My goodness! Who would have thought that we were such a romantic lot?
Thank you for all the wonderful stories you wrote....such mystery, intrigue and romance!
It was uncanny the way that some of you touched upon some very obscure facts! For instance, Ellie speaks of a Mr. William Abbot... ...how could she possibly know that there is a William Abbott in my family? ...eerie....right?
Well... ...I hope I do not disappoint you too much as there is no REAL story attached to these layered photographs. As I was playing around with them it came to mind that I was so drawn to these images for several reasons. First of all my grandparents had a farm a mile from where I grew up....I have many fond memories playing in the orchards and climbing the fruit and chestnut trees. I have listened to many stories of picking fruit and late nights canning...and of course, my grandmother made the best pies ever...
The pictures of the two girls were found together at the flea market and were obviously taken at the same time...so I imagined they were sisters...
If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know how close I am with my sisters.
Two girls trapped in a life of kitchen work. All they wanted was some time away from the never ending crops that had to be canned.
Oh yes....I can identify with that!
...and Tina wrote:
The Barnes sisters, dreaming of a life far removed from their mother's life as the wife of an apple orchard owner. Oh not for the Barnes girls this life of apples, apples, apples!
I got a kick out of that! As a young man, my Dad was happy to get away from the farm...
...and I love what Tracie wrote:
Beatrice Barnes & Odetta Orchards. ... One was quite a salty character and the other sweet as pie...
In any case, your imaginative and creative stories were wonderful! Thank you for playing along!
And now...I want to introduce you to a brand new blog! It belongs to my dear friend Evi who has just published her first post this afternoon!
As many of you already know Evi and her legendary dolls and other creations...I am sure you will be delighted to know that in the weeks ahead, you will be able to get a further glimpse into her home, her gardens and the fabulous studio where she creates her wonderful dolls.
Evi will still be participating in several shows per year but hopes to use her blog as a more effective means to share her one of a kind creations with her regular customers all over the world and with new customers too.
I was visiting this afternoon and this little sign was just outside the door to her studio...
To live content with small means.... To seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion.... To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich.... To study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly.... To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart.... To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never.... In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.... ...........this is to be my symphony.
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