Welcome to Friday’s friendship spotlight. Today’s feature is a creative duo, my brother and his wife. They have recently added a specially trained horse to their farm. Moe, their new horse, pulls a surrey, which is a doorless, four-wheeled carriage. This mode of transportation preceded the automobile and today brings an air of nostalgia and quaint times. In August, we had the opportunity to ride in this horse drawn carriage when Phil and Jan hosted our family for a dinner celebration honoring our parent’s 60th wedding anniversary.
After the anniversary couple enjoyed the first ride, each family member had an opportunity to take their turn. Phil heads for country roads to take daughter and granddaughter for a ride. C’mon, Moe, giddy up!
Word got out that there was a horse drawn surrey in the area and soon Moe was pulling the carriage for his first Nebraska bride. The drivers gussied up in period attire and the surrey was polished and decorated.
We get back to Nebraska for an occasional visit to see my parents. We were back last December and decided to run over to visit Phil & Jan. We were surprised to see that they had just returned from bringing home the carriage and were unloading their new hand-made surrey.
It felt like they were opening a Christmas package as I watched them unload it. Pausing to step back in time, yet gazing at the future, I imagined all the fun memories they were going to make with their grandchildren and the rest of the family.
On each visit to their their farm, I check to see what Jan has added to her flower beds. We share the love of gardening and antiques, so there are lots of things to take note of. Her farm themed bed, planted next to their shop, recently had additions that made me sigh. Don’t you love the white iron bed against that red backdrop? This bed has lovely details and I swooned over the delicate design.
Here is the flower bed last winter and a better look at their historic barn. Restoring this barn was first on the agenda when they bought the farm. The shop was added later as they expanded.
The following photo shows my folks farm in the background. This feedlot is midway between farms. Dad had feedlot cattle for years. I had my turn at plowing the summer fallow with the tractor in the field in the background. The pasture was connected to other valleys that we could ride our horses in. Living on the farm was a great life!
I’m glad Phil has a heart to farm. It’s not an easy life, but for the right person, it is very rewarding. Their success is truly remarkable and inspiring. If you would like to read more about their diverse farming operation you can visit his website.
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