Daily Archives: December 6, 2012

Thursday’s Windows: Curtains

Another photo for Sandra Conner’s Thursday’s Windows series. Nearly ten years ago, we stopped to look at a typical late nineteenth century / early twentieth century homestead in South Dakota. The original part of the house, on the left, was excavated out of the side of a hill with a roof and front wall added. Later, the right-hand side was added as a more “normal” house.

ThursdaysWindowsHomesteadAug03But what strikes me most are the curtains in the windows with their determinedly decorative ruffles.

(This really was a family home, until it was eventually abandoned when the owners realized that you just couldn’t make a living by farming here. It’s only a short distance from where the ground crumbles away into the Badlands:

ThursdaysWindowsContextBadlandswhich are and always were hopeless for crops of any sort at all.)