Our last stop on our recent trip to Tennessee was to visit some dear friends who happen to live in Amish Country. Now I know that sometimes looking at photos of someone else’s vacation is somewhat less than thrilling, (and I promise that this will be the last post about our trip!) but this is Amish Country so I know that you’ll be as enthralled as I was….
Here’s a picture of one of the Amish farms:
Since the Amish have no electricity, they build their houses so that the water flows down from the hill behind them, is piped into the house first, and then piped into the garden, which is technically the front yard. (Those little white hanging things are gourds that have been converted into birdhouses). The watering system seems to work pretty effectively because look at these beautiful grapes:
Here’s another Amish garden:
I know alot of work must go into maintaining a garden like that! One of my favorite things about the Amish Gardens were these signs that hung out front, advertising what vegetables are for sale:
I totally see a sign like this in the Good Old Days Farm’s Future!
On Sunday morning we drove past the Meeting house:
As you can see from the parking lot, it was full! People from this Community and the next one over were both in attendance. (Apparently this community believes in rubber tires, but the next one does not. You can see this difference in the farming equipment as well as the carriages. Some carriages have rubber tires while others have wooden:
A little further down the road we saw this outhouse. A public Amish restroom?
Oh no! In fact, it is the Community telephone!
Oh! And Papa the Farmer wanted me to show you his favorite pictures. These are pictures of the sawmill taken on Sunday Morning when everyone was already in church:
“Wow! Look at that wood!” (he said.)
I liked Amish country so much I could move there. So I even picked out myself a house. This one:
Isn’t it pretty? But alas, somebody lives there already, so I picked this one instead:
But Papa the Farmer said it would be too dark in there and he also said that the property isn’t suitable for farming, which is probably why no Amish people are living there already. (Ok, he’s right on both counts). BUT he did say, that if any of you, my dear blog readers, happen to own a house in Amish country and want us to live there without electricity and all that, he will move us and farm the land Amish-style and even build me a little shack right next to the community telephone where I can have my Internet so that I can blog about the Good Old Days Farm Amish-Style and change everybody’s names to Papa the Half-Amish Farmer and the Little Half-Amish Farmhands. Any takers???