Just a mile or so away from my house is a man who collects small old Farmall tractors. Seems like I am always chasing a deadline when I go by, but today, by some miracle, I was running just a little early so I pulled in and introduced myself. I wanted to meet the curator of this collection which I have admired ever since I moved here. An immediate reason was also that I wanted to ask permission to take a photo of this country Santa that he has in his front lawn. I found the collector to be a very amiable and hospitable guy named Bernie Merli and he calls his place “Acre Farm.” I just have to go back when I can talk longer. His Santa is perfect for a “Country Touch.” When it rains, he either covers Santa or takes him inside. He covers the tractors during the winter so I can hardly wait til spring to get better acquainted.
What is it about us that many of us are just not happy to use a generic mailbox? Where I have lived, either careening cars or snowplows have taken them out often enough that it never would have paid to get too creative. But that doesn't keep me from admiring the variety that I see on the roadsides. I especially like the mailboxes that fit my "Country Touch" theme.
One type of "Country Touch" mailbox could be classified as the reused antique farm equipment genre. You have to have some room for this one so it is usually found in the countryside. Hopefully they are found in places where they are unlikely to be a hazard to errant drivers. Personally, I'd rather see this old John Deere with its lug wheels restored but... The plow one works because it is situated slanting uphill.
Then there is the type of mailbox where the building geniuses have been at work. Materials and themes vary. The example here is definitely a sturdy one made to look like the maple syrup shanties common in that area. The mailbox looks like it's made by a good welder and I don't think the road salt will bother it either.
A Country Trio
Don and MarySue Thompson's Corner Trio
I just love outside country decorating touches. I don't claim to be good at making them happen myself but I certainly do recognize them when I see them. And I usually know why I like them too. This little corner trio is at my sister MarySue's house. What a great way to treat an otherwise boring driveway corner.
- Being from the farm originally and having an appreciation for antique farm equipment as well, I have always liked the big wheels. In addition, I have handled milk cans like this one as a teen on the farm. Plus, I'm a gardener. So I am predisposed to like this trio. But there's more.
- I love the repetition of red and white. Notice the country touch of leaving the "weed" in the flower pot, I suspect because the flower is white and fits the scheme, in fact adds to it.
- I love the variety and the trio. It's a pleasing number of items with a delightful contrast of texture, shape and size with the large wheel, the middle sized can and the low spreading red petunias.