Journal Date: early January 2014. We were down South, my Farmer was working, and I had time on my hands while I waited to team drive a few hundred more miles with him. I didn’t feel like crocheting anymore. I had three bars on my smart phone and I was thinking, “I’m about to get smarter…”
Not long after Christmas, we headed deeper into the South. You know you’ve gone far enough South for peanuts, pines, pecans and yes, excellent beef, when you step out of the truck onto this sandy goodness.
While my Farmer was working with the cattleman, I had several hours to
kill spend amusing myself. So I wandered around a bit.
It’s a Southern farm tenant house.
There’s a whole world of history on tenant farming or tenancy that I knew nothing about. Still don’t know much, but some basic history is in my mind now.
The cattleman is fixing up this home for a farm employee to live in.
It needs some work.
But it seemed quite sturdy on those fresh cinder blocks.
Let’s go inside.
I think someone’s been sanding…a lot.
I’ve never been brave enough to paint over old wood. It seems hallowed.
And then if you change your mind after painting wood, it’s a job to undo it.
I’d come unhinged if I had to sand all four walls, plus the ceiling and floor of this place.
Look! A cord. Praise be, the sander is electric. I’m feeling more secure on my hinges all the time.
The cattleman says this wood is heart pine – that’s a short but fascinating Wikipedia search.
Based on my observations, this example of heart pine is of the flat sawn variety.
I don’t know what that means, but I like how the Internet helps me sound like I do. 😉
Heart Pine – It’s the really hard part at the center of a pine tree. There used to be a lot of large trees like this in the U.S. Trying to imagine the seemingly inexhaustible resources our ancestors found in this country is a long and intriguing line of thought. You can spend a lot of time with those thoughts if you find yourself so inclined…or if you follow your husband to work at farms around the South.
Walk through from the unfinished room to the finished room with me…
…and back again…
I’m thinking whites and blues and all manner of girly frills to soften and be crisp with these warm walls.
Something tells me the farm employee may not agree. That’s okay. He’ll still be cozy and happy here.
Hope you’ve had a great week.
Talk to me:
Do you like the pine walls/floors/ceilings? Do you know more about heart pine?
Does your family farm property include any forestry acreage? Ours does. My mother-in-law says a harvest from that acreage sent her to college back in the day. In the South, forestry is a major agriculture industry. What roll does it play where you live or farm?
Have you spent much time considering how farmers often have opportunities to preserve and maintain historical structures in rural America? We maintain a 160 year old barn in excellent repair – and we use it daily.