July 29, 2011

Barn Charm

Today I decided to drive along the Connecticut River where I love to see the landscape of  farmhouses, barns, pastures, and cultivated fields.

The Connecticut River starts in New Hampshire and slips under dozens of bridges connecting New Hampshire and Vermont. The path of the river is the border between New Hampshire and Vermont.

Lately, I have been focusing on the barns along the river, a part of the rich rural heritage of New England. It is sad to think how many are lost each year to collapse, neglect, fire, and development.



Dear old barn, you are so proud standing there, so beautiful and strong, if we listen quietly and are patient we can hear your stories...



 












"For sixty years the pine lumber barn had held cows, horses, hay, harness, tools, junk ... and the corn crops came and went, plows and wagon, and hands milked, hands husked and harnessed and held the leather reins of horse teams in dust and dog days, in late fall sleet 'til the work was done that fall. And the barn was a witness, stood and saw it all."

-Carl Sandburg





...and one of my favorite barns...the sweet smelling horse barn at JR and Jenny's farm in NY. Here are my boys in one of our home movies from 1989...

to see more barns from all over, check out http://bluffareadaily.blogspot.com/

15 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

oh those cute little hay-toting boys... :) the horses were very patient with them too.

you should link up to Tricia's barn charm with these barn photos. she hosts every monday.
www.bluffareadaily.blogspot.com/

:)

Lesley said...

There must be a wealth of barns to choose from in this area! I love picture #6 with those rooflines. And the "Dawn till Dusk Farm" is a great name!

Sandy@American Way Farm said...

I absolutely love barns. You have some great photos of some beauties.

Ruta said...

Thank you, I knew of several that collapsed under the weight of snow this past winter and there were two barn fires that I heard of during the last year...always so sad.
There is another barn that I will go out to get a picture of called "Achin' Back Acres"...another great name.

Mari said...

What a bunch of great old barns! Thanks for posting all these beauties!

Carole said...

Great barns. Love that first one!

NoteworthyMusings

EG Wow said...

Great video of your son way back when!

I LOVE the Connecticut River Valley. The barns are gorgeous there. I especially like the photo of the various roofs and silos! Very nice. And what an interesting wind vane! I have a collection of wind vane photos and I have NOTHING like that one. I may have to drive down your way and search for that one. :))

Tricia ♥Charming Barn Hunter♥ said...

Welcome to Barn Charm! These are absolutely great & my goodness, that's really a beautiful part area. I love the names on the barns! Beautiful flower shot of the last barn, too.

Looks like your sons are probably just a year or two older than my daughter... they were sooo cuuute carrying those partial bales toward the end.. love that video =)

Tanya said...

great series of barns and i love how most have the names on them!

Debbie said...

great collection of old barns. a pleasure to view!!!

Connie Smiley said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour, and also for your kind comment. I love the barns, and especially the black dog.

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful collection of barns and love the photos at your side bar. Homegrown vegetable are really amazing!

Barn Charm

Ruta said...

Thanks for the feedback...and the weathervane is on the barn at the 'Four Corners' farm in Bradford,VT. Of course I love the video of my boys when they were so small and sweet little helpers. :)

Peacemom said...

Watching that video makes me wonder what your boys ended up chosing for careers? I always hope mine will want to do something with farming when they grow up. Thanks for the memory trip back up north with all those lovely pictures. I do miss my mountains down here in southern NH. ~Vonnie

Ruta said...

One is an artist and the other is a mechanic...they are both in southern NH but love coming up to the mountains...