Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Barns of NW Wisconsin - Neighbor Bill's Barn

Neighbor Bill's Barn

I'd never taken a photo of the north end of this barn, so after our 12+ inches of snow over the weekend, I decided to walk to the end of our driveway and get this shot, while the pine boughs are laden with new snow.

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Remember the projects I mentioned yesterday? Well, they're still waiting for me. I ended up ripping out 10 rows of knitting and starting again. I've realized that what keeps me knitting when I'd rather set it down, is realizing how much more I'd have done if I'd kept at it.  (That is a terrible sentence, isn't it!)

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I hear that the cast of Downton Abbey is going to be on the TODAY show this morning, so I'll watch that segment then turn off the TV and get to work... I mean it!

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Bunny in Flight

BTW, As I approached Neighbor Bill's driveway, I saw a bunny sitting very still. I turned my camera on him and this is what I got. :-)

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P.S. Just a note as to why so many of these wonderful barns are falling to ruin: 

Unfortunately, those old barns are mostly seen as a liability - both in the sense of being potentially dangerous and in the fact that taxes continue to be levied on all structures, whether or not they're being used (and that includes silos). Any barn in this climate, unless it is heated throughout the winter, will eventually fall into disrepair. When the barns contained herds of warm-bodied cows, that wasn't a problem. But when the cows are gone,  in this harsh climate, we get deep frost (as deep as almost 8 feet, historically) and the annual thawing and heaving of the ground, which destroys the foundations (which is another reason the great abbeys and castles of England wouldn't have survived in NW Wisconsin). Unfortunately, the barn you see in this photo is among those just waiting its time. In this economy especially, very few people can afford to put their money into a barn project. :-(( Sad, but true. But at least I'm getting photos with which to remember them.

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45 comments:

Angie Ouellette-Tower said...

Totally stunning picture - I love it!
Thanks
Angie
godsgrowinggarden.com

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

That first picture would make a lovely Christmas card.

Eileen said...

Beautiful photo. I feel sorry for the bunny running through the snow!
I know what you mean with the knitting :-)

Jutta said...

This is so beautiful! Love your bunny shot too :-)

Kristen said...

Beautiful photo! Aren't we all just so excited for Downton Abbey again?

Mulberry Whisper said...

Beautiful photo! We are longing for snow, too - my daughter is dreaming of playing snowballs!

Maggie Ann said...

Judy, I love that shot of the barn...its fantastic!

Paulette said...

Your photo would make an awesome Christmas card, just beautiful.

Sandra said...

that is a gorgeous barn photo. the photo and the barn and the snow.. cute bunny hop

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Such a christmasy picture! Beautiful!

Terri D. said...

That photo is worthy of a nice frame! Just beautiful! Great action shot of the rabbit, too!!

Joe and I have become addicted to Downton Abbey. We're nearly done with season one, on Netflix. Hope we can find season two!!

suzyq said...

Oh Judy you're such an incredible photographer - that should be blown up and framed - it's just gorgeous!!!
I LOVE Downton Abby - can't wait for it to start again next month!!!
Hugs,
Suzan

J_on_tour said...

Great photograph with the foreground subject in as well. So pleased you captured that because by the look of it, it might not be standing this time next year.

Tammy Chrzan said...

Beautiful... I love seeing snow and old buildings...

Denise said...

Awesomely beautiful.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The barn is beautiful and I love that sweet bun bun! Enjoy your day! Wish I had watched the Today show this morning!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

great shots. i love the snow. that bunny is too cute. an action shot indeed. love the barn. so beautiful in the snow. do you have others during other seasons. i would love to see them if you do. oh, i just saw a comment about using it for a Christmas Card i so agree. too cool!! ( :

Ellie VanCaster said...

You take wonderful photos and catching that bunny is an extra bonus for the day.
Love bunnies in the snow.

Ruth Kelly said...

That rabbit did not wants its picture taken.

debra said...

Snow lovely snow! :)

Mama Hen said...

I love barns and you know my daughter loves barns and all the wonderful animals in them. This is a beautiful picture! I want snow! I hope it will snow before Christmas. I hope you are well! have a great night!

Mama Hen

Chatty Crone said...

The barn is soooooo pretty in the snow and I love the bunny running. You got some good photos today.

Rose Hascall said...

Cool picture. Thanks for sharing.

Diane said...

I agree will all the above comments; your barn photo is fabulous! Really! Better than most cards and calendars out there. Publishers, take note!! Thanks for dropping by my blog too.

linda bowton said...

there are few things more beautiful than God's covering of pure white ... so clean and refreshing!! it accentuates even the grays in nature!!
^)^ linda

Deborah said...

Beautiful...I want that photo to make a greeting card!! You really are talented in so many ways my friend. :-)

Joyce said...

What a lovely photo-that barn shot could be a Christmas Card

Lana Wallpe said...

You had 12 inches of snow? Seriously? I am so craving the white stuff! Still on my crazy chaoti life pace, and snow would be a blessing to slow it all down. I have to start watching Downton Abbey, but that takes precious time too. Come on snow!

Carla said...

Hi Judy,
You make me laugh so much. I just love you! LOL

Have a good weekend.

Jenn said...

Love your barn pictures... actually, love most of the pictures you post here. You've got a good eye :)

Ladies Holiday said...

Old barns are so enchanting- its like they have a story to tell! The leaping bunny is a great luck shot! May you have much more of it in the coming year.

Thank you for linking up on the Photo Friday Blog Hop- we hope to see you next week :)

Ladies Holiday said...

Old barns are so enchanting- its like they have a story to tell! The leaping bunny is a great luck shot! May you have much more of it in the coming year.

Thank you for linking up on the Photo Friday Blog Hop- we hope to see you next week :)

Susy said...

Great photo. Old barns like that are like folk art. Sad to see them go.

Marie said...

I can speak to barns. The tired old barns make me weep. There is no way people can afford to maintain them.

We bought our place 15 years ago and spent about $6,000 on the house and more like $40,000 on simply propping up the barn. We absolutely love it, but it certainly needs more love these days!

Thank you for sharing Bill's!

DEBRAW said...

Chirstmas Card barn! :)

Claudia said...

It's beautiful, even in its disrepair. I love old barns but am saddened to see them decline.

Thanks so much for joining in this week!

xo
Claudia

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Your neighbors barn is beautiful in the snow! I am a lover of barns and have been taking lots of photos to remember them by.
Visiting from The Country Farm Home and am your newest follower.

Ruby and Arthur said...

Love your barn in winter photo! The bunny one is so funny! Merry Christmas, Jean

The Farmers Daughter said...

Your snowy, winter barn should be on a Hallmark card! It is picture perfect. We so rarely get snow here--and never that much. It's the perfect post for Country Whites Weekend! Thanks so much for joining us in our first party! It's great having you there!
Farmhouse Christmas Hugs,
Dru

Pamela Gordon said...

That is a really beautiful barn photo. I love old barns and country scenes. I found it interesting what you said about the reason barns are torn down. Sad but true. Pamela

Old Time Cindy said...

Love this! I have a thing for old barns. I see such beauty in them. Thank you for joining in on our Country Whites Weekend!
Farmhouse Holiday Hugs,
Cindy

Jann Olson said...

Oh how I love that picture of the barn! Especially the bit of red remains. I have a barn behind my home and to the W. Sadly it is in the same situation. My hubbies grandparents farm and barn in ID was sold and bulldozed. It breaks my heart. My, how times have changed. Hubby and I vacationed in Door County 3 years ago and loved it. Are you in that area? I hopped over from the Weekend Whites party. Now following you.
Hugs,
Jann

Denise @ secondtimearoundfinds said...

I love old barns your neighbor's barn is great and with snow it's even better. All the best of the season.
Denise

The Farmers Daughter said...

Hi, Judy! And, Congratulations! You'll be featured Friday at The Country Farm Home and Old Time Farmhouse as one of the top three visited links at Country Whites Weekend! Be sure and grab a Featured button! Thanks so much for linking up!
Farmhouse Hugs,
Dru

Ann said...

The Farmers Daughter sent me over here to take a peek at your gorgeous picture. It would definately make a beautiful postcard or framed picture. Enjoyed your info on old barns too.
Ann

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