Oh, some of you will love this. It's a blog called Grandpa's 1947 Farm and at the top, Dawn has 59 pictures of her grandfather's farm which she's now restoring. Tom and I sat here on Saturday gazing at each photo and absorbed ideas galore.
What is it about this place, I wonder? There's an old-fashioned charm, I think... an obvious spirit of making the most of what one has... and I see love of land and family in every square foot. It is a Grandma and Grandpa kind of place--we take country drives and I recognize them and am always catapulted back in time.
Something else? The farm sits in Auburn, CA where not only did I live for a year while in high school, but my own grandparents lived there lotsa years. My fondest childhood memories--they are all in Auburn still ... even now I go back to the gardener's quarters on Acacia Dr. in my memory to sit with my dear grandparents when present times get tough.
Be sure to click on "see all 59 pictures." And if you prefer cottage decorating you will love the sweet cottage in Dawn's backyard--she did an amazing job on that old woodshed. (Of course, now I want a cottage in my backyard!) :) The main house, too, is lovely in its simplicity.
Please tell me what you think about this farm... Maybe you can explain more specifically than I why this 1.4 acre holds more charm than many larger, more extravagant, more expensive farms.
Dawn mentions a 1940's book called, The "Have-More" Plan. Read about it here. I ordered one from Amazon this morning--sounds pefect. Beyond perfect, actually.
To view the best grandparents ever, go here.