Thursday, May 24, 2012


The other day I stopped at Pomme de Terre on my way to a nearby town to pick some lilacs that have been growing by the cemetery fence for many years. They are very woody and the blooms are not as perky as on newer bushes.  But, I love the aroma and knew it would permeate the house and our weekend fishing guests loved them.  I decided to take a picture of the back wall of the little brick school house where generations of children have gone to school.  I talked about it in Echos Across the Prairie and thought you might enjoy seeing the initials carved into the brick.  I like to believe the WS carved in several locations may have been done by my father, but several families in the past have had children with those very initials.  But, I can imagine my dad or as my sons used to call him "Boppie" wanting to leave a sign that he had indeed been there.  Sort of like a Kilroy was here message to all who come after!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Afternoon Delight in a Perfect Garden

If you follow my facebook, you will have seen some pix I took last week during a morning of garage saleing with my daughter in law.  After checking out some listed on line, we decided to "free lance" and just followed signs in an older well established neighborhood.  WOW, we came across a fabulous sale that is held twice a year in Anoka, plus they also do various local shows.  Much is handmade out of recyclable materials, including lots of reclaimed wood.  This couple is so clever and talented and I would love to have them in our Exit 55 shop in Fergus but----distance is a factor.  They were wonderfully welcoming, letting me take photos despite the fact they were really busy.  It's obvious that theirs is not such a well kept secret since it seemed there were lots of smart shoppers who had been to sales many times, including occasional salers? and dealers in shops?  Suggested they start an email list for those of us who would love to attend more of their back yard boutiques!  By the way, we are still warming up here in Mn so not lots of colorful blooms yet!