...I mean 'really' old houses ... and old barns ... and old sheds.
I wish we had an old homestead on our property. Apparently we used to have a couple. The biggest being next to an old shingle mill not far from our house, but a fire through the valley about 25 - 30 years ago destroyed all the remains - including the old heirloom pansies that bloomed near the house site. So sad!!
Since I don't have 'one of my own', I love looking at old homesteads that we pass on our runs. I imagine what they looked like in their 'heyday' and think about all the changes they have seen in their time. I especially love passing them near the holidays and thinking what the celebrations of those residents might have been like.
I know - hokey - but I spend alot of hours puttering around the neighborhood at speeds under 10 mph.
This old homestead is one of my favorites...
It is right at one of my early season turnaround spots, so I've looked at it alot and even roamed around in it a few times.
A month or so ago I noticed the landowners had cleared some more field around it and even take down the old barn.
Today I see they have cleared all the trees that used to surround the old farmhouse. I hope not, but I fear it's days are numbered.
I'll mourn it's passing - and the passing of all the history it will take with it.