Thursday, November 17, 2011

Derelict Veterans

Yesterday I showed you historical photos of a barn raising.  Today let's examine the other end of the spectrum.

I hate to see what has happened to Canadian agriculture in the past few years.  Most of the family farms that graced our countryside are now devoid of livestock.  The buildings that once kept cows and sheep cozy in the winter, stand gap-toothed and decrepit, victims of the ravages of time, most just waiting to crumble, not even deemed worthy of a decent burial.

The Daily Quest

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Answer to Yesterday's Puzzle: an ostentation of peacocks, a shrewdness of apes, a pitying of doves and a knot of toads  

Today's Puzzle:

What phrase is represented in the following Whatzit?

                                                        YOUR 1111 LIFE

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  1. Barns and sheds all with untold stories..I enjoyed the photos:)

  2. Great from an artistic point of view, but really sad when it represents the sucking dry of small farmers by big agribusiness. It is a way of life that is being destroyed, to say nothing of the land. Argh. Here I go on my soapbox!

  3. You should tag your posts so that if someone in India is searching for old barns, he might find you on page 1034 of Google search! :-)

  4. Some of the pictures look like the farm across the street from me. Sadly it is in a somewhat dilapidated condition.

  5. We've benefited from old barns. Some of the timbers used in our house came from barns in PA. Rather than falling down and decaying at least the timbers were recycled for another use. We also have some chestnut that came from the floor of an old church built in early 1700s in Maryland. When the church expanded in the 1980s they took out the old flooring beams and our timber framer purchased them. More recycling.

  6. These are really some pieces of work. They make great shots and for all of them you could make up a story.

  7. Wonderful barn photos! I'm glad we've spent money on our barn. It's sad to see so many falling into disrepair, or collapsing altogether. Those big new "cover-all" things are just UGLY.


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