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The fences of central Kentucky at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

Whenever Margaret and I visit central Kentucky, we’re struck by how much the land reminds us of Ireland. Especially when we drive the narrow back roads, the rolling hills and low stone border walls transport us right back to Eire.

Around the fence corner

Small wonder: those low stone walls were first built in the early 1800s by Irish immigrants. They are simply stacked Kentucky limestone; no mortar holds them together. Unfortunately, the Irish taught slaves how to build these dry stone walls, and it’s estimated that 90% of the walls that still stand were slave-built.

Fence and West Lot Wash House

The other common fence in Kentucky is the four-board wood fence. Most of the ones we saw around Shaker Village were white.

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

This is horse country, and those fences are often meant to keep the horses in. Notice that this fence is black.

Grazing horses

Kentucky farmers are learning that black is more cost effective: the paint is less expensive and needs to be reapplied less often. So expect to see more and more of these fences painted black over time.

Grazing horses

But for now, at Shaker Village the majority of wood fencing is still painted white. With the abundant dry stone walls, the grounds ooze that classic, charming central-Kentucky look.

Drawn

The fences keep in more than horses, of course.

Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

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The Wellington

The Wellington
Yashica Electro 35 GSN
Kodak Tri-X 400
2018

I was there the night The Wellington closed for good. It was just a couple weeks ago. And it was packed, just packed.

This was assuredly the smallest bar in Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple neighborhood, and perhaps in all of Indianapolis. I never measured, of course, but I bet it was no larger than my home’s kitchen and family room, combined.

A group of co-workers from three companies ago have met there the first Wednesday of the month for something like ten years. I’ve always been invited, but I usually had my sons on those Wednesdays and couldn’t go. Now that the parenting-time years are over I was starting to make it most Welly Wednesdays. And now it’s closed.

The gang will find some other Broad Ripple bar. But it won’t be the same.

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single frame: The Wellington

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Decorative bicycle

Decorative bicycle
Nikon N2000, 35mm f/2.8 AI Nikkor
Kodak T-Max 400
2016

This iron fence and bicycle are on a side street in the Garfield Park neighborhood in Indianapolis.

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Wood fence

Wood fence
Argus A-Four
Arista Premium 400
2016

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Drive carefully

Drive carefully
Miranda Sensorex II, 50mm f/1.8 Auto Miranda
Kodak Ektar 100
2015

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Fence

Fence on the trail at Holliday Park
Kodak EasyShare Z730
2012

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