Friday, March 25, 2011

Old Farm And Will It Ever Be Done?

This is an old abondoned farm that we pass 
when ever we head into the 
little Amish town not 
far from us.

I always feel sad as we drive by
and can't help but wonder what
it's STORY was.

I bet there were cows and chickens
and farm dogs and barn cats
and the wonderful sound of
children's laughter
in the air.

This old barn would have held
lots of hay and sheltered
many an animal 
I'm sure.

I wonder if there were once horses
pulling a plow in the

I'd like to think it was a happy
place where people had dreams
and looked forward to a happy future.


Well...we're still working on our one and
only bathroom here on the farm.

The vanity and sink are out.

This picture above was taken just after I 
took the curtain down that covered 
this ugly shelf thing. 
It served it's purpose though.

This is where the old black 
dresser sat Mr Fixit will 
build a built in cabinet in this space.
I'm still working on the design
but I think it will be much better than
the dresser.


We're actually further along than 
these pictures show.
Maybe by the end of the weekend we'll be done
but I'm not holding my breath ;)


And this is where our new sink
will sit....can't wait to 
see it in place.
I think you'll like it ;)

I know I will.

I'm hooking up with Amy over at
Verde Farm for 

I hope you'll hop on over and say Hi to Amy
and have fun visiting all the 
other Farm Friends
taking part.

Have a great weekend!

Maura :)


Kymberly Foster Seabolt said...

Love, love LOVE your abandoned farm photos. So beautiful and I always think the SAME thing. Abandoned houses make me sad.

I can see the vision on your bathroom. We have the same gig right down to the curtained shelves but I am a sucker for good beadboard so it's going to look fantastic!

Giga said...

Ze smutkiem się ogląda takie opuszczone domy. Jak jadę koło takich to się zastanawiam - co sie stało ? A Ciebie czeka jeszcze sporo pracy w swoim domu. Pozdrawiam

Sweet Homestead Alabama said...

I know how you feel, Maura. Hang in there... you're in the home stretch now! Blessings, Melissa

The Bear's Blog said...

Hi Maura,

Oh, the bathroom has so much old charm and character. It will be beautiful when you are finished.

Oh no, here comes trouble....

Hi Miss Maura,

Gee, it's been a long time since I talked with you - sorry about that. I just love your farm, in fact, I am available to spend the summer with you. Let me know, or "my people can call your people"....giggle. (o:

Heaps of Hugs from both of us.


Kim said...

I bet it's going to be an amazing transformation! Love the beadboard ~ so farmhouse. Can't wait to see it finished.

Kim said...

And those old farms ~ it's so sad that people walk away from them and we work so hard to create one.

Amy Lagerquist said...

I pass by an abandoned farm every week, too, and wonder what its story was and what will happen to it. I'm fascinated by barn styles and wonder about what the big, square barn was used for. It's the only original building left on the property and the fields are full of daisies in summer (poor fertility), but I do hope someone buys it and does something wonderful (and not too "modern") with it!

GardenofDaisies said...

The bathroom is going to be wonderful when it's complete! I love beadboard!
That old farm would make an interesting place for artists to sketch.

Kath said...

Our bathroom is still not tiled or even plastered. Bits of masonry and brick fall off into the water when I take a bath LOL
Looking forward to seeing your progress.

Muffy's Marks said...

Love the pictures of the old farmstead. Wonder what happened to cause them to all walk away.

Your bathroom has all the signs of a great beginning. Isn't it inconvienent with out the bathroom sink. There's just something wierd about brushing teeth in a kitchen sink. Good luck with the remodel.

Toni aka irishlas said...

Such a sad sight, that old farm. If barnwood could talk I bet it would have a lot of tales to tell.

The bathroom is coming along great! I love the beadboard. Can't wait to see it once it's completed.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Scrappy Grams said...

We had beadboard in our upstairs bathroom in our home in the country. We furnished it quite inexpensively through the generosity of our middle son for our old pedestal sink, and his friend who had a claw-footed tub in his basement he wanted to get rid of. We bought the toilet and accessories. Nice, eh?
We didn't farm, but we were surrounded by fields. ~sigh~

Michaele said...

You are doing a wonderful job. Can't wait to see it when it is done.

Red Gate Farm said...

The abandoned farmstead is so sad! It seems such a shame that someone doesn't want places like this any more and they just fade away.

And on a much happier note, your bathroom is going to be fabulous! I love that you are putting beadboard on the ceiling too! My front porch is enclosed and has the original beadboard ceiling (and light fixture) which I love! Cannot wait to see it all finished. But I have to ask, from a single bathroom that also needs to be remodeled household, what are you doing for a bathroom in the meantime?

Enjoy the weekend,

Gunda said...

ny hubby and I are looking for a little farm....and then I saw your pics. It is so sad.
Your bathroom will be awesome.
Hav a great weekend
Hugs Gunda

Sunray Gardening said...

I know how anxious you are to finish up. You'll be done before you know it and then everything feels so wonderful.
Goldenray Yorkies

Anonymous said...

We to have a couple of abandoned farms near us and hubby and I always wonder what the story is.

I can hardly wait to see the your new exciting! Our old farmhouse only had 1 bathroom when we moved here, we lucked out by having an empty storage room right above our exsisting bathroom, so plumbing was easy.... After 3 years living here we added an upstairs bathroom, which is great when company comes!

Larkrise garden girl said...

Hi Maura, What a pretty name. I love your pictures of the old farm. There is a story in that old farm for sure. Cheri

Joy said...

the bathroom is coming along... looking good. I know it's exciting. will check back for updates.

Pondside said...

I just know that it is going to be gorgeous!

from my front porch... said...

We have so many places around here just like that! Usually the family member has died off and someone inherited the property and just lets it sit. (or rot...)So sad, isn't it.

Cannot wait to see your bathroom finished! Last night a firend stopped by because he and J are getting ready to re-do ours! Not lookinf forward to sharing a BR with J. Ha!!

I am having a giveaway, Maura! Come by :)
xo, misha

Beatnheart said...

Beautiful song to go with sad abandoned farm. Your right Maura...what ever become of the people and all the hard work they put into their place.. It is a sad thing. Wish I could rescue it. Love your progress...

Mary Ann said...

I love old houses and farms... what great pictures...

Rural Revival said...

It is so sad to see farms fall into disrepair, but as long as there is a visible trace of them, they're still with us. It's once they're gone completely, I wonder how future generations will be able to appreciate what once was.

Looking forward to seeing your bathroom redo all wrapped up. I know it will be a treat! : )


CHERI said...

Just found your blog through APPLESTONE COTTGAGE. Can't wait to check it out! We just finished a bathroom redo...what a headache! Love the old farm pictures. I often see old homes and wonder what their story is. What happened to the family who lived there? Why didn't someone take care of the place? What happy memories lie inside? Good luck on finishing up your bath...I'll have to come back and check it out.

Anonymous said...

The old farm pictures are just wonderful! I love the snowy look (although I am ready for spring). Glad you're making progress on your bathroom.


Windy Meadows Farm said...

I love old farmhouses too...I wonder about the families that lived there. It makes me a bit sad. If they're close to the road, I'll even take a quick peek around inside, if it's safe. And on the bathroom...yay! That's on my wish list for this year too once the kids are out of! Can't wait to see how yours is progressing! -Mary

Oz Girl said...

I know, it always makes me sad when I see abandoned farm/homesteads in the country. And I wonder about their past lives too. Just last week I discovered a "new" abandoned farm home only a few miles from us, this due to part of our road being closed and our having to detour. At least being forced to take the detour takes me down new roads. :)

And I know I'm going to love your bathroom when it's done, esp because I just love beadboard!! Can't wait to see your pics later! I can imagine just how excited you are and how happy you will be when it's done.

deborah said...

It is good to have stopped by and see your wonderful blog. I love the post about the abandoned farmsteads... just last week I was on a looooonnnnng drive to Wyoming and saw many throughout the midwest and I am filled with wonder when I see them. I wonder who lived there, what their ancestors went through to get to that place and where their great grandchildren are now and what they are doing. I see history and legacy when I see those farms... they had to have come from a line of hard working, tenacious, and determined people to have survived those days. Fascinating. Inspiring. Wonder.
great post!
{the white chair}


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