Assuming that *is* a phone booth and not what it looks like, how would you know that the phone was ringing if you were inside the house? A very loud bell, presumably.
Looks like an English (everyone else) person running the blog. One of my Tour Guides worked for the Hershey Company for 20 years, was a Vietnam Vet in the Air Force, retired to Lancaster County. He said nearly all his friends are Amish, and very few are English. When he goes to weddings, people stare at him because he's the odd one out. But by virtue of that, he knows a lot about the real ways of the Amish. Amish also work in many trades now, not just farming. They're very heavy into construction too, they just can't get very far without hitching a ride. Most construction gangs in the area are nearly 60 percent Amish just by looking at them. They've lost much of the mystique that bad movies like Harrison Ford/Kelly McGillis in Witness and other Hollywood contrivances would lead us to believe.
Or as the mother of a friend of mine has it, "Just because someone has decided to call me doesn't mean I have to drop everything I'm doing and answer." Good point. An invitation. I like that.My dear sweet little grey haired old mother - who used to be a supervisor at Weybridge telephone exchange back in the 1940s and who once disciplined a night telephonist named Norman Wisdom for answering calls with the words "rubber knees!" instead of "number please" - always said that a ringing telephone was an invitation to answer, not a demand to do so...
* This is a family friendly site so I won't give some examples of town names in that area!
LOL - My 2nd or 3rd trip to Lancaster and surrounding was with my son's HS Band. I was the bad parent and pointed out the famous sign when we arrived in said specific town. Hey, they were all old enough to appreciate the humor.
Which one??? LOL - I grew up 20 miles east of Gettysburg and there were 2 towns, one is one work and started with an "I", the other is 2 words and both words start with "B"