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A Virginia Farm, Part One

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Country roads wound through toy train villages and finally onto a gravel road which ended at a cheerful buttercream 220 year old farmhouse with its welcoming blue doors and resident dogs wagging around.  I hopped out of the car and just let my surroundings soak in.
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A high wind whistled through the tops of the trees and sent the clouds rolling across the sky which was framed on all sides by mountains.  The tinkling (like chimes) of a stream tripping over ice and roots sent music into the air and the scent of woodsmoke seeped into my skin.  I was in heaven…. absolute heaven.
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I was soon greeted by R. and M.  I have always loved R., the daughter of Linda and Tom (who I wrote about here and here), for her gentle spirit and authentic self.  Unlike so many people one meets in this life, R. is simply and completely… well… R.  She’s not struggling to morph into the PTA president, June Cleaver, or a Eminem-listening soccer mom.  She does not live outside of herself.
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We took a tour of the farm with the snow crunching beneath our boots and wide smiles on our faces.  The farm looked like an Andrew Wyeth painting come to life.  I could just see the brush strokes carving out trees, buildings, and leaning fence posts with their shadows dancing out over the snowy hills.

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R. and M. transformed the upstairs of the barn into a stage and concert space.  Light trickled through the wide boards and highlighted the rugs which appeared lonely without instruments and the rhythmic tap of a musician’s toe.
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Serving as tour guide extraordinaire, she showed me each outbuilding with Vanna White arm gestures and graciously pointed out interesting details while I snapped pictures and imagined everything in sepia tones.
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The farm had quite a collection of outbuildings: spring house, summer kitchen, chicken house, garden shed, etc.  On a side note: I adore outbuildings.  In fact, I claimed several of the outbuildings as my very own while touring the farm.  I reserve the right to move into any of of them at any time (except perhaps the chicken house… because it might be occupied by laying hens).  R. & M., consider yourself warned.
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Anyone else adore outbuildings?

The tour will have to continue in another post.  We have egg collecting to do here on our own small farm and I’ve been typing & reminiscing for quite some time now.  I hope you are enjoying the Winter Odyssey.  Thank you for your patience with the posts because I’ve been a bit under the weather of late and blogging has been rather low on the list (if you know what I mean).

 

  • Rosa - What a splendidi house! Lovely place!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - It really was splendid. Like the scene of so many plays, books, and movies. The house is about 200 years old.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi there,
    Oh I just adore the last building with the old stone chimney.Oh how I wish I was there to see it personally. Those buildings stir up something in me fierce like and now for days I will be thinking of this place. How very fortunate to have been there Lacy….

    Sorry to hear you are ill. Please get better soon as this thing seems to drag on and on. This would be a good time to have a warm blanketand a hot toddy and just sit by the window and remiss….Love AlwaysReplyCancel

  • YD - What a beautiful place!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Isn’t that chimney amazing, Marlene?!? I loved it on sight! If you click on that photo, you’ll be taken to my Flickr page and you can see all the photos from the Strasburg portion of the trip. You’ll love the old barn exploration — beams, wonderful light & shadows, and terrific textures. Enjoy!

    Actually, here’s a link:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30646800@N07/sets/72157623210742916/

    Love,
    LacyReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Yeongshe, thank you! I had such fun their! It was so peaceful and perfect!

    How are you, my friend?ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - Lovely!!!! I adore outbuildings…want a room mate? 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Too perfect. Truly. Someone should set up an easel and go to town. In the spring though. I can’t abide by the cold temps.

    I hope you are healing up. I worry about you.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Julie! How wonderful to see that you, too, felt that the Stewart-Matheny farm needed to be captured on canvas or perhaps some dry brush watercolor (as Andrew Wyeth would have done).

    I’m recovering nicely. Scouts honor!ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Kristine! I need to give you your survival seed kit!!ReplyCancel

  • warren - Holy moley I love big barns! I could imagine a little jam session in the barn…very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - Hello All,

    We’re told the house was built in 1790. I’m not sure what part was…like all old places, it was added onto and “improved” by every generation that lived here. It’s of note that the barn survived the civil war (few did regionally), in spite on being in the middle of the Battle of Fishers’ Hill (it was used as a hospital). We’ve just lived here three years and I’m still learning about the history. In any event, it’s a nice place to be.

    All of that said, I want to make it known that the events we have here are really Mark’s brainchildren. Yes, I do support them and may help a good deal, but he’s the mind and the muscle behind it!

    I think the most I contributed towards buiding the barn stage was toting sandwiches to the builder! ; )

    For those interested in Mark’s diverse music events and happenings, soundquiltmusicfestival.com is the place to keep tabs on. Many events are advertised on JamBase, and through other internet means. Walnutt.net has Mark’s most current musical creations.

    We had a great visit, walking and chatting with Katy and Lacy.

    Hope you’re feeling better, Lacy!ReplyCancel

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  • The Cotton Wife - These are beautiful photos!

    I also love outbuildings and wish we had more of them. I am outbuilding-greedy you might say.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Ooooo…. I like it. You should so totally claim the rights to “outbuilding-greedy”! It has a good ring to it. You know, one I can relate to! Jenifer, you are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Simple Livin' gal - Oh yes, and thank you for the compliment! You know that I adore your photography so praise from you (and Rosa — Have you seen her blog and photos? — WOW) is especially meaningful!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - I love out buildings too. Beautiful place!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - I love buildings too. Most of the pictures in my house, especially the ones I have cross stitched and the ones I have painted are of houses or buildings. I share your passion and a few other passions of yours too.ReplyCancel

  • mark - Looks like home to me, because it is I guess. Funny how any place I ever go has the same effect on people. A scene is what you make of it.ReplyCancel

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