Riding along in the open air? Amish people do it all the time. This is a typical Standardbred buggy horse, and it may have once been a racing horse. After all, if you have to ride in winter weather, why not make it a fast ride?
Belgian draft horses don’t rest in winter on an Amish farm. Here is a team pulling a manure spreader. That’s because the cows don’t rest in winter either, and a farmer always needs to shovel out the stalls. Now that’s recycling at its best.
If you are heating your entire house with firewood, that’s about enough to last four days. This wood is cut and split, but many Amish families burn slab wood from the area’s numerous lumber mills. Wood provides a cozy and old-fashioned warmth, but it also takes quite a lot of hard work to heat a …
Amish laundry hangs out in even the coldest weather. I’ve seen it under cover of a second-story porch when it was snowing, and I’ve seen it in temperatures so cold that the clothes were stiff with freezing. I guess if you don’t have electricity, it’s the best thing going.
An Amish farm in winter is a quiet and peaceful place. This scene is classic: shocks of corn, a tobacco-red barn, and winter snow. On the day I took this picture, it was so quiet and still that I could hear the snow melting and running onto the pavement.
We are having another cold winter here in Ohio, and it seems that even the horses need extra help – like this blanketed Standard Bred that I saw in the parking lot behind the Fredericksburg Market. Even the buggy is buttoned up with extra side and rear panels.