Monday, September 30, 2013

Part 2 - Porter Lynch Road

I was surprised to find that Porter Lynch Road was very long, stretching from the town of Stockholm into the town of Norfolk and then back into Stockholm again:

Most of the road was agricultural and there were lots of fields with hay bales and farm equipment:

Herds of beef cattle out on pasture:

Spacious, comfortable homes with wonderful porches:

Old barns with sagging roofs:

Old farm houses:

And some antique farm equipment:

I thought this barn was still in use until I noticed the trees growing through its roof:

Big old trees in front of country homes:

Horse barns:

And, of course, horses:

This last photo of my tour seemed to be the very essence of Porter Lynch Road. A well kept flower garden, an older home with a barn out back. This looked to me like a place I'd like to call home. But of course I already had a home and had delayed getting back to it for too long already. So I put away my camera and pointed the car in that direction:

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Part 1 - Porter Lynch Road

I was on my way home from the equipment store and a side trip to the town of Louisville (see previous posts) when I noticed this sign, not for the first time, for Porter Lynch Road. I figured that I'd already delayed my trip by touring Louisville, so I might as well turn and see what Porter Lynch Road had to offer:

Porter Lynch Road was very rural, with homes and farms which looked friendly and liveable:

This old, abandoned garage looked forlorn, a reminder of days long gone. I suspect it began life as a barn and those doors at the top were for loading hay:

There also were modern homes and it struck me that even the newest homes often had wide porches. It was part of the country life:

Old barns and silos, shiny new farm equipment:

Old farm homes:

Tractors, balers, all the requirements of farming:

This mobile home seemed to be cultivating Catalpa Trees, and I was surprised they'd grow in this cold climate. I've since checked their range map and they grow way up into Canada, apparently much more cold hardy than I'd realized:

The split rail fence continued on past the next house and I guessed that the two families were related:

I passed by a field of very colorful sheep:

An old barn with red doors, still part of an active farm:

A sprawling farm house. But there was more to see on Porter Lynch Road, and I'll post Part 2 tomorrow:

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Discovering Louisville, New York - Part 3

I was taking a driving tour through the village and town of Louisville, and finding it both liveable and picturesque:

As in most towns around here, the trees surrounded and backed up everything. This home had trees, bushes and a myriad of plantings:

A modern brick home with double garage:

An old farm house:

And a pleasant suburban type home, surrounded with flowers:

A white home with a big porch:

A driveway into the woods where another home was hidden. It was marked by a split rail fence, flowers, an old hand pump and a Blue Spruce:

A classic, traditional farm home:

And because Louisville was right on the shores of the Grasse River and close to the St. Lawrence Seaway, a miniature lighthouse:

Tall Garden Phlox were in bloom here:

And right next door, even more Phlox in bloom. They seemed to be the same variety, with each blossom a mix of pink and white. I'd bet that these neighbors shared root cuttings:

Twin maples framed this home. But I'd already spent enough time on my driving tour, so I put my camera away and headed for home:

Friday, September 27, 2013

Discovering Louisville, New York - Part 2

I was making my first drive through the village of Louisville. They had fine old churches:

And modern homes backed by towering pines:

Some very old homes, at least one of them abandoned:

Very deluxe homes:

And a classic gas station and eatery along the highway, looking for all the world like the places our family stopped on our trips across the country when we were children:

The forest was ever present around and behind many of the homes:

Just outside of the village but still in the town of Louisville were wildflowers galore, with corn fields off in the distance:

The wildflowers were so beautiful that I stopped and attempted to capture their color:

This looked like an old farm house all fixed up:

Another fine old brick church:

And lovely homes along the Grasse River:

Louisville seemed like a nice place to live. It was out in the country, but within easy commuting distance to many of the population centers. But I still had more to see in Louisville, and I'll post Part 3 tomorrow:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Discovering Louisville, New York - Part 1

I was on my way home from the equipment dealer when I noticed a sign at the turnoff for Louisville. I hadn't been there before, so I made the turn and four miles later saw this sign:

One of the first buildings I saw was the Louisville Fire Department:

And there was a wide variety of homes, from small:

To large:

There were old, colonial looking brick homes:

And the Grasse River flowing right through the middle of the village:

And there by the river crossing was this sign which told of a very old, stone bridge which once spanned the Grasse River right there:

Louisville was filled with comfortable, small town homes:

New homes and old homes:

The Wilson Community Hall, which looked as if it was once a church:

There were multiple old cemeteries in town and lots more. I'll post Part 2 tomorrow: