Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Why I Moved to the Country: Reason #59

Archeological Excursions

Over the Christmas holidays we discovered this creepy place that, later we were told, was an old sugar shack. At one point in time, the stewards of our old farmhouse made their own maple syrup too! So, a few months later, during another one of our winter walks in the back woods, we stumbled upon remnants of the old maple syrup operation. Large steel drums, bottles, rusting metal pails and for some reason, a slew of license plates. Unfortunately, everything was frozen but we marked the spot in our memories, and decided to return in the spring for our own archeological dig.

  With Callie leading the way, we headed back to our haunted woods to see what we could find. It was a little difficult to spot now that all the trees and shrubs had filled in. I walked right past the wild raspberry patch without even realizing it and that, my friends, just doesn't happen every day.
 The snow was replaced with dead leaves and new growth but we managed to find the area by locating the big old sap boilers.
Unfortunately, most items were badly rusted but we managed to find a good collection of bottles, an old bucket and a few license plates that hadn't been eaten alive by rust. All in all, it was an interesting haul and we have some great decorations for our sun room.
Nothing was too old, vintage maybe, but nothing one would consider an antique. The license plates date back to the late 60's and early 70's, which seemed quite old to the twins but not so much for me. Maybe because I remember the 70's, even if it was comprised of my friends and I riding our bicycles through our newly built subdivision pretending to be Charlie's Angels. Just think if I had lived in the country, I could have been Laura Ingalls instead. Now that would have been interesting.

 ~Be well friends~



Kathy in KY said...

I love the bottles, Andrea. I have a few 2 quart blue Ball Mason canning jars that I treasure, with the zinc lids. I use them to store my dry goods. They're one of my prized possessions. I love hunting out old places. Yes, I remember the 70's too, I was in to Starsky and Hutch back then! LOL ROFL - thanks for the great post. Have a great Wednesday evening. From KY, where it was a humid 84 today, and steamy.

Debbie said...

The bottles are excellent. And I look at the bucket and think, "Planter!" but that is just me.

Deb said...

Neat stuff. I love old(er) bottles.

Flat Creek Farm said...

Good haul indeed! Love the bottles and license plates, but I'm with Debbie - that ol' bucket would make a perfect planter. -Tammy

Elle Bee said...

OOoo!! What neat treasures you found!! I love your haunted woods so much.