There are many words that come to mind that describe what being from the prairies is all about. Wheat is the first…..then maybe Canola, even though it’s stinky it is beautiful!
Long winters are also a given in the prairies! I do my share of complaining about the cold but I would be the first to miss the changing of the season’s if I lived anywhere else! My Dad grew up on a farm in southern Manitoba and although he didn’t stay on the farm (he is the black sheep choosing accounting instead!), many of my childhood memories revolve around trips out to my Grandma & Grandpa’s farm as well as my uncle & aunts. My uncle would have hundreds (at least as a child…what I thought was hundred’s!) of round bales lined up in a row. We would spend hours playing on top of them, jumping from one to another…row to row. Oh and in the winter the snow would drift so high around their spruce trees, it made for a perfect spot for a fort. I hardly remember feeling the cold back then, why is that? From riding horses, to searching for the barn cats & kittens, to feeding chop to the cows & holding piglets. These memories are all a very important part of what has made me who I am today.
My family and I just returned from a short trip to Manitoba. As we drove through Saskatchewan and witnessed abandoned farmhouses, one after the other, it made me kind of sad. To think that these once beautiful farmhouses full of somebodies memories were no more than an empty shell, windows and everything gone. Sigh……
Well part of the vision behind The Vintage Verandah is to re-capture the essence of the old prairie farmhouse and bring it alive again in your own homes. Pieces of furniture with such history and stories behind them. Even if you don’t know the story, it easy to imagine where it used to be or how it may have been used. If you are blessed enough to have a story that comes along with your piece, even better! Make sure you share it!
Take a look at a few of the pictures that I took at an old farm site north of my hometown of Stonewall,MB. Beautiful is all I can say, right from the gate that leads to the property, the long winding driveway and the red barns! I hope the pictures do it justice.
This antique gate was salvaged from a house on Wellington Ave, in Winnipeg, which is a very old area of the city with some beautiful homes
If I could have found a way to take this whole building home with me I would have!
Getting into the barn was a small challenge….there is so much snow there this year!
Another red beauty!
These two friendly giants Fred & Freda were trying to pick my pockets, looking for treats like a couple of dogs!
An easy way to dress up the outside of your buildings!
As an added bonus, we came home with some wonderful additions for the store!
Thanks to Dwight & Nancy for being gracious hosts! Ben & I thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
One more thing! Along with the prairie theme……I would like to introduce The Prairie Girls Vintage Market
My sister Leah from The Olde Farmhouse and myself have joined forces to bring you this event to Cochrane,AB on September 20th,2014!! Mark your calendar because you won’t want to miss this shopping experience and if you are interested in participating as a vendor, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org also check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/theprairiegirls.
Once a prairie girl….always a prairie girl