Thursday, May 15, 2014

Good Fences, Cows, Rubbish, and Springtime FUN


Just down the road from us a piece, lie the remnants of an old culvert up against a fence. I have no idea why it's there, and perhaps it's going to be used in another location. On the other hand, perhaps  it's already in its final resting place. As you can see, it is finally springtime in NW Wisconsin. The grass is a bit greener than when I took the photo last week, and we've had rain and warmer temps. Still, because of the rain, it's been impossible for farmers to get back into the fields to finish the combining that didn't get finished last fall. There's a lot of standing corn in our area.




 This photo reminds me of the practicality of the homeowner and farmer in our area. The post needs support. Why not use the tree - it's not going anywhere. Brilliant. Makes total sense to me.


Check out that wicked looking barbed wire and the white insulator resting against the concrete silo stave.  At one time there had been horses fenced in there (near our silo), and the silo was as good a place as any to attach wire and an insulator. There again, silo made a very stable 'post.'


 Part of the old horse pen fence



Look at those hungry heifers. Looks like a pretty sturdy couple of gates and fence keep things where they belong.  In another month, those dead-looking trees will be totally leafed out and the contrast between the deciduous trees and the dark evergreens will be, once again, 'udderly' spectacular.

Come visit Wisconsin. We have great forests and amazing cheese!

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SPRINGTIME FUN

Our grandson, testing out his fireman wellies in the mud puddles
Remember those days?

I told my daughter that I was glad she lets him get dirty.
She said, 'Nothing that a bath and washing machine can't fix.'
So I told her please DON'T put him in the washing machine!
She said not to worry, she was using Free & Clear liquid detergent ;-)

(Yes, we have these ridiculous conversations often!)


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55 comments:

Tracey Steele@Breathing English Air said...

I hope you show us the trees when they are looking 'udderly' spectacular!
Nothing beats puddle jumping in new wellies.

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Judy I love the great variety of fences you have shown us in this post and of course that last shots is priceless.

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

I love the fences and the farm "rubbish". I would like to join your grandson in the puddles, too!

TexWisGirl said...

thanks for the great fences, the perfect wisconsin views, and the laughs. now, reminds me, i need to add wis. cheese to my grocery list! thanks! :)

and thanks for linking in!

Maggie Ann said...

I loved that one sentence you used.....'it makes perfect sense to me' that shoe often fits me too...lol. and its a favorite shoe, also. have a nice day! (loved that shot of your grandson, both feet off the ground)

Terri D. said...

Good for her, letting that boy be a boy!! (Letting a child be a child!)

Love your photos, as always! It feels like I have been there!

Eileen said...

Your grandson is very happy jumping in the puddles, your daughter is spot on, a mucky child is a happy child.

georgettesullins said...

Love the way you think - the practicality of a tree and other things serving as a fence post - the conversation with your daughter - yes, "It makes perfect sense to me," too. :)

vintage grey said...

Looks so lovely there! And, how fun to jump in puddles! I would do the same. ;) He's too cute! xo Heather

Stephanie said...

What fabulous photos, Judy! You make a "simple" thing look beautiful :)

Enjoy the upcoming weekend! Hugs

L. D. said...

I enjoy the farm scenes. The white insulators fascinate me as they are intended for electric fence. They leave them behind and incorporate them into the barbed wire one.

Debby Ray said...

I love all of these! Nothing like simple and uncomplicated!

Dicky Bird said...

I love the pictures. Those "fixes" make sense to me too. We had lots of standing corn - most has been able to get off the fields over the past week. Lots of plows and discs out too. Blessings from Ringle

bailey-road.com said...

Love the cute little puddle splasher!

RobinfromCA said...

I love all the innovative fencing solutions! My uncle was a wheat farmer in eastern Washington and he used to say that a great farmer has a little luck and a lot of ingenuity. Your pictures have proven that to be true!

Your grandson is adorable! My daughter is of the same philosophy - dirt is fine, it washes off!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Yeap!! I'm with you!! Let 'em get good and dirty!! A little dirt never hurts anyone! Nice looking fences too!

Karen said...

A great variety of fences. Your grandie is adorable!

Carla from The River said...

Sweet boots! They make them so fun nowadays. :-)

Raggedy Creations said...

lovely fence pictures. Looks like your grandson had great fun.

Anita Johnson said...

That puddle picture is a winner with me too! We are finally green down south here! (o; What a change! Now if it would warm up!

DeniseinVA said...

I love your daughter's attitude, your conversation made me chuckle. Sweet little grandson you have there and I have thoroughly enjoyed all your photos. Thank you :)

Paulette said...

Beautiful photos of farmland, and your grandson.

Midwest to Midlands said...

Hey I really enjoyed your farm pictures. I had no idea there was corn left in the field from last year. I love Wisconsin, all of it, having lived in Green Bay at one time and many visits to the state.

eileeninmd said...

Great farm and fence scenes! And I love the puddle jumper, he is so cute! Enjoy your day!

Roan said...

I almost forgot about insulators. Haven't seen any of those in a long time. Nice shots!

Debbie said...

great fences and little boys and puddles....well they just go together!! i never met a little one who did not love a good puddle!!

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Susie said...

Love the photos. The little one in the puddles is too cute. Once my mom let my g.son play in a pile of dirt at her house...the dirtiest I had ever seen him...he had to have two baths, back to back. :) My mom laughed about that forever. xoxo,Susie

September Violets said...

Hi Judy, I've popped over to see you after you left a comment on my blog. I figured I read a couple of posts here, but ended up reading much, much more!! Thoroughly enjoyed myself and am now following along. Our trees have just starting filling in this week ... I feel like it's been years since we saw green!! Love the puddle jumper ;) Wendy x

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Love that last photo! Those boots are cool!

Brian King said...

Love the cornfield photo! It reminds me of the cornfields in Michigan.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love that picture of your grand son. Your daughter needs to put the washing machine on low tumble dry, though, it'd be safer ;)

Suzan Sweatman said...

I just love the stories that accompany the photos !
The one of the fence being held by the tree reminded me of the Christmas trees my family used to hook up to the wall for support LOL
Love the little one in his wellies too ( we used to call them billy boots - wonder where that name came from )
XOXO

Lana Wallpe said...

WOW! 1.) I LOVE your pictures! You have always taken the best pictures, but somehow you have found another trick to make them even better. 2.) Oh my gosh! You all still have corn out in the fields?!?!?! YIKES! We were able to finish planting our corn, sprayed all the bean fields, and planted a small bean field in back of the house before getting hit with over 3 inches. The weather guys say it might not be over yet....sigh....I did see the sun shine a bit today, and I'm going to focus on those moments.

Bossy Betty said...

l love those pictures of fences and nothing beats a good mud puddle too! I would be in there jumping with him!

Carola Bartz said...

I love the practicality you showed us in your pictures. How fun! And makes a lot of sense to me as well.

I was in Wisconsin in 2007 during our coast-to-coast trip. The cheese indeed is very good. It was very hot, though, 101F and VERY humid.

Primitive Stars said...

Love the post, beautiful scenery, Francine.

Denise said...

Your grandson is so precious.

Jacquelineand.... said...

I'd be right in that puddle with your grandson!
I used to send the kids out with orders not to come back in the house until they were filthy from tip to toe. Funny how they'd grin from ear to ear, lol.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

What a precious photo of your grandson! :D

Great fences and 'rubbish'!

Thanks for visiting and commenting on my fences.

~Lindy

Deborah Montgomery said...

Beautiful photos and great scenery. Your grandson looks like a perfect joy, and yes, it's good to let them play!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I love the photo of the fence post in the corn field! And the little one in the mud puddle is so cute. He's having fun!

Karen S. said...

Your kitty cat in your arms is just precious. It's like she's ready to jump down and say hello! I am here for Good Fences, what lovely photos!

marilyn said...

Gee...I really enjoyed this post ... I remember old barbed wire/electric fence insulators....and so glad to know some parents still let their kids have real fun.

Stephanie said...

I enjoyed viewing your various fence shots and the wee lad about to go through those puddles, so cute!

Cheryl said...

Another fine tour of Wisconsin countryside! And you gotta love the practicality of those farmers!

A little boy splashing through puddles...priceless!

Cheryl said...

Another fine tour of Wisconsin countryside! And you gotta love the practicality of those farmers!

A little boy splashing through puddles...priceless!

jeannettestgermain said...

You're right that support for the fence is practical!

Weekend-Windup said...

Fences are good but the places are dry! Active grandson!

Alica said...

You're right...it takes good fences to keep hungry heifers in their place. I can identify! :)

Ida said...

Great post. Not only did you show fences but parts of fences that you normally wouldn't think to photograph. I liked the one with the white insulator. Can't wait to see the trees after they leaf out. Super cute photo of your grandson and the mud puddle. I like silly conversations like that.

EG CameraGirl said...

I love all your shots, especially the first with the old culvert.

Pamela Gordon said...

Wonderful old rubbish in your photos. Except for your grandson. How sweet is that!!

pattisjarrett said...

Love the sense of humor, and that your daughter lets her boy be a boy. :)

Heide at ApronHistory said...

Oh how we use to love a good mud puddle! We had a huge one at the top of our driveway, it would keep us busy for days. The joys of a Wisconsin Spring!!

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