Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The day is done....

We got up to a rainy start of the day...not a lot. Not a heavy rain, but just a fine mist for the most part. You can tell by the above photo that it was not a hard rain, but boy, was it overcast.

Everywhere one goes here, the above is a familiar scene. Shipshewana, a very small town, along with the surrounding area is home to a very large Amish and Mennonite community. It is definitely has the most concentrated area of Amish that I have ever been in...but I know that Pennsylvania and Ohio have more. I read somewhere on line that it was the 3rd most concentrated area....I assumed it meant in the total United States. I live near a couple communities and there are not near as many Amish homes in them.

After spending the first 5 or 6 hours in Shipshewana, we got down to the business of driving backroads. I am sorry to say I got no fabulous captures, but it was fun anyway. We were on roads that were one Amish farm after another. This one seemed to have a real love for birds...one has to wonder are all those birdhouses really needed. At the same time, I don't think the Amish would waste time with something that wasn't useful.

The other thing I wonder is how do they get the birdhouses up that far off the ground? If anyone knows the answer, I would appreciate the answer.
Just a note to tell you that I am having a real problem staying connected. I play to publish this soon as I get a chance. I was connected for about 5 minutes, then lost connection. It may be tomorrow morning before I have a chance the way it is going.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Rose, I'm sure the Amish know what they are doing when it comes to those birdhouses... I do know that they build Martin houses up high ---and Martins are great birds when it comes to eating mosquitos..

Did you get alot of great fabric?????

I've never been in Amish country much --and they just fascinate me so much...

Have a great Wednesday.

Neal said...

I always enjoy visiting Amish country. Seeing them do things the old fashion way always takes me back to my childhood.

Anonymous said...

I live near Amish communities. The Amish buggy is a common sight here too.

EG Wow said...

Look at all those birdhouses! Someone sure is fond of birds.

I don't live in an Amish area as this part of Ontario was settled first by Quakers and Mennonites...but not Old Order Mennonites. We do have large communities and hour or so west of here, though. I'm attracted to their simple way of life...but not enough to give up my computer. :)

Mary said...

I bet you had a great time! Look forward to hearing more. Those bird houses appear to be for martins or swallows and it is typical to have that many. We have a couple of clusters like that in our area and they are loaded with martins. Just think...no mosquitoes to bother you hopefully, with that many around!

Gill - That British Woman said...

Our martin house is on a large pole that is on a pivot. You release two bolts at the bottom of the pole and it swings down, so you can clean the martin house out in the Fall.

Gill in Canada