~Country Living~




The County Fair opens this week, just down the road from where we live.  In honor of this event, I thought it appropriate to share a few rural scenes from around our county.




Bright blue Chicory, growing beside an old barn.






A Quiz

I have read Country Living Magazine since the early 1980’s, almost from the first edition.  One of my favorite regular features is What is It? What is it Worth? 

I am including photos of two farm implements.  Do you know what they are?

I don’t need to know what they are worth. 

The two leaning against the brick wall are priceless. 

The other one is something  J remembers fondly, from a wedding, in which he was an usher.  Imagine, if you will, a much younger J, in a white sport coat. Perhaps he wore a pink carnation.  Remember that song?

The wedding party, including bride and groom, in all their beautiful wedding attire, sat upon a conveyance, like this one, as they were driven to the reception.  This was in a tiny village, not far from our town, many years before J and I met.





While you think about your answers, here are a few more photos.


Hoop Memories


Red Tail Hawk


Rose of Sharon

We were country, when country wasn’t cool.  We still love it.

I’m linking to Mosaic Monday, at Mary’s Little Red House.





S. Etole said...

Isn't "B" a manure spreader?

Kammy said...

Great post, Pat !
I love to "see" your part of the country through your eyes !
Thanks for sharing !
Hugs ~ Kammy

thestonerabbit said...

I don't know about B, but I think A is a seed planter. Bonnie and I had one we sold at one of our tag sales.

LOVE your "country" photos, Pat!! My country roots run deep, too! :) HOWEVER, I did not know that the blue flower was named Chicory!! Thanks for educating me!!

Hope you are having a great Sunday! L, Dana

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, great pics. Don't know what the tools are, but my hubby said the other is a manure spreader.

Linda Chapman said...

I so love Country Living as well!! When in Aberdeen, Scotland, recently I purchased a Country Living magazine in a local shop there. Country Living has grown by leaps and bounds! It was a little strange seeing all the Scottish conutryside featured...Love all your beautiful photos! Feel like I had an old fashioned Sunday afternoon drive out in the country!

Deb {Posted from} Home said...

Just home from a day in the country taking pics of some of my favourite things - horses, barns, wide open fields ♥ And Country Living has been one of my favourite magazines for many, many years (still subscribe) :-) Beautiful rural pics Pat - have fun at the Country Fair!

linda said...

Absolutely wonderful photos!

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh Pat. You've got me in tears. We're way down in Florida contemplating a move and I'm having such a hard time with it because my dreams are YOUR photos. Gorgeous post
xoxo Pattie

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, I've just got to come to your part of the country - it's so pretty and your photos are outstanding!! If these olden places could talk and tell us some stories. I'm not a country gal so I don't have a clue what these pieces are! :(
Yes, I love Ella too! I have some CDs of hers and her voice was wonderful!
Hope you've had a wonderful weekend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

I haven't a clue....but they are really cool!

I LOVE have pictured some wonderful ones.

9405018--Pat said...

Pat, your pictures wonderful....A seed planter...B manure form hubby country boy from warsaw...thanks for sharing...Pat H

Queenmothermamaw said...

Pat these would be prize winning photos if I were a judge. Ever send any to I have probably asked you this before. Great post.

Kris said...

What a beautiful post Pat! Your photos are breath taking and your subject matter, the best! This post made me go "Ah"! You're such a blessing to bring back the country and home life during a time when it was most memorable, safe and sound. Imagine how many are not exposed to this at all. You're "the best blogger" in my book! Thank you. Kris

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

I LOVE your photos, Pat! I haven't seen chicory in years. It grew everywhere when I was a little girl in the mountains! I have no clue on the tools! Can't wait to see what they are! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

BECKY said...

I just love your rural shots! Our hearts are country too!
Randy says A. is a seeder and B. is a manure spreader! A. looks like a jazzed up pogo stick to me!! HA!!

How hilarious for J and the wedding party to ride in on that!! Now that is what I'd call a country wedding!

Thanks for the fun!

salmagundi said...

Here are my guesses - the first one is a corn planter and the big hunk of machinery is a manure spreader. Love your country photos. Sally

xinex said...

Hi Pat! Your photography is fabulous as usual. I have no idea what A is but B looks somethhing like a tiller...Christine

Terri said...

Awesome post. So detailed and the photos are amazing. Are you using a new camera?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, I cheated. The first one is a seed spreader that you crank and throw seeds around. The second one is a manure spreader. I should know these things. My family owned farms.

Okay, is that conveyance a hay baler or a combine?

Loved this, Pat!


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I loved Elvis, too. I was crazy about all of his beach movies! I think we even did "Jailbird Rock" in a dance recital, but it wasn't our group doing it. I think my sister's group did it. I might be just dreaming this, though! LOL! ;-)

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

This is a beautiful post! I love the country, to me there is nothing better than a day exploring in the country! Thank you!!


Snap said...

Beautiful post, Pat. What is it about old barns and farm buildings that they make a *perfect* photo? Lovely....

Dishesdone said...

Fantastic post! You live in a beautiful county! How lucky you are to see such stunning sights!

A Garden of Threads said...

Wonderful pictures of country living, thanks for sharing them with us. Take care.

Mary said...

Pat, we have an implement very similar to the ones in picture A. My dad always told me that it was a corn seed planter. The other looks like maybe a manure spreader? I LOVE your hawk pictures -- wow what terrific captures! Thanks for sharing your talent at MM. :)

Barbara said...

I enjoyed your pictures so much. I especially like the barns. The farm implements are intriguing.

W.C.Camp said...

Oh my gosh what are they what are they? Very pretty pictures. W.C.C.

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

We live in a small community with that kind of agricultural scenes around us too. I love the country and would not want to look at high rises instead. Wonderful photos.

Traci said...

I've no idea what your treasures are, but I do love your wildflower mosaic! Fabulous barn, too!

Lavender Cottage said...

Even though we live in a pocket village in the middle of farm country, I never tire of watching the sheep and cattle in the fields.
Nothing better than buying eggs right from the farmer and my husband swears they taste so much better than the supermarket ones.
I was photographing antique tools yesterday but I couldn't guess what many of them would be for. The owner of a family owned nursery has been collecting the items for years.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Love your photos! Sorry no help on the equipment. I will guess A is a seed planter also.
Have a great week.

Dawn said...

This is absolutely wonderful! Just came across you and your blog- and it's lovely! Thank you for sharing...I may just peek in again:)

A Write Life said...

What a lovely post. Your images are sooo beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

Rosemary said...

Love that magazine too!
I always love what is it worth.
I have no idea what these things are, but your photos are lovely!!
So glad you came by my blog for a visit.
Have a lovely week!

bj said...

These photos are so amazing, I can't even find words. I do believe you've a new camera.? WOW...I would LOVE to be able to get pictures like this. They are wonderful...

I have NO idea about the quiz answers. I am, always have been, and always WILL be A CITY GIRL. :))

Great post, Pat.

Suzy said...

Beautiful post. Love the old barns!

Maggie B said...

Hi Pat,
It's been a while since I visited your backporch but I can see that your photography is just as stunning as ever.
The old barns and sheds are wonderful.
from my country life to yours,
best wishes

Sue said...

You have captured such beauty, Pat! I feel as if I have taken the trip to the country with you.
hugs, Sue

cityfarmer said...

I suppose it would've been best to be the first comment here ... lest you think I "copied"

... A.
... B.
manure spreader

I'm going to Indiana for a week ... WITH the Canon!
my great grandpa's barn deserves a photo shoot

The Tablescaper said...

Such amazing photographs. It makes you feel like you are there.

- The Tablescaper

Susan said...

Your photos are incredible. You live in a slice of heaven. Thank you so very, very much for sharing these photos with us all. I love barns, I love country, and I miss it terrifically.

Hope your day is beautiful,

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Beautiful, Pat! I think the country is just gloriously beautiful. We're heading up to NC in a few weeks to my parents mountain house & I hope to get some great photos up there too. Lovely, your pics are!

I have no idea what those farm implements are.

Sheila said...

Love your country photos. I think "b" is a manure spreader. (I'm a country girl!)--We just got back from a car convention in Nashville, TN. I went to Franklin but it was scorching hot so I didn't do the walking tour of homes. Also went to Cheekwood & the Chihuly event. I needed you & your camera to capture the beauty!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Pat even though I've lived my entire life in urban Brooklyn, NY I have always had a subscription to Country Living Magazine, almost from the first issue! As children we visited my grandmother in rural Pennsylvania and I loved helping her in her large vegetable garden and fruit orchard, and feeding her chickens and gathering eggs. I have always felt I had a bit of country in me since.

Your photos are beautiful as always! I love the old red barns and vintage red tractor. I have Rose of Sharon bushes in my backyard!

Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, your photos of the barns are of great interest to me. Beautiful. I thought one was a seeder but a manure spreader?? Love the quiz. The country is beautiful in MO. I am imagine J riding to a wedding in that thing. LOL. Life was so easy going back then. modern equipment etc. is supposed to make our life easier. I don't think it has helped us when we lose the good old fashioned ways. However, production has really gained from all the latest inventions.

Enjoy your day.
Hugs, Jeanne

Crafty Gardener said...

Beautiful photos of the countryside aorund you.

Sharon said...

Those are such beautiful photos from your county.
I grow up in the city so I don't have a clue what A & B are.
If only those old buildings could talk what a tale they might have.

Meri said...

Love the Queen Anne's lace. Old barns are always beautiful, with the weathering and time-softened colors.

Mary Lou said...

Beautiful photos Pat. Looks like my home in Western KY.
A. manure spreader, I hope they cleaned it up before the wedding
B. seed planter, can on side holds water

Prior said...

Love your pics, like going on a nice country ride, the one of the
rose of sharon, looks like my house in the background...


Stephanie said...

It looks so very beautiful! Gorgeous everywhere I look! You really are an outstanding photographer.

clustres said...

Love your country photos and your "what are they?" treasures!

ellen b. said...

Hello Pat! What glorious photos. They are really great!!

Ebie said...

Cool photos of the barn! I don't know the answers but letter B should be a farm tractor! (Hahaha)

I love how the light play with your shots.

eileeninmd said...

Lovely photos, Your mosaic is just beautiful, I love the countryside photos. The old barns are awesome too.

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Somehow your photos just get more and more spectacular, Pat! You just have the "eye."

Brown English Muffin said...

There's nothing better than country living pictures!!!

Crystal said...

It's been so nice to meet you today, via The Little Red House. Your photos are wonderful. I hope someday we can visit this little corner of the world. I mentioned your blog on my post today. Looking forward to visiting often :)

Catherine Holman said...

A is a seed planter. I have one of those!