Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Trip To The Farm

Hi folks!

I've been away again... This time to have a tooth worked on, and we all know how miserable an idea that is...! Right?

So, I've been thinking that I've only shared with you my passion for playing with wire, making fabulous (as far as I'm concerned, anyway! :D) jewelry and our handmade findings and such. And, I decided I ought to share some of my other exploits with you in order to make things a little more interesting for you...

But more to my point...

My Mom and I have made a trip... or four... to our "family farm" in the last several weeks, and I wanted to share some of the photos, fun, and tales of our exploits with you. Here's a photo of my Mom leaning on a huge poplar tree that is only about HALFWAY up the side of the mountain!

Our farm is located in upper East Tennessee not far off the Clinch River. My Mom and Dad bought it when I was about 11 years old or so, and it truly is the most beautiful piece of property. I've spent many a good hour at that place, at one time or another, growing up. Since we all know that there are always going to be larger-than-life chaos moments; for me, the farm still manages to provide its own bit of solitude amidst all the craziness of the world.

When my sister, Leslie, and I were much, much younger than we are now, we used to love to go to the farm. We would play in the creek, run through the barn, climb up the ladder to the loft... We even braved the 55 degree water to swim in the spring-fed pond one time, until we saw the size of the snapping turtles that were in there with us! (Now, mind you, we didn't know they were in there with us when we were actually IN the water. We saw them afterwards, when we had already gotten out because our lips were turning blue! Nonetheless, it scared the bejeezus out of us when we saw them later!!!)

There's a little-house-on-the-prairie type house that in its day was probably a decent size for as primitive as it must have been when first built. It did eventually have electricity, so it was most definitely used up until some point in the 20th century. When we first got the farm (about 1977), the buildings were in much better shape than they are now, unfortunately. We had several bouts of nasty weather over the last few years, and each successive storm has little by little taken its toll. The barn is starting to slip now, and the poor farm house has had quite a bit of it's tin roof taken off by the wind. The barn suffered some of that fate as well, and is now slowly falling in on the back side. A very sad state of disrepair, to say the least... Here, look...

The barn:

The house:

As you can see, these poor buildings have seen better days. We're now worried about the prospect of NOT doing something about this before it gets any worse, and so we are looking for ideas on how best to save them. We've been thinking of selling them to someone who would like to dismantle them and take them off to either be rebuilt into something that will be taken care of, or maybe even to build furniture, etc. from... Who knows? One thing is for certain, though... They both have fabulous character, don't you think?
One other thing that is certain as well..? I love this place! It holds many fond memories for me...
Thanks for letting me share... See you soon!

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