Okay, last week I posted a random mash-up of photos and it was a well-received feature. So here we go again today.3
These are just some photos that didn't really justify a whole separate post, but throw them together and they make a fun mash-up. This first photo is just of a beautiful flower garden at the end of an Amish home's driveway in St Ignatius, Montana. The flowers are a festive, riotous welcome for any visitor and most of the homes in this settlement had such beautiful displays. Such yard beauty is definitely a localized thing. In some Amish settlements gorgeous flower gardens are common, while in others you're lucky to see a lonely tulip in the yard come spring. Just depends on the traditions and conditions of each community.
These next two photos are random signs. You see a lot of signage in Amish businesses, most hand-lettered. The first sign is from St. Ignatius, Montana, the baker extolling the prices and yumminess of their homemade cinnamon rolls. The second sign is from an Amish-owned greenhouse in Wisconsin. Basically, leave your grumpiness at home is what they are saying!
The next photo is one I LOVED, but I have never posted it because the quality was so horrible. But these were a bunch of Old Order Mennonite youth piled onto a wagon. I tried to sharpen the focus today before posting but this is about as good as it gets. I was in the parking lot of the Country Crust Bakery in Bainbridge, Ohio and saw this wagon going by. I had to take the photo quickly and I did want to do it respectfully and discreetly, but what I ended up with was a blurry mess. SIGH, the photo posted is as good as it gets. SIGH, it is too bad because that probably would have been one of my favorite photos ever: carefree, fun, colorful.
And, finally, this is another just poor quality photo so I didn't post it, but I think there's still value. Some Mennonites preparing to leave the local produce auction with some plants. I really do enjoy visiting the Old Order Mennonite settlement near Bainbridge, Ohio. Highly recommend a trip there if you are anywhere in central or southern Ohio!