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The 200+ Tree

Our biggest sap producer in the back yard of the mansion.

Our biggest sap producer in the back yard of the mansion.

It’s getting close to time to make maple syrup again and Mother Nature split our best sap producer in half back in late summer.  The tree is over 200 years old and we have pictures of my husband’s family having a picture made at it when his great, great grandparents had passed away.  All of the children were standing/sitting in front of the tree when the picture was taken and the tree was only about 10-12 inches around.

This is a picture of my husbands great aunts and uncles taken at the mansion and the young maple can be seen in the background.

This is a picture of my husbands great aunts and uncles taken at the mansion and the young maple can be seen in the background.

Now, three to four people holding hands around it can still barely reach around the base of what’s left of it.  I’m hoping it may sprout new growth this spring and only time will tell.  We got several truckloads of firewood from it and the rotted was carried to the woods to go back into the earth.  This loss will make a big difference in our sap production but we do have several of the same size on the farm that we have not tapped before and will during our next production season.  We probably won’t have a maple syrup weekend this year due to the crazy season we’re having this winter/spring.  Here’s some pictures of the downed tree and the damage it did to fence and gates but thankfully fell to the north instead of on the mansion (family home of our ancestors).

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That storm in July broke another of our heritage apple trees which seems to happen with every storm.  wind-damage-at-mansion-072016-3  We had another storm last night but thankfully no damage was found but for one huge pine tree in our back fields.  Cattle and fences were spared this time.

Crazy Month of May, the First Chapter

I don’t even know where to begin. My daughter and I decided to have an Estate/Yard sale and for the entire month, we gathered, took pictures, priced, organized and prepared for the largest yard sale I’ve ever seen that was for one family. Of course, it was four generations of collections of one family, the Caldwells. It was a history of the Caldwell family that was taking up too much space and after watching my daughter dealing with my mother-in-laws estate and the clean-out of her house,  I decided I would not do that to my children after I’m gone.

We cleaned out my house, the Mansion, and the remains of what Heather and her Dad cleaned out of her grandmother’s “stuff” and had our sale on Saturday. It included, antiques from three or four generations ago, household items from our home, Heather’s home, my husband’s grandmother and aunt & uncle, and his grandfather and great-grandfather, tools, and we filled three entire rooms of the Mansion, the front  porch and the yard.

We advertised on Facebook, our personal email contacts and asked everyone to share the details. We did really well and I was blessed to see so many old friends and acquaintances including my Dad’s best friend, Bobby Rose.  What a treat to have him here on the farm.  There’s a wonderful family story behind this which I will share at a later date.

We worked the sale with the help of a very special friend, JoAnn, my granddaughter and one of her best friends.  We were too busy to take pictures during the day but I will share a few pictures of the treasures that left the farm.

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Wood cookstove in excellent  shape.

Wood cookstove in excellent shape.

Antique churn

Antique churn

Old toys

Old toys

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Box after box of bottles, jars, insulators.

Box after box of bottles, jars, insulators.

Tool sharpener

Tool sharpener

Pottery

Pottery

Stoves of all sorts but we only sold two.  We still have propane, wood, wood/coal stoves.

Stoves of all sorts but we only sold two. We still have propane, wood, wood/coal stoves.

Bowl & pitcher

Bowl & pitcher

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This is just a teeny-tiny bit of what left the farm.  The rooms of the house were as full as we could get them.  It was a beautiful day and the cleanup has begun!!

Antique found

The following pictures are of a grain mill that my husband’s grandfather used a lot on the farm.

Harry Caldwell cornmeal grinder.

Harry Caldwell cornmeal grinder.

Old equipment abounds on this farm. It needs a little work but hubby thinks he can make it workable again!

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The Dirty Old Box

A couple of months ago my daughter was cleaning out the house that belonged to her deceased grandmother.  She and her friend, Cary Melvin, were either working in the attic or the basement of the house and found two of these wooden boxes.  Heather and Cary just knew it was a treasure I would love!

The box was quite dirty and Eddie thinks they were purchased in the early fifties. They held cans of corned beef.

The box was quite dirty and Eddie thinks they were purchased in the early fifties. They held cans of corned beef.

I found the top or bottom for the box.

Fortunately the lid to the boxes was found too and we’re not sure why they didn’t throw them away but I’m so glad they did.  I love to repurpose old things and some new.  I scrubbed the inside and outside of this one and re-attached the lid.  Dirty Old Box (1)

Then I attached some picture hangers to the back of the box and hung it in our living room.  It made a perfect display shelf for hubbies retired or unused turkey callers which made a great “turkey wall”.

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The repurposed treasure looks pretty good beside the painted turkey feather hanging beside it along with a turkey beard.

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Turkey calls retired or never used on display.

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Hubby was pretty impressed at this point because he was ready to use the box for kindling and couldn’t see why I was so excited about the dirty thing.

Thank you Heather and Cary for doing some treasure hunting at the home where your father was raised.  I’m sure Papa Caldwell would be thrilled to know we used something he had saved for one reason or another.

My “get-away” room

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It’s bright when I want it to be, cool in the summertime, warm in the winter, quiet when I need it to be, pretty, feminine and country!  Now, I just need to clean out the rest of the rooms and make them just as comfortable but with a different look.

Antiquing on the farm

Hubby and I have been working through some more of the buildings on the farm to see what is useable and what’s there that we didn’t know about.  Our farm used to be the home of four of the Caldwell siblings from the 1800’s.  Theses are some of the handmade tools and other objects that we’ve found so far:

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