I love old bank barns.
There’s nothing that evokes the feeling of country to me more than a big, old barn.
Creeping development in the rural areas around here means most of these lovely buildings are being demolished. Beautiful, rolling farmland is being homogenized into ugly subdivisions.
Still, as it happens, the farm where I moved my horse last week has just such a century bank barn. Since there is a moratorium on development in that area for the next 25 years, this barn is safe for a while.
I’m almost giddy with excitement at the photographic opportunities to be had here as the seasons unfold.
This week before the bitter cold blew through I captured this moment.
Naughty Jerome just happened to be standing about and curious about my activity. His blue blanket offers a hint of colour to an otherwise stark winter scene.
Needless to say there will be more images of this lovely old farm building in future posts.
Thanks for visiting …
©Dorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2014
9 thoughts on “Naughty Jerome and the Bank Barn”
Nice, Dorothy. I’m impressed that you are out and about taking photos. 🙂
Every day, as long as my health (and weather) permits, I get out to visit my horse. Come rain, or shine, or snow or whatever. He’s a member of my family and I need to be there for him. 😉 … Thanks for stopping by, Dorothy 🙂
Reminds me of my horse-owning days. lovely!
Thank you. I can hardly wait to see how things look when the snow melts. 🙂
Thanks for the link. Be sure to visit my flickr photostream Barn! Barns! Barns! and become a member. Anyone who loves old barns (even new) and old farm houses and anything else old farm related is welcome. Become a member (for free) and upload. 🙂
Thanks for the invitation. Maybe I will!!
Oh, I forgot to ask: What’s a bank barn? I’ve not heard that term before, being city-born and city-bred. Thanks.
According to Merriam-Webster a bank barn is “a two-story barn, typical of northern and central parts of No. America, built into a slope of earth that provides an outside entrance into the second story on one side, the lower story being enterable from the other side.” Here’s a link to an image. http://www.dutchmasters.on.ca/projectshow.asp?int_id=100882&int_category=100068 … Typically the animals live on the bottom and storage of feed and machinery is held on the second floor (hay loft). … I’m a horse woman in Ontario so I’ve known a few. Large or small there is just something enchanting about them. It is my dream to have a property with one of these beautiful structures on it, restoring it to its former glory or, perhaps, converting one to a lovely living space. … I’m really excited that there’s a bank barn on the property where I keep my horse now. I can hardly wait to go exploring when the weather is more cooperative. And I will take lots of photos. 🙂
Thanks for the explanation and the link. It looks to be kind of like an earth sheltered home on steroids. That’s a nice concept. It makes getting up on the roof a whole lot easier, at least in a house. Good luck with your bank barn. I love barns of all kinds. There’s just something special about them, especially old ones. 🙂