Monday, July 07, 2008

Monday Post #1

I've finally had a chance to do some shooting, so I have new photos! And I'm posting them!

You know the secret -- click on the photos to see the whole thing. What you see isn't what you get, necessarily.

These are from my weekend trip to see my aunt and uncle north of Kansas City, Mo. They are all at the family farm.

This was my grandparents' house. It is right across the road from my aunt and uncle. I realized tonight I didn't take a photo of their house. It's one my uncle built by hand. A mid-century modern 1950s house with a flat slanted roof.
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The farm has been sold to different farmers in the area since my aunt and uncle retired from farming. They owned the land (a LOT of land) with another uncle and his wife. The sale was so they could equitably split the estate. No one feels like things were done correctly, so they probably were.

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It was harvest time for the wheat while I was there. Combining:

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Sunday morning the farmer was raking the straw into windrows. Later he came through with the baler which gathered up the straw and bundled it into the great big round bales and then pooped them out of the back of the machine.
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The old dinner bell is a multi-generational relic. It really was used for decades to call the farm hands to dinner.
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My aunt's garden. It's small this year. Tomatoes, green beans, corn, onions and radishes.
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Please Farmer McGregor! Please don't throw me in that briar patch!
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Her flowers:
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Thanks for visiting with me. I didn't take my camera to the fireworks at the next tiny town over, but they were the BEST fireworks ever.

5 comments:

Kirsten said...

Yup, looks like Missouri! A college friend (we went to Truman State before the name change)lives in Platte City and I got to visit her in May, so I wasn't too far from your family.

Frenzied Feline said...

Makes me long for the days on the farm. (sigh) If it just wasn't so much work...! ;)

Trixie said...

No kidding Kirsten! My aunt and uncle live in Camden Point! (That's what, 9 miles up the road from Platte City.) I guess they are "Camden-Point adjacent" since they're on the farm. SMALL world! My family roots were in Platte City before the grandparents moved up to Camden Point -- had a great-aunt who lived there. The great-grandparents farmed near Platte City, and great-grandmother rode a horse to care for Jesse James' mother after the Pinkerton bombing of her home over in Kearney.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! Glad you had a good time. I had a wonderul visit to see friends in California and go back to Disneyland for the first time since 1965. I learned it has changed a little in 43 years.

JT

Jill of All Trades said...

Beautiful pics. I love these kinds with all the green, plants, flowers and land. Very relaxing and inviting.