The mystique of old buildings … barns

One of the purposes – other than to be in air conditioning – of our recent day trip was to look for old buildings. I am fascinated by them. If only we knew the stories they could tell.

We traveled through the countryside west and north of St. Cloud, Minnesota. This area is quite rural with numerous farmsteads. Many of the ‘out-buildings’ (often called accessory buildings, such as barns and sheds) are in a state of decay. Still, there is a sense of beauty in their sagging roofs, open spaces and missing boards.

I must note that I really  have no idea – other than very generally – where these buildings are located.

This building appears to be mostly empty. Note the small window in the center – perhaps looking out from a loft area. Imagine children playing in that loft – hiding from the outside world, telling stories and having fun. Imagine a tractor or other farm equipment parked in the end bays. 

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The barn below appears to still function. While weathered and worn, with only hints of its previous red glory, the barn stands tall, straight and majestic. 

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The barn and silo below have seen there last useful days. Now lying in a pile of rubble, they unfortunately reflect the status of many rural barns. 

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The barn below, though tattered and torn, is standing tall – as are the other out-buildings and still functions for farming purposes. 

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My next blog will feature an abandoned farmstead.

 

Related blogs: 

https://carolynlbraun.com/2016/08/22/a-peek-through-time-continued/

https://carolynlbraun.com/2016/05/19/a-peek-through-time-the-mystique-of-abandoned-homes/

Thanks for reading. I hope you will return. 

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A quick side trip … Munsinger Clemens Gardens

Heading pic Munsteinger gardens.jpgTwo weeks ago, we went on a day trip, traveling to about twenty cities west and north of our house. Our first (surprise) stop that day was Munsinger Clemens Garden, located on the east side of St. Cloud, Minnesota, across from the campus of the University of Minnesota – St. Cloud (one of my alma maters). (For more information on the gardens, click HERE.)

Although early in the season, the gardens were still beautiful. We arrived mid-morning. The air was humid – with a promise of very warm afternoon temperatures. Although still a little unsteady from my recent medical adventures, where there are flowers, I must go. I managed to slowly wander around a very small portion of the Clemons Garden, which was established in the 1990’s and covers about seven acres.  This is what I found … Munsteinger Gardens collage 1.jpg

. . .  spectacular color everywhere I looked …

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. . .  the serene setting of the fountain …

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. . .  more and more color everywhere.

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If you ever have a chance to visit the gardens, please do. It is well worth the effort. You can spend many joyful hours there – sitting and relaxing, taking photos, or just wandering around.

Thanks for reading. I hope you will come again.

 

 

 

 

Just off the freeway … cheese and breeze

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On our way home from the Herrshner’s Warehouse Sale (in Stevens Point, Wis.), we stopped in Thorp, Wisconsin – in search of cheese curds. The cheese store is at the Penterman Farm, whose cows provide the milk for the Marieke Gouda cheese that is served and sold on the site.

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030e.jpgThe site is much more than a farm and a cheese store. You can book or take a self-guided tour of the farm. On their web page, it states that the cheese is made within five hours of milking. Check it out HERE

There are children’s activities  … such as the self propelled go-karts and vehicles or you can jump and jump and jump …

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051e.jpgYou can have lunch or dinner, either inside or outside …

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Outside was absolutely beautiful … with a nice breeze, under a bright orange umbrella …

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And the food was wonderful and priced very affordably. And, of course, included cheese curds …

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And you can shop for gifts and cheese products.

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The back area where they keep the freshly made cheese

Or you can people watch … I would guess there is an Amish community nearby.

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How can you pass up dill pickle flavored chap stick?

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If you happen to be in the area, I highly recommend a visit.

Thanks for reading! I hope you return. 

Silly Milli … part hunter, part naughty

Another episode of the adventures of Silly Milli B … 

Silly Milli seems to get longer every day. She used to fit on my desk, in front of the keyboard. I used to be able to pick her up with one hand; no more. Now I am lucky if I can pick her up with two hands – mostly because she is so crazy – always wanting to be petted, or to be ‘fighting and biting dog.’

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Silly Milli is also sneaky. When I am at my computer, I often slip off my Sketcher shoes. The other night, I decided to go outside for a bit so I reached, with my feet, to put my shoes back on – but, they were nowhere to be seen. After a few minutes of wondering ‘what the heck,’ I checked Milli’s bed. Guess what! There I found both shoes. Luckily she didn’t have them for long. She has managed to chew up several shoes or sandals. Fortunately for us, they were ones we no longer wear.

Milli’s new trick is to chase chipmunks. At first she was scared of them; actually, she was scared of most anything that moved. Now – likely because she is bigger – she chases them. As you may know, we have lots of chipmunks. We used to feed them peanuts and sunflower seeds. However, last year they buried them all over our yard so we have a ‘bumpy yard’ – which makes for an interesting time when mowing the grass. This year they are surviving on the seeds from the maple tree.

Milli generally spots the chipmunks at the end of the deck or on the sidewalk. She stands at attention for a bit – and then off she goes. The chipmunks are pretty quick, though, and get away easily. And there are times when the chipmunks are within a few feet of Milli and she simply ignores them.

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Our present from Milli last week – a  mouse that she tortured until it was dead.

Milli also does not like it when we put her flea and tick treatment on her back. We both had to hold her last time – but I got the worst of it. (See picture below.) Now we need to take her to have her nails trimmed …

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Thanks for reading about Silly Milli. I’m sure she will have more adventures. ! I hope you return.