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You Know You Live in a Farming Community When…

this is the stained glass image on the front of the church.




I love this so much. It fits in perfectly with the surrounding farmland and the people who live and work here.



February 5, 2009 - 11:34 am

anna - Okay, Cotton Wife told me I had free run on this one. The stained glass window in this church was put in memory of my husband’s great grandfather, Henry Burleigh holdsworth, Sr. by his family. This is the church where we were married and we farm most of the land around the church. It’s a special place to us.

February 5, 2009 - 11:45 am

Carrie T - So much history! The church I was raised in sits empty today. Most of the people have either moved away or died. It’s really sad. I always wanted to get married there, but there just wasn’t anyway we could.

February 5, 2009 - 5:00 pm

kat - Is this Carsley? My 95 yr young Nanny still attends this church. You can tell the faithful members love this church by how well it is maintained.

February 5, 2009 - 5:01 pm

kat - Is this Carsley? You can tell it is well loved by the care taken to keep it so beautiful.

February 5, 2009 - 5:18 pm

admin - It is Carsley!
And thanks Anna, for helping me out!

- Jennifer

February 6, 2009 - 12:59 pm

Judi in Pa - I wanted to comment yesterday but did not have time. Good eye, you have there. Well, obviously with your photography skills, it’s no wonder. That is something I would have probably overlooked. I attended a church for awhile, not because I liked the people, or the minister, or the sermons, but because it sat right smack in the middle of farm fields…nothing else in sight.

February 6, 2009 - 1:06 pm

the Cotton Wife - That sounds like a good reason to me, Judi. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said,

“What is a farm but a mute gospel?”

- Jennifer

February 6, 2009 - 3:46 pm

Daniela - I love old churches. My dad used to travel with work. Instead of taking the highways, he would take the back roads and take photos of all the old country churches. We have albums full of them.

February 6, 2009 - 4:54 pm

Dana - Jenn, great picture. But you need to get the stained glass window from the inside, with light streaming through it.

I love exploring old churches, from big cathedrals to small country churches. Every building tells a story, and the craftsmanship in even the simplest churches is usually tremendous.

February 7, 2009 - 8:24 am

Jemm - That is really pretty. What a cute little church. It looks like the men inside should all have on wide brimmed hats and the women would be wearing bonnets that tie under their chins.

February 7, 2009 - 2:49 pm

Caution - Do you all need a middle-aged English teacher down there? I think I could adapt to Virginia pretty nicely!

February 7, 2009 - 4:27 pm

the Cotton Wife - If you were single, I feel sure I could find someone to pay all of your moving costs.


- Jennifer

February 11, 2009 - 1:22 pm

Karen - So beautiful! What a neat peice of history to have.


Preventing Erosion


I have a confession.

We are not the “greenest” farm family out there.  We use chemicals, we use fertilizer and in the winter I just can’t bring myself to hang clothes on the line.

We do try to make things environmentally friendly(er) on the farm though.  One way is by preventing soil erosion. All those Virginia rains and spring winds can be hard on farmland so we plant a winter cover crop of rye to those fields that are plowed (i.e. those fields in which we plant peanuts) or we practice the no-till method of farming. View full post »

February 11, 2009 - 1:27 pm

Karen - I don’t think any of the fields looked ugly, but I guess beauty is all relative and in the sight of the beholder. Here in Utah, when winter hits, if there is no snow, EVERYTHING is brown and gray. Once the snow hits, it’s much better.


Finding Treasure in the Barn


One of my favorite things to do is go exploring in our shed, our barn or our grain bins (What? We’re supposed to store grain in those?). Truthfully, I love exploring any old barn or house but legally I can only explore ours, I suppose. View full post »

February 11, 2009 - 1:30 pm

Karen - The spider web in the second picture is amazing. I am personally not a fan of spider’s but I am completely fascinated by their webs

February 20, 2009 - 10:13 am

Farmgirl - I LOVE scavenging! And since I opened up a small antique shop at our farm, I have a REASON to do it. I get PAID to do it … and I can JUSTIFY it to hubby, which as you know, is most important! :)