures.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Dar, what a fun trip you all had. I'm sure your Mom loved visiting with her sister... Hope you are writing down all of that Family History. I never asked my mother enough questions before she died (in 1991)... Sigh!

Great picture of the three of you... I'd love to see her old farmhouse. I admire people who live like that and don't depend (like I do) on all of the modern conveniences.

Love her barn... That has to be one of the neatest barns I have ever seen. Someone needs to get a painting of that one... It is fabulous.

Thanks for posting this one.. I loved it.
Hugs,
Betsy

Sayit-baldys said...

COUNT ME IN WITH THOSE THAT APPRECIATE THIS ENTRY.
WISH WE HAD HAD A BARN AS NICE AS THAT WHEN I WAS A KID. sam

Paula said...

You bet your boots I enjoyed the ride. Even though I'm a country girl life in the cold country seems so different then here. Now outhouses I do know all about. We still used one when I was a senior in high school. Makes me appreciate my modern conviences. Love the pictures too.

Cher' Shots said...

We had such a good time visiting Aunt Lois this summer! She and Mom both are so full of "spunk." Quite fiesty for their ages. We have such a fun loving family ~ I'm glad God placed me in it.

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

I LOVE STORIES OF THE LIVES OF OUR PRECIOUS ELDERS! THEY CERTAINLY WORKED HARD TO SURVIVE AND RAISE THEIR FAMILIES. YOUR PHOTOS ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I COULD ALMOST FEEL THE COLD! AND WITH SO MANY BARNS FALLING INTO DISREPAIR AND NEGLECT, I ENJOYED SEEING THE PICS OF YOUR AUNTS BARNS. THANKS FOR SHARING.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I enjoyed the ride~ and those are some peaches for sure.

Stine in Ontario said...

What a great ride north. Your aunt sounds like a wonderful person. It's amazing how healthy people in their 70s and 80s are today...as long as they take care of themselves. Laughter is good for the spirit and health in general!

Darla said...

I dearly love old barns and you have shwn some wonderful ones here! Sounds like the three of you had a big time..cherish these moments..

Tennessee Granddaddy said...

I love the barn pictures. I enjoy an appreciate your comments on my Tennessee Granddaddy blog. I'm not fishing yet... but somee go after the smallmouth by casting fly/jigs at 15-20 ft under a float using long rods to cast with. I've never done this. I'll start fishing for crappie mid march and then start trolling for lake trout in mid may. You sound like a swell gal!

Dianna said...

No wonder your aunt looks so young! All of that hard work has kept her going like the energizing bunny! Isn't it fun to laugh? A merry heart doeth good like a medicine! ;)