Saturday, June 14, 2008

Visiting the Neighbors

Our family visited one of the closest homes to our own this evening. Our mission was to borrow some asparagus, but we came home emptyhanded.

We nearly brought home some rhubarb, but it wasn't quite ready to pick yet.

We tried knocking on the front door, but we were pretty sure that no one would answer.

Many, many of these houses dot the landscape in our "neighborhood." I am always fascinated by them. How did their occupants survive the winters? How long did it take them to build that house? Was it a family or just a bachelor who tried to make a go of it here?

Sometimes there are remnants of the former occupants of the house like clothing, books, shoes, or furniture. Other times there is just a dirt floor littered with the rubble of a fallen roof. Here we found, in addition to the rhubarb, an apple tree and a few other trees that were obviously introduced by a human hand. We were unable to find the asparagus that my husband had located on a previous trip.

Who were these neighbors from generations past? I'm not sure, but I do know that visits like these always make me feel fortunate to be back in my home where I don't have to light a fire in order to cook supper.


Sammi T. said...

I followed a link to you from, well I forget where I was, but I'm glad I found your blog. Beautiful photos! Lovely family. I envy you living in the country. Greatest place to raise a family. Lucky, lucky kids.

Julia in Sweden said...

I too have a fascination for old houses like that, an air of "Little house on the prarie" for me (the books, not the series). I Sweden you can also find abandoned cottages, barns, root cellars, you name it, and even though it's too risky to go inside I can't help but taking a little peek and see what has been left behind. I wonder the same things as you, who were they, how did they end up here, did they live well...?
Fantastic pictures as always, better luck with the aspargus next time!

threecollie said...

Wonderful post! I am unfailingly amazed by the conditions our predecessors dealt with. Around here you can see reproductions of the lean-tos the Adirondack fishing and hunting guides and hermits lived in...year round. I don't know how they managed.

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Ann from Montana said...

I'm another lover of those places, as well as very old barns. They always seem to have a story - even if my own "made up in my head" kind of story.

I envy you the fresh asparagus - a favorite of mine!

Jenny said...

I can't imagine living that way in such a cold climate. Your winters sound so harsh! Fun to explore, though.

Jenn said...

The pictures are beautiful! I love to look at old places like that as well and wonder who lived there and what was their life like. Hope you have a great day !

Dawn said...

You put to words exactly what I feel when I see abandoned homes. How fun that you have these places to explore so close to your home.

Can I come visit? ;-)

Blessings to you in your comfy, modern home!!!

Jessica said...

I too wonder that, although we don't have abandoned homesteads like that.

Especially when I'm having a bad day, I always wonder how my/Kevin's grandmother could have made it with no play date, no bloggy friends, no indoor plumbing!, no A/C and way more chores! I am SO not cut out to be a pioneer woman.

Bush Babe (of Granite Glen) said...

We have some similar old abodes around here... just last night I was thinking about blogging their history. You are a mind reader girl! Same but opposite sides of the world, eh?

Looks amazing... I am so cold sitting here in my modern-ish home with my mod-cons, that I wonder how they survived the winters. And how amazing that their plants go on longer than the people... you can see where people have lived around here even when there is no sign of a building. The bouganvillia keeps on keeping on.

Lovely post.

Pony Girl said...

That is really neat that you have access to those homes. I can just imagine the lives of the people that lived there. As one commentor mentioned, "Little House on the Prairie" (I was obsessed with those books!) My parents used to live on property where in the backwoods you'd find fences from old settlements. Never saw a house, though.

Anonymous said...

Neat.. I would love to explore them also..


Beth from the Funny Farm said...

This is a really great post. I love these kinds of old homes.

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