Sunday, October 29, 2017


If you read farmer Dave's last blog post I want you to know how grateful we are.  After his blog post we received so many calls, messages and cards. Wanting to save all the cards we put them in a special basket that our friend Ken gave us when he stopped by on his way home to New England.  Every time I passed by the basket I felt so blessed and asked the Lord to bless others in return. Your concerns are heart warming ~ I am getting better but not 100% yet. I've had a blood issue and without going into details I am making my own blood again so I am on the right track.
My friend Judy told me that every time her life got better she just went through a battle of some kind. I can relate and felt that this was one of those times. When you don't have your health it's so frightening and really ~ well really.  Farmer Dave and I have so many of the same traits and keeping our plate too full is one of them.  Not a good trait for both to have in a marriage. WE are working at keeping the plate less full. This health scare has changed how we think. We decided to have the shop open only during workshops and small events.  You can never get time back. We decided we wanted to be more free to be at home and travel. Farmer Dave put the reigns on. So once the doctor gave me the okay to get out and move more I tried not to be the jockey on the horse coming out of the gate.  We've seen our family and friends more, hosted a lot of friends in the antique business staying with us,  been away a few weekends, went to a friend's apple butter making gathering and to farm tours ~ (we are working on it!) doing different things we couldn't do when the shop was open every Saturday. At first it seemed odd to leave on a Saturday morning and not have the shop open. We haven't closed the shop ~ it's just half open. We love having workshops with Janice and blessed with our friend Karen who is our right hand gal!  Two of my friends while visiting me one day suggested a "friends gathering" at the shop and with Dave's okay we did it and it was a blast. So much fun we decided to do it for Christmas (November 18, 10-3) BUT one day, a few hours and ~ and ~ asking God
What I do realize is that I have become a home body. When I was asked to rest before my blood transfusions I thought it would be hard. It was a little hard but I didn't hate it.  I read A TON and now TOGETHER WE dream of our future with many more blessings to put in bigger baskets yet!  
                                                                      SO HOLD ON!
with humble gratitude, love to you all, Audrey Ann


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

She's either killing me or keeping me young!

I started this post in my mind right after my brother's anniversary party and
last summer and
right after my birthday and finally here it is. Thank you for all your birthday wishes.

At my brother's party someone said "boy Dave you are so busy!"  "We see it on Facebook."
My reply was Yes, Audrey is either trying to kill me or she's making me young.
Really I love to joke and she has endless energy which is catchy and keeps me young.

We have always been open sharing our lives.  Many times we say, "this would make a cool blog post" and go on our way. Now we love to share on Instagram. We love to share and blog...we never have time.  Maybe now we will.

So what do you want to do when you retire?
After I retired from the steel mill I taught welding in steel mills, cut grass at a local cemetery, owned an antique business, while moving a house to our property and taking care of 20 acres.

One day before an open house I overheard my bride say to her friend Bobbette
"I looked out the window and David was taking all the sheep fence down and I cried"
The sheep fence was bad and needed to be taken down.  But I didn't know. She didn't tell me.

She never told me that...secretly...she wanted sheep again. She married "FARMER DAVE"  but she was a real shepherdess.  We had about 50 head at one time. Two pastures, two breeds, two rams in the right places, she delivered the babies in difficult births, she bottle fed the lambs if needed, nursed sick ones back to health, helped with docking, sold the meat, clean and carded the wool, dyed the wool, took felting lessons at a local college. Of course she misses it. I tried shearing them once but we won't go there. It was her passion. And mine. I have always loved having animals. 

I know we cannot add another thing to our plate.  Something has to give...another grandson is being born...corgi's seem to arrive here quite often...we rent out our 1824 farmhouse, photographers rent from us, there are workshops here at the farm and now my bride has been under the weather. The doctor scared us.  He said she has to rest. Rest is not in her vocabulary. Something has to give.  I say "we" but I won't hear of a Christmas open house.  You can not rest and have an open house hearing the words of the doctor in your ear "this is real."  And I am tired.

This is a bump in the road for her.  Our Fall Gathering at the shop will be our last big event for a while. We don't know how long. We might be open every day in a year or two...we might close the shop...we don't know.  We might have a friend's gathering again. We might have sheep shearing days again.  She might have a Dye and Pie Day sharing her love of dyeing wool and making pies. We will continue with workshops, making candles and renting out our farmhouse. That's what we do know.

What is your dream when you retire? We had to have this hard discussion.  Hard because it's hard sometimes to change things in your life. Change can be for the better but can be hard. We aren't 20 or 40 years old any more. WE want to see our children and grandchildren more. WE want to have animals again. WE want to travel to more fairs, sheep and wool, tractor and antique shows.  WE want to share our passions that have melted together through the years.

And what we do know is that we are very blessed to do what we want to do.  God is good.
  Thank you for always supporting us in so many ways.    
                                                                                                 farmer Dave


Sunday, May 22, 2016


Yes we are rearranging our plate. We are changing the slices in our pie. Our plates have been very full. So we have decided the shop will be open by chance or appointment.  We have thought about this long and hard. Together we did some serious soul searching. We searched a lot, together.

Farmer Dave wants to go to a tractor show when he wants to go to a tractor show.  We want to travel more. We are so fortunate to have a house and dog sitter while we are away.  We are blessed that we "get" to do what we want, we know many can't.

We want to be able to go see our family more often. We both miss having sheep and not going to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. We want to be in the fields more. We have been doing well with lavender and would like to expand.  I would like to expand the fields with cut flowers. Farmer Dave would like to be on a tractor more... we can't keep is the time...while we still can.

And so perhaps sheep are in our future.  Perhaps the lavender field will grow with flowers beside it.

We have been asked to set up at a local farmers market and we couldn't be happier. We were going to look into doing one and one came to us. We call that confirmation!

We didn't want to add with out taking away.  We will keep our shop's three events a year (maybe squeeze in a lavender festival like other years) and our vendors who share space and will be open by chance or appointment.  We will announce on Facebook when we will be open or please call. Some days we will be closed when family and friends are vacationing here.

Here's a little recap of our first trip without worrying about the shop.

We wanted to go to a different show ~ so Lucketts Spring Market is where we were headed.

On the way we stopped at Beaver Creek Antique Mall in Maryland.  It wasn't off the path too much. Jimmy Cramer is set up there and his booths are always awesome. He knows what we love.  We bought two things from him and they are our favorite things we brought home.  How did he know that I have been looking for Mr. Rooster for YEARS! Farmer Dave loves farming advertising.  We are changing up the kitchen so the chalkboard MIGHT go in the kitchen.

We are on Instagram now and there we met some new folks who steered us
to some barn sales along the way...farmer Dave loved the John Deere

We visited farms and met new friends

 We ate at an Irish restaurant and I had wonderful Cottager's Pie
Then a sneak peek the night before into Lucketts Spring Market
Loads of Spring items...just what I was hoping for

A little stop the next morning... this used to be a gas station years and years ago
They have a million flavors ~ we tried a few!

Then we off to the market...7th in line out of 750...
look at the sweet wagons...they were ready for serious buying
It was nice meeting Marian from Miss Mustard Seed, Beth from Olde Tyme Marketplace and
visiting with a show friend Heather.
Then we went onto Frederick, Maryland for old time sake. 
We used to go there every year on the way to the sheep festival.
Onto home sweet home ~ it was the first time away without the new dogs.
It was so fun meeting new friends, seeing old friends, visiting farms, but always happy to be home.
 And it was great to come home with a van load for our shop's customers

I have been blessed with a few decorating jobs ~ a few things for those customers too!
Next time we will talk about more changes and!
Until next blog time
Blessings from the farm ~ farmer Dave and Audrey Ann


Tuesday, May 10, 2016


For our events at the farm we usually hang quilts in front of  the tractor shed and they sorta hide "stuff" in the tractor shed. But me bride thought it would be fun to change up and hang some feed sacks. I loved the idea (now why didn't I think of that!) and out they came.

We lined them up on the lawn to see which ones we wanted to hang. This was a fun decorating project for us.  We were about to celebrate 20 years as a brick and mortar business. Before our brick and mortar business we did shows, sometimes more than 12 a year. We were asking each other...were we crazy? 3 very active kids, raising sheep, jobs...were we crazy?  How did we do it? When you love what you do it's not crazy.  It was fun discussing the feed sacks. Where did we buy them? People we have bought them from. Friends we have made along the way.  What was it that attracted us to the bought ones?
Graphics. Purina.  Pratts. 

cute faces...a chick family...a rare one with a cow on it.

one of my favorites...Clover Farm
I love feed sacks from local mills
 I ran out with one of my Purina clothes pin bags
my sweet bride was loving it
almost done
We liked so many we extended the line over to the house
This project reminded me how much we really do love what we do
So many people were complimenting Audrey on her feed sacks and wanting to buy them but they are my collection and if you know me I rarely sell from my collections, I still enjoy them.  I also collect egg baskets with farm advertising on them but then that 's for another blog post.
I don't think I paid more than $5 for any of them
 think these are like clothes fashions ~ coming around again!
Farmer Dave

Monday, April 25, 2016


My baby boy was born on Earth Day. 
Not too many celebrated earth day when he was born.
Some parties were Earth Day themed. One year in grade school farmer Dave painted the earth on every cookie, we had tree cookies...and all the boy themes like tractor rides in the woods.
There was a time it was the two of us...until Farmer Dave....
Every Birthday is special...
my mother taught me birthday's are special

My dad on the couch...never missed his parties...they were buddies

This year was a little different
in the past year he walked down the aisle
and he has walked down the aisle...many times

This time down the aisle was different a married man
This was his first birthday to celebrate as a married man
She is so beautiful...inside and out
and his grandpa in heaven couldn't be more we all are
as we believe in all the saints that went before us

Friday, March 11, 2016


early in the morning ~ we took a walk around the farm
knowing we are so blessed to be living where we live
only hearing the frogs and what's in our head
hearing and smelling Spring in the air

we took off January and February in the shop
we were closed to customers but busy behind the scenes

we worked together on our website ~ putting tons of thought and hours into it
wanting it to be a real sampling of who we are

we cleaned the shop ~ we worked in the Walker Farmhouse cellar

we did find time to do a puzzle together ~ and other fun stuff

Audrey Ann did do some painting (that always makes her happy)

we rearranged furniture in the house (that's always a January tradition)

we thought long and hard ~ talked long and hard
what we choose and hope for
for retirement years ~ still we are young ~ wanting to do things while we are healthy
family plans ~ shop ~ sheep ~ travel ~ tractor shows ~ antique shows
lavender fields ~ farmer's market ~ open houses ~ shop hours
what we really want to do ~ feeling blessed we can do what we want
rearranging our "plates" ~ rearranging ~ our plans ~ goals

having a shop forces one to live somewhat in the future
still learning
living for today ~ because that's what really counts

Blessings from the farm ~ Farmer Dave & Audrey Ann

Sunday, February 28, 2016


Years ago I came home from work and my bride was
repainting the family room
It was not the "RIGHT WHITE"
Now in our bedroom she is painting the trim and when I peek in she says
"I don't think it's the RIGHT WHITE"
 I panicked with only a little bit of trim painted
Our bedroom is about 20 by 20 so that would be tons of repainting the baseboard and trim all around the ceiling, window, cupboard all our best interest

I begged her to let's go to the store and find the RIGHT WHITE
with a new shower curtain in the bathroom it was not the
with the theme of the year of finishing projects I did finish the trim and bead board in the bathroom
My bride painted it the RIGHT WHITE
What I have learned
When you decorate it's important that the colors are right
It's important you love the color ...because...well
I won't tell you how long ago it's been since I came home 
to the right white in the family room
I understand the "RIGHT WHITE"
R----I----G----H----T !  ?