This blog harks back to the country.
Farm fields. Barns. Silos. Horses. From the Thumb of Michigan. Late August.
My daughter and I were visiting my parents. We had just driven to Port Huron to watch the movie “The Help.” (Good reviews from blogger, in case you wondered.)
What you see, dear reader, is photos from that evening and the next day.
(I am actually going through photos right now. Tossing this, saving that. Deciding which might be worthwhile. Which might contain a story. Which might visit–shhhhh, don’t tell the photos–the Recycle Bin.)
These were taken during a visit with my parents in the fertile Thumb of Michigan. Where corn and beans and other crops rise from rich soil. Where farmers toil and produce good crops during a good year.
I hope this year is a good year for them.
My brother and his wife and family has a farm with horses in the Thumb. But it’s not a working farm, a farm which must produce or the family starves.
It’s a farm with a tractor and three horses.
It’s a hobby farm.
I like to visit it when we’re downstate and nuzzle the horses’ soft noses.
Yes. Aunt Kathy would like to visit the horses. So off we went. Click here if you didn’t read a more formal introduction to Keely’s horses from another recent visit.
What I remember most about the visit to the horses was the whiskers. (OK, OK, Aunt Kathy is a little strange, we know.) They were so beautiful up close.
I hope you enjoyed this “Country Edition” of the blog. Thanks for reading!
Beautiful! These photos make me want to go back to Michigan…. NOW!! 🙂
Can’t wait to see “The Help”, althought I’ll have to wait for it to come out on DVD. It’s already added to our Netflix queue.
Oh, yes, we love horse whiskers! Also Michigan barn, wherever we find them. My husband has a relative whose farm near Tawas features an old log barn. I’d love to make the trip again, just to see that barn.
These photographs seem so to say “America” to me from UK. Wonderful!
Wonderful pictures Kathy and I LOVED the horse whiskers. Also like The Help!
Great pictures! I love old barns… but I love horse whiskers even more. 😀 That last shot is awesome.
It may sound odd, but I love the scent of horses. And hay in the field. Thanks for triggering some memories.
Thank you, Kathy for allowing me to tag along on this visit to see the horses and barns and silos and fields. 🙂 Makes me want to pack up and move right now! You have no idea how much I long for a life like that! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
By the way…your niece is beautiful!
I grew up on a farm in southern Ohio and I live in the country now with lots and lots of orchards. Farms, but different from the corn and wheat and beans of my childhood. I get to see my homeland pretty frequently, but all the same I am a sucker for “country” pictures. Thanks for sharing yours.
They look so soft. those beautiful horse whiskers. And yes, I enjoyed this very much!
ooooooh love the whiskers! And of course always love a good barn picture…liked the light on the silo especially. Looks like a fun trip!
I do love the horse whiskers! I’m never close enough to horses to appreciate the whiskers, so I am glad you did it for us.
Gotta say… loved the horse’s whiskers. Did you give him a little something after the picture.
Loving all of it. Thank you 🙂
Oh, you have me itching to drive through the rural parts of my county to bask in the glow from barns and fields of grain. I have seen my share of horse whiskers. When my daughter would trim her horse’s whiskers, he’d make all kinds of funny faces.
Beautiful photos of beautiful scenes. Reminds me a lot of where I live now, in rural northeastern Ohio.
I like the horse whiskers too. 🙂
Thank you all for stopping by and enjoying the “country” of the Thumb of Michigan. Keely’s horse–I’m sure–was especially delighted with your visit and your admiration of his whiskers. 😉
P.S. Wolfrosebud, no–I did not give the horse anything to eat afterward. Keely led him into a new pasture to graze, so he enjoyed munching lots of tall grasses and appetizing flowers.
And this is part of what makes America beautiful! I’ve promised my momma a trip down country roads so she can take pictures of barns….you’ve got some lovely ones here :} I especially like the rosy silos!
Such a nice haul of pictures, Kathy – and I too love that photo of the horse whiskers, with the light behind them like that.
Thank you again everyone. The trip downstate to visit the barns and admire the horse whiskers (oh, yes, and to see my mom and dad) seems like it happened in a past lifetime. LOL! Something new every day…
I also often think that the old barns are disappearing way too quickly. In 40 years how many will be left?