Thursday, April 12, 2012

Clip-Clop/Rural Thursday

 Amish buggy at side of road with reflective orange sign

Horse-drawn family wagons tend to travel at between five and eight miles per hour, so reflective sign makes them safer on roads frequented by faster moving vehicles. This one also has battery-operated lights used at night.

 Amish buggy from a different angle

Notice that this wagon has a sliding door.

Clip-clop, clip-clop

I love the sound of the horse and buggy coming down the road.

FYI: The driver of this buggy waved to us as he passed us and didn't have a problem with my taking this photo.

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53 comments:

Sandra said...

i just showed this to bob, he is from PA and that is Amish country and he loves the clopping of the hooves also. we did not realize they were in Canada also

Liz said...

WOW... that is so cool! I would love to experience this. I am fascinated by the Amish people. Great shots!

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Great shot! We don't have any Amish close by, but we do have a lot of Mennonite families.

Kate said...

Wonderful photos to give a hint of their lifestyle. The Amish certainly do lead a different life! I wonder how the young people feel about the way they live in comparison to the majority of teen-agers in our country? I would love to see a program where adolescents are interviewed.

Momma@Live. Laugh. Pull your hair out said...

LOVE!!!!

And I am in East Gwillimbury too!!!!!!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

There is something to be said about the Amish life style that the pace of life allows you to travel in one of these.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

I love that sound too :) Tho, I don't like passing them at night, especially around here with our winding narrow roads.

Tanya said...

there was an amish community not too far from us where we lived in missouri and i always enjoyed seeing them...i don't know if there are any here in va, or at least not my part.

see you there! said...

I didn't realize there were Amish near you. I love the look of the buggy and it must be great with the real sound effects.

Darla

Lois Evensen said...

Love these images. In Ohio it is required to have rear lights - as it probably is in most states.

What I also liked a few years ago was a list of outdated laws still on the books. One of them says that all moving vehicles on the road at night must have a man walking behind carrying a lantern.

Kathy said...

re Kate's comment. I understand many Amish youth are allowed to go into the city for a few months. Many leave their Amish life after that experience but just as many return!

Nancy Claeys said...

How wonderful to live in a place where this is a normal sight. Lovely captues of rural life. :)

Birdman said...

Life in the 'breakdown' lane.

Nancy said...

This reminds me of Holmes County in Ohio. When I lived in Columbus I used to visit Holmes frequently, where many Amish live. I, too, loved the sound of the clopping hooves on the road. Very nice photos.

TexWisGirl said...

it is nice to see that bit of the 'past' still in the present. :)

Jan n Jer said...

We are within n hours drive to Lancaster Pa. which has a big Amish community. I love driving through the countryside where they farm..everything is so well cared for. Great shots of the buggy...I can almost hear the clomping of the horses hoffs.

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

One of my aunts doesn't like us taking pics of the Amish, so we don't dare try to take a shot if she's in the car... no way, she'll chew our heads off!!!
I wouldn't imagine they'd mind, they always wave... but she won't let us

I had no idea they had lights on the buggies =)

Jarart said...

Nice to see this. I once saw a young boy driving one and the horse was trying to run away with him on a busy highway. Luckily there was another buggy driven by an older man that came to the rescue just in time.

Paul in Powell River said...

I see these whenever I'm back east visiting family. Sometimes I wonder who has it right, regarding lifestyle, us or them.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

In answer to earlier comments there was recently a series of programmes on British TV called 'Living With The Amish' in which a group of British teenagers from inner city areas were sent to live with their Amish counterparts. I don't know what the producers expected but what they got (at least on the prog I caught) was a lot of respect and understanding on both sides; I think they'd overlooked the fact that inner-city kids are used to dealing with all kinds of cultures at home. Loved your shots.

ladyfi said...

Wonderful shots of this lovely buggy.

RedPat said...

A slower pace of life!

CameraCruise said...

Great shots of the buggy.

kaye said...

We don't get to see buggy's out here in the west but we do see the occassional rider on a horse. I've always loved the sond of horses hooves pounding the ground. We always had horses when I was growing up.

Lowell said...

I did not realize that you had a contingent of Amish folks in your neck of the woods. I've had little personal contact with them, and don't see the point of much of their beliefs, but to each his/her own and they certainly ought to be allowed to live their lives as they wish.

These buggies are not the swiftest form of transportation, though! :-)

Halcyon said...

I think it's neat that you see these on the road. :)

bailey-road.com said...

We have property in a largely Amish community. I love the clip-clop of the horses' hooves as they go by. Many of the farmers use teams of beautiful Belgian draft horses in the fields too.

Giga said...

Takiego pojazdu u nas nie widziałam. Całkiem praktyczne i miły stukot końskich kopyt można słuchać. Pozdrawiam.
Such a vehicle we do not see it. Quite practical and pleasant clatter of horses' hooves can listen. Yours.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love this post. We spent some time on one of our roadtrips near Berlin Ohio in Amish country there -- and in Elkhart -- I just loved seeing those buggies and learning about the culture. The horses were wonderful too -- they fairly danced down the street with their loads. Thanks for the memories!

Carol said...

Oh, this looks like Ohio! I love these photos, and the clip-clop sound of hooves.

Carletta said...

I really need to make a trip to our nearby Amish community. :)
Just recently in Kentucky some Amish men were jailed for failing to pay fines for not using the triangles. They believe the triangle is the symbol of the Christian (Holy) Trinity, and they consider the orange color too "flashy."
Wonderful shots!

☆•.¸.Mildred.¸.•☆ said...

Wow! This is great!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

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Rose said...

Love these...and love that sound, too.

Stephanie said...

I had no idea that the Amish are in Ontario as well. Great shots!

Jack said...

There is much to be said for the Amish people's choice to live a simpler lifestyle. You probably encountered some more "progressive" Amish. Stricter Amish refuse to have their photos taken or to place the orange triangles on their buggies.

George said...

It's always a thrill to see a horse and buggy along the road. The sound of the horse's hooves are very musical.

Erika said...

One of my aunts would travel every year up north to buy Amish quilts and other home items. What an incredible life and certainly very different from the way we live.

Randy said...

Well at least he's not paying for gas.

SandyCarlson said...

I have encountered these on the road. I love the sound, too! Beautiful photos.

A Garden of Threads said...

Brings back memories of taking my pony and cutter out along the 16th Concession in Unionville. Many, many years ago. Have a wonderful weekend.

Marie said...

When I was a girl, we lived for several years in Maryland and I used to love it when we would take a drive out to Pa and get to see the Amish! This post brought back good memories!

Gillian Olson said...

There is something gentle and calming in that simple repetative sound.

heyBJK said...

Great shots of the buggies! There are Amish here in KY, but our sect refuses to use the orange triangles. Many of them have been cited and decided to go to jail rather than pay the fine. Our Governor just signed a new law that allows them to use gray reflective tape instead of triangles. They said the gray tape doesn't violate their religious beliefs so everyone is happy again.

Ebie said...

Nice, the last photo reminds me of a scene in the movie Witness with Harrison Ford.

The yellow wildflowers are called goldfields.

Gattina said...

I just think how to park my horse and carriage in a parking of a super market ??
The pictures are beautiful !

Susan said...

What a cool pictures. I would love to see that in person!

Joe Todd said...

Once in awhile an Amish buggy goes right down Main St. in my hometwon.. You always have such interesting photos

Janie said...

I'm glad to see the reflective sign. Good to have lights, too.
Lovely photos of the buggies. I think I'd rather be in a car on the roads, but if there were no traffic, horse and buggy would be a great way to travel.

EllenaElizabeth said...

Lovely photos of the horse drawn vehicle. Thanks for sharing.

Zosia said...

Somewhere near Waterloo, I presume.

gtyyup said...

That is so cool...and about the only reason I want to visit back east!

Madge Bloom said...

Love those shots... some Amish don't seem to mind photos...

Cezar and Léia said...

As far as I know I've never crossed ways with Amish folk, it seems such a distant reality, almost movie-like...
God bless you!
Cezar

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