The Ladies page

| January/February 1964

Country Echoes

By MAE BABER R.D.2, Brandon, Wisconsin

Now that the snow is probably flying all around us can you remember 'October's Bright Blue Weather?' During October I just had to mount my attic stairs and find the old Elson School Reader, Book 1. There I found Helen Hunt Jackon's poem. Oh, what wonderful remembering I did. It took me right back to the old country school, Mapledale. It is now somebody's home and I am sure they must be happy in it.

No doubt it had much warmer floors than we remember. They were so frigid I can still imagine my chilblains itch on zero days. At one of the school auctions in our vicinity I picked up a library file for only a dollar. It works out beautifully for me and brings a touch of yesteryear into my workshop.

Along side of this will go an antique bookcase I am refinishing at a snail's pace. It needs some more sanding and then the finish. Then the books come down from the attic and I can have October's Bright Blue Weather any time I want it. When it is too warm for comfort I can wrap myself in Snowbound. Ah, the joy of books! and aren't we blessed that when we don't have the ones we want in our homes the local library will surely find them for us.

Our County Homemakers are using the theme Holidays in Other Lands at their Holiday Fair this year and we worked up a pamphlet on Holland. How wonderful it was to be able to acquire the needed information from the Traveling Library which we can contact through our local libraries. Ours is located in Madison. The books are sent by mail and I believe some can be kept for a month. Then they are mailed back and one has only to pay return postage. We obtained the information we needed and the committee is now busy making an authentic male and female costume and gathering Blue Delft china and other interesting things. Other centers from the County are using other lands. I can hardly wait to see that display.

If you should drop in at my house one of these days I might quite possibly show you my one piece of Spode China. My! I am proud of that! For 30 years I waited to visit Banff and Lake Louise and in the shops in Banff I spied that beautiful bone china from England. At the prevailing prices I came home with one $1.20 egg cup. But it is a treasure at that and I pick it up with the greatest care. Perhaps I don't need to but until I find out how rugged it is I surely won't toss it around. I might even get one of my chickens to lay an egg for you (they are quite co-operative) and I would serve it to you Spode Style.


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