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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Amish Like Garage Sales, Too

Our little community's summer festival ran from last Thursday through Saturday. It's always a time for the local folks to host garage sales, and garage sales are just as popular among the Amish as they are among the English (non-Amish).

Amish or English, creativity in parking is often a necessity when shopping garage sales. One Amish woman solved her problem by tying her horse to a utility pole across the road from our house, while browsing through the items at a neighbor's garage sale.

As I've mentioned before, the Amish do not like to have their pictures taken; and I try to respect that. But I have no qualms about taking photos of an unoccupied buggy and its attached horse. So here are a few for you.

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8 comments:

  1. Linda, the buggy and harness look great, I like the shot of the horse very much. I've never heard of the Amish people so I looked up some information and I'm totally amazed. Have you known that the number of the Amish population has risen from approximately 5 000 in 1920 to 249 000 in 2010 and is rising all the time? Wow. They have a lot of children so that might be the reason but still, there must be more to it. In comparison with today's society, their lifestyle is much simpler and has given rules, moreover the community takes care of its members through their whole life. I know that reality might not be that ideal but I liked what I read.

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  2. parking that vehicle would take a bit of creativity. :)

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  3. Lovely shots, I see a lot around my other home. I have had them come by my sales with a hired driver also.

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  4. I don't know about the Amish, but that horse looks like he's enjoying having his picture taken.

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  5. I wonder if she had a scoop shovel with her, just in case her horse left a little "surprise" in that yard. :)

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  6. LOL @ Stephen Hayes. I didn't know the Amish don't like their picture taken. I do admire their faith and way of life though. Beautiful shots of the horse and buggy. Amazing that people still live like this. Fascinating, really.

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  7. Always a cool site when a horse and buggy are parked in an otherwise horseless NEIGHbourhood.

    When my older son was a year and a bit, we happened upon a parked buggy in a Mennonite town. The driver was sitting in it and I asked if he minded my taking a photo of his horse. He kindly invited me to pass my son to him to take a seat beside him for a photo of the two of them together. I thanked him and took him up on his offer. A woman passed by admonishing me for snapping the photo saying that "they don't like having their photos taken" as if the man weren't right there within earshot. She must have thought that my son was also Mennonite. :)

    It's one of my cherished photos. How cherished you might ask? I just now realize that I haven't seen it in years. ;)

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  8. You have a way of capturing GREAT shots! Love your pics and the things you write!

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