Some of the buildings in this picture were destroyed in a tornado, and no longer exist today.
A closer view of the home he grew up in.
I always love the look of clothes drying on a clothes line!
This is Grandpa's neighbor's house. The old home was torn down and a new Amish home was built two years ago.
This home is on the back of my Grandpa's property, and he sold it to an Amish family who makes beautiful furniture. In fact, it is some of the most solid and well made furniture that I've ever seen. They leave no detail unattended to. The family was so kind, and they gave us a tour of their wood shop that runs off of air compressors and a large diesel engine. It was fascinating to see each step of the furniture making process! Their furniture is contracted to be sold to a company called "Simply Amish".
Here are some pictures of farmers working out in the fields.
By the time my grandpa was 12 years old, he was in charge of his family's farm while his father and older siblings did carpentry work. He farmed using horses, and once told me that he had an eight foot plow that he pulled around the field. At the end of each row, he moved over 4 feet and then started back down the row. I can't imagine how tedious that would have been with horses. One thing is certain, not many 12 year-olds today would be mature enough to do that type of work. Times have changed a lot!
Below are buggies starting to line up in a field before the start of an Amish wedding. There were young men taking care of the horses while the families were inside for the festivities.
I'll end today's post with this picture of a mare and foal. This countryside is filled with some of the most beautiful and well bred horses around. I never tired of watching them go down the road.