Waking up in Amish Country.

What can be better after a good nights sleep than fresh farm eggs and the smell of rich coffee?     I’ll tell you what….being with the animals on the farm and of course Jarrod and Kendle:)

IMG-20200326-WA0007And  the magical hummingbirds who greet me on the deck…..a very good sign indeed. FB_IMG_1589107344628

After breakfast I like to take a walk around the farm, with sketch book in hand.

The quietness of the stable yard has a timeless quality and for me is filled with childhood memories.      Up until the age of 16 when I entered art college, I lived for horses.     Not just riding them but also. mucking out stables and cleaning tack.     To this day the smell of a stable delights me.     received_839996043172121

First an aerial view of the farm.     You can see the house nestled into the trees. 


As I walk past the stable towards the end of the driveway I see an Amish family taking their morning walk.       They seem so content and in tune with nature and one another….their lives appear to flow like the river that runs through the property. – pen and wash.20200511_092824Sheila and I visit the river and listen to the sounds of  water flowing over rocks.    Such a peaceful and tranquil place to be.    This is what ‘going with the flow’ is all about.received_173797777258558

There is new life everywhere….

received_546041862967246quick sketches of chickens – the same chickens that gave us our breakfast eggs.


All my senses are being entertained.     Not just visual delights but the sounds and smells of nature…..the peep peep peep of the chicks…..received_477996242928291As we walk by one of the paddocks…the horses come running.    Maybe it’s because they think I have food…but I like to believe that they are as happy to see me as I am to see them.    There are twenty horses on the farm. received_238558007242208

The Amish way of life demonstrates that when we live along side nature, rather than try to dominate it,  everyone and everything benefits. 

Often referred to as ‘simple’ people,  the Amish can teach us all we need to know about what it is to live a sustainable lifestyle.       The pastoral image of Amish communities living simply and in touch with the land strikes a deep cord with many of us today.   

We can learn so much from these people. 

watercolour/gouache sketch of Amish neighbours at work. 20190125_123816The Amish neighbours getting ready for a special community celebration.     The Amish have preserved a strong sense of community.33106782_10156349758430396_3473055776979812352_o

In this next picture four little Amish boys playing in local woods see something on a tree – something they don’t recognise.    You can see their intense curiosity as they try and work out what it is.    It is a camera put there to monitor wildlife – something totally alien to them.    At this moment they have no idea that they are being photographed. 

The Amish believe that technology can lead to evil and subsequently weaken or destroy family, church and community.   This is why the Amish carefully weigh the potential effects of adopting a given technology.    


Time to sit on the deck and enjoy more conversation, sketching and wonderful food.

A quick sketch of Kendle….Pen on a blue ground. received_568336350484235Kendle on horse having a chat with Jarrod. 10272577_1135966406414152_3071548085480252645_o

Time for cocktails and feasting….accompanied by Jarrod on the guitar.

First the Sangritas.… (a mix of sangria and margarita).  new for me but so delicious.


Followed by Herb garlic crusted roast with veggies….

received_271150604062634followed by something sweet….received_1011925965888428Followed by some beautiful music gratis Jarrod….17192433_1465790773431712_4651931315478540850_o-2

Tomorrow I plan to focus on more Amish history, including the wonderful washing lines that hang in the garden of every Amish house.    They tell an interesting story.


After a lovely day – time to say good night.






42 thoughts on “Waking up in Amish Country.

  1. Tish Farrell

    What a treat this post is, Janet. So – well – unexpected. I love your sketches – each one of itself, but full of life. That first one of the Amish family taking a walk is especially striking; the restrained colour pallette – yet the not-at-all restrained subjects.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Tish. I was supposed to be there in the flesh right now…..and so the next best thing is to enjoy a VIRTUAL trip:). The Amish are wonderful subjects but of course they don’t like their faces painted and I always ask their permission when I do sketch… Your garden must be fabulous this year. 🙂

  2. Judith

    Such a wonderful day in Amish country! I loved reading about the experience and seeing your marvelous paintings. I love the many ways in which you use color. It truly makes your paintings magical. Thanks again for sharing this “road trip” with us.

      1. janetweightreed10 Post author

        I usually sketch directing with watercolour and brush. There is a water soluble pen I sometimes use ‘Tomboy’ but for the most part I paint directly. If I am Working on large oils then I might use charcoal.

      2. Judith

        I enjoy drawing on my newsprint using watercolor and a small brush. I might try doing that “en plein air” in our backyard. 🙂

  3. Writing to Freedom

    Thanks for the lovely tour Janet. You stirred some fun memories for me. I too love the smell of barns even though I’ve never lived or worked on one. And I appreciate the simple and connected life lived by the Amish. We drove through Amish country on summer vacations but never really stopped other than the food stands.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I am so pleased you enjoyed the visit. I believe we can learn a great deal from The Amish. They are fascinating and resilient people…and live such a sustainable lifestyle. XX

  4. America On Coffee

    Oh how beautiful Janet it is to surround by so much love! I have strong living feelings for the Amish culture, I wish I could be there resting and eating off the fat if the hand. I am sure that artistry is blooming with exciting inspirations. Stay safe. Enjoy. Cheers!❤️❤️🌺❤️❤️

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      I really admire The Amish and as I say in the blog, we can learn so much from them. I love to be surrounded with nature and animals and of course people I love…what more could anyone want. XXX

  5. Jane Owen

    Ahh such a beautiful place. Reminds me of my grandpas farm in Wales. Growing up we would go horse riding often and have fresh eggs for breakfast and there was so much beautiful Countryside to explore. I have treasured memories of those days. Days that were much simpler and we didn’t have all that technology. My grandpa didn’t even own a tv. These pics are wonderful and the food is making me hungry. Thank you Janet for sharing a little bit of your sons life with us.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Here’s something else we have in common. When I moved back to the UK in 1993 I moved to Crickhowell, Wales and spent twelve glorious years living and working there. It is such a beautiful and special place. Glad you are enjoying the trip. Thank you. Janet.:)XX

  6. Emma Cownie

    It’s funny that during Lockdown, we are very reliant on technology to keep in touch with our friends and family, but maybe we realise now that all that other stuff we can’t buy right now isn’t all that essential. The Amish have thought about what is essential and what isn’t. Fascinating post.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you Emma. You are so right the Amish show us what is essential and what isn’t. Basically we have all surrounded ourselves with so much STUFF that we don’t need – all of which contributes to the climate change mess we are now experiencing. and it certainly doesn’t seem to make people ‘happy’. there is so much to learn from these amazing people…Glad you are enjoying. Janet. 🙂

  7. Dora

    what a lovely place to be. such a calm life on the farm, so natural. thank you for sharing this Janet. xx

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Its my idea of Heaven Dora to be surrounded by countryside and animals. When I lived in Wales it was the perfect set up. A small town where al my needs were met and I could walk to everything. 13 pubs within walking distance – yes you read that right 13….lots of magnificent countryside and many animals including sheep of course:). Twelve happy years were seen there. Happy painting my friend. XX

  8. davidjrogersftw

    I suppose I am little different than most people in having a deep respect for Amish peole and their peaceful but not easy way of life.. Your artwork always adds so much to your narratives.


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