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Clare
True Blue Farmgirl

2173 Posts


NC WA State
USA
2173 Posts

Posted - Sep 19 2004 :  11:12:54 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Someone (Kim?) had mentioned swinging from a tree swing and feeling surrounded by the spirits of nature. I grew up with a tree swing hanging from a majestic tree near our house. At the age of about 6, I have a specific memory of swinging early on a June morning after school was out and waiting for my Dad to come in from milking the cows... walking up the path from the barn. This memory is such a comfort to me... I wish my place here had an approprate tree for a swing.. I have to make due with a glider.. not quite the same.

My grandaughter lives across the street from a park with the old fashioned swings. We go over there and swing high,... such freedom! I love to swing. It's like you can sail away on the air to wherever you long to be!

Tree swings are a good thing!


****Gardener, Stitcher, Spiritual Explorer and Appreciator of all Things Natural****

"Begin to weave and God will give the thread." - German Proverb

MeadowLark
True Blue Farmgirl

2206 Posts



USA
2206 Posts

Posted - Sep 19 2004 :  11:25:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Good topic Clare! I was the one that could feel the presence while swinging on our old swing in our old elm, late in the evening on cool fall nights. Sadly the old swing's rope has rotted off after 14 years and I am not as agile as I once was to climb the tree to put on a new rope. I'll have to ask one of my young nephews to attempt this so I can swing again.

Time Flies
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Kim
True Blue Farmgirl

146 Posts

Kim
Pflugerville Texas
USA
146 Posts

Posted - Sep 20 2004 :  3:04:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love tree swings! My grandmother had one for us when I was little. I could swing for hours under that shady tree.

farmgirl@heart
Longaberger Lover and all things antique
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sleepless reader
True Blue Farmgirl

1022 Posts


CA
USA
1022 Posts

Posted - Sep 20 2004 :  4:09:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My Aunt Jessie and Uncle Benny had a place in the "mountains" where family tended to congregate for picnics and celebrations. Back in the woods, past the spring was a huge tree in which my father, uncles and very nimble cousins (the "big boys") hung a "Tarzan" rope swing. There was a small, narrow, wooden seat attached at the end of the swing. I can so vividly remember hanging on for dear life as my father's pushes sent me up into the leaf canopy. Streaching my legs as far as I could, I tried to touch the leaves and branches on the next closest tree. My mother would cringe as I would tip my head back and legs up on the return swing. And since it was the "Tarzan Swing", we all would try to out-do each other with our Tarzan yells as we swung to the sky. Oh, how I loved that swing!
Sharon
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cecelia
True Blue Farmgirl

497 Posts

cecelia
new york
USA
497 Posts

Posted - Sep 20 2004 :  5:23:21 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My grandparents had a farm about 15 miles from the city; my uncle farmed it for awhile, then it just became "the farm" which we all used for picnics, vacationing, etc. even though it was quite primitive. We had a tree swing where I spent many hours relaxing and dreaming; the swing went way out over the dirt driveway, since the tree was on a slight rise about the drive, so if you pumped your feet real hard, you could swing out over it; another fun thing to do (until I got older and couldn't stand the nausea!) was to "wind up the swing" and then let it unwind...the 50's equivalent of a midway ride. We also had a swing back home under an apple tree...now I'm planning to put in something tamer for my life now - a wooden porch swing on my son's swing set.

Cecelia

ce's farm

"Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery" Victor Hugo
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Eileen
True Blue Farmgirl

1199 Posts

Eileen

USA
1199 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2004 :  12:26:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh you guys make me laugh with the fun of it!!!!!!
There was a swing that someone had hung up in an old elm tree that hung way out over the little spokande river where there was a deep pool. We used to swing out over the water as far as we could and then jump or throw our bodies way out into the water and swim back to do it again. There was a rope tied onto the swing that was tied to the tree so we could retrieve the swing for the next jumper. Oh how I loved to swim in that river.
Eileen

songbird
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cecelia
True Blue Farmgirl

497 Posts

cecelia
new york
USA
497 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2004 :  1:33:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
and down the road from the farm with the swing was the creek we used to swim in! We stopped in the '60s because there were so many houses being built on the old farmland the creek was becoming a bit polluted; we stopped when my brother dove in and came up with leeches on his arms!!!

Cecelia

ce's farm

"Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery" Victor Hugo
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Eileen
True Blue Farmgirl

1199 Posts

Eileen

USA
1199 Posts

Posted - Sep 22 2004 :  2:03:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We used to take our innertubes to the bridge and get into the river about 2 or 3 miles upriver of the old swing and float down river to the swimming hole. Play for hours and then hike back to the bridge where we would get a ride home. I do not think that the river is safe for this pastime any more. Pollution and private property boardering the river. Haven't been back to the river in years. Just love the memory of it,
Eileen

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loribeck
True Blue Farmgirl

481 Posts

Lori
Alvordton 36
USA
481 Posts

Posted - Aug 14 2019 :  7:05:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My grandpa and grandma had a tree swing for us kids when we were little. I remember going out to swing every time I would visit. Even in the winter. There was something magical about that swing. My sister and I would take turns and sometimes even swing double on the swing. The sky would seem more beautiful and leaves on the tree would be a grand canopy of magic for two little girls with vivid imaginations. When my grandma passed away and grandpa moved in later years I would drive by the house just to see the swing. One day I drove by and the swing was gone. It seemed like a part of me faded away. I know that sounds strange but that silly swing was a huge link to the past and the fun times of being a little girl in a far away magical kingdom.

Lori Beck
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HollerGirl56
True Blue Farmgirl

699 Posts

Barbara
Flat Top WV
USA
699 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  02:50:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I didn't have a tire swing, but we had a porch swing under a big beautiful ash tree. I spent many happy hours there swinging by myself. When my cousins came to visit from Ohio we had a ball in it---swinging high as we could go and we would always break it down and get in trouble. Then the parents would declare it was never going to be put back up because we wouldn't quit piling in and swinging too high. But ultimately---sooner or later it went back up and we were back in business---until the next break down.

Old Age Ain't No Place For Sissies!------Bette Davis
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levisgrammy
True Blue Farmgirl

6699 Posts

Denise Thompson
NJ
USA
6699 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  07:04:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
We didn't have a tree swing at our house but here we have a tire swing for our grandchildren. My granddaughter loves going out there and twisting it around and spinning on it. We used to go to my aunt's house to play and she had a swingset. Not the same at all.

~Denise
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Dirtduchess
True Blue Farmgirl

625 Posts

Patsy

USA
625 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  09:06:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never had a tree swing. My Dad was a welder. He made my brother and me a heavy pipe swing with 2 swings. I would use my hands to get to the top pipe and hang by my knees. Loved looking at my world upside down.

Patsy
Farmgirl 4678

Leave room in your garden for the fairies to dance.
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

417 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
417 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  09:59:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My kids had a tire swing on an old almond tree. We had a pair of geese. The goose died and the gander adopted the swing. He would stand next to it for hours. Kids got older, the rope on the swing got old and finally broke. One morning I got a call from our neighbor across the 10 acre pasture -- "Come and get your goose - he won't let me out of the house!" They had a tire swing in front of their house that our goose had discovered and adopted. We removed our goose and they removed the swing (her kids had gotten older, too. In fact, my son later married her daughter).

I have fond memories of floating on inner tubes in the river and swinging over the water on a rope and jumping in. It is so hot here today (108) that I would sure consider doing it again.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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LadyInRed
True Blue Farmgirl

6360 Posts

PeggyAnn
Vancouver WA
USA
6360 Posts

Posted - Aug 15 2019 :  10:13:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I lived on a Farm as a child we had two swings. One was a flat board swing and one was an old Tire. I loved both of them for
very different reasons. They were both hung in a huge old Oak Tree just out the back door. The Old Tire Swing was the one I hopped
on when the Banty Roosters were trying to peck my legs off. LOL And the flat swing was when they weren't out of the pinned
area and I felt safe to swing leisurely. LOL Now it reminds me of my Life as God's Child. The Old Tire Swing represents those times
that I need God's protection and security from the madness of life. The Flat Board Swing is when life goes Leisurely along and I can'
just enjoy the freedom of it all. God is there in both times pushing me to higher ground.

Love, Hugs, and Joy,
Peggy


Farmgirl #1326
Member since Feb. 2010
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MaryJanesNiece
True Blue Farmgirl

3362 Posts

Krista
Utah
USA
3362 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2019 :  12:36:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I had both kinds of swing growing up. We had a tree swing which was a tire swing and then a swing set with normal swings. I loved our tree swing until I got older. We would twist the rope and let it go so it would spin us on the tire swing. The older I got the sicker it would make me lol. So I then preferred the swing set. I do still love to swing and would love to own one for myself again.

Krista
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StitchinWitch
True Blue Farmgirl

417 Posts

Judith
Galt CA
USA
417 Posts

Posted - Aug 16 2019 :  4:33:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My father made us a big two-seater swing out of pipe with maple seats. The seats were soon replaced with the soft ones after one of us got hit in the head and had to have stitches. I would swing so high the chain would go slack then I'd slide down with my back on the seat and my ankles wrapped around the chain. Gave my mother fits when she saw me. We have a big tree out back; maybe I'll ask DH to fix me up a swing. Nothing fancy, I'm too old for the acrobatics now. but it would be nice to sit and swing again. Wish my porch was big enough for a porch swing.

Judith

7932
Happiness is Homemade
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MBurns
True Blue Farmgirl

980 Posts

Marlene
Swisher IA
USA
980 Posts

Posted - Aug 22 2019 :  5:19:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love swings.had a tire swing growing up. Now have now have a porch swing.

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hoosiercountry
True Blue Farmgirl

550 Posts

karla
north port fl
USA
550 Posts

Posted - Aug 24 2019 :  4:54:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My dad put up a tire swing in the big maple tree that was in our front yard. No grass ever grew there after he hung that, I think of the hours of play time we spent on that swing. When we bought this property the former owners had one in a big pine tree in the middle of our circle drive, I have never been on it, I keep it for memories of childhood, I love just looking at it when driving up the lane, it just has a warm welcome feel to it. Hugs Karla

FGOM March 2018

I dusted once, it came back. I'm not falling for that again.

Edited by - hoosiercountry on Aug 24 2019 4:54:33 PM
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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

12459 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal WashCalif.
USA
12459 Posts

Posted - Aug 25 2019 :  7:58:37 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yep,,, Tire swig memories...
Our neighbor, whose daughter and I played together from the moment we got home from school until we got called in for supper,,, well her dad put up a tire swing, held by 3 ropes from a fruitless mulberry tree (I remember the tree 'cuz I would pick the leaves to feed to my silk worms)... Karen and I would take turns spinning each other in the tire... talk about dizzy! lol!,,
Alas,,, the tire is all but a memory and the poor tree is showing its age :>(
but the memories linger on...

>^..^<
Happiness is being a katmom and Glamping Diva!

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