It still has the old ivory keys, except for one, that he replaced today. Ivory is no longer available, even recycled ivory from other old instruments.
The old gal sound great now. He even played a few songs for me.
|The old barn in winter. I wish it were still here.|
Our farm has been here a long, long time. It originally encompassed about 130 acres, and the first structures were built in the 1700's. The barn, that was taken down only a few years ago, was original to that era..... it stood for over 200 years...
The original house burned down sometime in the 1800s. The current house was built on that foundation, which is why it seems much older.. it IS much older. At one point, the house was a tavern. At another point, a minister lived here. We are slowly learning some of the history.
The farm as it is now, is 7 acres. Most of the forested acreage was sold and put into conservation, and it is across the road, abutting another thousand acres of state forest. Because of this, and another 800 acres of conserved land behind our pastures, there is abundant wildlife, including the larger predators..(something to be aware off, but not to worry).. The higher pasture areas were kept by one of the family members, and they built a house and settled next door.
it has been a number of years, at least 20, maybe longer, since the farm had livestock other than a few chickens and ducks. In our planning to return the land to productivity, and attempt to grow as much of our own food as possible, we hope to incorporate livestock again. exactly what that will look like, I dont think I can say for certain. It is a journey.
I dream of a family cow. Just sayin'.
Weather: it was 1 degree this morning, sunny, and a high about 26. The sunshine w as delightful.