Okay, folks, time for our weekly spin through the blogosphere to look at anything and everything Plain. I think there's a little bit of something for everyone this week. Let's start out in the Conewango Valley of New York.
CONEWANGO VALLEY: Tom the Backroads Traveler shares some gorgeous photos with us of a recent day in this conservative Amish settlement. What is striking - to me - about these photos is just how lush and green they are. I spent several days in this area but it was on a cold, gray and sometimes snowy stretch of March days a few years ago. Rachel and I mused that the area would probably be gorgeous during the summer and Tom's post confirms that. Click here to see this lush slice of New York and some pretty Amish scenes.
VISIT WITH AN 89-year-old AMISH WAINRIGHT (Wheel-maker): The lay-out of this blog kind of drove me nuts (you have to click the thumbnails of the photos to enlarge them) but it is well worth wading through. I've not run into many Amish men who live to the ripe old age of almost 90, let alone one that still has their own shop. This blogger visits with one and you can see a century-old buggy he is restoring. Well worth a read. Click here to check it out!
MENNONITE PEACH BAKED PANCAKE: Adapted from the popular Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog, this blogger took one of their recipes and added a punch of peach to it. Yum, yum, and double yum! Click here for the recipe!
SHIPSHEWANA: Sheesh, what is there to say about Shipshewana that hasn't already been said? I've written about this northern Indiana Amish mecca numerous times. But this post on an RVing blog actually presents Shipshewana and its activities in a very concise, readable, accessible post, so well worth checking out! Click here.
MORE MCNULTY: I love the pastel artwork of Rhode Island artist Cheryl McNulty and I have linked to her Amish artwork several times. This isn't Amish related at all, but it is a pastel portrait of a 98-year-old friend of hers. 98!!! Wow. Anyway, I just love the portrait. I feel like the lady in the portrait is someone I know (I don't know her, but the mark of a good artist is making one feel like they do!) So, click here to enjoy!