Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Historic Barns Quest Complete

 The first barn on the Historic Barn Tour is this cobblestone constructed barn rarely seen in Washtenaw County. It was built in 1853, is a rectangular form with a front gable roof. The walls are hand split boulders and are 16 inches deep. Quoins (external angle of a wall) and doors and window lintels are composed of brick. It looks like this is no longer a working farm and certainly the barn is not in current use. I think the walls of this sturdy barn will stand for a very long time.
 Over the last few years I have visited and photographed all the barns on the Washtenaw County Historic Barn Tour with only this barn left out. I had a heck of a time finding it despite an address and a map. My GPS did not recognize the address and as you know country roads zig and zag all over the place. With some detective work I was able to locate the barn and it was well worth seeing. Of course, there was so much beautiful farm scenes along the way and I enjoyed myself very much. The Washtenaw County Historic Barn Tour has a website with descriptions, pictures and maps included. I know some of these barns are deteriorating and one has totally collapsed. They don't build barns like this anymore.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

All Decked Out.......

 The Village is all ready for Halloween....if you have never been to the Village at night for Halloween you are missing out. Follow the pumpkin lit walkways and they will lead you to all kinds of scary things.

 My friend Barb...she looks so cute!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Times Remembered

 Last year, at about this time, I went to Ohio to visit family and also spend several day on photo excursions. It was a wonderful trip with perfect weather, peak colors and fabulous scenery. Here are a few photos that I love.
 Mill Creek Park
Youngstown, Ohio

 Amish Country
New Wilmington, Pa.

McConnell's Mill State Park
Portersville, Pa.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Crack O' Dawn Coffee Club October

 When I first started going to COD about 5 or 6 years ago, it took until December to discover that this group walks no matter the weather.....snow, sleet, rain, fog and once we walked through a blizzard. So, this morning's little sprinkles were nothing and we marched on our way. I always bring a small plastic bag for my camera and my oldest gardening shoes for the walk. I wonder what the people think of us at the restaurant that we go to after because we look pretty wind blown. I love this group of people....every one. A great bunch!
 This morning, before we even left the nature center we ran into this Praying Mantis which we all oohed and awed over.

 Just a little color starting...those blazing Maples are the first.
 I think this is when we saw the Chimney that what Rita is waving at. She is an avid birder so maybe this is a secret signal. 

 Yep, she is up to something!
 Our trail leds us to the now dead favorite summertime place.
 We always stop here for some reason and since I always take a picture, I don't know what they are all looking at.
 I love this!
 My little pet
Another month gone by.