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Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Barn Collective

We took a drive on a partly cloudy, partly sunny, partly rainy day - up Hiway 9.  We only got part way and ran into detour after detour and finally headed home.  We also hit two traffic jams on the freeway - accidents glogged the roads until traffic was backed up for miles.  Fortunately we got off the freeway and took the back roads - and then ran into the detours.  But we did see some barns - mostly run down and abandoned.  I was disappointed in the condition surrounding some of them.
 This one was in fairly good condition - interesting how many of the old barns still have the tv antennas - even though there is no air tv in this area.
 This barn had lots of trash sitting around
But a pretty patch of asters in the grass
 Roof is sagging, walls are falling down
 I have tried and tried to figure out what this sign says - but it is too far gone
 This one was not quite as rusted - but going that way
 These farm buildings are in great condition - painted and well cared for.  The barn in the front seems to not be used for livestock.  Across the road is a Hazelnut Orchard, and I think this is the processing area for the nuts.  I couldn't find a sign saying anything about the nut trees.
 The silos are still there, from when the farm had cattle, probably dairy cattle, as that was the main industry on ranches here for years and years.
 The original barn - probably used for storage now.
 A lovely old barn - but no longer in use.
And another that has seen better days.

It was a lovely ride, and then a stop at our favorite Mexican Restaurant for an early dinner.  The heavy rain and wind held off until we got home - then all fury broke loose and we had one humdinger of a storm all night and into today.  


Tom said...

Wow, where do I start? Quite the collection this week! I surely like the second from the last barn. Unlike anything that I would see around here. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you still something in reserve for next week. Tom The Backroads Traveller

Marigene said...

Another batch of great old barns! I love next to the last one...looks like there might be 3 floors...I used to love to go up into our old hayloft on a summer afternoon and read. I had an old sleeping bag I used to lay one a couple bales of hay! I would itch the rest of the day...

Rose said...

Oh, my goodness....what a wonderful group of barns. Each one more heart appealing than the last. I doubt you can imagine how sincere I am.

Kay said...

Those blue barns with the silos give me hope we're not going to lose all of them. The others are such a sad sight!
It sounds like you've got much stormier weather than we've had. Nothing overnight here and a couple hours of rain late today (just in time to stop our evening walk). Gale force winds were predicted but nothing's hit...yet, at least.

Maggie said...

They are all fascinating and so different from anything we see over here.

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, wonderful collection of barns. And I like the pretty Asters. I heard about a bad storm with hurricane winds in the PNW, it sounded awful. Great photos! Have a happy day and new week ahead!

VioletSky said...

The blue barns are a nice colour - and so different from the usual red, green or white that we usually see.

J said...

Just sad to see the old ones falling apart - that's all a part of our rural heritage that will never come back. What a fun afternoon of exploring you had!

Carla said...

Nice barns. Love all the pictures.