Ode to Fall in a Small Town (or The One That Didn’t Get Away)

October 1, 2010

Have you ever been to a flea market, antique store or estate sale and found a treasure that makes your heart go thumpety-thump? And then your heart drops because you see the asking price? This has happened to me more times than I can count. But s-o-m-e-t-i-m-e-s I’ve been able to haggle the price down and bring that baby home.

The first time I saw this painting at a local church barn sale it was way too expensive for my wallet. I left without it and hoped that it would be there the following week at a reduced price. My prayers were answered because against all odds it was! Well, the price hadn’t been reduced, but I knew they wanted to unload it so I haggled them down to a third of the asking price!  And it's HUGE, exactly what I've been waiting for to hang above our family room fireplace. 


Now let me explain why…..

We live in a “village” of around 2,900 people. This bucolic and historic village is known for its horse properties and 76-year-old riding club. The village itself will be 176 years old this year. Each fall, fox hunts are a mainstay in these parts (don't worry ~ no foxes are injured!). It’s quite common to see the riders in their red or black blazers trotting down the street or on one of the many horse trails in town. This Sunday is the annual Blessing of the Hounds ~ an event where the pastor of the village church blesses the hounds who participate in the fox hunts. The blessing will be followed by a hunt, and we’ll know that fall is officially here! This painting portrays polo players but the overall homage to horses remains the same.

Look at the open book, the wire-rimmed glasses (which may be hard for you to see), riding gloves, riding hat and the vintage clock.

And I really love the "paintings within a painting" thing that's going on as well.  The frame, not so much.  But I guess that's going to be a whole other barn sale!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my
Ode To Fall In A Small Town.
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Debbiedoos said...

That painting is gorgeous, I had to look twice as i thought it was a real setting...what a neat little town you live in...sounds great, would love to see more. Thanks so much for joining me this week. I hope you enjoy some others. My parties are small, and very interactive, you will meet some great blogging gals. Debbie

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Great find! Yes, you had to have it. It is just perfect for your little town. Wouldn't it be gorgeous in a big, chunky frame? ..like you said, maybe at another sale. Annette

kecia deveney said...

thanks for playing - it is just lovely, the colors, the scene; all of it. what a treasure; i'm so glad you found something that spoke to you like that! that's always the best find, isn't it?

Pam Kessler said...

That is a beautiful painting. And what an interesting town to live in. I'm off to check out your etsy store right now. I spotted a few things out of the corner of my eye.

Ashley said...

Beautiful painting! Sounds like a very nice place to live!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty painting - thanks for sharing. Sounds like a nice community to live.
Enjoy your weekend.

Unknown said...

I can see from your post why you love the painting. yup, perfect!
thanks for sharing

Erin said...

That is beautiful:) I have always loved fox hunt scenes, but not the thought of a fox hunt, go figure. That is cool that there is a history too!

Unknown said...

Kathleen- Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a sweet comment! Your jewerly is so beautiful! Oh, and PS: I LOVE Ryan Adams, nice music choices my dear!


Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

The painting is fabulous! I also had to look twice before realizing the desk and accessories were part of the painting. I love it!
Hugs, Sherry

scrapwordsmom said...

Hi, there. I happened to find you through the Chic Chick ads. I just purchased my ad yesterday and am trying to visit other creative blogs. So glad I have found yours...I am aooo into vintage stuff and your blog is just great. I am grabbing a button;)

Have a magical day.


D. Jean Quarles said...

Yes, you are right it's perfect for your home. What a lovely find. Congratulations.

Debra@CommonGround said...

This really is a wonderful painting and I love hearing the history of your wonderful hometown. A foxhunt minus the fox, sounds perfect to me. I love to ride, but it's been many years. Just joining in would be such fun! Thanks for linking up with VIF!

Plumrose Lane said...

I think it's wonderful to be a part of such a quaint community ~ very fortunate!
Thank you too, for your comment on my blog. I'm so sorry to hear about your Mom♥ Thank you so much for your pink support!

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