Last week the weather was absolutely beautiful. . . .Our temps dipped down in the 50s at night. . . .The days were cool with a northern breeze. . . .almost like Fall. . . .very unusual for the Delta in August. . . .Normally, August brings the hottest temps. . . .with heat indexes over 100.
I took the opportunity to do more clean-out. . . .ended up in the breezeway for an entire day. . . .where it occurred to me that I'd never shared two of our Prims with you.
You've seen them before in the background. . . .Now for a closer look. . . .a Prim Dry Sink and a Crock Shelf. . . .
I'm not sure how old the dry sink is. . . .but, it's been around for at least 100 years I'd think. . . ."She" was one of our first purchases when we moved back to the Delta from Virginia. . . .for only $50. . . .In Virginia we'd sure have to pay much, much more!
I like the fact that we bought her here in the Delta. . . .and was able to save her from the dumpster. . . .Yes, that's what I said. . . .the dumpster. . . .If we hadn't bought her, the owner said she was going to the dump. . . .In fact, the owner wanted to give her to us. . . .but, we insisted on paying something.
Our dry sink is definitely a prim, with all the dings and patina of a 100+ years of use. . . . the door sags. . . .the original closure is missing a part. . . .the hinges squeak when you open the door. . . .Lots of personality. . . .I love it!
The Prim Crock Shelf was bought around the same time. . . .another piece from the Delta. . . .Can't you imagine this sitting on the back porch of an early farmhouse?
Simple construction, open shelves, and multiple colors of paint. . . .It's held my crock collection for many years. . . .I do use them, too. . . .Can't run a farmhouse without crocks!
The shelves are narrow enough that it fits perfectly behind the door. . . .I think I paid $20 for it. . . .Another great find.
The newest addition to the mix is this rather large Vintage Grain Mill. . . .After eight years sitting in John's shop to be cleaned, it has finally found it's home. . . .It was a house-warming gift from a friend--so many years back that I'd almost forgotten about it. . . .I spotted it in the farm shop when I was looking for the Thrifty Farmhouse Cupboard.
Isn't it a beauty?
John gave it a thorough cleaning and oiling. . . .The paint is original. . . .The patina is wonderful--once all the grease and grime came off. . . .We weren't sure what we'd find. . . .The color is almost a perfect match to the dry sink. . . .It was meant to be. . . .
Our Two Prims are working pieces. . . .not just for show. . . .In the Summer, the dry sink holds enamelware, garden gloves, tools, jars--whatever we need to grab quickly on our way out the door. . . .
Before you ask about the numerous jugs, no--we don't make our own whiskey or spirits of any kind. . . .although John's threatened to try his hand at Grandmother's Muskidine Wine! . . .Strictly medicinal, you know. . . .
By the way, do you know what a 'breezeway' is? It's an enclosed porch that connects two structures. . . .In our case, the house and the garage. . . .Traditionally, windows and doors were placed on both outside walls and opened in the summertime to 'catch the breeze'. . . .I'm not sure if that term is used anymore. . . .Since our farmhouse was built in 1930, we chose to call our back porch the 'breezeway'. . . .
I can remember my Grandmother sitting in the breezeway of her home, churning butter and looking at a Sears Roebuck catalog. . . .She kept with the old ways for much of my childhood. . . .It was much easier and convenient to buy butter at the grocery. . . .but, she said it wasn't the same.
I'd show you the rest of the breezeway if it weren't in such a mess. . . .One thing I love about blogging--finished projects are all you see. . . .In a couple of months--when we begin to use the open hearth fireplace--the wonderful wicker settee and chair will be moved out here. . . .Maybe then I'll give you a peek at the rest of the room. . . .(grin). . . .It's one of my favorite places. . . .
But, Fall is some time off for us. . . .The temps will soar again this week. . . .and we'll be sweating under the sun. . . .Wish I could bottle some of that heat and use it in the Winter! . . .For better or worse, though, I do love Summer in the Delta. . . .
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .