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When I was a little kid, my great aunt Millie and Uncle Jim had a farm in Montgomery County Illinois. My dad spent a lot of time as a kid on the farm, sometimes spending the summer there.

When my great aunt and uncle passed away, Dad inherited the farm, and he immediately started to clean up the remains of the burnt down house and some other stuff that had been pushed into the basement of the burned out house. He spent several years at this, creating what is now Mom's farm. A beautiful oasis for the family to enjoy on several different levels.

Today, my siblings and I take care of the day to day maintenance on the property, mowing grass, and any other chore that needs to be done. The actual farming is performed by a tenant farmer that farms quite a bit of land in the area.

While many of our trips to the farm are for work, the farm is a refuge for us,  a place where we can get away from the crazy world we live in today, and for me, it is a place where I can feel a connection with my dad and the past. We actually look for something that needs to be done just to justify the time down there.

We also use the farm to celebrate family events, the biggest is our 4th of July gathering. It was Dad's favorite time of year, all of the family is there, and as I have discovered recently it is so much fun to watch the young city kids as they enjoy the farm. It is safe to say that the farm will be an important part of the family for a long time to come.

Some of the pictures in some of the galleries in this group were taken at places other than Mom's place. I love farms, the country, and if I am not at the farm, I am driving the back roads, looking for scenic shots. Most of the shots and galleries are from the farm though, and I think I convey the love we have for the farm, and I hope that I can share some of the knowledge I have been able to gain while hanging out with the gentleman that does the farming.

Enjoy your visit and please, come back often. I take a lot of pictures at the farm, and I will share the good ones with you here. Please leave a comment when you stop by.


Bob

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