Jacksonville road

Because this blog is mostly about images which document our lives here in central Pennsylvania, finding time to be out-and-about the countryside is important. I am not a photographer by vocation and finding time for photo-expeditions in-between work off-the-farm and work on-the-farm can be difficult and requires a good skill-set in logistics. One Saturday, back in October, we put the dog in the back of the car and grabbed some coffee. We drove the main road south for about an hour and then found our way home by filtering back along small country roads. We didn’t have much luck on that particular day but did make a few stops. Just as we were about to segue back to the main road, and right before a beautiful little trout hatchery, we stopped at this abandoned farmhouse. I really enjoy these old structures and wished I had both the money and the time to restore each one. Most are solidly built, designed for efficiency of use, and have visual appeal as well. In some respects these old homes were just as much tools to be worked, cared for, and enjoyed as any piece of farm equipment. And what’s wrong with that? I cannot begin to understand the McMansion and what would motivate a person to build one. If one claims that a home is a simple extension of individual personality, so be it. But this cannot be the case for all of those who lived at the turn-of-the-century when most of these now-aging structures were first erected. Were folks really so different back then? No, I do not think so – but the world certainly was.


11 thoughts on “Jacksonville road

  1. Was there anything left on the interior? I like this shot but am always curious. Your points about the home are well-taken. At one point ours seemed full and now it’s more than we need. It’s going to take me awhile to sort through my crafts supplies, art paraphernalia, collections and cameras. Maybe if I start now, it will be ready when we’re at the point to make that change. Next home is definitely smaller.I hope it’s not age that has anything to do with it .

    • Hi unsouthernbelle … thanks for the many nice comments this morning … each is appreciated. Regarding your question concerning the relationship between the desire to ‘contract’ a bit and old age … there IS NONE. It is simply one of those stage-of-life kinda things. Joanna and I are there as well. There’s nothing wrong with recognizing that you’ve simply got too much STUFF. Joanna calls it streamlining and doing so frees you to turn your attentions to other things like taking photos an blogging about them! Have a great day. We’ve got drizzle and rapidly melting snow and ice. I hope you’re a bit drier down there. D

      • I wish we were too, but it’s more monsoon. I’m not sure I’ll recognize my home once I really pare down. Right now it’s more plan than actuality, but you’re right when you say it frees you up to do other things.

    • Ha! No … I was too chicken to venture in. I know that you’re lots braver than I am when it comes to exploring places like this and like the school you’ve posted some much about. I was once in a salvage yard with my camera and thought I was going to be shot at by the owner … I think he thought I was working for local law enforcement or something. Perhaps I need a big sign that says “Photographer … do not shoot.” You’ve been posting some very nice stuff the last few weeks – I’m impressed with your consistency! D

  2. It strikes me as such a sad thing that so many houses (not even just McMansions) are built to provide ‘privacy’ for individual family members – the master bedroom separated from the children’s rooms, and certainly no meeting in the evening and morning over brushing your teeth. I like your statement about the house as ‘tool’ in the work of our life. I’ve loved having my studio in my house, and kitchen that actually assists in serious food preparation and preserving. Modern homes have almost no relationship to the old model of the home as a living center for productive work. But everything comes back around – canning is oh so trendy now … it makes me laugh! Lovely photograph 🙂

    • Absolutely. Nice points. Why do I feel that most folks would see me as crazy in my belief that houses should be extensions of what we do? You are absolutely right … we interact with family members within these spaces, we eat, we clean ourselves, we sleep, and we work (to spin, weave, and to knit as examples). The home should facilitate these activities while protecting us from the elements. Today the home has mutated out of proportion .. most are way beyond what is necessary, efficient, and (above all) reasonable. Am I getting old or what? D

  3. Neat use of color against the black and white! Is it as small as it looks? I like to look at old houses and wonder how many family members/kids they had and how their idea of the space required to raise a family of four (for example) was so much different than our own.

    • Yeah, the place was pretty small – comfortable though. You got it … exactly … A+! I don’t think you actually need 4000 square feet to raise a couple of kids. I don’t like to be so opinionated – but, what are people thinking? Thanks for taking the time to reflect. D

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