My nephew bought an acreage a few years ago and has been fixing up and remodeling the old farmhouse. His original intent was to move in and make it a home for him and his wife and their preschool-aged twins, Brody and Ella. We visited yesterday to view their progress and I had fun snapping a few pictures of the beautiful old barn situated there.
The twins were running around, laughing and playing in the sun, and I was dismayed to hear that my nephew and his wife have decided to sell the place instead. While their reasons for doing so are practical and sound, I was still saddened to think of how these beautiful young ones won’t enjoy a childhood growing up on this incredible spread of land.
I love the weathered look of this door and its rusty hinges. I wanted to explore the inside of the barn but wasn’t properly dressed for the occasion and can only hope they change their mind about living there so that one day I may be able to do just that.
Faithful friends and loyal followers know that I’m a fan of old barns and an enthusiastic promoter of the Iowa Barn Tour. Perusing my photo gallery for inspiration, I landed on this shot taken in the lower level of the first barn we ever toured back in the fall of 2013. It was situated on a farmstead that had been in the same family for 150 years and it was a stunner. Before then, I wasn’t even aware that barns had ‘walk-out’ basements.
From the stanchions, used to milk the cows that were herded into the lower level at the end of each day, to the storage cubby-hole to the wooden gate to the ‘old-timey’ design of the roof joists, the space here – bathed in the beautiful fall light streaming in that morning from the many ‘daylight’ windows of the basement perimeter, was both charming and mesmerizing: so much history and tradition and reminders of a much simpler time.
We learn the rope of life by untying its knots. ~ Jean Toomer