Thursday, May 5, 2011

Apple Blossoms and Rusty Farm Relics


When I was a girl my grandparents farm
 was just a mile walk from home.
One of my favorite memories is climbing the old apple and chestnut trees that surrounded the farmhouse.


My brother Biff and I had some fun times up in those trees.
The apple blossoms in the surrounding orchards
 were a vision to behold.


I loved to explore the old barns and farm stand.
Before the farmhouse was sold in the late 70's....
...we sold a lot of the old farm tools
 for my Nana and Great Aunt Alice.
And after the sale...
I squirreled away lots of rusty old metal things.
I don't know why...
...after all I was just a newlywed...
...but I loved the rusty old gears
 as much as those beautiful apple blossoms.



This old cupboard is currently residing out in a shed...


 Mr. Flea and I dragged it up from his Great Uncle Al's basement in the early 80's.  I painted it blue on the inside and taupe on the outside and used it in the front bedroom before we had babies.


When Dan was born the cupboard went into the shed...
...and subsequently filled up
 with old tools and things from the farm.


Two of my loves...
apple blossoms and rusty old tools.
(I bet you thought I was going to say Mr. Flea and Dan)
:)


...and old kitchen things and pretty linens...
...and...and...
oh never mind!  :)



 Hoping your week has been going well.
It's almost the weekend!
There's a church sale and a flea market...
:)

30 comments:

Poca Luna said...

The apple blossoms and pink plate photo is so pretty. Have a great time at your flea market and church sale.

Enchanted Moments said...

http://enchantedthingsprimitives.blogspot.com/2011/01/something-old_20.html

I do love old rusty things too...would you like to see my 'bench' full of old and crusty bits and pieces...

I do love your collection of rusty things...I would have made sure to take them before the home was sold too....treasures indeed..
Suzanne, Australia....x

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

what a sweet post......

Amanda said...

The apple blossom looks so beautifully delicate, and how nice to have such real and tangible links to such fond memories.

Olde Tyme Marketplace said...

Blossoms + Rust = perfection!

Dagmar said...

another 2 beautiful and inspiring posts..some memories just become sweeter don't they?

Beatnheart said...

your flower pictures are awesome. auh sucks! lilies of the valley, lilacs all my faves that do not grow in Cailfornia. dang...

A Vintage Green said...

Love love love the rust and the memories of the bits and pieces on your shelves. Pulleys, irons, and more, old hand tools. Precious stuff. Great photos you shared today. Is that a butter mold? Thank you for sharing, it brings back memories for me of my young years on the ranch (now long gone).
- Joy

Lorrie said...

I love the juxtaposition of the rusty tools and the delicate blossoms. A garden poem. And then the pink plate - like a grace note. Just beautiful.

manon 21 said...

Toujours un plaisir de me balader chez toi.

Bon weekend

Manon

Lilybets said...

....beautiful flowers,so delicate!.I hope you will have a nice week end,kiss.

Rozmeen said...

I just catched up on your previeus post!! These are just sooo beautiful. Lilacs are my faourite..

Hugs,
Rozmeen

Jacqueline said...

Hi Laura,
What a wonderful contrast between the delicate blossom and the heavy and rusty ironwork. Such beautiful pictures.
We are having the most beautiful weather here and today, I am going to Hatfield House for the annual Craft Fair. We go every year. Hatfield House was one of Henry V111's palaces so, it's a lovely backdrop for crafts.
Have a lovely weekend Laura. XXXX

Vintage Gal said...

The apple blossoms are beautiful and I am with you on rusty old farm implements. I love the look ;-)

Vicki said...

I too love the contrast of these pics - old rusty tools and something lovely and delicate those gorgeous apple blossoms. Happy Hunting this weekend. Happy Mother's Day! p.s. - my canvas is on order. Thank you!

LizlovesVintage said...

Ok now, I was going to post about apple blossoms next. Ha, Ha!! They are so beautiful and delicate. I love this post about your Family and rusty farm stuff. Thanks for your kind msg. about the bridal gift.
xxx liz

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

What a sweet combo! Love the 2nd to last photo.

Paula Parrish said...

Hello Laura,
Your photos of the apple blossom and old rusty farm relics are so creditable; you are a very talented photographer.
Smiles, Paula

Bohemian said...

A Flea Market AND a Church Sale for Mother's Day Weekend, pure Bliss! I too Love Rusty, crusty items, we often scavenge them from the Desert, where they have lain in the hot Arizona Sun just waiting to be discovered and appreciated.

Have a Wonderful Mother's Day... Dawn... The Bohemian

French Curiosités said...

Love the rusty things.....always interesting to find them!

kpaints said...

You can't beat rust and flowers...the tough and the delicate...love it. You started on the rust early but what wonderful memories!

flowers on my table said...

Lovely pictures, lovely memories, I enjoyed reading it, love Linda x

AshTreeCottage said...

What beautiful blossoms!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Malissa said...

I Love your groupings for you pictures. Your pictures were like eye candy. Thank You!

Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Laura!
What a beautiful post! I'll bet those cherry blossoms smell terriffic too!!!!!!A nice justopoxition of the delicate flowers and the farm tools! Always a pleasure to visit you.Maryanne xo

Mélanie A. said...

Love your pictures , love the mix between tough and delicate

eli said...

I love old rusty tools too, and so does my husband. And by the way...he loves the new ones too haha
Nice weekend Laura!

Debra@Common Ground said...

Beautiful blossoms, love that cabinet! Have a sweet Mother's Day, know you'll be missing yours. Hugs and blessings, Debra

Vintage Jane said...

Love your photos. The colours and contrasts are just beautiful.

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Such an enchanting post! I love all your flower posts. Flowers and rusty objects are two of my favorite things! Its great you can keep the tools! Your photography makes me smile :)
Gerri