Monday, January 18, 2010

Memories



I had the pleasure of meeting some special friends for lunch last Saturday. We went to our usual meeting place, Nick's, in beautiful downtown Shacklefords! The cast of characters included Chesapeake Bay Woman, Bayman, Noe Noe Girl and Hillbilly Gothic. My dad was also able to join us, which was a wonderful surprise!


We spent a couple of hours tossing back carafes of wine, celebrating CBW's birthday and laughing our fool heads off!! Oh, and at some point we actually managed to eat lunch;) We were not asked to leave, but Hillbilly Gothic was busted by the "You Can't Bring Your Own Drink In Here" police. After she explained that she is on a very strict diet, and that it was absolutely necessary for her to bring her own beverages, they decided not to arrest her. WHEW! Crisis averted!


Once our stomachs began to hurt from laughing, we decided that it was time to head up to my grandparent's farm for a little photo session. Old barns, old homes, big trees......OH, MY!


All joking aside, the farm is a very special place to me. Much of my childhood was spent entertaining myself with all of the things that a farm has to offer. Yes, there was "work", like shelling peas or weeding the garden, but the free time was what it was all about! My imagination knew no bounds, and there were SO many things to explore. Much like now.


The photo above, which was taken by CBW, is the back door of my great-grandmother's home. It is off of a small porch, and opens into the kitchen. After years of neglect, the house had fallen into a sad state of disrepair. My dad was finally able to purchase the home and the property, and has begun the slow process of renovating......as time and money allow. I'm trying to wrap my brain around a series of posts about the old home and barn, as well as my great-grandmother, but that is for another time.


For now, imagine yourself coming into the kitchen for a cold glass of sweet tea and a slice of marble pound cake. I believe the cake is still warm...

16 comments:

HalfAsstic.com said...

I LOVE that picture! It reminds me very much of many different places when I was a little girl as well. Memories make us so rich!

Mental P Mama said...

WOW! Why does no one want to live there and restore it? Sign me up!

foolery said...

I'm so glad to hear that the home is back in your family! My maternal grandparents' house over on the coast near Mendocino (CA) was sold long ago. I drive by it when I'm over there, sigh. And my paternal grandparents' home was completely remodeled by the new owners, and is unrecognizable now as the place where we kids used to climb trees to eat cherries and peaches. Hang on tight to that place!

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

It is still warm, the cake as well as the house. That house is so full of charm and beauty, and I can't wait to get back there again. Thank you so much for giving us this view into your world, and for the opportunity to visit this wonderful place.

Daryl said...

I am looking forward to seeing this in person tho I don't expect the cake to be warm ..

Noe Noe Girl...A Queen of all Trades. said...

I can imagine and I was there!
Thanks GF!
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littletoesandcheerios said...

Ah ya know I remember the days where most families went to Grandma's for Sun. supper at 1:00...how I miss that! Seems like people don't do that anymore.

T said...

Next time - I so want to be there to take ya'll's pictures in the barn and house!

Predo said...

Now you know that I can't wait for this storyline!!! I love me some grandparent stories!!!

I am waiting with great ANTI----CI-----PATION!!!!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

awww, such sweet memories for you.
Your day out with friends sounds wonderful!!!

Diane said...

What a great story! My grammy's cabin on the coast of Oregon was in our family for 50 years. I miss it. But if I close my eyes, I can see me baking in the kitchen and playing in the sand hill outside.
Memories like yours are so cherished! And the company sounds fantastic!

Keetha said...

That's an incredible picture - do you have it framed and hanging in your home?

No pressure but please do a post like the one you mentioned. It sounds wonderful!

*Love* that last line. I'd love of slice of cake, thanks. :-)

Life with Kaishon said...

This is one of the most beautiful posts I have ever read. I LOVE that picture so much.

TSannie said...

And we'll repeat the fun in just a few weeks!
So glad that wonderful old home is in good hands again.

Country Girl said...

What a wonderful old place. Looking forward to much laughter in just a couple weeks' time!

dwyatt64 said...

Love the memories this post evoked of my own grandmas' (both of them) homes. Sweet tea, warm pound cake, on summer occasions fresh strawberry shortcake with REAL whipped cream, and granddaddy's moonshine under the cabinet. But that's another story, too!