Rural

sunday drive

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With sugaring over for us we decided to take a Sunday drive on our way to a new restaurant we wanted to try.  Our snow is mostly gone, and I am anxiously waiting for the flowers to start popping out of the ground.  It’s pretty brown around here right now but hey spring is here or so it says on the calendar.  


an easter sunday drive

On Easter Sunday we went for a wonderful brunch, we left early and took a scenic drive to get there.

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We passed through Amish country.

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I hope you enjoyed the scenic drive we took and the sights we saw along the way.  We have had more company come and right now we are dog sitting for our son and daughter-in-laws dogs while they are at a wedding in Minnesota.


hidden treasures

There is just something about living in the country that does something for me.  The peacefulness, the clear blue skies, the cows I see as I go to town, the smells, and even drives through the country.  There are so many hidden treasures as I call them, and some are abandoned homesteads that the folks either died and no one wanted the homestead or they didn't have any family to leave it to.

Mailbox

We found this hidden homestead on our drive through the hills on our way to get some ice cream.

Mr pulled the van partially in what was once the driveway that had pretty much become overgrown, but before I got out of the van to take photos we noticed that the house had what looked like a new stove pipe coming out of the roof.  As I was out on the road taking photos Mr pulled out of the drive and back on the road, I thought to myself he must be in a hurry to get that ice cream.

Hidden home

So I quickly took a quick shot of the barn that was totally hidden with the trees and overgrown brush. 

Hidden barn

When I got in the van he told me that he could see a fresh cut stack of wood out on the porch of the old house.  We both wondered if someone might have been watching us through the window.  We pulled into the drive to get off the road in case cars came by on the narrow road, but we had not passed any cars but maybe one on our drive through the hills.

Have you ever seen the movie Deliverance?  This place just screamed it, so off we hurried on down the road in search of that ice cream we were looking for.

If only walls could talk.

 


somewhere between here and there

I had not been out of the house for a few days, so yesterday we decided to take a trip to the Mississippi river.  Along the way we drove along side the Wisconsin river.  I just love this drive, there's a small town that we go through that I told Mr I wanted to stop and take some photos of.

I'm sure this kind of town can be found anywhere in the states. 

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Store front

Ingersoll watches

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The short look down main street.

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A small town somewhere between here and there. If you blink you went right through it.

 


siesta :: time

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On our way home the other day Mr stopped to talk to our neighbor, we caught him before he went out to the fields, sitting in the truck I spied their barn cats sunning themselves on the front porch.

 


did i say i've been busy?

I realized how busy I've been, when I went down to my sewing room to cut fabric for another quilt I'm starting, and I saw that I had left another quilt I was still working on, ON the machine.  Whew!!!  I'm just glad I didn't leave my machine on.  I got pulled away to do something the other day and totally forgot that I was in the middle of sewing this quilt.  Then I got started on my Barn Quilt and it was out of my mind for good.

Pink quilt

The barn is coming along, the doors are on and working great, this shot is when they were still working on them.

Barn doors

We finally got rain in the night and woke up in the morning to fog in the valley.  I'm looking forward to seeing the fall colors again off our back deck.

Fog

On my walks in the morning I get to pass fields like this one.  You can tell summer is over as the bean fields are starting to turn yellow.  I took this shot with my cell phone.

Beans

I can't close this post without showing you a cow picture.  I haven't posted a cow photo in awhile.

Lone cow

I hope Y'All have a wonderful day today!

 


hanging out the laundry

Driving the other day I spied an Amish farm and could see clothes hanging on the clothesline, along with two barns on the Amish farm.

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If you look just above the clothesline on the left you can see a small red barn as well.

Amish laundry

There's something about seeing clothes drying on the line, especially Amish clothes and especially in the winter.  Throw a barn, or two, or three in there, and it's even better.