Monday, May 5, 2014

Squash House Archives

Hello everyone!  I'm happy to say I am getting back to blogging after being away for almost 6 weeks.  Where was I?  I was home recovering from major back surgery and still am, but getting better and better as the weeks roll by.  I have a long road ahead of me, but everything is on track and Mr. Squash and I are quite pleased.  I'm sorry I didn't mention what was going on - it was hard enough to wrap my mind around it, let alone many others.  So, enough of that!

The other day Mr. Squash was doing some yardwork for me when he happened upon a good sized piece of very old ironstone pottery.  Every since we moved here we've found pieces of this and that when gardending.  I save it all and thought it might be fun for you to see what we have!

 Here is all of it, including the little tin dish.  The Squash House was built in 1948 and many of the surrounding houses were built in the late 1800's and early turn of the 20th century.  One block up from us and directly across is the original farmhouse for the property.  We have been told they had pigs and other animals along with some crops.  
 Mostly we find pottery and also this early marble.  Occasionally we'll find a square head nail or something old like that, but I haven't saved them.  I love to try and figure out what each piece used to be. The larger piece is the most recent that Mr. Squash unearthed.  It appears to be ironstone and the "knob" must be part of a larger knob to a serving dish.  I can imagine Mrs. Farmhouse bringing a hot bowl of stew out to Mr. Farmhouse at lunch in such a bowl.  I think the little tin might have been an indvidual pie server or perhaps part of Farmhouse Daughter's play things.  I'm pretty sure Farmhouse Son had something to do with the marble (wink).
 I think this is Mrs. Farmhouse's favorite teacup.  She may have sat on the porch on a warm spring evening with it in her hand!
I also do believe the Farmhouse family was very fortunate to have some Christmas China!  Perhaps it was a good wheat crop that year, or maybe even Mr. Farmhouse suprised his Mrs. with this one year when the pig prices were high!  

So, do you look at old things like this and create stories around them?  I think they will become a permanent part of the Squash House and should we ever move, they will be passed down to future families who live here.  Also, if we come across other archives, and I'm certain we will, I'll be sure to give you a peek.


Stephanie said...

Of course I wish you a full and speedy recovery! Digging in your yard must be like digging for treasure. I love the idea that the Farmhouse family had kids who played with marbles and had tea parties. :o) Your blog posts have been missed.

Colleen Gander said...

How interesting to find the pottery shards in your garden. My parents had an old Ontario log home and discovered what are called the nuisance grounds when they turned over soil to create a garden. This would have been the trash heap covered over in a time when your garbage didn't go to the curb. Like the pieces you found, they discovered broken pieces of pottery and sadly some fine china which we imagined had been brought from Britain with the early settlers.

Donna said...

Feel better soon!

Me and My Stitches said...

HI Candace! Hope the kitties (and Mr. Squash) are still taking good care of you during your recover! What interesting finds from your yard. Makes you wonder how/why they get there in the first place.

Lisa D. said...

Glad to hear you are recovering well. I'm sure Mr. Squash and the kitty girls are taking good care of you. Wishing you speedy healing!

Karen said...

Sorry to learn that you have had back surgery. Having been through two myself, I feel for you! I hope it was successful.

Anna said...

what fun discoveries! I love mysteries :) slow and steady is the phrase for recovery!

Florida Farm Girl said...

Candace, glad to hear that you're on the mend. Take care of yourself, dear girl. We do miss you when you're absent. Give Gracie and Sasha a hug for me. I need a kitty hug right now.

Sue said...

Welcome back Candace ! Missed you blogging and so glad to hear you are on the mend! Wishing you a speedy recovery !

Annemariesquilt said...

Yes for sure I look at old things and think what might have happen here and there. I have a great imagination so i can dream all day long.
Normal life seams to catch up on me though :-)

Needled Mom said...

I hope you are well on the road to recovery now and will soon be back to doing the things you love.

What fun it must be to find such fun pieces. If only the pieces could talk to you!!!! I'm sure they would have great tales to tell.

Jackie said...

How fun to find little bits and pieces as you work the soil! I like the whimsy of your thoughts as you look at what has been unearthed. Speedy recovery to you!

Diane said...

I wish you a very speedy and complete recovery! Sorry to hear you have been dealing with that, but what fun little treasures you have found. I like the stories you create to go with them. Thanks for sharing!

Kaaren said...

Welcome back, Candace. You have been missed!

I know years back...before the convenience of curbside trash pickup, farmers used to bury their household trash and I'm just wondering if that's what the treasures are that you're unearthing...bits and pieces from the past. I'm sure there's more lying undisturbed in the soil underneath your house and gardens. If only they could talk, huh?

Mary said...

So sorry to hear you had to have back surgery, but so happy to hear of your recovery. May you continue to do well. I love your imagination!

Lindah said...

Oh, ouchie! I hope you soon are mended and feeling much better with good mobility.
What fun to find treasures in your yard. I'm afraid I too am a hopeless romantic junkie, always looking for hidden treasures in the back yard.
Be good and take care of yourself.

Ulla said...

Welcome back! I hope the pains go away as the weather gets warmer. - Nice finds in your garden! The must have buried the broken dishes as there was no other way to get rid of them. Our place was built 1947, and we have found an almost whole soup dish between some rocks, and a light bulb with the glass still intact but the metal rusted away.

PamKittyMorning said...

yikes! Hope your recovery is speedy!

pratima said...

Dear Candace, nice to know you are recovering well from the surgery. I hope Spring is helping in your healing and bringing lot of cheer in the way of warm days and colorful flowers. Missed your cute stories. These are wonderful treasures, I will look forward to more of your lovely tales as you and Mr. squash discover new things in your yard.

Tammy said...

Glad you are feeling like blogging again. It's been a rough road, but you are sounding better and better. SO interesting the things you two have unearthed. I like to think of what the history of things like that is too. Hugs and keep on feeling better and better my friend!!

Louise said...

Wishing you a complete recovery. When we lived in the Eastern Sierra ww were always finding arrowheads and once a very old digging tool guesstimated to be over 100 years old. A lot of these items were in the root system of trees cut down to build our home. Another find was an old mother of pearl button on the banks of the Owens River.
Heal well!

QuiltSue said...

I'm sorry you've been going through such a horrible time. Get well soon.

Houseelf said...

Totally fascinating. Yes I think you are right about the ironstone piece being a serving dish. I have similar shaped ones for vegetables. I think they may have also had lids originally, so happy hunting for more. I love your scenarios about them. I do that too.

AnnieO said...

I adored Mr. Squash's interview answers, and I am pleased to hear you're recovering from your surgery--a very big deal! Thanks for the background stories on the backyard finds!

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