Thursday, July 7, 2011

Meeting Grandma Sutton

We have this horse boarding barn just outside our subdivision. That's where I was able to gather pecans in October. e mentioned that his mom lived behind the stables but I had never been back there. I keep seeing her garden (a small corner of it) when I bike by so I finally pulled down the dirt driveway to get a good look at it. She was working in the garden and I felt like I was snooping so I was going to sneak back to my bike but I thought her garden was beautiful and I wanted to tell her so, so I walked over to her. I startled her and when she spoke, it sounded exactly like my own grandma's voice. I have never thought that anyone sounded like my grandma before so for a second, I was startled too.

I told her I loved her garden and she began telling me about it and telling me about how life used to be on the farm there. She has 4 of her children still living on the original farm, though that land has been split by a major highway that didn't used to be there.

She was very proud of the water fountain that her husband made for her not too long before he passed away, late last year. She pointed it out to me and told me I should look at it. It was nice.

Half of her garden is volunteer. She throws her kitchen scraps on the ground, buries them in the winter and veggies come up...and when she is thinning her flower garden, she has a separate place to put those trimmings and lots of stuff grows there as well.

She invited me to come back anytime I felt like it. I think she was a bit lonely, even though her kids live right there. I really enjoyed my time with her in her garden. I will have to go back and visit soon. I got her name before I left. She said her name was Stella but that everyone calls her Grandma Sutton. Seems fitting to me. She gave me a mega cucumber for helping her weed. That was from the volunteer part of her garden.

A very enjoyable visit indeed!


Heather and Thomas Mann said...

I am glad you got to visit! You are much more brave than I am! Hope you can go back to visit your new friend! And that is one huge cuke!

Anne said...

Hi Tiff. What a gorgeous looking farm. How nice of you to have that visit.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting AND thank you so very, very much for voting for me. I really appreciate it.

Anne @ Domesblissity x

Claud said...

What a great place! Thanks for taking us along :-)

Anonymous said...

I love the grandma and her gardens! So neat and unique! And your other posts...your yummy and pretty (the patriotic one was a surprise!) and my husband is remodeling our bathroom right now (and forever...) so I liked your cabinet there...and finally...that donkey looks like a Jerusalem donkey..a neat legend about Mary and baby Jesus with that donkey. love,andrea

Dmarie said...

oh, I'm so tickled to get to visit with you! now, you'll have to excuse me while I go back to your post and click to enlarge each pic to get an even better look. thanks!!!

Hear Mum Roar said...

I'm just lapping up these beautiful photos! It looks like paradise

{ T G L } said...

That does sound like fun. A lovely garden and my, what a HUGE cucumber!

Visiting you from the 'Down to Earth' link-up :)

Have a great weekend,
This Good Life

Rose said...

Thanks for the ride, it was a great story!

Tiff :o) said...

Thanks guys. I couldn't believe how beautiful and peaceful her piece of land is.

Valerie said...

this is very touching and i love that garden. this lady reminds me (from what you tell) about my grandfather (who also loved to garden & talk to "strangers") I'm sorry her husband passed, the fountain is lovely and must be even more special to her.

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