Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Iowa Heritage






On my trips back and forth from Sister's Garden, you might catch me driving erratic along the highway and back roads, whipping off the road at a moments notice, for that perfect depiction of Iowa living. I can't help but admire the beauty of the old barns that have been gently maintained through the harsh Northern seasons, careful not to take away the original charm of the buildings.

I'm not totally certain, but I think the quilt on the front of the barns, depict the hundred year status of the farm...I will have to check into that next trip, but how beautiful they are with the summer sun pulling their bright fabric into view.

So many barns are being razed due to impossible insurance rates charged to maintain their structure. So unfair, what it takes these days to preserve our history. I think only in the United States do we have to over-analyze everything to death, to line the pockets of the wealthy corporations at the expense of the hard working Americans. We don't deserve this abuse, but again, corporuption rules...how sad in such a beautiful land.

9 comments:

Roses and Lilacs said...

That is interesting. I've never seen quilt designs on barns. We did have a revival of old Pennsylvania Dutch Hex signs on barns many years ago but that too disappeared.

A friend of ours just donated her barn to the Midway Village Museum. Sad day when people wanting to see a barn will visit a museum to do so.
Marnie

Shab-n-Chic said...

Those barns are so awesome...I want to live in one!

white o'morn cottage said...

How lovely they are! I have never seen these before. thanks...Pam

vikki said...

being a farm girl ~ i just love, love, love, the barns! sooo sad to see so many in disrepair anymore. do not see many barns being built either! hugs, vikki ♥

Greyscale Territory said...

I am not a farm girl, but have a feeling that I should be. I love the textures and shapes of old barns and sheds. I am utterly amazed at your comments about insurance.

And a quilt hanging on a barn? I'd love to know the reason too! Great post!

timeworninteriors said...

I nominated you for the same award!
Theotherthersa

Gallery Juana said...

I had never seen barns with quilts on them. Being for California, the the Mid-west and back east are a different world to me.

I was also looking at your shadow shot sunday of the alligator (crocodile?). Glad I am seeing his as a photo:)

paisley said...

that is so cool... i have never seen anything like it... do find out what it is for and let us know...

only in america do we tear down that which was built to last forever and replace it with something that will fall apart in in a few decades......

Jeques said...

Sharon,

I could only dream to see all these beauty for now. I haven't been to a barn, I only read it in books and watch it only in movies. I always find the barn poetic, I always thought of it idyllic. Our farm in the Philippines always bring me waves and waves of nostalgia. The barn in this picture give me waves and waves of inspiration.

I hope I could visit one before commercialism make this lovely sites extinct.

I wish you well.

~ Jeques

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