Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Sandstone Corners!

It is reasonable to have perfection in our eye
  that we may always advance towards it,
though we know it can never be reached.
                         Samuel Johnson


I remember a comment made to me by someone a few weeks ago reminding me that I could not wear my Pink Cadillac Boots too much longer, they were wrong. It is freezing cold and looking like more rain, I stand here wearing long underwear and layers and layers of clothes, I cannot believe it is June it feels more like October or possibly November. I love auctions. There does not appear to be a barn here only a large green Coverall building, not quite the character I was expecting at a farm auction but…. oh no what is that peeking out front under its rim? Oh don’t tell me another ladder and a few others all waiting for an eccentric (we could call it that) ladder collector to buy.

 I honestly should have known this but like many of you I thought we were all done with ladders. On seeing this one I questioned My Hero who was standing beside me with brother Dios, he said he was not interested in it, it was too short but in his defense he tries to explain to me once again that he does have a plan for all those ladders,  he always has a plan. He starts to retell a tale about mounting ladders on the barn roof making it easier to keep it maintained. I drift off into my world where no one is teetering on a ladder in the wind. Brother Dios is listening so, I excuse myself, well that is not exactly true, I just sort of wandered away, they are both used to that.  I make my way to an old foundation I see off in the distance surrounded by vines and weeds, with a little Chipmunk sitting and watching the show.


Now this is the character I was looking for, sadly all that remains of this old barn was the one back sand stone wall with two perfect but deteriorating corners. I look at the layers of stone and think about how much labour had went into this wall at one time. There are a couple of old doors and some windows against the wall that have been incorporated into what appears to now be a woodshed or something. I think the hardware may date this wall back to the time the barn stood and may be original. Oh I love this look. Someone was very clever at preserving and using this part of the old sandstone wall leaning on the barn board wall of this once magnificent barn.


It appears this old barn has been gone for a very long time it had used up its best years then disappeared like so many barns around the area. Yes this always makes me sad and I find my imagination trying to picture what it had looked like. I have never seen a sandstone foundation before, I am sure it was beautiful. On exiting the building I can see that the remaining old poured floor still remains with many saplings of trees trying to establish their place in the cracks, and tangled weeds and grass trying to cover any hint of its laying here, someday they will succeed.


With all the hay feeders, water troughs, and haying equipment lined up waiting to be sold, I find myself wondering what is to become of the fields I see before me that stretch out to the railway tracks where I watch and listen as a train goes by blowing its whistle. The old fence lines and wooden gates now looking more like a beautiful art piece than a functional farming operation, and that is OK.


Well I better go find those boys there is no telling what they are getting into. I find a comfortable and dry seat on an old John Deere tractor, I climb up; sit and pull out my apple. This is the perfect spot, a view of those luscious green fields, that interesting old sandstone barn foundation and more importantly the boys I came with, the ones with those big smiles on their faces. My Hero waves and I smile and wave back. I love auctions. I hope the rain holds off.

Later.




41 comments:

  1. That barn front intrigues me- very strange. There sure are a lot of auctions where you live!

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  2. I could sit and look at old foundations, walls, and barns for a long time, just thinking of the great stories they could tell and all the things they silently witnessed. Thank you for taking me there!

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  3. Long underwear in June? That isnt right! 😄
    Glad you had an enjoyable day, in spite of the cold.

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  4. Why am I not ever surprised to hear that you're at an auction...and that your Hero is looking at another ladder?! :) It reminds me of my Dad...almost every weekend, it seems, he's at an auction. I think he likes visiting with the people, although he often comes home with a box of "something" for his work shop.

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  5. I just love to read about the exciting things you do and there seem to be so many interesting items you find all the time. My Dad used to love auctions but of course being in suburbia they weren't nearly as exciting as the ones you attend.

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  6. Your shots of the old place are wonderful! Don't you wish they place could talk? The stories it could tell you. Wait...I bet it has told you stories and I look forward to hearing them. :)

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  7. My sorry you4 weather is cold.
    Yet another auction! I know you enjoyed. Hugs M xx

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  8. I'm surprised it hasn't warmed up more. Hopefully soon.

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  9. love that foundation and wall!

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  10. Great pics Buttons! Your Hero sure does want a lot of ladders...

    Vic303

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  11. what a beautiful remnant of the old barn. I love rock walls. Sorry to hear it's so darn cold there, but I bet yo'll be blasted with heat soon enough. The Pink Cadillac boots go good with John Deere green.

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  12. There's something sad about those auctions, or am I wrong? I have never been to one, so I really don't know, but the way you describe looking out over the fields and fence lines, makes me wonder who lived there, how was it back then, and somehow that makes me sad. A little.

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  13. You just wear those Cadillac boots wherever and whenever you want!

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  14. These auctions seem like fun - but no ladder? I'm thinking Pink Cadillac boots are seasonless.

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  15. It's not cold here. Too muggy for my liking. I hope they don't turn those lovely fields into sub divisions!

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  16. How many ladders does he have?! I am really surprised by the poor weather this year :(

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  17. What a neat place I'm sure. Just sitting on the tractor and taking in the scenery how relaxing.

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  18. You find beauty everywhere you go, B, and I appreciate your sharing your perspectives with us.

    I worry, too, when my husband starts talking about ladders!

    Pink Cadillac boots are in style all year round. :-)

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  19. More ladders?! Haha. I bet that barn was very beautiful in its heyday. I can't believe it's still so cold up there! I hope you get some spring like air soon :)

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  20. I love reading your posts on the old barns or what is left. I too, imagine what was or what is. Down deep in the heart of this ole gal is a country girl who loves the country side and what came with it...Barns, fences, acres of nature etc. Thank you for bringing it to your blog....I think I'll go sit on my John Deere~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

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  21. I love, love the old sandstone foundation, what a beauty! :)

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  22. I like old barns too, and attempt to photograph them for future sketches or paintings.

    Thanks for visiting my blog via Inger's. Hope you'll visit again.

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  23. Don't send that cold this way! Yep, I love the stone in our barns...classic.

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  24. I've never been to an auction! I think I'd love it! :)

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  25. you found a great spot to sit and relax....the pink looks great with green john deer!!

    you make these auctions seem so exciting!!

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  26. B,

    I see you've found the best seat in the field to enjoy your apple and scenery.

    Auctions are so much fun, even if you just take pictures and not purchase a thing. I love being around all the different items and thinking about the history behind them all.

    I love the pictures you posted, thank you for sharing.

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  27. That old barn foundation would make the most wonderful herb garden! Maybe someone will think of that when they buy the farm. I love your description of your time there - the things you notice - your thoughts on life. I hope it warms up for you! We are very cool here, too. Wearing a jacket to go outside. xoxo

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  28. Hi B,
    That old barn still has such a lot of charm doesn't it. Something about rusted corrugated iron!
    Lol, I don't blame you for wandering away at the mention of ladders - oh dear I remember one of your posts quite clearly in that respect ;D)
    Your pink cadillac boots look gorgeous astride the tractor.
    Cheers now xx

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  29. Stay warm. It was 90 here yesterday. Good day to have those boots. I'm on my phone. No telling what it will link to! Sandra

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  30. Wishing you some sunshine. June is a little late to be dealing with the need for long johns. I'm with you on loving old barns. They can tell a good observer lot of stories even though they can't talk.

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  31. I too love old barn foundations...even if the rest of the barn is long gone.

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  32. i love the old rock walls too. hope things warm up for you soon. and stay relatively ladder free!

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  33. You must have been laying on the ground to get that great fence shot...loving it.

    Jen

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  34. I'm always sad when old buildings of any kind have to disappear, but I love that Mother Nature reclaims the land (at least for a little while.)

    A while back I did a post about the old hospital in our neighborhood that was torn down-well the grass is waist high there now-a lovely meadow:)

    You and your ladder stories make me smile so much, my dear B. xoxoxo

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  35. As I was reading this I realized we actually have an old barn , well I knew we have an old barn ,but I thought more about it as I read your post. I sometimesworry about the slight dip in the roof and the stone rock foundation but I love it's aged character and it is still safe .I think at one time it was once an old makeshift garage converted to a three stall barn. It has the oddest rafters...very quaint it is :)

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  36. If I could figure out how I would send you some of our heat. If I stay outside to long I would just melt away.

    Loving your photos and your writing..

    Hugs~

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  37. I love the pictures and I am becoming more and more curious about the ladder thing, I hope you will share pics when he is done

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  38. You made a beautiful series of this old barn B. Something old can be beautiful in its own way.
    I hope that someone makes a nice place of this ;-)

    Sincerest greetings from the Netherlands,
    DzjieDzjee

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  39. Beautiful shots of those old walls and gates!!!

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  40. somewhere, somehow i take comfort that you take up the slack for us who dont go to auctions as much as we should... LOL

    And you take such artistiky' photos with your angles - i could imagine you scrouching down in that tractor, getting your boots and the wheel into frame before you pressed the shutter LOL!!!

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