Back to Darke County Ohio for another farm shot. I wish I could nip back to take photos of the autumn colours. Anyway I was there to take a photo of another red barn for the “red” theme – my host told me her friend owned a new (15 year old) round red bar – it really was lovely … but ff to the side I saw what was left of a cart? – I’m not a farming person – I really dont know what it is – I just liked the condition it was in and the clouds again were nice and ominous! – think I will slip in the photo of the other red barn!
This is my Daughter-in-Laws niece Addy with her father Adam … I got to see her about 4 times when we were up in Ohio for a month, she hardly ever cried … however … when she did we decided to have a little fun with it but it did feel a little cruel – we didn’t let it go on for long – promise. I should follow this post by taking a photo of her for the “calm” theme so you can see what a totally good-natured and pretty baby she is.
My daughter-in-law “found” this beautiful red barn for me – she drives past it very often and has admired it so when I told her one of my themes was “red” she said I had to check it out. We were so lucky as the owner was outside the barn and he graciously said I was welcome onto the property to take photos and even gave me a little background history and showed me the inside. This particular one was built in 1878 and thanks to the owners was in beautiful condition and is called a Bank Barn. This style of barn (I have read) was popular among German immigrants in Pennsylvania and the style was adopted by others and soon bank barns could be found in New England and throughout the northeast and mid-Atlantic states. The appeal of the bank barn was its practicality and function. They could transform a hilly landscape into a useful building site, and on flat ground … the loft doors were reached with wooden ramps or from mounded dirt and rock. This design allowed the farmer to drive his hay wagon directly into the hay mow, and the lower floor served as a warm, protected space for the farm animals. The owners of this barn (in Ohio) had made windows to lighten the inside – using the glass from the original windows in the house next door – that beautiful “wavy” glass. What a great place for a party! – their neighbor told me they usually have one around October time for friends and family – wish I was a neighbour!
This is the view of Chattanooga Valley from Lookout Mountain a few minutes from downtown Chattanooga. We had no idea of the history of the area and were surprised to see cannon at the top. I went to Wikipedia to read up a little bit about it and found it was the scene of the “Last Battle of the Cherokees” during the 18th century as well as the 1863 Battle of Lookout Mountain during the American Civil War. Imagine the BOOM from the top of the mountain to the valley below. We were visiting during the first week of September – a great time to go – as you can imagine its just a narrow single road to the top but at this time of year no crowds.
I went to see my first high school football game recently – the Strongsville High School in Cleveland, Ohio. My daughter in law Heather went there … she told me their marching bands motto is “Best Band across the Land” … we really enjoyed the atmosphere and seeing all the kids having so much fun. I had been wondering for a while what to do with this 630 theme – well – when you least expect an answer – up it comes. The scoreboard was showing 6.34 so I asked if that number was going up or down – hurray – it was going down so gave me time to get ready for when it hit 6.30! – it was the first game of the season and I’m happy to report that Strongsville beat Padua 13.-12.
During our visit to family in Ohio we also stayed a few days with good friends who live in Darke County. Darke County’s claim to fame is that Annie Oakley lived and died there – so off we went to find her grave. It was a gorgeous day weather wise – the clouds were so pretty. Absolutely nothing else round about – no church but perhaps there had been one years ago ….
She lived from August 13th 1860 to November 3rd 1926 … I was rather surprised to see that late date – I thought she lived earlier than that. In fact the grave had a bouquet nearby saying “from your cousin Diane”. Annie was born Phoebe Mosey.
I found out a little about her on the internet although the plaque beside her grave has a lot of information. She never attended a regular school and was introduced and taught to shoot by her father in the woods around the farm where she lived. During hard times, she helped support her family with the game she caught. Her career as a sharpshooter started at age 17, when she defeated the noted marksman, Frank E. Butler at a competition in Cincinnati, Ohio. The two eventually married and travelled with the Buffalo Bill Show for 17 years (1885-1902). She assumed the show business name of Anne Oakley.
On a trip to Europe, Queen Victoria of England was quite impressed with her abilities, and on one occasion the crown prince of Germany encouraged her to shoot a cigarette from his mouth. Her expertness in marksmanship at the height of her career made her the best known cultural icon in the United States. At 30 paces, she could slice a playing card held edgewise, shoot holes through coins at a similar distance and scramble eggs in midair. She shot ashes out of cigarettes, snuffed candles and shot corks out of bottles. A railroad accident in 1901 partially paralyzed her, but she continued to tour regularly. In 1916, she and Frank made Pinehurst, North Carolina their winter retirement home. At the famous resort known for its golf course, fox hunting, and its trapshooting range, Anne Oakley became a teacher. She taught women how to defend themselves as well as the fine art of trap shooting. Her health began to fail, suffering from pernicious anemia and possibly lead poisoning from all the ammunition she’d handled. In 1922 the couple moved back to Darke County, Ohio where the anemia took her life. When Frank was told, he simply stopped eating and died 18 days later. The couple is buried near the woods where little Annie Mosey first hunted and trapped to sustain her impoverished family.
We were recently staying with my younger son and his wife in Cleveland, Ohio – I had been showing them my list of “Themes” so they could watch out for any possible ideas whilst up there. William immediately said he had a WOW for me – well I was a little reluctant to just use it on anything – right … WOW has to be BIG. Well it turned out perfectly – the WOW was on his television control … and my favorite sport was on TV … tennis … not ONLY that but the U.S.Open finals were on AND a British man was IN the finals. For anyone who follows tennis you’ll know that the British haven’t won in a final since 1936! so imagine my joy when Andy Murray won. So … I pointed the control at the TV and you’ll have to take my word that that is Andy Murray in the background! Of course now I feel a little torn … maybe I should have saved it for the Ryder Cup results!! that was an enormous WOW moment too – well for the Europeans it was 😉