Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Birthday Party on the Farm, Part 2/Outdoor Wednesday

Yesterday, I promised that for Wednesday's post I would show you photos of the structures on Zimmerman's Kill Creek Farm here in De Soto, KS. I thought this would be the perfect post for my first Outdoor Wednesday. For other fascinating outdoorsy vistas, please visit Susan over at A Southern Daydreamer.

The restored barn is not original to the location, it was moved to the Zimmerman Farm where it was lovingly restored. The barn houses several town events a year and can be rented out for private parties. On Holy Saturday, Mary was invited to a birthday party out at the farm. Yesterday's post was of the party-goers and all of the fun they had. Today, I am focusing on the grounds.

This working farm is just on the outskirts of town. This is the scene that greeted us as we pulled up to park; a beautiful Kansas windmill turning in the breeze.

Side-view of the restored barn.

Signage on the barn. It reads the White/Waitzmann Barn 1880-2000.

View from the house looking at the barn.

Inside the restored barn. One half of the loft houses hay, the other side is cleared for private parties and houses tables and chairs.

View of the bee keeping equipment out in the fields. For information about the art of beekeeping visit The University of Missouri Extension Office.

Beekeepers house.

I loved this little iron bee on the door!

Kansas Historic Preservation Award

This was one of the nicest outhouses I've ever had the pleasure of using! It was equipped with a nightlight and hand-sanitizer. Of course with a four-year old in tow, it was definitely scheduled for a visit!

I was also able to get several great shots of chickens, goats, and cows. Needless to say Mary and Ben had the time of their lives at this party! Hope you enjoyed the picture walk, and don't forget to visit other Outdoor Wednesday participants.


  1. I love love love the post! What a wonderful picture walk! The barn is beautiful! And looks like the perfect place to host a BBQ other awesome festivities. Thank you for sharing! Hope you are having a wonderful week!
    Hugs and Blessings,

  2. i love the beekeepers house...it is so quaint. i think i could spend the weekend in there :)
    {minus the bees of course}
    so nice to meet a neighbor. i'll have to look up your town on google.
    of course, you can put up a link. we would be thrilled!
    have a great day.

  3. My goodness, I'm a day late and a dollar short in answering your question about the "mimi". When my first grandson began to talk he called me "mi" and then as he got older - about 18 months - he tacked on another one and I became Mimi. I have seven little sweethearts now and they all call me Mimi. The name Joey - my first one - gave to me is dear to my heart. Of course, he could have named me "trash can" and I would love that, too. You know how you adore everything they do and say :)

  4. This looks a wonderful place.


  5. It is a nice place to have a Birthday Party. Happy memories are being made here for sure.

  6. Hello Valerie,
    I love windmills and old barns. You have reminded me of days with my grandfather on the farm. Thank you for visitng my blog and I will add you to my blogroll.

    Have a great day!

  7. What a beautiful barn. What great photographs.

  8. My that's a huge barn! I love the windmill. Looks like you had a lovely day!!

  9. Valerie, your pictures are wonderful!

    Happy Outdoor Wednesday


  10. What a wonderful post! I throughly enjoyed my tour! And I love the beekeepers house!

  11. Hi Valerie! These are great outdoor shots. Love barn shots! What a great place for a party!!

  12. Val Not sure how else to get a hold of you. But I am hoping you haven't forgot us.

  13. Great photos. I can relate to them because I grew up in the Midwest, Kansas City, and my mother lives in Ottawa, KS. Lots of farmland there. I've seen lots of barns, windmills and outhouses in my day.

    I would love to have a little building like that beekeeper's house to use as a potting shed.

  14. HI!
    Enjoyed my visit. Love the bee and your yellow house on the hill is just lovely!
    Warm spring blessing, Marsha

  15. That barn is beautifully restored.

  16. What a wonderful place to host a celebration. Wouldn't it be great to have a huge BBQ with a band and dancing? And I love the iron bee. Thanks for visiting and I hope you get your touch of spring soon! Kathy

  17. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Valerie..
    Sorry I haven't been around as much lately..... I haven't felt good. Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

  18. I can almost smell the hay in that barn. What a picturesque spot!

    Kathy b

  19. Hi Valerie,
    This is so midwest America! I love it and I love the pics of your darling kids! It was warm today in Wisc. almost 70, can you believe it! Cindy

  20. What a great place to take children. It is a beautiful farm and loved the outhouse and the honey bees. I enjoyed the fresh air and the warmth on my back as we toured the farm. Thanks!

  21. Thanks for sharing the fabulous site of the birthday party.

  22. Hello, thank you so much for stopping by. I'm still making my Blue Monday and Pink Saturday visits. Love both your posts and todays outdoor one too!
    Bless you, Shirl
    Shirls Rose Cottage

  23. Hi VAlerie... First I want to thank you for stopping by and visiting me... And second I loved your post on the old barn... It is just a great place and I would love to visit it someday on one of my adventures... I have a thing for old barns anyways... Great pictures... Thanks


  24. Looks like a really beautiful place and I´ve always loved those windmills. We have nothing like them here though.

  25. Valerie,
    This is a great post! I love that huge bee on the side of the building.
    Also I would LOVE to meet with you if I make it to Nell Hill's! My husband and I will be working out the details of our trip this weekend. I will get back in touch with you. Have a wonderful weekend! ~Cathy~

  26. Valerie!

    How nice to "meet you!"
    Thank you so much for your generous comments. Your kindness means so much to me and I am always excited to connect and make new blogging friends! Especially when we have the love of motherhood in common!

    I am so sorry to hear about your struggle- know that we have that in common as well (we have three babies in Heaven) and I am just so thankful to hear how strong your faith is. How you pushed through as well and now you have such an amazing testimony!!

    I look forward to getting to know you better and sharing our love of family and faith!!

    p.s. It is now spelled -sibi- since Jan. 1. this year ! :) Future blog post about it but it is something that God did and is very special!!
    Sorry for the confusion!

  27. that beauty farm for the love of god, this is suitable for all, here a birthday would be a dream come true for anyone, besides those work activities, school place is beautiful, I commend you for the pictures and the Blog is very nice, even for a moon or in a barn, buy viagra and the party is armed.


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