lovely old chester county farm

Today I went to a very cool estate sale. It was on Lenape Road in West Chester. Not too far away from West Chester University.

It is one of those places that just takes your breath away. Both from the setting and just an amazing old farmhouse.

Built in 1840, it was a very prosperous farm, as this was a very good sized farmhouse. It once, according to someone I asked, was acreage- wise quite large. It still sits on a lovely large plot of Chester County farmland, which is so awesome to see.

The older couple who lived there and their family are selling it to a young family who will love and restore the farmhouse and the property. It is so gratifying to learn of people who care enough to take on a gem like this! Historic preservation and open space preservation are so important and we aren’t seeing nearly enough of that in Chester County.

This house was a privilege to see. I wish the new family many, many decades of happiness. It’s a wonderful farm house.

This house, barn, and property are so Chester County.

remains of the day

Every now and again in the midst of all the development and stores and businesses and office parks we see a glimpse of what made Chester County well…Chester County.

Your lovely organic and other produce is not grown on the roof of your local Wegmans or Whole Foods, people.

Chester County's agricultural heritage disappears more each day along with the farmland and open space. Chester County is also disappearing under the ugliness of pipelines, not just overdevelopment.

Thanks for stopping by.

long row to hoe?

14089320363_43b49dc9a5_oI don’t know why, but every once in a while when I am editing photos, an image evokes a memory. And not necessarily a visual memory.  Some of them are audible memories like a conversation remembered, a snippet out of time.

Such is the case with a photo (see here) that I have named “Long Row to Hoe”.

Once now a fairly long time ago I knew a man who was in essence, a sharecropper’s son.  Nothing wrong with that, but it led to the occasional farm analogy.

Anyway, this man used to like to say he was “looking for someone to pull the plow with.” On it’s face it seemed quite romantic a thing to say.  Down the road it was discovered it really wasn’t so romantic. But I think that had to do with the true nature of the person, not the phrase.

But good or bad, the phrase and analogy have stuck with me because if it is to be taken in a positive light it is an analogy for a partnership. And in my opinion good relationships are good partnerships as well. That is not all they are, but that is part of the formula. You know the formula of love and mutual respect and so on?

It was what it was, but when I was editing my photos that phrase popped into my head when I reached this photo.  That and the story my friend Sara told me of driving past a farm on a road in Lancaster County where you could see an old man instructing an equally old woman on plowing or planting a field.  As in she was doing all the work and he was directing traffic so to speak.

I hope this photo to be something more positive than that in reality.  Or I would like to think so. It could be a mother showing her young boys how to plant. And I hope it’s that.  Otherwise, it is indeed a long road to hoe….with an overseer in a plaid shirt….