8.04.2011

at the farm

at the farm

at the farm

at the farm

at the farm

at the farm

at the farm


Visited Joe's Grammy in rural Missouri.   At the farm there are farm kitties, all manner of antiques, deer, guns, flowers, sweet family.  A different way of life.  

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Joe's Grammy will be 100 years old soon.  She's a dear, sweet lady and clearly has a huge soft spot for Joe.  He took time off right before his last semester in college and lived in a cabin on her property, where he mostly secluded himself and wrote.  They became close.  She tried to fatten him up on whole milk and eggs cooked in bacon grease, always worried he was too skinny.  This was right before I met him.

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Joe's uncle keeps buying him guns, but I won't let him bring them home.  The gun safe at the farm is getting awfully full.  

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The farmhouse is full of valuable Meissen ceramics brought back from Germany at the end of WWII, fascinating to see.

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Joe's aunt and her sister rent a gallery in town where they sell artwork and beautiful handmade pottery.  They use the back room as a painting studio and have a girls' night with their friends on Friday nights to paint together.  An inspiring bunch of ladies.

26 comments:

jennifer said...

Truly a different way of life...at least compared to what I'm used to. What is that machine in the last picture?

_ said...

what camera do you use?
your pics are so beautiful!

jenny gordy said...

Thanks! I use a Nikon D80 with a 50mm 1.4 lens.

Jennifer, it's like a record player but at the same time like a music box. Not sure what they're called. But the holes are what make the music. It sounds really beautiful and different.

jenny gordy said...

Ok, actually it's called a polyphon record player. Here's a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAqh1fRCQK8.

Anna Allen said...

haha. that's hilarious about the guns! jed surprised me awhile ago when he said he wanted a gun. i keep telling him "nooo waaaay." i have relatives in a tiny little desserted town in missouri also. oh those family reunions were always somethin' else. sounds like a great place! i'd love to live in a cabin for a time.

Catherine said...

This is really cool, i liked reading about his grandmother

tidytipsy said...

Lovely pictures! Living in a cabin with farm kitties, antiques and flowers sounds like heaven!

Katherine said...

Sounds and looks like a delightful field trip! The picture of the ceramics is my favorite.

So special to have a chance to visit with folks from the WW2 generation and learn about their lives. This is an opportunity that is fading away fast. What a precious point in time we live in!

Happy weekend to you!

Jessica Comingore said...

Lovely photos + a nice afternoon read!

Jessica Comingore said...

May I also ask where those great white sneakers are from? :)

leFiligree said...

this reminds me of my husband's peeps. g-grandparents came to OR before the suez canal, from england, with a boatload of gorgeous antiques. then they set up house in a rural logging community and became gun-totin'country folk. they traded the fancy life for hunting and fishing ;)

jennifer said...

wow, that is so cool. i thought it was a music box of some sort. the sound is incredible...so dreamy!

hila said...

I'm getting ready to seclude myself with my writing too, it's a bit uncanny to read this post now. I always think it's special to read little details about other people's families.

Neus said...

Totally a different way of life, more slow and natural :) It reminds me my grandparents place.
But I can't imagine nobody in Spain giving a gun as a present!

jenny gordy said...

Jessica, the sneakers are Superga. I got them on sale from Gilt Group, but you can find them other places. Zappos has a large selection: http://www.zappos.com/search/brand/2166/filter/txAttrFacet_Gender/%22Women%22/zc2/%22Sneakers+%26+Athletic+Shoes%22

I love them--I think they're so cute! Would love to get some other colors too.

Lauren said...

amazing... and so beautiful
i love your photos and stories

i grew up in rural IL, so this feels like home to me

xoL
www.thesphinxandthemilkyway.com

sarahjane said...

We are visiting family in rural Missouri, as we speak. Waynesville and Iberia. Such a great break from the faster pace of our lives.

neigeblanche said...

Great photos... and I have the same shoes!

Jessica Comingore said...

Thanks Jenny!

wren handmade said...

My grandparents also collected Meissen after bringing sets back with them from Germany in WWII. I will someday have all of it. I love the pattern!

anglopologie said...

Those ceramics are so pretty! Sounds like you had an awesome time!

Blanka said...

Hello!
Your blog is very inspiring. The photos are wonderful (you must have amazing camera;))
The ceramics is originally Czech (I know it as I'm Czech;)) It could be brought to Germany during WWII as there were a lot of Germans in Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (as it was called by Nazis).
It's very nice to see (or read;)) that young people like you still like it.

karen said...

Meissen ceramics are made in Meissen/Germany, a small town near Dresden. It was the first porcellain made in Europe. The blue onion pattern that we see above is the most famous and traditional one.

indigo said...

@Blanka why do you believe the ceramics are originally from Czech Republic? It´s a classic "Zwiebelmuster" (onion pattern) ,a common design used by Meissen ceramics as well as other ceramic manufacturers. Even these days you can still buy new ceramics with this pattern.

If there are two swords as a signature -it´s Meissen

Regina said...

I love the pattern on the dishes. It looks like it was a great trip.

3creativechics said...

Hello, I found your blog through The Makers, and was so inspired with everyone from New York. It has always been on my list to visit. Your art inspired me to visit your blog. Then I see your post about visiting MO. Here I am loving all the talk about New York and your talking about MO. I live in Oklahoma which is the next state over and both states live the same way. Love your blog and the beautiful things you make.