“So many houses here have nothing old at all. And a house with nothing old in it seems – unseasoned.”
Lovelace, Maude Hart. Emily of Deep Valley. New York: Harpers, 1950.
That’s one danger that few houses of Wilder fans have, seeming unseasoned. A love of Laura almost inevitably leads to a collection of things that other people would think long overdue for the dustbin. My personal collection includes things as diverse as an egg candler (OK 2 egg candlers, both kerosene and electric powered) to a shingle off of Rocky Ridge and quarter sawed off fragment from a board from Grace’s house. They are stuck in nooks and crannies all over my house. What’s the strangest thing you have in your collection?
And remember that even a new house can have a bit of the old in it.
(For those of you who might be wondering, this particular old thing is a teapot that was a wedding present given to my Great-Great-Grandmother Buchmayer.)
If you want to know more about Emily of Deep Valley which I very highly recommend, here are two more posts: