October 2, 2023
Since we bought our farm in 2014, we have been slowly making changes and improvements to truly make it our own.
We have had a lot of compliments over the past few years, and people comment on the changes we’ve made. And although our most recent change is perhaps not as big as some of the other changes we’ve made, it is something that makes us feel that we have put our mark on the farm.
Our bank barn has a long history of having a painting on it. There was originally a painting of a Holstein cow on the barn. We don’t know exactly when it was put up or what happened to it, but it was the mark of the original farm owners, the Ruanes.
The next owners, the Piwowars, had a daughter that painted a picture of one of their Jersey cows. It was the next painting to go on the barn. When we bought the farm in 2014, we got the cow with it. It was decided then that if we ever took the cow down, it would go back to the family.
HONORING THE PAST: This past spring, the Reskovacs took the Jersey cow down and took it back to the Piwowar family, previous owners of their farm.
Last fall, for our 10-year anniversary, Mike surprised me by saying that he had contacted a guy about having a barn quilt painted for us. A barn quilt is something that I have always loved looking at and mentioned a few times that I would like to have on our farm.
We took a weekend getaway to celebrate our 10-year anniversary and stopped to speak to the artist. We told him what we wanted, and he said that he would get some drawings together and get back to us.
This spring, we took the Jersey cow down and took it back to the Piwowar family. Life got busy and hectic, and it took some time to finalize our design, but in early August we got a call that it was completed.
We took another road trip to pick it up, stored it in our shed for a couple of weeks and then, with the help of a friend who owns a bucket truck, we put it up.
We are extremely happy with the way it looks. Charlie at Charlie’s Art and Soul did an amazing job!
Now we have to figure out where the next one will go!
Sheilah and Mike Reskovac and their sons farm near Uniontown, Pa. Check out all of their "Two Hearts, One Harvest" blogs.
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