Sunday, September 25, 2011

Block 34 ~ Flock

When I first looked at this block my imagination went into overdrive.  Was the flock sheep, a flower, or birds?  Reading back to the letter this block pertained to I found the explanation ...
"I have more genuine enjoyment in caring for and breeding up my flock of beautiful White Rock chickens; ..."
and immediately felt an empathy with the farmer's wife of early last century.  You may have noticed I chose as my blog header some chickens, not White Rock, but Rhode Island Reds  that belonged to my late brother, on whose farmlet the photo was taken.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Block 33 Farmer's Puzzle

Farmer's Puzzle caused some worries, not because of its difficulty, but because I could not find a suitable fabric for the 'puzzle' in my stash.  Nothing stood out.  In the end a trip to the fabric shop solved the problem.
I found the letter that related to this block endearing.  It's author lived in the country, moved to the city and had an education, but fell in love with a farmer.  She moved back to the land, despising everything except her husband.  In an effort to reconcile her dislike she listed the Pros and Cons of country life.

  1. Husband interested and contented.
  2. Independence, and so many hours together.
  3. Higher moral tone than city life.
  4. Abundance of room and fresh air.
  5. Fresh eggs, milk and vegetables.
  1. Mud.
  2. Inconveniences.
  3. Lack of money.
  4. Lack of water.
  5. Lack of society.
  6. Lack of beauty.
  7. Monotony of diet.
  8. Monotony of thought.
  9. Untidyness of everything.
  10. "Early to bed, early to rise".
She did reach a compromise!  Remember this was in the 1920's, but whether then, or today, compromises need to be made whether living in town or country.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Block 32 Farmer's Daughter

Farmer's Daughter is a pretty block, pink with a pale grey flower fabric that may represent a blouse, the floral the skirt, and the plainer pink a pinafore to cover the feminine garb whilst attacking chores around the farm.