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I kind of have a fascination for barns.


goochland county abandoned farm


I’m not sure why I’m drawn to barns and farm stuff.

I’ve lived in apartments, houses, in the burbs, the city, and on military housing bases…

but never in a barn, or on a farm.


Virginia farms


Although I’ve lodged for a night in a converted horse barn in Ireland.


Park hotel county cavan

Someone could use a sugar cube.


Maybe it’s because I occasionally shared a room with an animal loving sister who collected Breyer horse models.

Or because I’ve always loved Little House on the Prairie.



horse stall barn Virginia

My sister would’ve loved this room decor.


But on the other hand, I really don’t like gnats, horse flies, or cow patties…AND once, when I was nine, I got shooed off a farm by a rifle wielding farmer after my friends and I wandered a little too close to his property.


route 6 Powhatan Virginia

No trespassing. Duh.


farm department of corrections Powhatan

This barn is particularly captivating, it sits next door to a state prison.


Still I like barn-y things.


barn and skyline


They don’t have to be shiny red either. I even like the abandoned, graying, and unfinished looking ones.


old barns


 So I add barns to the growing list of Random Things I Find Interesting…along with rusty cars, Zentangle doodles, junking, turquoise and silver jewelry, and sharks.

 Do you have a random fascination?

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38 thoughts on “Framework and Dreams: What Catches Your Eye?

  1. Susanna Leonard Hill

    I don’t know if I have any particularly random fascinations, but I DO love barns! I love them because they evoke warmth and animals and the sweet smell of hay and all the wonderful times I’ve spent in them around horses 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I was in a horse stable last week and got the warm, happy fuzzies, but I couldn’t quite figure out where that nostalgic sensation was coming from. Probably just me thinking too much. Must remember just to enjoy. 🙂

  2. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen

    I love old barns as well, Coleen. I have a day to wait for my cousin to arrive at the airport and was planning to take photos of the old farms up by Benvoulin Road here in Kelowna. I have always had an attraction to farming and that quiet life.. but have never done it either. Maybe one day! xx

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      The quiet life. Hmmm, maybe that’s what it’s about for me. I occasionally say to my hub that we should move to a farm. I don’t think he’s up for that, but he will always pull the car over for me to take pics of them. 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Funny rambling story–that is pretty much the story of my life. 🙂 And “rambling” also evokes a country, farm life feel too, don’t ya think?

  3. tomwisk

    You don’t kind of like barns you love them, admit it. We’ve all got some thing that grabs our eye and we don’t obsess about it but we put in that place in our memory where we can go back if we need solace.

  4. Patricia Tilton

    Beautiful still photos of barns. I like barns. I didn’t grow up on a farm, but frequently visited a great uncles farm where he raised cows and pigs. Love driving past farms with my windows open — love the smell. Now you know I’m crazy. I particularly love to visit the Amish farms, not too far from me. Beautiful barns — and I love the Amish!

    1. Coleen Patrick

      I think I like the smell too. The smell of the horse stable I was in recently didn’t bother me at all–only the gnats. And I’m fascinated by the Amish, too!

  5. Alarna Rose Gray

    Think I get your barn fascination, Coleen. Something earthy and grounded and rustic about it…honest, even. At least for those of us who’ve never had to work in the muck that comes with them! I share a fascination, not so much for barns, but for old country homesteads and ruins. Old churches, too – I’d love to live in an old converted church.

  6. clay

    Love barns….. as for me, it seems my fascination (lately) is sunsets and lake shots – I have been on living on a lake for the past month and am sadly returning tomorrow (some time) to reality… school starts next week and my days of watching the sunset will be over for a while!
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  7. Debra Kristi

    I also harbor a love for barns (especially old ones) and rusted out old cars. I still remember an old red barn from my trip to Wisconsin almost twenty years ago. I so wish I had a decent picture of beauty. I took the kids up to my mother’s a week ago. Big farm country. I wanted to go on the hunt for barns. My mother wasn’t as thrilled with the idea, sitting in the car while I run off with my camera. LOL. I didn’t get a picture of a barn, but I got a Bob’s Big Boy! 😀
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    1. Coleen Patrick

      We almost made it to a restored covered bridge on our trip a couple weeks ago. I don’t think I’ve seen one up close (not that I remember anyway). But I imagine I will have to stop and look around once I do. There’s something fascinating with bridges too.

  8. Leigh Covington

    You should know that you’ve inspired me to get back out there and take more pictures. I love photography. Its very soothing and comforting to me. Always love what I find on your blog, AND on instagram 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Oh, YAY! I hope you will share on Instagram (or the blog). And I’m so with you about photography being relaxing–both capturing pics and looking at them. I like that there’s an instant sense of creativity.

  9. Patricia

    Oh, a girl after my own heart. I, too, love old barns. I like new barns, too, but old barns have such great character. My grandpa lived on a farm and I remember the old barn on his property that finally fell completely down about 20 years ago. So sad.

    I seem to have a strange fascination with flowers and flowering plants. Every trip I’ve ever taken has many, many pictures of flowers. I blogged about it once. I had no idea I was so crazed about flowers, but the proof was there on my pictures.

    And I seem to be drawn to marinas and boat docks. Something about skeleton masts bobbing in the gentle waters that calms me. Especially at night when there are twinkling lights all around the wharves and such. It’s a silly thing because I’m not a big boat person, but I love to look at them.

    So, there you have it.

    Once again, I love your photos.

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  10. Emily R. King

    You haven’t lived if you haven’t been chased off a farm by a rifle-toting red neck! Great post, Coleen. Glad you survived your trespassing past! 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Telling that story now, as a parent, makes me cringe and kind of put a tick in the pro box for staying home and playing video games. Kind of. But then again, the stories I have from my kid explorations are irreplaceable!

  11. Inion N. Mathair

    I’d have to agree with, I find them utterly beautiful down to their rustic cover to the stories behind them. And like you Coleen, I was a hug fan of Little House On The Prarie and even list it as one of the first books I read as a child. Coarse I think you could find beauty in anything Coleen. If someone would’ve told me that I would love a post on Coffee, I would’ve laughed. Yet the post you wrote, I shared with all my friends. It’s the reason, Art is so great. What one person finds mundane, another can find absolutely beautiful and show the rest of the world how to look at it differently or really look at it and see it for the first time. As with all your posts, sharing this now Coleen. Loved this!

  12. Chris Edgar

    I used to think, as a kid, that, if I worked on a farm, and got up at 4:30 a.m. to milk the goats and do other agricultural tasks, that I would never feel a sense of guilt about having more than I deserved, or not working hard enough. These days, thankfully, there isn’t as much of that guilt and thus not as much of the need to purge it. But I still think farms are cool. 🙂

  13. Denise Hisey

    I got a good chuckle out of “someone needs a sugar cube” !!!

    I love old barns and ‘farmy’ stuff, too. Maybe it gives us the notion of a quieter, calmer time?
    Lovely photos, Coleen.

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