Hope you are having a great weekend..
I wanted to share a few photos I took this week on a little drive in good old Albert County..
I will share more photos of the fall foliage next time but tonight I just wanted to show you this old house..
Isn't it precious?
The photos somehow look like paintings, eh?
I just think it is so perfect and beautiful, don't you?
I expect that it was probably built during the last century and it is quite ancient, I think..
But you know one day many years ago it was surely loved and cared for..
I can just imagine...
The bedrooms were probably filled with children and the pantry shelves were stocked with jars of jams and preserves and pickles..
I can see loaves of home made bread standing ready for supper with a batch of donuts cooling on the shelf..
Tomorrow is the Lord's Day so I am sure there were plenty of preparations for Sunday.. Shirts and dresses would be ironed and little girls hair would be rolled up into rags for Sunday curls..
Some food would be getting ready for Sunday dinner..
Yes, I can just imagine..
Then there might have been baskets of pears and bags of apples gathered in the old porch ready to be done up into apple sauce and pickled pears on Monday..
Likely, there were cows in the barn and chickens in the chicken house..
And I am sure there would be a separate pen for a few sheep..
And of course, a couple of work horses would be standing in their stalls munching on some oats after a long day of pulling wagons full of wood..
The old cold cellar would probably be filled with bins of potatoes and carrots stored in sand along with turnips and squash..
Then crocks of saurkraut and pickled beans ready for Winter...
Hams would be hung from the rafters along with smoked bacon and such..
The hay would be made and stored in the barn along with grains, corn and lots of straw for bedding for the animals..
The old dog probably laid on the front veranda and greeted everyone who stopped by and a tabby cat would be nearby..
Mama probably wore an apron and her hands would be doing so many tasks for her precious family..
There would be Fall house cleaning time and the windows would be shining and the rugs would be all cleaned and relaid..
The wood would be in the cellar and the fires would be lit..
Lanterns would sparkle throughout the house..
And on this Saturday night the dining room table would be laden with harvested veggies and perhaps a fresh pork roast flavored with sage or rosemary from Mama's herb bed..
Oh yes.. and the spiced crab apples and mustard pickles would lend such lovely color and flavor to the meal...
The Bible would be taken down after supper and the Word would be read and head would bow to the Lord of Lords for the blessings of the day..
And just before bedtime Papa would take the dog out while standing on the stoop and smelling the wood smoke and the stars would be so beautiful in the Fall sky...
There will probably be frost this night..
Beauty is certainly in the eye of the beholder, eh?
The Lord has painted this dear old place in such loveliness ..
I think it is simply gorgeous...
And you know it is sort of the same with us..
In our old rough state with the scars of sin and life's trials we were pretty dilapidated looking and cast down..
But one day we saw Jesus in all of his glorious wonder..
And He made something beautiful of out of our lives ..
He cleansed our hearts and now He sees us in beauty that He beholds...
So thankful for his mercies this night...
And that he sees me as worthy and not as I am..