Opening The Old Barn Door

So…here I sit with my fingers poised ever so lightly on the keyboard and I’m staring at a blank screen.  My own blog — wow…always wanted one but now what? This kinda reminds me of grade 10 English Composition class when you had an assignment to write a short story based on some random word or phrase thrown out, seemingly, on a whim by the teacher.  I always had brain freeze.  Okay, let me start at the beginning and tell you a bit about myself and what I do; seems like a good enough place to start.


I am a full time organic farmer – not a big farm, just a small family farm where my husband and I can grow what we need to eat and offer up the extra when possible.  We grow heirloom vegetables and take seed saving seriously.  We have a flock of laying hens, and Katahdin sheep and raise our own meat chickens as well.  Having moved from the big city to our little piece of heaven about 12 years ago, we constantly astound ourselves with what we have learned – we didn’t grow so much as leaf lettuce when we lived in the city.  My journey to follow my dream sounds like a good idea for another blog post down the road as I really believe in following your heart. 

Plate of Heirloom Beauty

I am a full fledged tomato geek….I love them and the stories that come along with these wonderful heirloom beauties.  Like fine wine, they each have a flavor of their own and the colour array is astounding.  More in a future blog on heirloom tomatoes – I can go on and on about that topic. 

Garlic Scape - yummy goodness

My other growing fascination is garlic – I planted approximately 1800 bulbs last fall of 15 heirloom varieties.  With our early spring they have blasted off and are growing like crazy.  I can hardly wait for the scapes to appear. It is a labour of love to cut each scape from the plant and my mouth starts to water at the thoughts of pickled scapes, scape pesto etc. Sounds like another topic to me.

To provide balance in my life I share my passion for vintage postcards and paper ephemera through my Etsy shop (TheOldBarnDoor).  How I ended up collecting postcards is certainly fodder for another blog along with why bother collecting and what you can do with them in terms of crafting. 

Vintage Postcards as works of art

Vintage Postcards capture our history

Vintage Postcards capture our history

Real Photo postcards capture life's moments

Vintage postcards display nature's beauty

Gee, for someone who didn’t have anything to say for her first blog,this is a good start.  I’m so thrilled to finally have a blog.  This is a rather amazing feat when you consider that I’m still on dial up phone connection for my internet and have no cell phone service in my area – remember those days?

I look forward to sharing my passion for eating fresh and local along with my love of vintage postcards, stamp collecting and misc paper ephemera.  Oh…I love to cook too so you can expect me to ramble on about that as well. And, photography…

TheOldBarnDoor is creaking closed for now

15 thoughts on “Opening The Old Barn Door

  1. Pam - Stitchcrafts says:

    Very nice blog. Look forward to reading your next posts.


  2. Susan says:

    Great first blog. Cant’ wait to read the new ones!

  3. Shannon says:

    Fabulous start!! Love how you write, I can almost hear someone telling a story and forget that I’m reading.

  4. Kat says:

    I love it! I’m so glad you’re sharing your experiences and wisdom with the world…and I’m looking forward to that garlic scape pesto recipe!

  5. Shannon says:

    I love this OBD! Great blog and photos! Keep up the good work!

  6. bstudiodesigns says:

    You’re a natural! Love your photo of the old barn door!
    I look forward to seeing photos of your animals too!

  7. DarkRide says:

    What a great beginning this is, Patricia! Your pics are fantastic and you have a great ‘voice.’ I’ll be looking forward to your posts.

  8. jensdreamdecor says:

    lovely post! I look forward to many more!

  9. Karen says:

    lovely. What a great start. Looking forward to finding out more about you and your life.

  10. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Look forward to your other posts 🙂

  11. Suzanne says:

    Terrific blog! Well done!

  12. MollyR says:

    What a wonderful start to your blog! I really enjoyed reading this. Keep it up!!!

  13. Vitrine says:

    great start Patricia! looking forward to the Barn Door opening up some more and seeing what else you have in there 🙂

  14. Quiet Storytellers says:

    Now I want to brew something warm, sit on the sofa, and read more of your story. :o)

  15. Mapleicious says:

    Wonderful – can’t wait to read more

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s