Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Barn Love...



No I'm not talking about Barnhouse, although, love those guys too! I'm talking about actual barns...







You see, one of the things I love about living in the Midwest, is the fact that there are these beautiful, old barns everywhere...





Often tucked in amongst the new construction homes and modern amenities of a busy community. Sometimes, seemingly all but forgotten...








All of these barns are minutes from my house...and no, I don't live in the middle of a corn field!





They are, what I think, to be a special part of living here in Illinois. I have often secretly dreamed of having property with a barn of my own...but I wouldn't use it for chickens or farm equipment...I'd use it to throw a good old-fashioned party! Maybe something like this...














{party photos from Country Living and Southern Living}


I guess for now I'll keep dreaming about my own barn, all the while appreciating the ones around me...



Tracey

22 comments:

Jackie said...

I love barns too - not a ton of them around where I live, sadly. Beautiful pictures!

Leah C said...

I dream of having a big old barn in my backyard, too. My husband & I love them! We recently drove through Pennsylvania and saw some wonderful old barns there:)

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hello Tracey, thank you for your kind comments on my post about All God's Creatures today... the important thing is, you did all you could to try to save that little bird's life... Your post today on barns is my favorite! I LOVE old barns and wish they would never get torn down...we have one close by us that we pass every day on our Nature walk, I photograph it in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter and am going to do a post soon on it and the changing seasons... I would love to see these barns by you in the autumn, I'll bet they are spectacular! Thanks for sharing...

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

I LOVE barns! On my "favorite things" list on my blog, barns is close to the top...right after family, faith, my boys and farms.

A Stitch In Thyme said...

That much is true about the midwest, there are a lot of barns. Some of them can be really breathtaking when you stop and daydream of who lived on the land so long ago.

Very nice picture.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Tracy, How delighted I was to have you visit The Vintage Nest. I don't have a barn but my neighbors do and I talked him into having a Barn party. That year I had grown a field of sunflowers and, just like in your photos, I decorated with hundreds of big happy fun sunflowers and hay bales. We had so much fun. Since then he has had several barn parties and they are always so fun. I hope you will visit often. ~ Lynn

Backyard Candle Co. said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Old barns ARE so cool! They have so much history. Great pics too!

Jeanneoli said...

I love old barns too! I would use it for parties and antique shows!!! Dream, dream, dream!!

June said...

Hi Tracey,
I love barns too! Here in Idaho we have a lot of old barns dotting the countryside. I grew up with a barn and have so many fond memories of playing in the loft and feeding the many animals my mother raised. I take pictures of every old barn I see too.
Smiles,
June

traci said...

love, love old barns. i always feel sad when i see a beautiful old barn that has been neglected for years. I always think, if that was mine, i would take good care of it.

Tara said...

Girl, your photos are great, I would love to have these barns so close to take an afternoon to putz around and take photo after photo...**Sigh**....here in CA we have New construction with new construction mixed in with hmm let's see new construction!! :) Can I come to your barn when you have that big ole party?? I'll bring the wine and cheese....

It' an Evolution said...

I love that red barn...someone has stolen the "drive through" sign...I really wanted it.
Hope you are doing well!
Janet

girllovesclothes said...

i'm actully on my way to take some pics of the kids at a barn i just found.
he he

Jill said...

i would SO have barn sales - all the time, or at least once a month!

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

I agree wholeheartedly! Beautiful, worn barns are a huge Midwest bonus! And that party pic w/ the sunflowers is drool-worthy.

shabbyscraps said...

ahh, sigh.....these barns are so beautiful..... would love to have one and have parties like the photos! Just gorgeous!
xoxo, Tiffay

the wild raspberry said...

old barns are so great...
a little piece of history right there in the fields.
you found some amazing photos!
chasity

paperhill said...

great photos! i too share your love of old barns. i love the pictures of the those parties! maybe someday when the kids are older :) thank you so much for visiting my blog. i'm so happy you are enjoying your necklace! take care. ~susan

Lissa said...

I love these old barn pics. The white one is calling my name!

koralee said...

I adore old barns as well...we have quiet a few around our farming community....i love the traditional red ones ..your barns are beautiful...thanks for sharing..oh and the last image with the flowers in the pretty tote is my favourite!!! So so pretty with the teacup!

Farmgirl Paints said...

LOVE this post. I am a barn freak. I hope that someday I will own my own piece of property with a beautiful barn. At least I have a view with one. I guess that will have to do. I'm originally from Illinois too.

Larissa said...

This is all so beautiful Tracey...I love it! I could have taken a pic of my parents barn for ya! ;)