A Special Gift; A Familiar Sight

One of Motor Man’s sisters is very interested in local history, has researched it extensively and has, most likely, taken pictures of every old building in our area.

A few years ago, she had a selection of her photos printed on canvas and framed, and they were featured in a showing at a local art gallery.

Some time back, the owners of a dairy farm in a neighboring county commissioned her to take a photo of the barn, so they could have it framed as a gift for their mother.  At that time, she also had one printed on canvas and framed to keep for herself.

Last week, she gave it to me.

bc dairy 2-4-2015 11-17-48 AM

At the time the photo was taken, the exterior of the barn had just been painted with a scene featuring one of the farm’s Holsteins and her triplets (a rare occurence for dairy cows, I’m told).

If you’re a long-time reader (or friend or family), you know that this barn is located directly across the highway from my childhood home. That’s why my sister-in-law decided to give the picture to me. She said she knew that I saw the barn every day during  my growing-up years.

dianne stroller barn 6-27-2010 9-31-29 PM

Now this beautiful photo is hanging in our hallway, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have it.

bc dairy on wall 2-4-2015 11-18-11 AM

Thanks, Carolyn, for the very special gift; just looking at it takes me back home.

~These Days Of Mine~

23 responses to “A Special Gift; A Familiar Sight

  1. That is indeed a special and most meaningful gift for you! Love the barn painting……beautifully done.


  2. You got an awesome sister-in-law. What a special treasure she gifted you with. 🙂

  3. What a thoughtful gift! I’ll bet you find yourself lingering in that hallway … MJ

  4. Looks really good. Love the framing as well!

    Mersad Donko Photography

  5. I’ve never seen a mural painted on a barn before. What a tremendous gift. I know you just love it.

  6. Love that barn!

  7. Awww…such a thoughtful gift. And now it’s hanging on the blog for others to enjoy, too.

  8. I can just imagine how that makes your heart happy! What a sweet and thoughtful gift.

  9. Fabulous! I love the old picture, too. Makes this post so meaningful.

  10. WONDERFUL and special gift. Made me smile this morning. And I got to share it with a fellow teacher here who grew up across the road from the barn too. She LOVED it.

  11. What a great gift Carolyn gave you!! It was very thoughtful of her. And it takes me back home, too!! Thanks to Carolyn for a special gift to you and to you for me to see it by posting it!

  12. Glad you like it, enjoy

    Carolyn A. Keen Free Lance Historian Independent Researcher P.O. Box 159 Battery Park VA. 23304 757-357-2173 “Images of the Past for the Future”

    Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.

  13. What a wonderful gift, Dianna. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  14. That is so special.

  15. A beautiful thoughtful gift Dianna! Love the mural.

  16. What a wonderful gift!

  17. What a special gift!

  18. Amazing gift! I was excited to see it, and it has found a suitable new home !

  19. Gorgeous picture of a memory!

  20. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Oh what a treasure Carolyn gave you! I know I did not live across from the barn but I have many memories of riding pass it growing up. Thanks so much for sharing.

  21. What a fitting gift, and it appears you had the perfect space waiting for it.

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