The Barn is the Best Place to Be

August 4, 2010

Returning to my childhood farm in Minnesota

I spent a few days at the beginning of my vacation with my Dad on the farm where I grew up.  It’s always good to return home.  The pace of life is slow there now.  My Dad is 91 years old and retired.  The house and barn hold many memories for me.

Open door to the old red barn

Latch to the barn door

Worn barn door and metal latch

“Life in the barn was very good — night and day, winter and summer, spring and fall, dull days and bright days.  It was the best place to be, thought Wilbur, this warm, delicious cellar, with the garrulous geese, the changing seasons, the heat of the sun, the passage of swallows, the nearness of rats, the sameness of sheep, the love of spiders, the smell of manure, and the glory of everything.”
     — from Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

West side door to the barn

Interior of the barn, now used for storage instead of cows

Light filters into the hayloft through holes in the siding.


Barn door and hayloft stairs

6 Responses to “The Barn is the Best Place to Be”

  1. Lynne Says:

    I love your barn pictures, reminding me once again of my own childhood. Of all the old family farms, only one remains – an aunt’s and uncle’s. But there’s a “For Sale” sign up now, so it may soon go the way of the others. The barn was always a good place to hide, to escape anticipated chores, to curl up with a book, or just to laze around. Not without its perils, though, it was also the scene of the occasional well-aimed kick of a cow, bite of a goose, or sting of a wasp – sometimes deserved!

  2. Margaret Says:

    I’ll have to have a copy of that first one – did you enhance the colors? I was anticipating a reference to the barn in “Charlotte’s Web” – I have the pleasure of being able to read that aloud each year in my classroom.

  3. shirley Says:

    love it that is all I can say

  4. I now live in a barn so I especially love these pictures… those not as close to some of these animals… mice and spiders refuse to give way. Your photography is so crisp and emotional.

  5. Tom Nesbitt Says:

    Hello Rosemary,
    I am interested in the barn you photographed as a back drop for some commercial photography. Any chance you can let me know where in MN it resides? Do you know the owners?
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks for your time

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