Sunday, July 24, 2016

Black Barn Sunday



Sharing a classic, black Kentucky barn for Tom's link up today.  With our soaring temperatures, I cannot imagine just how hot it would be inside this barn today.  

As a child I used to visit Kentucky and spend time with my maternal grandparents.  They didn't have air conditioning and that meant any free time was spent sitting outside underneath the shade tree.  Most likely breaking a five gallon bucket of beans while you were there.  

Nights were spent sleeping on the couch with fans blowing throughout the house.  Today I cannot imagine not having air conditioning.  For my grandparents, it was just their way of life. 


Linking up with The Barn Collective.  








25 comments:

  1. This summer gives a whole new meaning to HOT. This yankee boy is suffering! A black barn on a hot summer day is beyond belief. Thanks Michelle for sharing, stay cool and stop back again.

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  2. yup, my growing up years in wisconsin were without a/c, too. a lot of time spent outside.

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  3. I have never in my life seen a black barn. I wonder if they did that to make it so hot in there that the tobacco leaves would dry faster? I wonder how many spontaneous combustion fires started? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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    1. Teresa, they are very common here and they do help with drying/curing tobacco. The side open for ventilation.

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  4. Very nice shot. I don't know if I've ever seen a black barn. I haven't lived in one house with air conditioning. I grew up in Southern California and lived there till 1988. Now living in Washington State we can live easily without air, except for a couple weeks a year.

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  5. I have never seen or even heard of a black barn....very cool....well, not so much. I have never had air conditioning until just a very few years ago....and I do love it. I grew up in Seattle and we sure didn't need it there.

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  6. Unusual color, most are red around here.

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  7. Very beautiful shot. Didn't grow up with AC and don't have it now. But we do live in western Washington when we get lots of rain and low to mid 70s is usually the high in the summer. Although last year we had 80s and 90s and we sweat like the proverbial pig.
    MB

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  8. Morning, I'm melting is more like it, heck of a humid summer so far!!!! Love the barn shot, Francine.

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  9. Gorgeous picture Michelle! Oh how things have change from the good 'ole days spent at our grandparents ;-)

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  10. I have never seen a black barn before. And I have snapped quite a few beans in my day, not happily but I did it.

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  11. Our black tobacco barn, looks about the same size with just an extra shed on the side, is the coolest place on the farm other than in the AC. They ventilate very well and the breezes blow right through them :-).

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    1. These barns are so well ventilated. People not familiar with them cannot believe they are painted black.

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  12. Yikes! That black barn must be smokin'!

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  13. Michelle -- good description of how our older generations used to deal with the heat. We are getting the high temps heat too. Unfortunately no air in my apartment!!! But I have the floor fans blasting away. thanks -- barbara

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  14. we didn't have ac until i was in high school..and then it was only a evaporative cooler....

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  15. We did not have an air conditioner in our house in Brooklyn until my children were over 5 years old in the mid 80's! We survived with fans. I tolerated the heat well when young but the older I get the less I like really hot days. Thankfully Colorado had=s low humidity -that helps!

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  16. I don't think I've ever seen a black barn before Michelle, very smart, very hot πŸ˜ƒ must admit we've only had air conditioning for the last six years, but our house is surrounded by trees so pretty cool. Trouble is the weather does seem to be getting hotter.. and who says there is no climate change πŸ˜ƒ

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  17. I have NEVER seen a black barn!! Very nice.... We have never lived where we needed air conditioning...we now live where some do....but so far we have managed without it:)

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  18. i grew up without a/c, it was a luxury we could not afford. i remember some miserable summer nights. now, like you said, i could not live without it. an interesting black barn, i like mine red or white ;)

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  19. Those black barns are so pretty! Living without AC was what I grew up with here as well. I am glad I don't have to go back.

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