Monday, June 19, 2017

barn moments, part 2 of the second visit

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         I have returned from Indiana -- home today after a whole week away -- and now I get to share the rest of the photos from that overcast afternoon in Jonathan's barn.  They are partly a record, partly intriguing, and partly just visually interesting to me. 
         At the same time, I'm eager to see what progress has been made while I've been gone. 

refiguring the posts, one by one

homemade plow handles

lumber to be reused

the new side to replace the weathered side

And nearby is Annie and Jean's root cellar, with over 50 years of use.
   Two final photos for tonight, 1) a view of where some neighbors live, and 2) my granddaughter -- unsolicited -- making like a Minnie Adkins rooster outside the Kentucky Folk Art Center in Morehead, Kentucky.

        Note: When I can, I have decided to add a grandchild photo to every post, as a kind of acknowledgement of the next generation -- for whom we should be making the world better, every day.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I can't help myself: more barn photos!

post #339
     This week I went back to the barn build -- with my good camera -- when the light was not full of sun and shadow -- when no one was there (just the two dogs) -- when I could look around and see what I'd see. I will have an equal number of photos next week as well. It was so much fun! A photographer's playground!

The setting, from the curve in the road, with house and hay and the big barn, June 2017

 brand new trusses on the west side -- where the weather had totally worn them down over the years.

gate storage, for later

looking from within hrough to the garden that is beside the barn

more garden growth

Former tobacco sticks are used for a great variety of building tasks,

like garden poles and stashing.

local lumber drying

tall photographer (who is also standing on a block of wood), under barn becoming shorter, to be repurposed for stock instead of tobacco
the porch, and that wonderful maple tree and water for the dogs
So then back home, where evening soon arrived and was amazing. 
       Next week, more barn bits, more beauty, and my Sideway Gallery will reopen the following week!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

recent photos of clouds, a barn rebuild, and flowers in northwestern North Carolina

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       Three weeks since my photo class ended! Summer has arrived! I took a brief road trip through 4 states when a friend from Indiana, Rachel, drove to North Carolina to pick up her daughter at the Arthur Morgan School; she picked me up, too, en route [see Garden Flowers and Ice Cream!] Now that the class has been over for 3 weeks, I finally had time to stop by to check out the enormous barn redo that my neighbor Jonathan has been doing -- lowering the roof to make the barn last another several decades, replacing some rotting posts, etc. (This project is in addition to both his full time job at the Little Sandy Correctional Complex state prison and the care of his own goats and fields and family!) And, in May, there were some spectacular skies around here, though I only recorded them one time.

Flowers, first in the garden and then Mountain Laurel while walking along the road: 

Mountain Laurel

Can you tell this used to be a tobacco barn? It will now be used for live stock, including horses.

Jean's garden

-- more barn and garden photos from here soon --
 And now the sky, over time, one evening, from Sideway Gallery:

OOPS, I almost forgot the ice cream, from The Ice Cream Deck, in Burnsville, NC:

Rachel's nephew, Adrian, ate the whole thing! including the beautiful scoop of blueberry kale!

     To end, I want to share a beginning -- this morning -- the first lily from this bed of lilies outside my front door.... I do nothing, and they come up every year. In these unsettled times, this is reassuring.