Visit to the Farm

This post was originally published on my art journal blog,, on September 29, 2013

Approaching her Great-Grandfather's barn

Approaching her Great-Grandfather’s barn

Six weeks have passed since we returned from our visit “home” to the farm where I was raised. I can’t believe how much time has elapsed and that I am only now able to begin to process the experience and sort through my antique treasures. It was fun being able to tell our kids stories about my childhood, now that they are 4 and 6, starting to grasp the idea that I really lived there, starting to be curious.

98-year-old barn on our farm

98-year-old barn on our farm

It was an emotional visit at times. It’s hard seeing the scenes of my childhood becoming overgrown, to watch our grandparents home slowly fall into disrepair. In fact, it was my grandfather’s grandparents house before they married in the early 1940s. I lived next door, and spent many weekend days there, playing games with my brother and grandparents, sitting and visiting with grandma.

My Late Grandparents House

My Late Grandparents House

As usual, I did a lot of sorting and looking through old papers, letters and photos. I am the person in my generation who is fascinated with the past and tracing though all the loose ends.

Old letters from 1939

Old letters from 1939

I came across some interesting drama that all started with the building of a barn in 1920, and the struggles my great grandparents and grandparents went through to keep the farm. And now, my own siblings and I have scattered to various urban centres, from Windsor, Ontario to Konstanz, Germany. I wonder what our ancestors would think of our paths?

My old treasures from the farm

My old treasures from the farm

The farm and the old treasures I’ve collected there make up the basis of a lot of my paintings, and hopefully someday, my writing, when I have a bit more time.

Examining some of the old things we brought home from the farm.

Examining some of the old things we brought home from the farm.

Trying on ancestor's glasses

Trying on ancestor’s glasses

I have started photographing and taking notes from some of the documents, hoping to find a story I can write out of it. I’ll probably do some posts along the way, as I find interesting things. It’s amazing how times have changed. I found this little packet, with what looks like pick up lines for a young lady:

antique pick up lines

Pick up lines from the past?

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