Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Long Way Home

Alas, my holiday break is just about over and early tomorrow morning the alarm clock will trumpet a call that I do not yearn to hear. But, I have truly enjoyed my time off from work being able to read, watch movies, relax, and spend time with my family.
My daughter and I drove to Smalltownland on Friday to run some much needed errands before the school week is upon us. When we were finished I decided to take the long way home, much to the chagrin of my daughter. By the way she was sighing one would have thought she might expire at any given moment.
All of these shots were taken out the window of my car and they are straight out of the camera. This is a winding road that leads to my farm and two vehicles can barely pass each other on the given pavement.
This building is part of a long ago farm and I am really not sure of its use. Any guesses?


This is a bigger shot of an old farmhouse that I featured on a Thoughtless Thursday post a while ago. It has been covered in tin panels to preserve it.


The clouds were really starting to move in while we were driving home.


But, some light was trying to shine through.


Wishing all of you a great week as we all start a new year. Make sure you make the time to take the long way home this week.



39 comments:

  1. How nice that you enjoyed your break! Yes, the alarm clock will ring here tomorrow morning, too!

    Love the photos...tell your daughter thanks for sacrificing. hee hee.

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  2. Great phoots. All the best to you in the new year.

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  3. ...looks very wintery...i enjoyed the ride with you....

    stay cozy and happy new year, my friend

    kary and teddy
    xxx

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  4. I enjoyed looking at your blog. I scooted over her from Betsy's at My 5 Men.

    I love pictures of rural America and the one of the old building that was part of a barn I especially like. The trees growing up around it give it a feeling of timelessness. Great job.

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  5. I hope you can return to work refreshed and ready! :)

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  6. We have two of those sheds you inquired about -- ours were used for grain, likely either for storage or to feed livestock. They have since been converted to chicken coops.

    Your post reminded me of what it was like to be young and driven around to places you did not particularly want to go. Torture! Hah!

    Great pictures, even if you didn't pretty them up. :)

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  7. When my father got restless in our town of 1,700, he'd say he was gonna go buzz the town, and did anyone want to go. Usually we did. We never saw anything dramatic, but it taught me to wonder what was going on in all the houses of people we thought we knew. I guess you could also call that snooping, but we didn’t peek in windows. I now choose to think of it as empathy and imagination.

    We also took country drives, and I still do — in landscapes a lot like yours. But you’ve covered that. Thanks.

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  8. Wonderful pictures and I love the old farm buildings. Perhpas that one was a wood shed or a feed shed. I love it!

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  9. I love these pictures! There are many similar scenes in my part of the country.

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  10. Ok, I have to say it. It was built to keep the two trees apart! Hmmm...now for a more seriously thought out answer, is it tobacco barn?

    Love your pics, and I am sure I will soon be joining you in the "sighing girl" department. Can't wait for those lovely days to begin ;-)

    Do you teach? I can't remember?

    Happy Monday!

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  11. I love your pictures and the philosophy of "take the long way home" We should all take the time to do that!
    Have a good day back at work...alarm clocks are so rude/ha

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  12. I'm looking forward to a routine, too, but I'll miss the reading time. I was interested that the old building is such a lovely thing, even covered with tin.

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  13. One more day off for me :). I'm guessing equipment shed on the building.

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  14. Not to 'throw water on your parade', your post is so nice, but when you asked that question on the little building, the first thng that came to my mind around these parts was "used for making meth".That is a sad thought, but it's being made everywhere around my area,if they get lucky and don't explode the building and themselves first.Moonshine would be much better.

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  15. What a joy to escape into your photography. Living about 3,000 miles from home, they reminded me much of where I spend three decades living.
    Love the small building, holding tight by the trees.
    Please have a good start into the new week.

    daily athens

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  16. I do NOT long to hear my alarm in the morning either! BUT, ring it shall!!

    Love the grays and starkness of these beautiful photos.

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  17. And Happy New Year to you!
    That shed..maybe a tool shed or a chicken house???

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  18. haha...your daughter sounds like mine with the sighing;)))
    Tell her it was well worth it:)) And we are grateful;)

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  19. It's always great to take the long way home. I do it on occasion. That's where I find my photos too.

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  20. Oh the sighs! I've started getting those quite frequently, and since the twins are 11, I have a long road still ahead.

    Thanks for your comment today. We are certainly being careful and will feel much more at ease once they find those who are guilty.

    Be well ~Andrea~

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  21. Looks like a great drive home. Ahh the narrow country roads of Kentucky. -- barbara

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  22. I love to go for drives like that (kids are grown up so I don't get the sighs anymore - and my dog loves to come along - never any sighs from her !).

    Glad you took the long way home so we could see the countryside along with you.

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  23. That alarm clocks are everywhere!
    I like your drives, youa re able to catch many different things and views and some of these are almost exotic seen from here.

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  24. What lovely photos...I especially like the last one. Back to work after the holidays can be hard...I had a heck of a time getting hubby up today. Happy New Year!!

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  25. Sawn - Meth is a problem in our poor, rural areas, but you can be sure that this building is in good hands.

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  26. The LONG way home always provides some wonderful views with or without a camera. People I hang with often complain that the trip takes too long, but I really don't care.

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  27. Most small buildings like that in my area were used as "smokehouses" where they either smoked or cured pork.

    And yes, that blasted alarm clock sounded way too early this morning!

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  28. What a pretty dad. Looking back I was jsut like your daughter, but now those drives are one of my favorite memories of being home.

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  29. Your daughter probably doesn't know that you are trying to prolong your connection with her before she flies away. Later, she will lovingly recall the long rides with mom. Nice photos of a very different landscape.

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  30. A nice series of shots. The building you asked about looks like it was a corncrib at one time.

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  31. Your daughter will appreciate those "long way home" drives one day! Thanks for taking us along as well.

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  32. I love your photography! I am a new follower and also live in a very small town...on the North Dakota prairie.

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  33. I will be sure to try and take the long way home one day when there isn't a boat load of traffic. Because this Mo Pie does not do well when driving in a lot of traffic! I guess I need to get out of Chicago then, huh!

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  34. What great pics! I would LOVE to take the long way home once or twice.. But I'm always in such a rush to get from A to B. My New Years resolution NOW is to slow down and smell the roses this year!

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  35. The long way home...hmmmm...maybe tomorrow. Today, I just want to race home and crawl back under the covers. :)

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  36. You sure have been taking some great photographs. Some outstanding subject matter near you.

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  37. yes, going back to work is hard...:)had the same feelings

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  38. All good things come to an end... it's a shame. Natural photos are sometimes pure to the eye especially when it's best to "take the long way home".... something i have been doing recently.

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