lovely Autumn 🍁🍂
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Autumn arrived last night at my booth at the Hixton Schoolhouse
Antique Mall. The mix of orange, green, black with bits of red,
yellow & brown makes me swoon.
Added some farmhouse goodies, vintage cardboard farm animals,
a terrific Purina chick feeder and lots of tin. There is even another
single chicken nesting box...hard to find! Also added some charming
canvas pouches, perfect for use or to fill with autumn foliage & hang up!
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
We have beat the annual rainfall record by 7 inches in Wisconsin.
And it shows! Our Peegee Hydrangeas are flourishing!
Heaven for hundreds of bees!
Saturday, August 12, 2017
I sit in the quiet of this home, built brick by brick...square nail by square nail in 1857. I feel this abundant awe living in the midst of history and recognizing those who stood here before me. Knowing that Augusta became a town in 1857 and that the Civil War was yet to be when this house was built is humbling. Thank you Joseph Strader for coming here from New York to build this "magnificent brick house" 160 years ago.
The following excerpts are from "The History of Augusta" written in 1874.
Buildings, fruit trees, fences, improvements and everything, denote order, industry, and economy. ... Joseph Strader with his magnificent brick house, Fletcher Dighton, S. E. Cooledge, I. G. Bills, William Arries, James Surgeon, Lindsey Wright, F. A. and S. H. Denison. Peter O’Blair, and scores more, all model men, now well-to-do, though they were all poor but a few years ago when they came to the valley. Nothing short of good markets, health, good habits and rich soil can produce such results in so short a time. This is a truthful picture of this beautiful valley, and it is by such men that we are surrounded, as neighbors and friends; intelligence and true friendship are embodied in such a class of men.Up to 1861, the local advantages were about all our citizens took any special interest in. but when the news came that Sumpter [Fort Sumter in the American Civil War] had been fired upon, the people of this valley, in common with those of the surrounding country, felt the insult as though it had been specially aimed at them and from the first three months until the final surrender the valley had its full show of representatives in the deadly strife [of the American Civil War]. During all those years of weeping and mourning, we had in the Union army a large list of our best citizens, many of who never returned to their families and friends. Some of them do not even share the honor of our decoration day, but are buried in the shade of the Rocky Mountains or in the sunny south, where their dearest friends may never find their graves.
May their memories be for a blessing. Happy Birthday Meadowview Farm! May you always be a home to compassion, hard work and the democratic spirit.
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Barn cats are necessary on a farm...and over the years, many have called Meadowview Farm home. Every now & again, an extra cat arrives at our farm, as was the case with Patches. An older boy, he would watch from the edge of the field when I called in the kittens at day's end. Slowly he followed the call. Slowly he let me pet him. Slowly this farm became his too. I am glad that he has a home, one he now protects with ferocity. He has taught me that you are never too old to find where you were meant to be.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
Our 100+ year old barn has been getting a new coat of paint this
summer. As much as we love weathered wood, painting is part of
It was a bit tricky getting to the peak. An extension rod that
extends three times was the ticket.
My husband, Dave, has been the master painter! This is rough
work for shoulders...but Dave has been stoic. He loves this barn!
Friday, July 21, 2017
Found this urban garden complete with farm statuary on my recent
trip to Washington...right at the famous Pike Place Market! Love these
secret places once you get a bit behind the main attraction.