Thursday, May 10, 2012

Barns of Northwest Wisconsin

 One of my favorite barns

Just about a mile up the road is this little white barn. I can't count how many times I've driven past that barn, and each time I enjoy its charm. See those heifers? Aren't they cute? And each time I go past that barn it makes me sad, for the north end of it is caving in, and it won't be long before the entire barn has collapsed. As I've mentioned in other posts about barns, our winters are harsh and our frost can go down as deep as eight feet in a severely cold winter. When springtime comes, those barns that haven't been occupied by cattle (that keep them warm,) suffer the heave and thaw of the ground beneath them, causing the structure to be compromised and then eventually, to collapse.

For some reason, the photo above seems like it should accompany a James Whitcomb Riley poem, like maybe 'The Raggedy Man.' (I'll have to put that in another post. It's one of my favorites!)


Doghouse for a cute little Springer Spaniel

I may just put some of these barn photos into a coffee table book so that years from now our great grandchildren can see what used to be a common feature on the landscape in NW Wisconsin.

If any of you have never visited a small dairy barn, I hope you'll do so before they're all gone. And if you have, I'd love to hear your reminiscences. :-)

P.S. Kevin's watching Nova, a program about 'supertwisters,' in the other room. I had to get out of there. There's only so much of that I can stand to watch!

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36 comments:

Yenta Mary said...

The old barns have so much character - they've lived lives, have stories to tell ....

Amy Burzese said...

Yes, I think the only place our kids will see barns is in a book. I'm with you. We have enough real action here with tornadoes. I don't have to watch others.

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

That is a beautiful barn, and you have a lovely shot of it...thank goodness someone cares about them.

It's hard to believe that one by one my most favourite barns are falling down...it's a real shame.

Take as many photos as you can, one day the landscape will have a big hole in it, and it will never be replaced.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

Eileen said...

It would be nice if it could be saved from collapse as it has such character.
We have English Heritage which sometimes steps in to save these old buildings.

Judy S. said...

We were all very sad when my Grandpa gave up his farm and sold it to a quarryiing company but his remaining years were a whole lot easier for him. Did you see the lion program before Nova?

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I love barns, too. =)

I don't blame you for needing a break from your hubby's show. It's hard to see too much of that type of thing.

EmptyNester said...

I absolutely love old barns! One way Hubs could get me to travel would be to tell me I was going to get to photograph old barns all across the country!

kathy b said...

I Love the charm of old barns too!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

Oh to live near barns. You are a lucky gal for sure.

Debra said...

I love barns! There is an old barn in the city where I met my husband that has an old 1920s advertisement painted on it. I love it so much.

BlueShell said...

Those barns are amazing! And I like your header!
BShell

Walking on Sunshine... said...

I love the curve of the barn! And yes, how sad it's going to be when it finally collapses. Hope you're having a good day!

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Love the picture, so quintesential Wisconsin! It has a different shape to it, a little unusual.
The only contact I have had with barns is the Annual Dairy Breakfasts. We went every year when I was little. Lots of good memories! Like getting stuck in the mud!

Eva Ason said...

That old barn is lovely - I love the shape of it.
Hope you're having a good day. Just home from work a while ago - and it's been a drizzly rainy day all day...need some sun and nice weather..

Eva

Rachel said...

Have I mentioned I love the barn pictures? :) I drive past some old barns going to my folks. I'm a nerd and like to think about what they were like 50/60/70 years ago and how much the land around them has changed!

:)

Candace said...

I think it's a wonderful idea to put these photos in a coffee table book to share with future generations. Your Wisconsin barns are so beautiful. I love them.

laurie said...

The pictures tell such a story...love old barns!

Carla said...

Old Barns are so special. I love to look at them and study the special features each has.

Vera said...

Love the barns! Have precious memories of my grand-father's old barn, it's still standing. Thanks for all your lovely pictures.

Ruth Kelly said...

It's a lovely old barn. About four blocks away, there is a neighbor who built a nice big red barn. Does he have animals? No. He uses it for a garage.

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

It's a shame about the barns as I think they are such glorious buildings. Hope the supertwister stays well away !!

Denise said...

Thanks for sharing.

Kaya said...

If I passed this barn i would photographed it also and perhaps so many times that eventually this barn would be tired of me.

This is a real wonderful treasure you found. And I love the cows standing by this barn. I hope that this charming and beautiful barn will never ever be gone.

Spectacular photographs!!!

Carletta said...

Love the shape of this old barn!
Really nice you were able to capture the cows and the feeder out front. Adds to the charm.
Sorry to here part of it is really to fall in.
Sadly wooden barns are becoming a thing of the past.

TexWisGirl said...

such a pretty roofline! thanks for sharing it while it still stands!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

There is so much charm to old barns. I hope this one is saved.

Nell at njschout said...

Old barns have such character compared to the new steel barns we see. Really like this one!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

great roof. lovely barn. so beautiful. ( :

Tanya said...

beautiful!! sad to think that future generations will only see barns in a book :(

Jori said...

This is so very charming. I love seeing the cows out front.

Rural Revival said...

So much beauty in these old barns, and so important to document them while we still can.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The shape of this barn is so unusual!It really is important that we get photos of all these old barns and appreciate their beauty! Happy holidays!

Margaret said...

Yes, a beaut! So sad she is so close to falling apart - one wouldn't know it from this angle.

Elaine said...

Lovely old barn and to bad that it's falling down. I really like that first photo. Nice work!

Tricia Hays said...

The barn is a beauty & I highly recommend making a book of barns in your area, I did & it turned out pretty good.

Thank you for joining! =)

Sally in WA said...

Great shots of this beauty.

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