There is something special with old country roads…Every autumn we walk some kilometers along this country road, and I guess you might recognize parts of it, even if it changes over the years. But, that is one of the reasons why I like to photographs this walk every year.
This part of our neighbouring village was always an agricultural area with many small farms.
Today farming is mostly a business for big farms with much land and large machines to work it.
This house is a typical old farmstead, but I am not sure anyone lives here anymore. It looks abandoned – even though you can see furniture and lamps if you look in the windows. There are even withered house plants in some of them, and a sign with the owner’s name. It looks like the owners just walked out the door left it that way.
Old wagons and tractors are left at the road side or in an abandoned garden.
I feel sad looking at it, because farmers work hard every day, every hour on their land – but as they grow old, they reach a point where they cannot manage it any longer. Being a farmer is a lifestyle, and that must be hard to give up.
There must be a few farmers still working though, because there is cattle in the small fields and meadows.
Aren’t they beautiful, making bypassers feel the harmony and the beauty of the landscape! I wonder what their story is…
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I LOVE this! And, here too, in my country/land, one can find the same tell-tale signs – of the ‘food producers’ – of ‘family/small vs. big/commercial – some signs here are abandoned places – long ago foundations that show, where once, tillers of the land, caretakers of earth and livestock, once lived – – equipment abandoned where they quit, drug over to areas for ‘might need supplies from that, someday’ and also to be found in commercial junk yards that stretch as far as the eye can see – I still believe, in the end – and what I felt a connection with your post on? Though we live on different continents, in different societies/cultures? There is to be found, a way to move forth, improve, provide, streamline, WITHOUT sacrificing the small, the beautiful, the daily landscape for past, present and future generations – ❤ this post and the pictures and thoughts you shared!
Thank you so much for your comment, TamrahJo – I believe many of us feel the same about this. And surely there is a way…but money rules our world.
I continually seek ways to take ‘but money rules our world’ of the table OR finding resources that translate INTO that world view of money – to the things I love and your post expressed – Sometimes, one must ‘work within a system’ in order to find ways to update said system – and to me? Money/placeholders for raw resources, investment, resielience, labor hours, creative leaps and innovations? are, in the end, all the same – sadly, I have a hard time truly communicating that to others, but thank you for hearing my heart, in my comment!
Beautiful photos along this old country road, Ann-Christine. It looks so peaceful. There must be a story behind the house and the farmsteads around. Maybe one day their stories will be heard and told. Enjoy autumn. The leaves look amazing. Hope you are well 😊💕
I am well, thank you, Mabel. Thank you for asking. And how are you? Enjoying summer I hope!
Good to hear you are well, Ann-Christine. I am well. It is very close to summer and finally it’s warming up. Very thankful for that and looking forward to summer 😊 Enjoy the week ahead 💕
You too, Mabel. Here it is too warm a winter, almost summer. Climate is changing rapidly. It is scary and sad.
I loved your classic picture of the cows quiet in the field and the golden leaves on trees.
Thank you – there was a lovely light and their silent muching…harmony.
Very sad to see abandoned homes…there is a story there…
Sad it is
These are really amazing, Ann Christine 🙂
Glad you like them, Hammad. Nostalgic walk.
The same path, even trod daily, can look so different. That’s the magic of nature and weather 😄
That seems so very strange to me, Ann-Christine, when so many people must yearn for a little bit of soil to grow something.
They should, yes. But living in the countryside takes its people – far away from shops, theaters, people…and the need of a car with expensive fuel if you cannot afford an electric car.
It is sad to see abandoned homes and machinery, but they make for interesting photos, sadly. As do your shots of cattle doing what cattle have to do!
I agree, Margaret. Sad it is…but as you say, cattle do what they do still –
It’s a bit similar here with abandoned houses in the countryside, Ann-Christine. You wonder what happened to the folks.
Yes, everything in farming has turned large scale – unfortunately. The charm of the countryside is changing.
A lovely walk and it is a shame to see machinery and farm but and pieces laying abandoned.
A few square ones and you could join in Becky’s Walking Squares this month 🙂
Thank you, Brian! Yes, sad about the machinery, but I have seen how tired and worn down old men can get, so that they even forget to feed their cattle. They struggle to keep it up, but seldom ask for help. This is no excuse of course, but sometimes an explanation. Being a farmer has turned into IT engineering… and filling in forms.
Lovely photos from your walk!
Glad you liked them, Nora – some sad too.
That is such an amazing old road to see. We see some here too. Great images. Anita
Thank you, Anita. strolling, reminiscing and feeling a bit nostalgic.