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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Mountain Blue Barn

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Remember that feeling when school was out for 
summer vacation?
Lazy days that stretched out before us 
with no schedules, just going where 
the day took us. 

Roads in north Alabama wind through 
the foothills of the Appalachians 
and remind me of the lazy days of school summer vacation. 

Days when unexpected detours can happen. 
Like spotting an old blue barn...

And pulling over to look at it from all sides. 

Wherever we were going can wait on a lazy 
summer day. 

A rusty old metal roof and peeling blue paint 
say, "Country." 

A glimpse of a horse trailer says, "Horses," but 
where are the horses? 
None in the field around the barn. 

Just a birdhouse across the road near the closest house. 

A quiet day with no person or animals in sight,
not even a buzzing bee or fly. 
A lazy day in summer in the country...

Beat up, patched together, metal siding at odd angles, 
the barn needs repairs. 

Seeing the old blue barn along meandering 
Appalachian roads was worth the detour 
on this summer day. 
Amazing how light can change color 
from medium true blue to pale turquoise blue...

One last look as we slowly drive away 
on a lazy summer day. 
Summer days when life slows down 
and stretches out before us full of 
promise for more unexpected pleasant detours... 
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  1. Oh I can remember those days perfectly -
    What a gorgeous color that barn is and what a beautiful view of the mountains!
    Thanks so much for sharing :)

  2. Such a great post....Love those winding roads that always create a's inspiring to see I am not the only one who wants to get out of the car to take pic's.....or pick wild flowers...

    Thanks for sharing this :-)


  3. All so pretty ~ I love the barn and it makes me wonder all that went on inside :) Your post makes me want to get in the car and go for a drive. So true about childhood Summer vacation ~ not a care in the world! Enjoy this day ~ Judi

  4. This is beautiful. Makes me want to get in the car and go! I love those lazy days too. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love That blue barn......lovely....!.....enjoy summer love Ria...x!

  6. Great post, Judith! This reads like poetry. As a retired teacher I can relate to the feeling of looking forward to those summer days. In retirement one day is pretty much like the next. ;-)
    I've intended to tell you, each time I open up your blog and see that glorious table in its alfresco setting, I'm immediately awash with of fond memories of beautiful times in France. You have captured the feel perfectly!
    I want to join you at this lovely table sometime. ~ Sarah

  7. Judith, what a lovely post. I love each of the barns and the effort it took to capture such artistic scenes. Your photos are positively bucolic! I have to say, the opening scene... that of the highway, is perhaps my favorite of all. It is not only amazing with its layers of color, but it is so reminiscent of long drives through the countryside during my 17 year tenure in Missouri. We drove so many times from St. Louis to Dallas... Interstate 44 to Highway 75. Love, love, love the South. Thanks for the memories!

  8. gorgeous greens---i love the trees and the grasses in your photos. the birdhouse is lovely. charming blue barn.

  9. First time I've ever seen a blue barn, but I hope it won't be the last!

    Blue Sky, Muddy River

  10. Yes, I've always loved the summer grands are already counting days 'till they have to go back to school....:)
    Hope whoever owns the pretty blue barn will fix it up and not let it fall down. :)

  11. What restful pictures of blue, blue, blue. (sigh) Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Blue Monday, BB.

  12. Meandering is good for the soul, I'd have to say! You've reminded me that I'm about due for a nice drive in the country.


  13. Love the blue rustic barn with the green grass -so peaceful and relaxing!

  14. Ahh, yes, those were the days! That's a beautiful part of Alabama and I adore the blue barn! Thank you for the trip back when!

  15. Summer days in the country, so relaxing. Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous photos, love them all!


  16. That's beautiful country! And I love the old barns! Enjoy your week my friend!

  17. Beautiful photos! Love that blue barn.

  18. Oh, what a lovely way to spend your day.

  19. I love the color blue, but I wonder why this barn was painted blue. I bet it was such a pretty barn at one time. Like you... I wonder where the people and critters are. it must have been a glorious summer drive anyway.
    May God Bless,
    Marie Antoinette

  20. Beautiful photos! Love that blue! Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

  21. What a beautiful blue old barn! I allso love to stop and enjoy those small moments with the camera. Thank you for sharing :)

  22. Oh I love old barns and this one painted blue is so fabulous. I always dreamed of finding just the perfect one and turning it into home. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  23. Cannot tell you how much I love the Blue in your blog! And what a fun stop. Thanks for sharing!

  24. Lovely landscapes! Blue barns are my favorite. Pinning:) I posted DIY Doily Jacket this week.

  25. BEAUTIFUL post. Such a sweet, peaceful, "take me away" enjoyed this!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...

  26. Nothing like a road trip and seeing all the the blue barn! You are one of the features today at the Anything Blue Friday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to this week's party. Hope to see you again at my little blue soiree. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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