Found Farm Treasures

The fam at the farm.  What a handsome, happy group!

The fam at the farm. What a happy group!

I thought I’d give everyone a break from me whining about the weather and focus on another subject…

Let’s talk about farms.  Real farms. Oh, to live on a farm!  If I was residing in the merry old land of Oz, Very Excellent Husband Don and I would spend a year looking for just the right small (five acre) farm, find it, be able to afford it, buy it, add many more interesting animals to the barnyard and live happily every after.

Yeah, that ain’t gonna happen.  For about a million different reasons, none of them very interesting.  We’re kinda dug in here at Happy Mama Acre – in a good way.

BUT, my cousin Beth and her husband Fayne (that’s Wayne with an “F”)  have a farm and we visited it when we were down in Texas for the Best Christmas Ever.

Every farm I’ve ever been on has stuff laying around.  Lots of cool stuff.  Theirs is no exception.  For someone like me, who likes to make new stuff out of old stuff, it’s like the best store in the world.

Oh, I get all giddy looking at these!

Oh, I’m getting all giddy just looking at them!

City people pay a premium for beautiful bricks like these.

City people pay a premium for beautiful bricks like these.  And there were bazillions laying around!

Oh, the stories it could tell!

Wouldn’t you love to hear the stories it could tell?

Older fence, newer gate.  A lovely contrast.

Older fence, newer gate. A lovely contrast.

I find rust extremely compelling…

There's something lovely about rusted metal.  And so many projects

It’s a huge sheet of steel, with matching chicken wire.  I SO wanted to fit it in my suitcase and bring it home!

Rusted to perfection.

Rusted to perfection.

There's a lot of pokey things in this photo.  Ouch.

There’s a lot of pokey things in this photo. Ouch.

And then there’s the simple beauty of nature.

I'm gnarly, I'm chopped up but damn it I'm still standing!  And pretty good looking, too!

I’m gnarly, I’m chopped up but damn it I’m still standing! And pretty good looking, too!

It was once a mighty, mighty tree.

This was once a mighty, mighty tree.

If I was a bird, I would definitely want to live in this house!

And now it’s a birdhouse.  If I was a bird, I would definitely want to live here!

I think the story was this was the frame to somebody's grandpa rocking chair.  Fayne put a new (!) seat in it and it rocks like a charm!

And now it’s the seat to Grandpa’s rocker!

Like the cutest outhouse ever!

And now it’s the cutest outhouse ever!

Lots of time to reflect on the farm…

Lots of troughs with standing water made for pretty reflections.

A cow’s gotta drink somewhere…

And a concrete bowl, with leaves both in and reflected from above.

A concrete bowl, with leaves both in and reflected from above.

And then, there’s just some weird, weird stuff…

This is a cow scratcher.  Don't ya want one?

This is a cow scratcher. Don’t ya want one?

What is this, and why is it trying to take a bite out of that tree?

What is this, and why is it trying to take a bite out of that tree?

Fayne told this is a pig waterer.  I'll take his word for it!

Fayne told this is a pig waterer. I’ll take his word for it!

Photographed it just as I found it.  Although my guess is a certain cousin of mine fixed it just so.

Photographed it just as I found it. Although my guess is a certain cousin of mine fixed it just so.

It was so much fun, seeing all this wonderful stuff.  I may never get a big ol’ farm of my own.  But I’m feeling very, very lucky nonetheless.

Are you feeling lucky?

Are you feeling lucky?

Thanks for the farm tour!  Oh, and happy birthday, Fayne :-)

Thanks for the farm tour! Oh, and happy birthday, Fayne :-)

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Comments

  1. Don’t you just love Texas and all it’s interesting treasure. I just loved looking at your pictures, and your humor made it even better…thank you for bringing laughter to our home! I live in Texas, however, I am on the bay…different, sandy kind of treasures around here. I lived in Boulder for a short time during my hippy dippy years….beautiful place!
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  2. I love all these photos. I love “stuff” too! My little homestead is an acre but I’d love about 5 acres too! Oh, then I’d have some little goats for sure!

  3. What a cool place with cool stuff, gotta love Texas! I can feel the joy in this post Joan, reminiscing on your wonderful trip. Your pics are fun and I especially love the concrete bowl shot. The reflections are awesome.

    Hoping everyone is warm at happy acre and you guys are hanging in more snow your way tomorrow? We’re finally going to get some much needed rain whoohoo super happy about that!
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  4. I don’t know which I love more about this post, the pictures or the captions. This is the most enjoyable blog post I’ve ever read.
    First I should explain. I’m attracted to junk and my son inherited the trait. He works in a landfill (no garbage) & tells me all the cool stuff he finds. Boy, does he find the stuff. We joke that he has my dream job.
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  5. What fun! It’s like a treasure hunt! I hope you’ll share this on The Maple Hill Hop!
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  6. Wow some great things and I love the pictures. I love rust! -Carole, GardenUp green
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  7. Ha! These photos remind me of my parents old farm. My dad collected stuff too: rusty gates, old windows, TVs my dad planned to launch when he built his catapult…
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  8. I love this post! We share the same view on beautiful junk-as-treasures and if you were here, waaaaay up in Sequoia National Forest, I would take you on a tour of some of the best treasures ever (I think!). Thanks for sharing and I hope you never lose your aesthetic eye for real beauty! Good thoughts, Karen
    ps. I am currently making a sculpture out of a small oak burl and another out of a squashed beer can and an old glove that I found in the forest service road :)
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  9. How FUN! I’m with you I love old stuff. Makes such unique conversation pieces. I had old windows on a mantle once and loved the way it looked. Thanks for sharing at the HomeAcre Hop.

  10. What a GREAT post. I love the fresh look at all the old things lying around. Our ‘farm’ doesn’t have much old stuff, but I find it so fascinating!

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