Friday, October 3, 2008

Day 83 - Old well

I'm posting early today - actually took this photo yesterday when I went down to the barn. This is a hand dug well from the 1800s. The 'base' around it is huge flat rocks. When I was growing up this well was in a screened porch that opened onto the kitchen of my grandparents home (also from the 1800s). That was quite modern as they didn't have to actually go outside in the weather to get water. It was 'improved on' and at one time actually had a pump that would pump water to the "wash house".

The house and most of the outbuildings burned in the 1980s. It hadn't been lived in since the 1960s but held a special place in my heart. We always planned to renovate it and live in it ourselves. Vandals changed that plan. Chuck wanted to knock the rocks down and fill the well in - I just couldn't.... it's the last thing left connected to the house and while I'll never use if for water, I just can't let it go. The goats love laying on the stones next to the well.

That's the back of my house you can see in the distance.

I'll be traveling later today - I'm going to the dark side of the moon (California) to visit my son & his family. Hopefully I'll be able to post every day, but the travel days will be VERY long, so we'll see.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Day 82 - my old barn

Didn't realize how very old it looked till I took the photos. It was a great barn in it's day. Built around 1920 and not much care in the last 40 or so years, so I guess it's not too bad. Chuck did some work on it in the '90s, but it hasn't seen much since then. For it's age, it's really not in bad shape - some tlc would work wonders. The little gates in front are to keep the goats out - they have their own barn. There are huge wooden gates on the back that close it completely. Chuck always had "plans" to really 'fix it up'. It's basically some storage now and I keep hay in it.

I have fond memories of it as a child. Always such a fascinating place. There are four stalls on the right side, 2 on the left plus a large "corn crib". There is an upstairs on both sides.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Day 81 - Sail boat marina

I drive by this sailboat marina anytime I go into town. There haven't been many out on the lake lately. I think most of these owners live elsewhere and just come on the weekends - and I try to avoid going to town on the weekends.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 80 - Sno Biz

One sign says open - one sign says closed. It's actually closed.

It's at the end of the Piggly Wiggly parking lot and across the street from the Rec center & softball fields, so does a pretty good business in the summertime. Tiny little building.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Day 79 - Propane tanks

Had to go to the gas company this morning and was struck by all the bright shiny propane tanks - just ready for wintertime I guess. Mine at home isn't nearly that bright.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Day 78 - Chicken Houses

Alabama is chicken raising country - the above picture is just two of the many that are less than a mile from my house. They're big giant buildings - I couldn't get far enough away from them to even get the three that sit right together in the same photo.

In the hot summertime there are huge fans blowing in the front openings.

The bottom photo is the "poop barn" - it probably has another name, but that's what it is. When they clean out the barns (with a backhoe, bulldozer, or whatever) they can't just leave it sitting out in the 'open' like they used to. It has to be IN a barn - hence the poop barn. It's actually quite close to the chicken houses - just a little off to the right of the top photo.