To think that a barn only houses equipment or livestock is to not understand the farm mentality, for the barn is also an easel for landscapes and art. It is a place to display nick-knacks and things from the past. Barn siding is a blank canvas waiting for the artist.
Boots are a very personal item. A good pair of boots are like an old friend never tossed aside no matter what.
Finding a good pair of boots is a challenge. When new, they are stiff and need a good breaking in. And if what seemed like a good pair when new turns out to be not so great, it’s back to the boot store for something different. And the process starts over.
The drought continues, nearly six inches behind normal, and the streams are drying up except for those fed by a spring somewhere above the pool. Autumn leaves caress the surface, fallen from high above, the end of life as a leaf and soon to be compost.
The path rises and curves over the ridge out of sight creating a sense of the unknown. It is only a few yards before being able to see the other side, further down the path bringing anticipation for the trail and the revelation that comes.
Town officials close roads, main streets and thoroughfares in order that vendors and artists can set up their booths.
The crowds converge on the downtown, winding their way through the masses, and being courteous. For one day, the community comes together for a celebration of harvest.