Rustic supper table set in the basement lodge.
This time, I used woven mats, black and white cabin dinnerware, red plaid napkins, reminiscent of comfortable, well worn flannel shirts.
Pine cone flatware and glassware are holdovers from the previous table set before the fireplace.
Birch bark trees, a rustic cabin, antlers, ceramic duck, and galvanized containers holding candles, make up the centerpiece.
With weather cooling and leaves beginning to change, we’ve done a bit of meandering, here in the general vicinity of this neighborhood of our temporary lodging.
I asked J what his grandparents and great grandparents would think if they could see how this place looks these days.
This morning, as we crossed the overpass that would take us on our little trek, I asked J if that was once the gravel road, where he drove his grandparents to church, in their pickup truck. J was about 14 years old, at the time. In those days it was a quiet farm road when they drove to the beautiful stone church, Immaculate Conception, Dardenne Prairie. The little church is still there. The gravel road is paved.
I said we were finished with house hunting, but we discovered a small home, we want to see…just in case. We drove over there, this morning. It is in a development bordering on J’s family’s old farms. Some of this ground is still being farmed by family. There is a road named for his family, along this way.
After we found the house, we did a little house stalking, while deciding if we wanted to schedule a showing. We have an appointment to see the house. Did you have any doubt?
After driving around the neighborhood, we continued our meandering. As we came to a crossroad, I asked J if he knew the farmhouse across the way. I thought I recognized it but wanted to have him confirm my guess. He said of course he remembers that house. He mentioned he had many great meals there.
There is a lot of family history in this part of Saint Charles County. Perhaps we will find a place to settle here.
For J, it brings back many happy memories of spending time with his grandparents, even though the roads are paved and other improvements abound, these days.
The cabin is from Historic South Main, Saint Charles Missouri. It is made of reclaimed wood from the restoration of antique buildings.
Cabin dinnerware and pinecone flatware from Bass Pro Shop.
Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods;
good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts!