Tis the Gift to Be Simple

posted by Sharon June 2, 2015 19 Comments
Barns Michigan Saginaw

Tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free,
Tis a gift to come down where you ought to be . . .

When true simplicity is gained,
To bow and to bend, we will not be ashamed,
To turn, turn, will be our delight,
Till by turning, turning we come round right.
Shaker song

Plant. Grow. Harvest. Eat. This is the simple cycle of the  grains, vegetables, and fruits that sustain our lives. Driving through the countryside in Michigan recently, I found farms everywhere that remind us of this cycle of life.

These are places where the simple life of planting and growing crops takes place. But so many of the buildings are decaying. They lean, cry out for paint and repair, show their age.

My family told me this structure was upright just a week earlier.

For this city girl, a tour of farm country is fascinating. I do fear, though, that this simple way of life is endangered.

Just a few miles on a busy road and I was once again in the city, passing large grocery stores and restaurants. I’ll treasure the afternoon I spent in farm country, though. Life just seemed simpler for a little while.

Linking up with Texture Tuesday, Wednesday Around the World, and Sweet Shot Tuesdays. Some photos are edited with Kim Klassen’s Lightroom presets. Also linking up with the song-inspired party, Song-ography, where my song choice is “Tis the Gift to Be Simple.”

 

 

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19 Comments

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Carol Blackburn June 2, 2015 at 1:05 am

Love all the barns and buildings Sharon. Super!

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image-in-ing June 2, 2015 at 1:52 am

Beautiful, restful, healing rural scenes.
Thank you for this series.
Please consider visiting & linking up at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/06/nesting.html

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Marilyn Gallas June 2, 2015 at 5:16 am

These are wonderful. I love old barns in the country.

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Desirae June 2, 2015 at 5:27 am

I always love stopping by your blog, even if it has been so infrequent the last couple of years. But you just have such a way with words and photos together. I really loved this set.

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sarah June 2, 2015 at 6:29 am

Beautiful post with wonderful photos. 🙂

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin June 2, 2015 at 9:11 am

So beautiful. It makes you wonder what life once happened in those barns and on those farms.

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FlowerLady Lorraine June 2, 2015 at 10:38 am

Thank you for sharing those old beautiful barns. It is so sad to see them decaying and that way of life disappearing too.

That Shaker song is one I’ve enjoyed reading for years now since I first found it. Thanks for sharing it here.

Have a good week ~ FlowerLady

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Jackie June 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm

I am a city girl, too but also love taking photos of old barns. These are lovely and sad in a way as they fall into disrepair.

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Earl June 2, 2015 at 11:51 pm

Wonderful series of old farm buildings. I m glad that you have captured their images before they all fall down. Beautiful.

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Monique U. (A Half-Baked Notion) June 2, 2015 at 11:58 pm

Beautifully photographed and touching reminders of a time when life really was that simple, Sharon 🙂 I’ve loved that heartfelt hymn since childhood 🙂

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kim June 3, 2015 at 12:21 am

Those barns are awesome! I do love simplicity! Great song!

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elizabethfstewart June 3, 2015 at 4:36 am

There is just about nothing as picturesque as an old barn!

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Pieni Lintu June 3, 2015 at 7:10 am

Oh, so beautiful!

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kmcblackburn June 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm

All this beautiful texture…so interesting to really look at and study. I REALLY like that first shot with the dirt path line leading your eye, great composition. Thanks for joining in at Song-ography.

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Lisa @ SLP June 3, 2015 at 5:36 pm

oh i love, love, love barn shots and man you captured them great. well done, indeed! i really like the last shot of the red barn, but i think i am partial to the one with the barn falling down. doesn’t it make your heart sad to see that. i am missing you over at life thru the lens.

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Buckeroomama June 3, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Sometimes I dream of a simple life in the country, but for someone who’s always lived in the city, I wonder how long before I go hankering for city life again.

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Anne@GritandGiggles June 4, 2015 at 11:37 am

Beautiful images and words. I can relate to this so well, being a farm girl at heart. It is interesting to learn that there are the same issues the world over. Many farmers just can’t afford to upkeep at the moment here, they are struggling to make ends meet in a world that seems to be against them, the food givers. I know our family farm needs repairs.

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Amy June 5, 2015 at 2:14 am

I like the black and white one the best – are many of them very old?

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Kelleyn June 5, 2015 at 2:32 am

Sometimes I think living on a farm would be pretty cool! Then on the other hand the idea of having to drive 20 minutes to the grocery store isn’t my cup of tea!

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