Saturday, April 30, 2016

Cast Iron Wash Pot


This old black wash pot was my mother's. She had many uses for it, and it sat outside under a pine tree for many years. She used it to cook large amounts of food to freeze, and it had been used for things like washing clothes years before.  A fire would be built and the pot was placed on the fire. I'm not sure, but it may have belonged to my grandmother before it came to us.  I'm sure it's at least 100 years old, I know for sure it's 64, because I am, and I remember it always being there.  At any rate, it has set in my basement for a number of years, and I decided it was time to bring it out and enjoy it.  At my old house it hung on a wooden frame and I filled it with flowers in the summer.  My husband helped me get it to the front of the house yesterday, and we filled it with plants-red fountain grass, dianthus, and sweet potato vines. That's lantana in the 2 small concrete pots. It sits in this small area between the front porch and the stoop going into the mud room.

Old Wash Pot

I think it will look really pretty once the plants mature some.  I'm hoping the sweet potato vine will spill over the sides.

 dianthus, sweet potato vine

 hosta, periwinkle

This spiky plant sat outside over the winter.  I had no idea it would live, and it looks a little worse for the wear.  I think I will replace the soil and see if that will help.

 front porch (french doors go into a bedroom, used as an office/sewing room)

 I'm still using the spring wreath I made.  I like the yellow with the new door color. 

I've spent a bit of time this week on the bench we made last weekend.

We watched the neighbor's cows graze as we had our coffee on the porch this morning. 
While we were watching, they moved the cattle from the pasture near our place to one farther out.  They made it look so easy, riding their horses and gathering them all together.

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