These are some pretty scenes from the Amish settlement outside of Berne, Indiana. Look at these three beautiful horses. An Amish man was out plowing his field and had to stop for a minute so I asked if I could get a photo of his horses and they acted as if they were posing. Neat shot on a gorgeous day.
This is a very typical white clapboard Adams County, Indiana farmhouse. You'll often see sprawling, rambling additions to the homes as generations age and add-ons are built on to accommodate an aged parent. Looks like a second laundry line had to be added to this large farmhouse!
This photo illustrates the change seeping into Berne's Amish community. We have what once would have been an unthinkable sight: a covered buggy. Berne's Amish settlement is known for having their open buggies but over the past couple of years a few small church districts in the area have broken ranks with the rest and are allowing covered buggies in. This open buggy is tied up next to a close buggy, I wonder if the person in the open buggy is looking longingly at the closed buggy? You'd be surprised an awful lot of Amish in the Berne settlement prefer the open buggies to the closed ones, even in very cold weather. I guess it is what you are used to. The photo below shows a lone buggy parked at the Berne Community Market. A covered shed there provides a sheltered, convenient place to park a buggy.
As I look at the photos of the Amish way of life such as clothes drying on the line it takes me back to my childhood when my mother washed clothes for a family of six on a wringer washing machine and hung them out to dry. I, myself, hang some things out when the weather permits. If you've never slipped into bed with sheets that have hung out to dry on a warm sunny day, you don't know what you have missed.