Wednesday, July 28, 2010

To Grandmother's House We Go

Mary and Aunty Evil expressed a curiosity several posts ago about our farms. So I thought I'd share a few photos taken between our house and mothers (a twenty mile or so distance). These are scattered along the roadsides. Old wooden barns, sheds and outbuildings. Nature is taking them back over. Rusted tin tops their wooden beams, vines are reclaiming the timbers... but they are, I think, beautiful. Everytime I see one, it makes me wonder who built it? What was their daily life like? 80, 90 or 100 years ago...
We live on a dirt road. Advantage: little traffic. Disadvantage: no road crew to maintain it.
It's not Tara from Gone with the Wind. This type of farm house is actually far more common than the huge, column graced homes of the movies. A wrap-around porch, chimneys on either side of the house. It gets hot here and the goal of heating/cooking would have been to let the heat escape quickly, instead of hoarding it as would be an advantage in a colder climate, where it would be more common to see a centrally placed heating source and chimney. Hallways typically run straight through the center of the house, from the front porch to the back and are called breezeways, as they let cool air flow through the house.
Cotton. Goes through cycles of popularity based on the soil. Cotton is best suited for growing in rocky, sandy soil. You can tell from our dirt roads, that we don't have rich soil. When I was younger, cotton was not THE crop that it is today and was in the 1950s when my parents were growing up. The majority of our local fields are planted in cotton today.
Another gorgeous, fading barn. If you peer in closely, you can see a modern tractor underneath the eaves. Old sheds and barns are still used to shelter tractors, hay bales, wire, etc.

7 comments:

Mary said...

More more! I am so greedy and just loved this.

Your homes there are no so different from ours in the country in fact. Central hallways, wraparound verandahs...

Spooky thing! I have just spent a long drive home from way out west composing a letter to a book publisher about the book of photos I want to do on old iron shed s and barns !!!!

rhubarbwhine said...

Thats so gorgeous, and so peaceful looking!

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rhubarbwhine said...

Thats so gorgeous, and so peaceful looking!

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rhubarbwhine said...

I'm guessing it likes me bow, twice as much - sorry about that!

Fairlie said...

Those barns look like the kind of place a (footloose) guy might like to dance...?

Aunty Evil said...

I want to see more too!!

And I want a guided tour of your house, and your yard, and your bathroom cabinet. :)

Stomper Girl said...

LOL Fairlie. You live in a very picturesque place, Melinda, thanks for showing us.

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