When I lived in the Midwest, my perception of the East Coast was the same as many others. Based on movies, magazines, and personal travels I imagined it to be all skyscrapers and sidewalks. When I moved here, my friends from Omaha asked me about the traffic and how long it takes to get to work and whether or not I missed the wide open spaces.
I get a kick out of explaining that I live in a town that has a main street with a single stop light and the only type of traffic jam that could cause me to be late for work is a flock of geese crossing the road.
One of my more recent discoveries is the Patterson Farm. It is one of the few, if not the only pieces of open space left in the area. It’s the home of the Artist’s of Yardley, the studio of artist Colleen Attara, and the rich land is a source of local produce for the community. There are two houses and sets of farm buildings; one was owned by the Patterson’s and the other by the Doan’s.
Last Friday I was feeling out of sorts, so I grabbed my camera and drove to the property. Today I’d like to take you on a tour.
The driveway winds from Mirror Lake road to the Janney House. This picture isn’t from my most recent set, but I think it’s the best picture I have of the house. I thought it would be neat to include a photo of the house from the first day of my drawing class. The house was built during the time that Andrew Jackson was president and is the home of the Artist’s of Yardley.
I thought the view of these trees and the sun filtered through the leaves was spectacular. I love the shadows and it made me picture Scarlett O’hara standing with soil clenched in her hand and shouting to the sky, “I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again.”
This body of water brought back memories of my grandparents farm outside of Berthold, N.D. The slough at the end of the road was the signal for the dog to start barking and that the road trip was over and there were welcoming hugs just ahead.
The shafts of tall grass swayed in the breeze and they whispered “Summer,” in my ear.
I met the gentleman who currently farms the property. He grows fresh produce, and his family sells it at a local farmers market. He often tends to the farm in the evening as a way to wind down and get away from the hectic pace of the day. It made me sad to learn that the open space property is in jeopardy and commercial development may ensue. (more to come on this in a separate post)
There is something very poetic and nostalgic about a tractor at sunset.
The property is well guarded by feral cats. I don’t think this one was too happy to see me.
I always enjoy taking pictures of things from different angles. I like this view of the property and the glimpse of the Doan farm on the horizon.
It was all I could do to not curl up in one of the deck chairs and watch the sea of summer wave across the land.
I found this to be a fascinating contrast. The bright color of flowers blooming against the backdrop of a house with a history and life. It’s as though the flowers are saying, “Don’t give up hope.”
I found myself wondering about the relationship between the families. Was there intrigue? Was there friendship? I like to think there may have been some mystery, I might just make some up for good measure.
One hundred and thirty pictures later I couldn’t think of a good reason to feel out of sorts. It’s a beautiful place and a slice of heaven on earth.
15 thoughts on “A Little Slice of Heaven on Earth”
I love the one with the deck chairs, I so want to be there sitting and looking at all that is around me
I think it’s my favorite picture of the entire set. It makes me want to sit and relax and just take it all in.
thank you 🙂
you are welcome and yes me too, I’ll join you there
I love the way you are able to stop and look at our world and appreciate the beauty in the simplest of things like a wonderful, old farm. Don’t stop exploring and soaking up all the beautiful things in our world….as your writing shows, some of the most beautiful are right in our own backyard.
Thank you Mary!
I can see why you love the placeand your photos are spectacular.
Thank you – it is a beautiful place and I was quite pleased with how well the pictures turned out. I still can’t believe how many I took. 🙂
Really beautiful photos! I feel like we just went on a walk together!
Thanks Naomi! I hope you enjoyed our walk as much as I did 🙂
Very nice! Love the pictures and the words to go along with them 🙂
thank you 🙂 I bought a new camera and I’m enjoying taking pictures even more than before – I’m beginning to fancy myself an amateur photographer 😉
Put my vote in for the cat pic. The cat is seething with anger and it shows. Nice addition for your new multimedia art portfolio.
Thanks Steve 🙂 I’m loving my new camera! The cat is nothing short of downright scary.
If you love the farm as many local residents and beyond do, please help PERPETUALLY preserve it with a Conservation Easement and PROPER farmland preservation protection. Lower Makefield Township (the owner of the property) is proceeding with plans to subdivide and sell a farm parcel, and to build a commercial greenhouse complex on preserved Open Space land (the township refused to locate the construction on reclaimed brownfields as community members had suggested). Every available voice is needed to speak up for farmland preservation. But time is short! Zoning variances that will forever change the farm are being requested by a potential buyer of the 5+ acre parcel that was offered for sale. If the sale proceeds, the beautiful and historic Satterthwaite/Doan house and barn will be sold and converted to commercial use. With your help we CAN and WILL stop the sale and restore the farm to its former magnificence.
Learn more at http://www.PattersonFarmPreservation.com or follow Friends of Patterson Farm Preservation on Facebook.
P.S. Animal lovers will be relieved to know the Patterson Cats are not ferals. They are barn cats who’ve been spayed/neutered by concerned community members and are much loved and cared for.