Thursday, February 6, 2014

moving

every morning and afternoon i drive
through amish farmland.
one morning
this week i was astonished to see four
frisky and heavy horses hauling…
a cabin.
 as i approached
 (i was trying to keep my camera
out of sight)
another team wheeled in
behind with whatever 
goes in this shed/cabin/shop.
i put my camera down, 
drove slowly and carefully on the shoulder 
past this procession of 
horse and man power
and waved and was greeted in return.
7:30 and cold, before the storm.

13 comments:

Susan said...

Beautiful. I love the flags placed on the edge of the building. They appear to be well thought out as does the whole operation.

Velma Bolyard said...

susan, yes! this whole thing was unexpected, and surprisingly wonderful. the men were in charge, but the horses, well they were royalty.

roz said...

my goodness ..such a place you live, and amazing sights you see!
[ and that is apart from all that snow ]

Morna Crites-Moore * Wicked Waif said...

Hi, Velma! You are the winner of the little Salvaged Star. Please send me your address and I will mail it to you. There is a contact form at my website www.wickedwaif.com.

Thanks for playing! I'm quite pleased that it is going to you as I have so admired your work. :-)

Arija said...

Is winter really the best time to move house??? I suppose there isn't much work on the farm apart from caring for the animals.

Love that you sneaked a couple of shots.

Velma Bolyard said...

roz, yep, this one was rather great! surprised me, and the collaboration between very fresh horses and that big structure was something!
morna, wow, that's a lovely surprise. thank you.
arija, good question, but i didn't ask. i felt naughty enough taking those two photos!

Sue Marrazzo said...

I like your blurred shots! COOL post!

ronnie said...

ooo my giddy aunt! how cool is that?!I'm now imagining how my funny very old home was moved.... it was once an old school room that got shifted about half a kilometre back in the horse era.... I've wondered about it and pictured it in my mind for years (and my idea had that blurriness too!)

just wonderful!

Velma Bolyard said...

sue, thanks!
ronnie, yay! it was wondrous to see that, and it was only a small building.

Tammie Lee said...

Wonderful to see this,
and to consider how they go about it.

The cabin i live in was moved but by a truck not horses.
When they placed the cabin on the foundation the men put it down facing the wrong way, they had to pick it up and turn it around....

I bet these men put it in the correct place the first time.

that was all before i came along

Velma Bolyard said...

tammie, working with 18th century technology right along side 21st is quite interesting! these guys were really up for this event. the excitement was palpable!

onesmallstitch said...

maybe you could hire them when your turn comes!?

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, they could also fix my barn--

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