S: Providence Farm
FC: Providence | Farm
1: Providence Farm is where we grew potatoes and beans, corn, melons, squash, apples, pears and lots of flowers. It was a place to enjoy cats, dogs, chickens, goats, sheep and the birth of baby lambs. We even had a couple of ornery pigs once. We were visited by raccoons, possums, deer, wild turkeys, coyotes, countless rabbits, squirrels and birds, along with various representatives of the reptile family. Our "spread" was little more than an acre so we never had tractor, combine or cattle, but it was the perfect place to raise the best crop of all -- kids.
2: We moved in New Years weekend of 1982. The condition of the house and yard, as well as the interior decorating (if you can call it that) left a little to be desired. But we were in the country! We had a place of our own to live out our dreams of marriage and family.
3: Transformation is what the place needed! Little did we know how far beyond clean-up and cosmetics the work would take us. Three years turned into thirty, rarely without some sort of renovation in progress. Had it not been for the timely help of family and friends, we might have been overwhelmed by some of the challenges.
4: The work is paying off; the transformation is in progress.
5: Providence Farm is becoming a family home, a place for hospitality, for work and play, for the making of memories and for a whole lot of growing.
6: With all this construction going on, it was inevitable that the Harder kids would learn some serious building skills! Here you see them at work both as Mom and Dad's helpers and as the architects and craftsmen of their own unique structural designs.
8: It seemed like they were always building something, but they also found plenty other things to do. About the only thing in short supply was boredom. Maybe that's because there were always Boredom Busters available.
9: One of the most beloved features of the Providence Farm "farm house" was the music room. Of course, music was in no way confined to one room!
10: Cats: Herman Sherman Tiger Taffy Claws L.D. Blacky Bounder* *best cat ever Dogs: Shanda Blacky Howie Jojo/Joe Lady Sheep: Handsome Missy Buddy (aka Butty) Bo Lots of lambs whom I presume we named but cannot remember | Critter Hall of Fame
11: Goats: Billy Nanny Heidi (at least two more) Birds: Squeek & Squawk (aka Percy & Polly) Vagabond Chicken Rodents: Stuart Hillary Hanna Housemice - hundreds of them, most without names Snakes: Never knew their names Pigs: Clovis Beulah Note: Names that I cannot remember have been omitted. This is intentional.
21: Sunset Strolls