Hi there! To me, nothing says farmhouse style like images of cows, barns, and wildflowers. So today I’m going to regale you with some photos I took while on a recent outing with my sweet husband. Just south of us lies the Helderberg Escarpment, a hilly area large enough to house four towns and acre upon acre of farmland.
Annually, they hold an event called Discover the Hilltowns: Farm & Artisan Tour. On paper, it looked fantastic, but in reality, the forty or so destinations were spread wildly apart, and the ones we chose, not very GPS friendly, LOL.
Fortunately for us, we enjoy driving out in the countryside and the sun was shining. We did [finally] manage to find a couple of the “events,” including a place to eat, so all was not lost.
But before there was lunch, there were cows; I’m calling him Dexter.
We found him surrounded by young Dexter-wannabees. They are not what I would call happy-looking bovines.
There’s nothing quite like an old red barn, and this one with the lovely name attached, fits the bill perfectly. I’m thinking “Echo Hill Farms” would make a great stencil.
Just look at all that barn board–the red, the gray, and the white–and the chippiness, and of course, that ladder. All of the things we vintage-loving people adore.
Across the street, we slipped a few bills into a locked cash box and bought some [delicious] fresh corn out of this unmanned hut.
At our only artisan stop, Pat Lightbody gave us a chair caning demo in the sweetest little workshop out behind her home. She is a talented lady who also quilts, weaves baskets, and felts wool.
As you can see from this basket of felted yarn balls in the most beautiful jewel tones.
Down the road these fabulous barn doors demanded to have their photo taken.
Around the corner I discovered some old yellow paint and this fabulous, rusty strap.
Such an unusual color for a barn…
Not far away, we discovered a patch of “Woodland Sunflowers,” enjoying the sunshine as much as we were.
I have a passion for old door knobs and was pleased to stumble upon this gorgeous example on our outing.
We ended our leisurely country drive at Maple on the Lake and enjoyed this stunning view while sipping wine and nibbling our lunch–a delicious, $4.00 soup and salad bar. Not too shabby.
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