On our way, you might want to look once again at how we built the Shabby Shed. . . . and the story behind it. . . .Total cost. . . . $35!
Has it really been a whole year since we built this shed?. . . .How do the days go by so quickly? . . .We finished the shell of the building last summer. . . .and put together a potting table from a yard sale find. . . .That was about all the time we could spare. . . .We do have five acres of land and fourteen buildings to maintain. . . .Not much time for "playing". . . .
As I walked down our drive to the mail box--on a recent Spring day--it struck me that I rarely enjoy the blessings we have with the farm anymore. . . .It's not that I don't appreciate this legacy. . . .I do. . . .My mind is just too busy with keeping everything moving smoothly. . . .thinking ahead. . . .planning. . . .physical work, paper work, bills, phone calls, renovations, repairs.
The birds were singing--the wind was gently blowing through the trees. . . .
I could hear a tractor in the distance. . . .
I looked down at the gravel drive and suddenly I was transported back in time. . . .when I was growing up. . . .when I walked to the farm down gravel roads and enjoyed the silence of the day and the fragrance of
cotton blooms. . . .
I loved going to the farm. . . .There was just something about it. . . .such a feeling of being a part of something bigger than my own little world. . . .yet, a peacefulness and a calm that's hard to explain. . . .I think I've said before that I relate to Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind, when she picked up that handful of Tara Plantation soil and held it to the sky. . . .
I've thought about doing the same thing. . . .But, that's another story. . . .
Well, I decided that Spring day that there will always be a long list of things to do around here. . . .I should do a little playing along the way. . . .After all, people pay money to come here and enjoy our way of life. . . .why shouldn't I?
This past weekend I had a few extra hours to do just that. . . .We didn't go junkin' away from the farm. . . .I went junkin' AT the farm. . . .
The result? . . . .A small potting area at the Shabby Shed. . . .
It's nothing fancy by any means. . . .I feel most at home with rustic farm style. . . .Plain & Simple. . . .After all, making-do was the norm. . . .not the exception. . .
Baby bed springs stored in the Widner barn by someone(?) makes a handy place for tools, seeds packets and such. . . .A great place to dry herbs, too. . .
Found the white bowl and bee skep in Our Old Country Store. . . .The bowl has a little crack in it but will work just fine. . . .I love this bee skep. . . .tempted to take it indoors. . . .
Below the table. . . .pots and a watering can are handy. . .
Shovels and hoes within reach. . . .
The sun comes up on this side of the shed. . . .goes down on the opposite (of course). . . .The afternoons are shaded by the roof and catch any breeze coming our way. . . .a place of solitude. . . .of unwinding. . . .of reflection. . . .and now a place to "play". . . .
I love it! With the addition of a couple of vintage farm chairs, John and I can enjoy some time in the shade, looking out over the fields and bayou. . . .and I can start working on an herb garden for the log cabin. . . .You know me. . . .I'll be adding and tweaking and "making-do" all summer long. . . .Please do come back again!
Oh!. . . .I need to add one last thing before you go. . . .
Don't forget. . . .
Country Whites Weekend starts this Friday, May 17!
Hope to see you there!
. . . from my farmhouse to yours. . .