|THE BARN IS O P E N|
Joining today with PHOTO ART FRIDAY for our monthly "get together' Our challenge for today was to do a piece of art demonstrating the concept of OPEN. I am sorry to say that I did not have any real artistic ideas about this, so will share a couple of photos that I took while I was in Illinois over the thanksgiving holiday. We had the opportunity to visit a really antique barn called Walnut Grove which is just outside of KNOXVILLE Illinois. This barn is HUGE, and was built by hand in 1863. Made from rock from a local quarry and hand hewn logs. Every year, the barn hosts a large Christmas craft festival with people selling their crafts from both illinois and Iowa.I had the chance to go to this a long time ago, and have been waiting eagerly for months to go again this year, as I knew we would be in Illinois for the holiday . Arrived as soon as it opened on the Friday after Thanksgiving, and was excited to see Father Christmas, at the door, and a sign saying THE BARN IS OPEN. Had a great time shopping and looking at all of the great ideas that people had. You can see below one of the shoppers had on a fur coat, and I can tell you that you really needed it at this barn. NO CENTRAL HEAT OR AIR HERE.... and it was just plain cold. The first purchase that I made was a hand made hat to keep my ears warm. This barn is a 3 story barn, and I can just imagine all of the early mornings at dawn up milking the cows by candle light.