August 11, 2009

I Love Barns...

We're in Wisconsin!!! Thanks to my Wisconsin blogger friend, Christine E., (and a few others) who apparently put in a good word with the man upstairs, the weather was absolutely perfect to greet two weary Florida travelers. The first time we got out of the car in Wisconsin, even Kes was jumping around like a little puppersnapper! I had a great time with my camera after I put my crochet hook away. Let me explain.

I'm sure I haven't shared this tidbit with you before, but simply put, I love barns! I have this almost primal reaction when I see them, and upon entering them, they inspire an emotion in me that I can't really put into words. When I try to explain it to someone, I almost choke up. That's how strongly I feel about them. Their shape, their color, the light coming in through the boards, the memories of animals long gone...everything. Yup, even the smell - empty or not.

Everything about barns has captured my soul since I was a child. In fact, my brothers and sisters all felt that at some point in my life I would find one, renovate it and then move in. I never even noticed that, on childhood family trips, I would always point out farm buildings and barns. I now know all these years later, that I was transfixed by these buildings. Maybe in a previous life, if one believes in those things...

So, on this trip, as we rolled through Wisconsin (at 60-70 miles an hour), Handsome drove and I snapped photographs. I took pictures of barns, farms and wind generators. I was - as we say around our house - in hog heaven.

I've made today's mosaic a link to all the photographs I took that I deemed worthy to keep. You can understand that oncoming semis blocking a particularly lovely building and blurry photos would not make the cut. I'd love to know if you feel the same way I do about barns. Perhaps you can explain it better than I can.
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  1. Yipppeeeeee... You are in Wisconsin! I love love your barns! Hope you had a safe and enjoyable trip. Have fun, I am certain you will!


  2. I love barns to ..I come from the land of barns in the midwest..never been to wiscosin thou...looks beautiful the mosaic...thanks for stopping by my blog today and the nice compliments...

  3. Oh my gosh, me too! In fact I have a barn. I loved going out on a cold Michigan evening, tying in all the horses, filling feed pans with grain and throwing sweet smelling hay out. Then settling back and listening to them chomp their way through the grain, watching their breathe in the cold evening air. I miss that, times change. Thanks for the rememberance Donna.

  4. You remind me of myself. When we're traveling, I say to my kids, 'Oh, I love that barn or Look at that beautiful old barn'. I don't think they get it, but I grew up with barns and I think they're charming. Twyla

  5. "I LIKE BIG BARNS AND I CANNOT LIE...." - Sorry, I had to.
    Love Jessica

  6. Oh I love barns too. I am collecting some photo's too for a Mosaic sometime. Thanks for sharing.
    Have a wonderful trip.

  7. I am doing a puzzle with my new friend, it is a country side with a famhouse and a HUGE barn! Thought of you!

    Hope you are having a GR8 time!

  8. Donna, I'm so glad you made it to WI safe and sound. Yes! Barns are fantastic. I love the mosaic you created. I usually am driving, so I haven't been able to get any barn snaps, but I'm thinking that may have to be a weekend photo session this fall.


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