Earlier this month, I had the chance to reconnect with the lovely Emily Westbrooks, a former student of mine. She is currently living in Ireland and was “home” for a visit. She mentioned wanting to do some photography of old barns, so I jumped up and offered to be her chauffer for an afternoon. We took off on rte 3 towards Belfast.
Stop 1 was in nearby Branch Pond.
We made a quick stop at this old church. The sign said the church was from 1861. I instantly thought that that was the year the American Civil War began. We had fun peeking into the windows to see the old interior. What history this building has lived through!
We then stopped at this “Real Country Store” and the Old Grist Mill. Once again, we were left to peeking into windows and imagining what life was like when “everything” you needed for daily living in the village was just a short walk away.
Before long, we saw the sign for the little village of Liberty and decided to take another side trip. What a treasure-trove for these novice camera-lovers!
There was this unique 8-sided old post-office, lots of old buildings and even older “collectables”. We had fun poking around, taking lots of pictures and chatting the whole time!
So far, we had taken lots of pictures, but NO old barns, yet!
We finally arrived in Belfast and headed off across the rolling hills toward Brooks and Thorndike. FINALLY we found the perfect barn, sun and setting!
We laughed that the road-side sections were all nicely painted, but we were taking pictures of the weathered wood. True character!
We continued on our way – chatting, laughing and enjoying the rural scenery. Before we knew it, we were back home. Even though it had been years since we’d seen each other, it was so good to catch up and relate to each other as adults instead of teacher/student. The day passed quickly and I was also reminded of how quickly time does fly, both figuratively and literally!