Thursday, June 26, 2014

prairie by the sea

Our big project this week has been a clean up of the backyard of our little coastal cottage. The previous residents left behind a lot of stuff in the yard and we may have gotten a little behind on the leaf raking and tree trimming last winter so some attention to the yard was overdue.

Lots and lots and lots of stuff went to the dump, I lost count of the number of broken plastic flower pots, but underneath the piles of branches and leaves, we found a few wonderful treasures that remind me of my beloved prairie.

 As a card-carrying "bonnethead" scholar of Laura Ingalls Wilder, I am so in love with this wagon wheel. It's a bit fragile, some of the wood would love to fall out, so I threatened everyone with bodily harm if they dared to move it. Nobody touched it.

I squealed for joy when we found this rusty windmill neglected in a corner of the yard. A little oil and love and it's twirling away once again.

I may not live out on the prairie (and since I am not a fan of snow, it's unlikely that I ever will) but it's fun to bring a little bit of the prairie to my home by the sea.


  1. Wow, you're finding some great stuff back there! The wheel is amazing!

  2. What terrific finds! That wheel, especially, is beautiful.

    I'm not a fan of snow either, and after 20+ years living in Florida, I've found it difficult to adjust to living in it. When we first moved here (Idaha), though, I thought a blizzard would be fun. It didn't happen, so I re-read Laura Ingalls Wilder's "The Long Winter," and I experienced a blizzard vicariously through her. That's as close as I ever want to get!



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