Sunday, May 22, 2016

REARRANGING THE PLATE

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 waiting...now 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 decorating...fun!
Until next blog time
 
Blessings from the farm ~ farmer Dave and Audrey Ann



 
 
 
 
 













Tuesday, May 10, 2016

FEEDSACKS AND FUN

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!
 
NOPE, I CAN'T SAY GOODBYE TO ANY OF THEM!!!
 
Farmer Dave
 
 
 



Monday, April 25, 2016

EARTH DAY AND BIRTHDAYS

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 ...now 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 proud...as we all are
 
 
as we believe in all the saints that went before us
 


Friday, March 11, 2016

RESPITE

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
1824walkerfarmhouse.com

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

THE RIGHT WHITE

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 doors...in 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
RIGHT WHITE
 
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 !  ?
 
 



Monday, February 1, 2016

SMALL BATCHES

Wow, it's almost February ~ where did January go?

Farmer Dave blogged about projects

I never had a "New Year Resolution"

Maybe I do this year ~ small batches ~that's what's on my mind

Now we are both retired ~ empty nesters ~ life is different

Everything we've done ~ large batches

When we raised sheep ~ it was large ~ large batches
Two breeds ~ two pastures ~ keeping rams where they belong

 
I still am cooking in large batches
You know ~ when all the kids were home ~ their friends
Our mother's at the table  ~ but now small batches are ok
 
I love to bake in large batches ~
I don't know if I could in small batches ~ I could try
 

Moving my ggg grandfather's house ~ that was a LARGE batch

 
We've been working on a new website
We will have two on-line stores (small batches?)
One will be First Friday's
So I am telling myself small batches
Not like the eBay days when we put large batches on for sale
Small batches are ok
Maybe some months just a few ~ maybe more

We are thinking of getting sheep again ~ we both miss them
We are thinking what breed ~ we loved both our breeds
Suffolk ~ Naturals
Small batches Audrey ~ SMALL BATCHES 

Oh and by the way the website is finally here
www.1824walkerfarmhouse.com
We are hoping you like it
We love to share our country life ~ in large batches!

                        Love, Audrey Ann
 

 


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Tuesday's Table at the Farmhouse

I am so happy my friend Jenn of Rabbit Hill Primitives
reminded us that this past Saturday, January 23rd was
National Pie Day!
American Pie Day was created by the National Pie Council
I didn't know there is a National Pie Council ~ did you?
The National Pie Celebration began in 1986

I Love to make pies...love, love, love!
I starting making these a few years ago

 
These are so fun to make
 
I use straight sided 4 oz. mason jars
2 - 9 inch pie dough recipe makes about 11 pies
 
Make your favorite pie dough
You can use store bought if you want
I never made the store bought but I don't know why it wouldn't work
 
Take a small amount of chilled dough and roll out into a circle
I make these so often I measure the dough (2 oz.)
Roll out a circle about 6 inches round
 
Tuck the dough into the jar trying not to stretch the dough
Form dough around the entire inside of the jar
It's a little tricky at first 
Fill with your favorite filling and have fun with the top dough crust
 
Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes
If you make a lot at one time you can freeze and bake before serving 
If frozen put in cold oven and bake at 350 for 1 hr.
 
I made these for a wedding at the farmhouse
My friend Karen came and helped
It's fun making and baking with friends
 
 
I marked January 23 on my calendar for next year
 
I come from a long line of pie makers
For sure a celebration in my house!
 
Happy spouse day Farmer Dave!
Another reason to celebrate!
 
                          Love, Audrey Ann