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This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

When you walk into that huge barn, there are all kinds of nooks and crannies for storing your junk...if you don't have horses.  This is the very first nook on the left.

How can you have a barn without horses?  Well, this barn has no horses now but it must have had them once upon a time.  See, they left their good luck!


(And THIS wood is not ragged at the edges!  Just old.) 


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


Good Luck


This week I'm doing a series of posts on The Farm from when we were there in Michigan back in August.

When you walk into that huge barn, there are all kinds of nooks and crannies for storing your junk...if you don't have horses.  This is the very first nook on the left.

How can you have a barn without horses?  Well, this barn has no horses now but it must have had them once upon a time.  See, they left their good luck!


(And THIS wood is not ragged at the edges!  Just old.) 


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (38)

Sorry Ginnie: that isn't good luck. If the horseshoe is upside down (as this is) the luck runs out. It has to be 'U' shaped.

Nice picture though
Ginnie Hart: Uh-oh! Quick. Someone go tell Ruth and Don!!!

Thanks for the heads-up, Chris. smile
Interesting Capture Granny!
Ginnie Hart: Whenever Suby says "interesting," NaCha, I say "There he goes again!" grin
  • Martin
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2007, 01:03
That looks just like any other old barn I have ever been in, except for the detail mentioned in the title smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! Barns will be barns!!! Thanks, Martin. smile
Well all the luck may have run out but you still got a good shot. Never seen an uncluttered barn in my life.
Ginnie Hart: Now I'm curious about the up or down symbolism in different countries. For some this is bad luck, for others it's good luck. Makes you wonder if it's all in the intent! smile Thanks, Gail.
Ahhah! Ginnie! I believe that you know what I am going to say on this! wink Truth?
Ginnie Hart: Now you've got my curiosity, Jose, because I'm not for sure what you're going to say. smile But thanks for making me guess.
I like the muted colors and the still-life type composition.
Ginnie Hart: I love the old wood the most, Larry. I think I was a carpenter in my past life. smile Thanks.
  • Hamilton
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2007, 02:36
Nice composition
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Hamilton.
Okay, now I'm sitting here trying to figure out what the "junk" is. Great slice of life, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: HA! No junk here as far as they're concerned, I'm sure. smile Thanks, Karen.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 20 Sep 2007, 03:14
Ha Ha!
It seems that barns everywhere are primarily used as "temporary" storage for stuff that is currently not useful but nevertheless deemed too good to throw away.
Thank you for confirming this with your excellent still-life shot, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing Ruth would also want everyone to know that some of the junk belongs to their two grown, unmarried children, just getting started out in life. Gotta have a barn for all that, you know. smile Thanks, Ray.
This is inside?! It feels like natural light is shining onto the scene. I really like the blues and greens against the old, red wood.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Jewlya, this is as soon as you get inside that big barn doorway, on the left, so there was lots of natural light! Thanks.
  • Helen
  • United States
  • 20 Sep 2007, 04:09
I like the composition here!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Helen.
  • Aussie
  • in a night shift daze
  • 20 Sep 2007, 04:35
Isn't that timber just beautiful.
Ginnie Hart: I just LOVE that old wood, Aussie. I think I must have been a carpenter in a past life. smile Thanks.
I was about to say the same as Jewla, quite bright indoors. I want to see more...
Ginnie Hart: As soon as you open that big barn door, there's lots of natural light that comes pouring in, Etomi, especially right there at the front. Thanks.
A nice light and... the horse shoe is indeed hanging upside down.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I wonder if that horseshoe--the way it's hanging--means different things in different countries? Hmm. I bet Ruth and Don will now do their research. Thanks, Wim. smile
  • Roland
  • France
  • 20 Sep 2007, 06:15
Nice composition... We feel he warm of the sun with the light coming... It's good !
Ginnie Hart: I love how the light pours in the second you open that big barn door. Thanks, Roland.
Love the wood and the well used coleman( lamp). looks like such a cool place to be..

yes and the upside down horseshoe!!!was that intentional?
Ginnie Hart: That horseshoe is gonna need some more research, Gale, I see! I don't know if it means bad luck for us hanging that way. It may be different in different countries? Guess we'll have to find out! Thanks. smile

And yes, I takr after my dad, loving old wood like that.
cela donne envie de sortir la nourriture et d'espérer aller manger dans cette cabane!
Ginnie Hart: Now that's an idea, O-P. We could have had a picnic there on the barn floor if it had been raining outside. We'll have to remember that for next year. Thanks. smile
I thought, we'll be taken inside and see the big space. But no, just a little corner with the everyday junk you would find in a barn. Nice one Ginnie which I am putting in my likeys to remind me to look properly when I go somewhere!
Ginnie Hart: Well, it's comments like yours, Bill, that's making me change my entire progression of posts! grin HA! I'm loving it. Tomorrow we'll go into the bigger, darker space! You are so kind with your words. Thank you.
  • mal
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2007, 07:58
in Scotland the horse shoe is just fine like this, leave it alone! lol. all the best. mal
Ginnie Hart: Coming from you, Mal, means Ruth and Don will certainly leave it as is!!! grin

It makes me wonder if the up or down changes meaning from country to country? It sure is easier to hang this way! smile

Good to see you back!
Of interest to me the horse shoe and the green lantern. The horse shoe looks like 300 years old. Any antiques in there Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I have a feeling there are lots of antiques in there, Busola. Next year I'm gonna do some more exploring, maybe with Don in tow so he can tell me the stories he knows. I'm guessing there's a lot there that only the walls know about! Thanks.
I like this serie, I can imagine the smell of the place and the horse who was here !
Ginnie Hart: The horse that was there! You're so right, Zeb. I know Louis would like a barn like this for his! Thanks.
  • Petra
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Sep 2007, 09:36
Lovely serie of this barn Ginnie! The box with books made me think....i guess everyone has boxes like that somewhere, books you're never going to read a again, but somehow you cannot throw them away..smile
Petra
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing some of those books are from their two grown, unmarried children, Petra. You know how that is. smile Ruth in particular loves books and would handle them with great care, I'm sure. But for sure, the barn is a great place for the ones that aren't being used. Good to see you back. smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 20 Sep 2007, 10:04
Ah, I see how it's gonna be. smile And Don and Ruth already know the upside down horseshoe is bad luck. As soon as I saw it, I wondered who would say something, and it was the first commenter, Christopher! But I'm glad to know is't ok in Scotland.

Nice still life, except that it's our junk, so maybe it doesn't look so great to me. grin
Ginnie Hart: So you knew that, Ruth?! I had no clue, one way or the other. All I can see is that it's easier to hang up this way! grin

Just remember that your junk is someone else's treasure!!!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2007, 10:07
So light and airy ;o) And there I was waiting for some dense gloom.

Like the lamp - we still have one of those somewhere for emergency during power cuts - no oil for it of course!

Mike
Ginnie Hart: The dense gloom is there, Mike, trust me, and tomorrow we'll go in a bit deeper. In fact, it's almost scary. Maybe that's why I didn't stay too long and take more creative pics. Next year I may take someone in with me and feel more free to roam around. smile Thanks.

Those Coleman lamps can really come in handy...if you have the kerosene/oil for them! smile
  • shakara
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Sep 2007, 10:20
The Barn , the latern , the horseshoe this has the trappings of an intersting novel..
Ginnie Hart: If anyone could write that novel, Shakara, it would be my sister, Ruth! Thanks. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 20 Sep 2007, 10:57
Poor Ruth and Don are having their junk aired in public, but never mind!! The tilly lamp is just what I have been looking for!(camping) they are better than gas they give out more light. Great shot Ginnie but I was waiting to see the ladder LOL smile
Ginnie Hart: For you, Tracy, the ladder will come tomorrow! Hope you won't be disappointed because I only took one shot. If I had known I was gonna have you looking over my shoulder, I would have been much more creative. smile

Those lanterns really do come in handy for camping. I have many memories of using one when we went tent camping with our kids years ago!
I would have cropped a bit on the right
Ginnie Hart: Always the eternal question of where to crop, Chantal! I purposely cropped it this way to keep in the sense of nooks and crannies. But thanks anyway.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 20 Sep 2007, 11:23
Wowee - that sister of yours is now claiming the junk grin

You saw what shakara said - we have the beginnings of the next chapter here. smile

Nice picture of this cranny. I believe this one has many pp opportunities.
Ginnie Hart: HA! And she didn't even mention that it might be junk from their 2 grown, unmarried children! And if anyone could write that novel, it would be Ruth.

I agree about PP possibilities here. I did a bit more with tomorrow's! smile Thanks, Louis.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Sep 2007, 11:50
I expected a little chaos in the barn or some "Krutscht" as we would say in German! Fine the horse-shoe, oh, a self founded (that is important)horse-shoe is hanging in the same way in the entrance of our apartment, too, and an other horse shoe is lying onder my bed to collect the earthrays -an old apotropaic custom in order to protect person and house. I like the confusion in the barn!
Ginnie Hart: Oh, Ruth will love this, Philine! It's so much fun to hear how other people see this horseshoe...and the junk. I think there needs to be a place for all our junk and confusion! A barn would be nice for all of us! Maybe we can borrow Don and Ruth's. smile
  • Ngozi N
  • Nigeria
  • 20 Sep 2007, 12:56
ah this picture has so much texture I can reach out and touch the wood.
Ginnie Hart: I can, too, Ngozi. I think I was a carpenter in a past life! smile Thanks.
LOL...was actually expecting some dark and dreary looking place! But I guess these are still preliminary shots wink
Ginnie Hart: HA! You have me figured out, Deji. The sunlight pours into this spot as soon as you open that barn door. But for sure, there is plenty of gloom deeper in, which we'll get to tomorrow! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Sep 2007, 13:46
From Wikipedia:
"A common tradition is that if a horseshoe is hung on a door with the two ends pointing up (as shown here) then good luck will occur. However, if the two ends point downwards then bad luck will occur. Traditions do differ on this point, though. In some cultures, the horseshoe is hung points down (so the luck pours onto you); in others, it is hung points up (so the luck doesn't fall out); still in others it doesn't matter so long as the horseshoe has been used (not new), was found (not purchased), and can be touched. In all traditions, luck is contained in the shoe and can pour out through the ends.

In some traditions, any good or bad luck achieved will only occur to the owner of the horseshoe, not the person who hangs it up. Therefore, if the horseshoe was stolen, borrowed or even just found then the owner, not the person who found or stole the horseshoe will get any good or bad luck. Other traditions require that the horseshoe be found to be effective."
Ginnie Hart: Just when I was gonna do the research, here it is from you, Philine. I love it! It's just as clear as can be. Don and Ruth don't need to do a thing! smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 20 Sep 2007, 16:28
You're right about the clutter in barns - that's what makes them so interesting for photographers. Nice shot.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Ingrid. We all need a place that doesn't need to be straightened up! smile Thanks.
  • JoAnn
  • Netherlands
  • 20 Sep 2007, 22:17
Hi Thats what we say here too, I like the wood and the blue combination, the old lamp. good still. smile
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million for stopping by, JoAnn, especially since I know you're busy. Take care.
I love the ageing wood. Nice capture!! So you think you were a carpenter in your past life because you like 'ageing' wood!!? That's disturbing smile lol.
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Abisola. I like aging wood and the smell of it and the textures. It seems entrenched in me somehow. smile Thanks.
Somehow I expected the pics from inside the barn to be darker and more mysterious....but that is based on the pics you have shown so far... smile
Ginnie Hart: It does get darker, Aksel, as soon as you get away from that front door! smile Thanks.
  • Kay
  • United States
  • 21 Sep 2007, 01:46
Great textures and detail in this picture, Ginnie! I can almost smell the old wood. smile
Ginnie Hart: Me, too, Kay. I love what it looks like, too. Thanks. smile
I like the rusted horseshoe no matter which way it hangs ;~wink
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Deb. I guess I'm not very superstitious. smile Thanks.

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