Saturday, February 13, 2021

The Drive to Physio

 We headed back to physio on Wednesday after taking 3 weeks off for the lockdown here.  I thought I would take you along on our drive.  In particular I wanted to get some shots of a barn that is coming apart and will likely fall sometime soon.

The apple farm is of course closed up down  another year.

But almost across the road, on another flat field of sandy soils left behind by glacial Lake Algonquin, a new large orchard is going in.  They've put in all the support posts in an incredible geometric pattern.  I have no idea how they got all the lines so straight!  We presume that they will be coming along to plant seedlings this spring and we'll be watching.

And this is the barn I mentioned, on the far right, on a small farm that sells veggies and pork.  We sometimes see the pigs out in their muddy pasture in the summer.

As get closer you see that the barn is not in good shape.  It isn't in use, there's a second newer larger barn they use.

I missed the picture I was trying to take, but I caught the corner of the barn that is falling down.  Obviously a corner post failed and the rest of the corner followed.

Then it was through a brief snow flurry and down into the valley as we came to the hamlet of Woodford.

We see this cattle herd out all winter long, feeding on hay bales.

After that it was through the rock cut and down onto the valley of Keefer Creek

I always find this valley the most interesting part of the drive, perhaps because I've traced out the tiny tributaries that provide the headwaters of the creek here.  


  1. Oh, don't think that barn will be standing for much longer!!

  2. I hope the barn wood is salvageable for some other purpose. I took photos of an old house that was in disrepair last summer and the last time I drove by the entire front of the house had fallen. I suspect someday the owners will just burn the rest of it.

    Take care, stay well!

  3. Give that barn two years and it will probably be just a heap of wood. Too bad that we're all losing our agricultural heritage as the old barns deteriorate. Down here a few well-to-do owners have repaired their barns, but it's just not the same. One beautiful old barn with stone gable end has been converted to an event location (weddings, reunions and the like), it's still standing and in good repair -- but ...

  4. I'd imagine that a year or two, or a few bad storms, and that barn will be done.

  5. it looks like you may have captured that barn just in time!!

  6. The countryside always provides something interesting to observe. The new orchard will be something to follow as it evolves.

  7. You still have plenty of snow! Some parts of England have rather a lot of the white stuff too, though here the snowclouds have passed on either side of us, the east wind coming across the north sea has had the same sort of effect as wind passing over the lakes has in your part of the world. That barn looks as though it won't last long if a large pig starts to use it as a scratching post.

  8. Always sad to see the old barns disappearing. I sometimes wonder why they wouldn't have the Mennonite/Amish folks come in and dismantle the old barns for their lumber. A lot of good barn boards and beams could be salvaged.

  9. My hubby did physio on zoom, at one point. It's just not the same, though.
    I'm glad lockdown is over. It's crazy out there.

  10. There is an old barn on #4 highway, my weekly drive, that I'm watching too. How do they manage to stay standing? The wind blows right through it, I guess.
    Glad you could get out for physio and happy for the lockdown to end on Tuesday.

  11. I always love to visit your neighborhood, and you captured it well, for as has been pointed out, any day now that barn will be a goner.

  12. Great photos. The barn shot looks good as the corner is the most prominent feature of showing its future fall.