Monday, 20 February 2012

A Drive in the Country

We took a little drive the other day and I just thought I would share with you a few of the photo's. One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures of old buildings and I am seriously considering making them into a coffee table book sometime in the distant future with descriptions of who homesteaded there. I just love to imagine who lived there and why the family isn't there now. I think often about how difficult it must have been for those first pioneers to settle this land. They dealt with such harsh conditions! Fridged temperatures in the winter, mosquitoes and fly infestations in the summer, disease and illness with no doctors anywhere close by. I've spoken to many an elderly person who lost children to diseases they couldn't name as there was no one to diagnose them. So, anytime I am driving anywhere and I see an old abandoned house or farm I can't help but wonder at the story behind it. Here is one old farmstead I couldn't pass up so with the owners permission I took some pictures. Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did taking them.

It's hard to figure out what this building was first used for. It's doubtful it was used for a residence although it might have been, at least for a while while the house was being built. It's likely it was used as a barn.

This garage and shed still had some items left in them. Harness equipment and a few odds and ends as well as an old kerosene egg incubator which I wish I had taken a picture of.

The logs they used to build with are not very large. The average width across is probably only about 4 to 5 inches. Can you imagine only having logs that width with mud packed in between for insulation at 30 below?

This little building interested me so I decided to walk over and take a closer look. It was actually a one room house. There was still an old bed against one wall and a cupboard and some chairs as well as other things strewn about. I'm wondering if it was the very fist home build on this quarter. How many people do you think first lived in it?

Some item inside. Not wanting to force the door open due to the snow I took these pictures through the open door. I had also only brought my large lens so was having difficulty taking any close up pictures!

An old wood stove tipped over and left. It must have been a beauty in its day. Love the color! Wonder what I will find on our next drive?

1 comment:

  1. I too would wonder about the hopes and dreams of those coming to settle the wild and wooly west. What did they give up to go out west? Did they come from Europe or from the east coast? Were they young and inexperienced or older and looking for a better life for their larger families? What made them move on?


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