Outbuildings dot the Glendes’ rural property.
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.
An electric fence keeps the donkeys penned in the pasture.
Not exactly a hobby farm, although there are donkeys, this seems more rural retreat.
Delphiniums sway in the breeze inside a fenced vegetable garden.
Lush green plants and flowers.
A pond, surrounded by lush plants, is situated under shade trees next to the house.
Rustic fencing surrounds the vegetable garden.
Garden surrounded by rustic weathered fencing.
I opened the aged screen door on an outbuilding to discover this 50s style retreat.
An outbuilding styled in 1950s décor.
Farm themed decor fits this corn crib turned fire pit gathering area.
A wire grain bin converted into a comfortable gathering spot for an evening campfire.
An aged red barn and windmill.
Artfully arranged plants spill from a rustic piece of farm equipment.
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.
This building houses the 1950s style retreat.
I could live here. I imagined the 50s retreat as a secluded place to write. My office.
This sweet little building was moved here from the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf campus in Faribault. For now, it’s a storage space.
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.
Rustic rural art near the MSAD building.
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.
A sign inside the outhouse reads: “Who cut one?”
Flower art provides a jolt of color.
Another rustic style planting.
So poetically lovely this blue heron in the pond.
Even the bird feeder fits the rural theme.
FYI: Please check back as I continue my garden tour series. Click here to read my first entry and then click here to read about another garden I toured.
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