Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Old houses and New Kindreds..

 One of the things I love about traveling this land, is visiting the old towns we often pass through.
This is Warren Pennsylvania, 6 miles outside the Festival we did this past weekend.
 Ever since childhood, I've been in love with old homes. Oh how I longed to live in an old house with twisty stairways, hidden niches and cubbyholes and quiet nooks and crannies.
I imagine this old gal has a lot of those.

My camera is always at hand to record the wonderful architecture of a bygone age. Charming gems!
Just look at the corbels and roof line on this marvelous house. They don't build houses like this anymore. Look at those windows and the porch posts. The roof is covered with slate tiles. I want to knock on the door and ask for a tour.
But I always admire from afar.  
Have you EVER seen corbels THIS big??

Here is the BEST  house on the street. Look at that wraparound enclosed porch with the arched windows. Can you imagine living here?  Where would you put your studio.... how about in that charming addition on the back of the house? Sweet.That addition is even big enough for a shop.. I could call it "Mamsey's Mercantile" or "Kizzy's Curiosities".
Ah, dream on.. I would live in any of them, still, I am happy as a peach to come home to my FAVORITE  little Old HOUSE; the one I live in.
It is not as ornate or spectacular as any of the houses in Warren, Pa, but it is ours and I love it in all its BOXY Simplicity, It's more of a cottage and it DOES have a wraparound porch. Home sweet Home.

I was thrilled and delighted to meet a long time blogger friend at last weekends show. Linnie and her husband Gary drove on a rainy, wet day, from NY to visit us at the WILDWIND Festival. We got together after the show and had a lot to talk about, INCLUDING Old houses... keeping bees, gardening, wallpaper, Laura Ashley Dresses, donkeys and dogs. I  met 3 of her "pups" who came along for the ride, one of whom is a baby Corgi pup.I had never held a Corgi, Linnie said they just HUG you, and it was true.  The time went by too quickly. There are times, you meet a person, and it's as if you've been bosom buddies forever; that's the way it is with Linnie. Love you Linnie!
 Linnie's blog is The BUTT'RY and BOOK'RY , http://thebuttryandbookry.blogspot.com/    She  posts on very interesting subjects, often of a historical nature. I always feel that I've learned much after reading any of her posts. I hope you will visit her.

Back on the Road... again
James and I drove home from the show on Monday, 10 hour drive. Since we need to leave again on Wednesday for the Country Living Fair in Ohio, I've only had time to: pick a pack of weeds that seemed to have grown 3 feet while we were away.

 Pick a peck of tomatoes
Aren't they beauties?! Big fat heirloom Tomatoes. I planted them, so that I could paint them. We certainly can't eat all this lot, and dozens more, but the critters will get a nice treat later on.
Well, I must go do some laundry, repack our bags and prepare to drive off again in the morning. See you in Ohio!
Fondly, Jeri


  1. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une très belle publication... Tout comme vous, j'aime les maisons anciennes. Elles ont une âme... En les admirant, elles semblent raconter leur histoire.
    Merci pour le partage de ces magnifiques photos.
    Je suis très heureuse que vous ayez pu rencontrer une famille du blog !... belle rencontre.
    Et puis de tomates à frémir d'envie !

    Gros bisous ☼

  2. Hi Jeri,
    So nice to see a post. I was not expecting one for a while.. What a beautiful old town.. Great photos.
    I hope the festival went very well for you... Safe travels to Country Living Fair, how I wish I could be there with you...
    You were able to meet up with dear Linnie... How wonderful... You two looks so lovely.

  3. Gorgeous tour of the town .
    Busy as a bee you are indeed Jeri .
    Great to see you and Linnie together ~ looking good girls !
    Have fun at the Fair .

  4. THE amazing Jeri - that's what I'm calling you from now on. I can't believe you can do all that you do. The PA show looked wonderful and I hope the next one will be too. Would love to see pics from that show too. How can you garden do so well with you gone so much? Mine is dried up now.

  5. What a great post, full of lovely old homes, including yours which I think is wonderful, meeting a blogger friend and returning to your home sweet home.

    Do well at this next show.

    Love and hugs ~ FlowerLady

  6. JERI LANDERS! First of all woman, you are GORGEOUS! Look at those long locks of wavy hair! And THERE'S LINNIE! The mother of the Mousekin clan! How I adore her and her blog. Isn't it a thrill to meet a blogger pal? I had the opportunity to meet PENNY ONCE!!!!!!!!!

    These homes...they are exactly what I dreamed of as a child - as a Los Angeles born and bred kid, I always wanted to go away to live in a place where old homes and country settings existed. You captured some real treasures here, but I do believe you already captured the best gem of all....YOUR HOME. Welcome back my friend! Anita

  7. Jeri,
    Oooo! I saw some of those same houses hee! (but I think yours is the most charming)
    It was a true delight to get out to see your displays and all your wonderful art works and books, but best of all, the most fun was getting to see you and James and spend such warm and natural time with you!
    All of your wares and books were so BEAUTIFULLY displayed and your scherenschnitte is even more impressive and lovely in person!! What a treat indeed!
    The doggies say Hi!
    Many many Blessings and warmth, Linnie

  8. Jeri, I love old houses, too. Why I never ended up in one I do not know. We've been in this house 32 years--half its life. Perhaps we're "preparing" it for someone else who will think it "old" one day. :-) It was nice to see you with Linnie--I've only just "met" her recently, on-line. I see so many of my on-line friends visiting the same blogs I do! Would it be wonderful if we could all get together at once!

  9. I love old houses too....it's so good you and Linnie met-please drive carefully in all your travels!

  10. Jeri,
    Thank you so much for taking time to pop in and say hello before you take off again.. I know you are so busy...
    Safe travels my friend

  11. Jeri, the old homes are so lovely. They have a charm that no new home will have. Enjoy your travels. ♥

  12. Oh, my goodness! I love those old historic homes - just like in my old neighborhood in Richmond VA. And your house is wonderful, too! Even better since you're on a little farm with lovely animals and such. You look so cute with Linnie! I love her blog, too! And if you get a chance this week in Columbus, say HELLO to my dear friend Cackie of Glittermoon. She makes the most awesome wreaths from vintage ornaments and beautiful photography. Next year I MUST try to jury in to that show! My best of luck to you and hope you have lots of fun!

  13. so many wonderful houses
    i can see why you are smitten
    oh yum
    your beautiful tomatoes!
    sweet end of summer to you and yours ~

  14. Absolutely Gorgeous older homes Jeri. I wish the economy allowed places like this to be built today.
    That is a very long drive you undertook. You put so much effort into everything you do. and you do it so graciously. You are lovely! All the best in your other shows!!

  15. Jeri - old houses are the best...like you I wish for a tour. Me thinks your house would be on my list for sure. It seems to say everyone welcome. Maybe a glass of lemonade on your porch would be fun - I will bring the cookies! Hugs. P.S. So glad you met your blogging buddy Linnie - what a great time - well take care in all your travels.

  16. What wonderful, beautiful old houses. Including yours , my dear. I can't imagine living in such a lovely old place. I'd pick a nice old house over a new one any day . But what I truly thought was wonderful is that you got to meet dear sweet Linnie. She's a friend of my as well. I have met so very many ladies through the blog community, I wish I could meet each one of you in person. Now, that would be truly wonderful.......indeed. Blessings friend

  17. Knock, Knock! How is the show going? Hope you are well my friend.

  18. Those houses are treasures for sure! Such grandness.

  19. Hello Miss Jeri,
    I was curious about your blog and found this post. My father grew up near Warren, PA. I will be up that way in August.


    1. Hi Margot, It is a gorgeous old town. Some of the architecture is just amazing and mini-castle like.


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