My Thoughts About One of My Favorite Places--Northeastern Indiana's Amish Country

Monday, January 17, 2022

...and Favorite Facebook Photos from 2020

I post a lot of photos on my Amish Indiana facebook page that don't make it to this blog...  Here are a few of my favorites from 2020.  I forgot to post them a year ago, but better late than never!

Amishmen in this area are using tractors these days, mostly on the roads.  They buy up a lot of the older tractors that come up for sale, like this one.

Here's a tractor pulling an extra-large load of hay.  My husband calls these tractors "trucktors," since the Amish use them like trucks.  Luckily, they're usually in the buggy lane!  At this point, the local and state governments are not clamping down on making these "trucktors" or wagons be licensed.  We'll see what the future holds.

This man makes rag rugs and sells them.  It's fascinating to watch.  The rugs are reasonably priced and available for sale at his farm.  Below are some examples of his work.

One of my friends has a husband and six sons, so she launders a lot of pants!  They are the "broadfall pants" style that Amishmen wear.

I love seeing beauty in unexpected places, like this petunia display by the side of the road.

I took this at my friend Lora's home.  Very few Amish farmhouses have a fireplace; this one is gas-powered and was part of a major remodel that they did a few years back.  The living room furniture is centered around it, and it also makes a good place to dry laundry!  The rope and pulley arrangement is something she repurposed from their hay barn.

I took this at the same farm where I took the photo of the pants on the clothesline.

This one pulls at my heartstrings...  A guest of mine took this photo of me as I was singing to my beloved "Mrs. R," who passed away a few months ago.  (I wrote about that here.)

And then there's this homemade pony cart...   I think this was an experiment that probably didn't work out so well!  (It did work with a real pony, though.)

And here's a bonus:  A video.  I took it as I sat outside a "shop building" on an Amish farm where some youth were practicing for a musical program.  Enjoy...

See my Facebook page for lots more photos.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Favorite Facebook Photos from 2021

I post a lot of photos on my Amish Indiana facebook page that don't make it to this blog...  Here are a few of my favorites from the last year:

Belgian horses continue to fascinate me, with their raw power and their beauty.  Although tractors are replacing Belgians for pulling things on the road, it's still nearly all Belgians in the fields.

This gathering of buggies is outside an Amish wedding.  There are many hundreds of guests over the course of the day; nearly 1,000 people are typically involved in one way or another.

This garden tiller is still in use.  I took this photo at the home of one of my friends.  Most Amish homes include a produce garden.  This particular friend also has a cutting garden for flowers.

Here I am at Glicks, my favorite Amish junkyard!  As usual, I am looking for "garden decor" accompanied by my pupper, Velcro.

This is something I saw that made me think, "Like father, like son."

This particular "Pennsylvania clothesline," the longest one I know of, belongs to a friend of mine.  I love standing on her special laundry-hanging balcony and taking pictures of it.

This is a group of Amish volunteers who just completed a day of putting a new roof on a nearby Protestant church.  Here the men from both churches are stopping to pray before eating together afterwards.  

A sunset on the "cheese house road" (250 N) near my home, between Shipshewana and Middlebury.

My husband took this one.  I never get tired of the blue and the green of a Midwest summer day.

This is a special display in front of a home where a wedding was about to take place.  This isn't a typical Amish buggy, but it makes a lovely greeting for the wedding guests.

I just realized I never did a post like this for 2020!  I'll do that one soon.