I COULD BE SO HAPPY living on Debbie and Mike Glende’s property in Cannon City. It’s peaceful, lovely and tranquil in a definitive rural sense.
Not exactly a hobby farm, although there are donkeys, this seems more rural retreat.
Lush green plants and flowers.
Garden surrounded by rustic weathered fencing.
An outbuilding styled in 1950s décor.
A wire grain bin converted into a comfortable gathering spot for an evening campfire.
An aged red barn and windmill.
I didn’t want to leave the Glendes’ place while on a recent Cathedral of Our Merciful Saviour Garden and Landscape Tour benefiting Fully Bell, a soup kitchen in nearby Faribault. Even the cat, a black stray that followed me, wrapping around my legs, seemed to want me to stay. I wish. Debbie offered the cat.
I could live here. I imagined the 50s retreat as a secluded place to write. My office.
Or the lovely columned white building moved here from the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf in Faribault would work, too, for my writer’s retreat.
As I roamed the Glendes’ land, I was reminded of my rural roots. Vintage farm machinery and equipment are planted like works of art among the farm buildings. It takes an artist’s and gardener’s hands to make this all come together—to create this rural retreat that is more than visually appealing, but also everyday practical. This couple succeeded. I wanted to stay until the stars emerged and flames danced in the fire pit.
© Copyright 2016 Audrey Kletscher Helbling