Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Great American Frontier Yard Sale

Saturday my cousin and I drove to Fort Leavenworth, about 45 minutes away to attend The Great American Frontier Yard Sale on the fort. There were probably 100 sales. I had visions of having lots of loot to show you that I got at the garage sales. HA! I came up with this and that is all!

At least it was a good brand. 

The sales were mostly families, and they had baby clothes, baby things, and dining room sets. The generals' housing area hardly had any sales. So, we drove around the fort grounds. 
Here's a tiny bit of history and some pics. 

In 1827  Colonel Henry Leavenworth  established the Fort on the banks of the Missouri River to protect the wagon trains headed west along the Santa Fe Trail, and later, the Oregon Trail, and to help maintain peace with the Indians.

The generals' houses sit looking out on the  Missouri. 

In front of this building were cannons that were lined up and pointed toward the river. They are now mounted in cement, but had wheels as shown in this depiction.

The cemetery was amazing, green and tree covered. 

My favorite thing on the fort was the Buffalo Soldier Statue. 

Buffalo soldiers originally were members of the U.S. 10 th Cavalry Regiment of the US Army, formed in 1866 at Fort Leavenworth. 

The nickname was given to the "Negro Cavalry " by the Indian tribes they fought. 
The statue is so detailed!

Well, no big treasures, but I had a good time, and loved the photos!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

What I am Reading in September

Reading and soaking up the rich colors, divine details, and objects of intricate interest, I have scanned this book with a new eye for detail each time I turn a page.

If you are a follower of Charles Faudree this newest book does not disappoint.

Love the layering  of oils.

I like pewter and wish it would come back in style more. This is a cozy, yet rich mantle with hounds and the rough wood.

Look at this snug, comfortable corner of a bedroom done in black and white  toile and the striking black picture frames.

Isn't this a sweet, country bath?

If you have ever read any of the Rosamunde Pilcher novels, you will notice the similarities of Faudree's decor in her books.

Rosamunde Pilcher was born in Cornwall, and retired from writing several years ago. Her writing style details the cottages and estates of Cornwall. Some of my favorite Pilcher books are:

Have you tried any of Rosamunde Pilcher's books?

Fall Sunflowers

Sometimes one item just starts you to thinking beautiful things. Got this great, cheery table runner at Marshall's and my thoughts began to form.

I love my dollar store sunflower bowls.

A little raffia wrapped candles, some sunflowers and a cage.

If you love sunflowers as much as I do, take a look at another Kansas blogger who GROWS sunflowers.

This photo is from her blog, The Farmer's Wife.Just click on the photo to visit.

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 for Tablescape Thursdays

Trying to find Fall Motivation

 The first red sport of Anjou was discovered in the early 1950's near Medford, Oregon.

A trip to the grocery store inspired me to do this blog.

 I found the most beautiful  Anjou pears, blemish free and  a such a red! I immediately thought of my red Memory Lane Royal Ironstone dishes and a lace table scarf.

I was beginning to wonder if I would ever have enough motivation to blog again. Since school started I have been so busy and exhausted. Those of you who work, I don't know HOW you do it.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Summer's Little Flower Visitors

Even as this hot, dry summer is winding down, butterflies and bees are busy in the flowers that have survived.

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Honey Bee

Variegated Fritillary

Carpenter Bee


Carpenter Bee

Painted Lady

Spicebush Swallowtail

Silver Spotted Skipper

Peck's Skippers

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