Revisiting Ode to Fall in a Small Town (and some special photos)

October 14, 2011

I'm sharing a post that I wrote last year around this time for those of you who might not have been followers then.  It's the same post, with a few additions.  So even if you remember it, it's worth checking out again! 

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 177 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. A few Sundays ago was 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 is always followed by a hunt, and that's how we 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!

This year I thought I'd add some pictures of the Village we call home.

The Hunt.

Riding Club

The Main Drag.

 Country Store

Little Home Church

 Village Hall

Christmas swags made every year by the Wayne Garden Club {and placed on EVERY street sign in the Village!}
All photos courtesy of  The Village of Wayne.

Wayne is beautiful in any season.  We are very blessed to live here.

I hope you enjoyed my little walk down memory lane.  Up next will be my "before" reveal of an upcoming home renovation project.  I say project, but it's more like ordeal.  The pros are comin' in and ripping out shoe and pulling up toilets and vanities and demolishing the tile floor that covers 50% of our home's first floor {not to mention the fact that it's the part of the house where we spend 90% of our time!}  Stress?  Nah..........yikes, it's all I can do to keep from hyperventilating!  While at the same time trying to get my vintage jewelry collection finished some time this century so that I can place it in that local store I told you about.  Wish me luck.  

I hope you have a great fall weekend, everyone!

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RobinfromCA said...

What a charming town! I remember when our city was just a small town surrounded by orchards. I miss those days.


Glenda/MidSouth said...

Enjoyed the rerun and seeing pictures of your pretty town.
Enjoy your weekend.

Audrey said...

Hi Kathleen, Your home town looks like a lovely place to live. Thank you for visiting my blog, especially as busy as you are this week. I will have to introduce you to our little town. Have a marvelous week.

Suzanne said...

Wayne is magical, especially in winter. We attended the Little Home Church by the Wayside for years.

- Suzanne

Suzanne said...

Wayne is beautiful, especially in winter. We attended the Little Home Church by the Wayside for many years.

- Suzanne

Anonymous said...

your town is gorgeous!

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