On our way back from our weekend away in Galena we stopped at blog buddy's farm ,Miss Effie's u-Pick Flowers in Donahue Iowa. So glad we did.
I met Miss Effie, AKA Cathy Lefrenz, at a bee workshop last summer. (Thank you Zan for linking us) over ice tea and talk of incompetent heath care and hard to keep above water farm businesses, we bonded and have kept in touch via the FB and blog trains.
But seeing people in person...always better.
|Cathy (on left) responding to my telling her Romney is the better candidate|
What can I say? She may be a liberal but she still rocks the homesteading world.
It's worth the moola just to walk around her farm on a hill with its painted buildings, hideaway picnic spots just as the corn- zebo and additional breezeway shaped like a huge birdhouse. Her talent for making use of old china (tree ornaments and flower bed borders) made me want to start collecting useless tableware again.
Because when you use something that is pretty and a little fragile hanging it in unexpected places and it makes people smile...it is no longer useless. The same rational Keith uses for keeping me around or so he says.
Scattered about her farm is the kind of "inventory" dearest to our hearts. Older things that not only bring back childhood memories, whether one lived on a farm or not, but that she and Cliff still put to good use today. Like wooden pallets turned garden tool organizer.
Her little Farm Store is cuter than mine and I won't have it! Sure I have more frozen T-bones in mine but she has aprons that are more than a homesteader's fashion statement. Hand sewn with beautiful reversible, 100% cotton, country chic fabric and made like steel construction, they also double as a collection device for eggs, produce, piglets, runaway toddlers and anything else you might want to carry from place to place on your farm or farm-like yard.
The creation was prettier than several of my wedding dresses. It doesn't matter how many is "several" I can't believe you even asked. Moving on...
I am seriously thinking about sending one of these to blog friend John at Going Gently. He would the hit of all of Trelawnyd in this styling egg gathering frock. And if I hear one more word out of either Tom or Cro, I'll quick ship one to them as well.
The most amazing thing about Miss Effie's is that her flowers on her farm were ALIVE. Can you imagine the hours and hours and hours of watering time spent to keep her little oasis going? Like us she has a good well. Many others in our area have not been so fortunate.
This am the Department of Agriculture has officially announced that 99 of the 102 counties in Illinois are now considered disaster areas. Just one more label to add to our farm signs. "Welcome to South Pork Ranch...a real disaster"
Back to Miss Effie. Visit her. Picnic on her farm. Bring home some flowers, some homemade jam, handcrafted soap and of course the Cadillac of aprons. Tell her that Conservative Romney lover from Illinois sent you.
If you have cash she might still let you in. She and I both still believe in Fair Trade.