Monday, December 8, 2014

Wisconsin Barns, Good Fences, and Vintage Machinery

Barns, Silo, and Corn Crib
NE of Barron

A blogger friend just notified me that my Word Verification is ON. I checked my settings and it is set to 'no.' I just redid the setting to make sure that word verification is not on, and yet when I come to this post, I see that it is still on. Something is overriding my settings. Is anyone else having trouble with this? We all hate word verification, so if someone can give me any pointers, it would be appreciated. I'm beginning to think we have Blogger gremlins out there. Weird stuff happening last week also.

Now, on to the post:

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. We sure did. Three grandkids accompanied us to a performance of Amahl and the Night Visitors by the Minnesota Ballet and the Minnesota Chorale at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. What fun! I'll have photos later in the week.

I did manage to get a few new barn pics this weekend, but the sun didn't cooperate. The temperature isn't bad for December (mid 30s F., warmer than the past couple weeks) but that means melting snow bringing on hazy skies. It's a damp cold, the kind that makes me realize that there's no way I would want to live near water or in England on a permanent basis. I don't mind the cold as much when there's bright sunshine - and we do usually get a lot of that in the winter. See? I'm already cultivating a better attitude toward winter. It's that reminder of the golden thread story (Synopsis here).


This fence belongs to 'neighbors' north of Barron. After years of use, it looks like it could use a little stabilizing, and I don't know if it could deter any determined livestock, but it does make a nice photo op for me.


That's not frosted shredded wheat. Those hay bales on the hilltop are getting the brunt of all the wind and snow that comes their way. It certainly looks like bleak midwinter, but winter doesn't technically arrive for another two weeks!


Is anyone in need of an old, horse-drawn digger? Mr. C. tells me that he thinks it's from the turn of the century or shortly thereafter (1900- 1920s?)

As I'm writing this, the wind chimes on the porch are nearly lulling me to sleep. The tones are deep and mellow. I hope our little Christmas tree on the porch is still standing when the wind dies down. It's tied to rafters as well as being anchored to the floor by a beastly heavy cast iron tree stand.

I can't believe that the first week of December is already over. I've got to dig out lights and decorations tomorrow and make this place look like Christmas.


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Although I usually forget to do it, there is a chance that this post will be linked to one or more of these great linky parties:  Amaze Me Monday and Inspiration Monday and Mosaic Monday and The Barn Collective and    Treasure Box Tuesday and Vintage Bliss Tuesday and KatheWithAnE and Rubbish Tuesday and Our World Tuesday and Tuesdays at our Home and Tuesday with a Twist and  Knick of Time Tuesday (vintage)  and   Tweak it Tuesday and Vintage Inspiration Wednesday and Ivy and Elephants Wednesday and Adorned From Above  and Artsy Corner Thursday and  All Things With Purpose and Home & Garden Thursday and Good Fences on Thursdays and  Time Travel Thursday and Freedom Fridays and Vintage Inspiration Friday and Saturday's Critters

45 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

I always thought that, if you put a head on equipment like that, it would resemble some vast prehistoric insect...

".E." Lizard Breath Speaks, Beth said...

i love my wind chimes. they are so pretty. i would love some of the big church sounding kind ... but i think the hubby thinks i am nuts. he does not like them like i do. we have been having lots of wind this weekend. very loud. all during our sleep time. ( :

Pamela Gordon said...

I love the barn photo. I wonder if the roof will hold for another winter of snow. It looks as if it could cave in soon. Nice fence and I like the old machinery. Where did that first week of December go?! Have fun decorating.

Theresa said...

Beautiful pictures! Love seeing the snow:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

Linda Kay said...

Hi, Judy. I think everyone still leaves these fences for us bloggers to get pictures of them! This is beautiful in the snow. And the hay bales (frosted mini wheats) are wonderful. Have a great day.

NanaDiana said...

When I was little my Dad still worked with a pair of plow horses. I can remember a digger similar to this one sitting in a shed after dad got a tractor. He was so proud of those horses.

Great pictures here, Judy, and I hear you about the weather. It is really damp here by the water and because we are waterside we get more lake effect snow usually.

Have a great day- xo Diana

ps. Did you know you have word verification on? This is the 2nd one now and I still can't tell what the numbers are they are so blurred. Every blog I have visited this morning has had word verifier on- I wonder if someone "up top" changes some major settings?

Felicia said...

love your barn image Judy and that fence is a keeper. the old piece of equipment sure is neat too.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Going to the ballet sounds so wonderful! It's been a long time since I got dressed up and with someplace like that. But I would love it! Your photos are amazing my friend! A winter wonderland! Holiday hugs, Diane

Bethany Carson said...

Lovely fence! I enjoyed all your photos!

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love the fence and the weathered barn, beautiful. Blessings Francine.

Diane said...

Love the pictures even if the skies are hazy! We've been having warmer temps this month than we had in Nov too-- crazy! Yes, I've noticed other blogs have word verification this morning that normally do not. What's going on?? BTW, laughed at your shredded wheat reference.

TexWisGirl said...

word ver. is on almost every blog i've visited today. grrr... blogger/google...

love the old fence row and the 'frosted mini wheats'. :)

Mike @ A Bit About Britain said...

I'm way behind visiting blogs...somehow loved your shot of the fence, but don't know why. Yes, blogger gremlins are at work. Sounds like you had a great weekend, notwithstanding the cold. We had our first flurry of snow today, but it didn't settle and now it's a lovely, bluesky day. As for frosted shredded wheat, I just KNEW that everything's so much bigger over there..! Just off to prove I'm not a robot...exterminate...

Nancy Shuman said...

Love the photos, as always, and those hay bales actually made me shiver! But in a good way (can one shiver in a good way?... I guess I can, because I much prefer cool weather); they make a beautifully stark scene of clean white winter.

Nancy Shuman said...

Love the photos, as always, and those hay bales actually made me shiver! But in a good way (can one shiver in a good way?... I guess I can, because I much prefer cool weather); they make a beautifully stark scene of clean white winter.

Nancy Shuman said...

Love the photos, as always, and those hay bales actually made me shiver! But in a good way (can one shiver in a good way?... I guess I can, because I much prefer cool weather); they make a beautifully stark scene of clean white winter.

Tom said...

Waving roof I'd say. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Nancy said...

I've experienced the blog gremlins, too. It's maddening!

Sure glad that the snow is hanging around your area and NOT mine. I've never been a fan of the white stuff and dislike it even more as I age. ;o). Thankfully, a chinook wind blasted through here last week and melted all the white stuff in the valley. I'm a happy camper!

Dee said...

The barn has a face....it is a great barn....makes me want to get out and back road wander...seeing your snow reminds me this is what my back roads will be like soon. The fence has a lot of character and made a nice photo for you. Stay warm :)

Missy George said...

I noticed this morning that a lot of us have word verification on..I hate it as well.Can't get rid of it..I'll bet Google or Blogger did it...

Arlene Grimm said...

Very pretty!! And as to fixing anything on the computer...I am helpless. HOpe you find out what the bug is!! If it helps any, another blog I read is doing the same thing!!

Ginny said...

Yes, your pictures are bleak. But they also have a certain beauty, almost reminiscent of Norman Rockwell. Blogger is putting it's own comment moderation on everyone's blog, it is automatic. It is on mine now too. There have been just terrible SPAM comments getting through, and I hope this solves them. It really isn't too hard to read...not like the old ones that were so frustrating.

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Yep living near the Lake is as good as living in England! It is chilly, cold and gloomy gloomy gloomy. That is why I love wool! :) Nothing better to keep the damp cold away.
Hope you get some sun this week, I don't think we have any hope....

L. D. said...

Being a farm boy I really enjoy seeing all of these photos. A lot of my blogger friends also have verification on. Mine is too and I can't make it go away. I bet it will be corrected soon. The company has messed up again.

Doreen@househoneys said...

Such lovely photos! Almost makes me like winter ;).

I'm on Wordpress, but now my pin it button isn't working. It's always something!

Cheryl said...

First of all, what is up with the word verification stuff? It's everywhere! I suppose we'll just have to prove we're not robots for a few days until somebody fixes whatever's broken. Good grief.

What fun to have some grands accompany you to the opera! Good times!

I love your "shredded wheat" shot! :)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I have read several blogs tonight saying the same thing about word verification. My problem that has been going on for quite a long time is that I type out my comment, hit publish and it doesn't publish.
I like your photos and the one of the hay bales does remind me of the cereal!
I'll be back in a day or two to order some soap. If I can just make up my mind which ones I want! They all sound wonderful.

Lady Linda said...

Love you pictures. Sounds like a fun weekend to me. It's so warm here...no snow for us. It's been so strange.

Tanya Breese said...

beautiful photos and i just love windchimes! yes, the word verification has been on every blog i've visited yesterday and today...it's probably on mine too...hopefully they get it worked out!

Amy Burzese said...

It looks soooo wintery there, no matter what the calender says. I really like that contraption. Wish I could have it. Thanks for linking up this week!

EG CameraGirl said...

Wonderful old digger there!

Dawna Motz said...

Stopping in from the Collective Barn hop,,,love the white beauty you have taken some shots of. Wonder if it will hold up for another season of snow . Thanks for sharing!

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, I don't have word verification on either, yet sometimes I will see it on my blog and others. I can't figure it out either, Judy.

Your snow is glorious and I love looking at pictures of it. Have you heard of all the rain we are getting in California? It's suppose to really rain hard on Wednesday.

~Sheri

LV said...

I enjoyed your post very much. You are no alone on blogging issues. Everyone has them. Trust blogger fixes it.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I have to tell you we do get a lot of rain and damp weather at this time of year, but for me driving close to the sea to go to work makes up for it! I've noticed word verification everywhere this week, so I guess there's a problem with Blogger. It seems to be mostly on blogs where you live the comments in a different window than the post, tough... I'm investigating!

pattisjarrett said...

That does resemble frosted shredded wheat--too funny. That much snow is not funny, however. The barn appears to have the "bends."

Marie said...

I think blogger is over-riding everyone's blogs and putting Word Verification on whether we want it or not! Love your photos! Beautiful barn and fence especially but every shot is awesome! Love that you went to the ballet with the kids...that used to be a huge part of our lives.

Lynne said...

Amazing all the snow you have . . . we have NONE and a green Christmas is predicted . . .
(The Word Verification glitch is driving me bonkers! On some, not others. I can bypass it but WHY is it there!)

Jean | Delightful Repast said...

Hi Judy ~ About the word verification you didn't sign up for: it's something Blogger is doing automatically now, temporarily, I think, in order to cut down on spam. I was very annoyed at first, but then I actually read a reason that made me okay with it. Unfortunately, I promptly forgot what that was! :D

Margaret Adamson said...

HI Judy don't worry about the word things as nearly everyone's blog today I visited had it on - A blogger/Google glitch. however you can by pass it and just click publish as before. Love the snow on the bales of wheat in the hill.

Georgette Sullins said...

The snow drifts are amazing. We get individual snowflakes and the kids hope they stick.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Judy, I think we all have the same problem with the word verification.. Your country scenes and snow look beautiful. Lovely images.. I also love the sounds of wind chimes, they are relaxing.. Enjoy your evening!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Hi judy! I'm loving that farm, with all the essential buildings ... Silos are so neat, I don't see them very often these days. And the shredded wheat hay bales! My kids said that's what they looked like when we were traveling with them years ago. And one of them added that the bale would probably taste as good;))!

Ida said...

Some nice snowy scenes there. The barn shot was lovely and so was that fence. I do hope your winds weren't to bad. We had 2 full days of high winds here and boy were we glad when they died down.

Michelle F said...

I love wind chimes.
We had (3) on our porch til one broke.
Hubby is going to try to repair it.
Many years ago my dad made me one.
But, after our big move I have not seen it.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Stay warm!

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