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Monday, June 3, 2013

I am thankful for my farm family heritage and for the many lessons it taught me.  I well remember long summer days when chores needed to be done and field work was well under way.  It was a busy season but somehow, my mom always managed to make dinner at the end of the day and as a family, we would sit down at the huge four-poster pine table with benches and chairs gathered around and enjoy my mother's awesome home cooking.

This is a photo of my mom and I at the kitchen table. I think I was about 5 years old in this photo........goodness, I don't even want to talk about it! We took a break from cutting rhubarb that we were going to use in a rhubarb crisp dessert.....still a family favorite, served warm with vanilla ice cream!

Isn't it true though, our family tables are really important to us!  Not only is it a place to gather during mealtime, but to tarry and chat and catch up on the day's activities, play a family game, or maybe plan a family outing.

The table in our farm kitchen was often filled with freshly canned tomatoes or pickles, where they sat to cool and seal, bounty from my mother's garden.  It's where we often laid out fabric and patterns to sew or if we baked cookies that day, they cooled on the huge cutting boards, laid out on the table.

I have always loved the significance of tables. Not only useful, but full of character and personality!

Beth found some wonderful old tables in England that made it onto the container.  Can you imagine what they will have to say once they arrive in the U.S.?

This is a beautiful antique bamboo table with a woven reed on the shelf. What a great side table for a family room, mixed with different shades of basketry and wood, maybe some brilliant red or blue block print pillows on the neutral linen sofa.........a comfortable and casual look.

And, here's another........

They are both slightly similar, yet somewhat different............enough that they could easily share the same space and hold their own in it.  

I happened to run across a fun antique Dutch farm table the other day.  It has a hinged top, so it folds over onto itself.  I love the curved mustard yellow legs and the unfinished pine top.  It is full of patina and character and would make a lovely "family table".

Beth and I are anxious to show you these tables (and so much more) in person!

Come visit us at the Santa Monica Airport Antique & Collectible Market, July 28th!  In the meantime, if you have any questions about our treasures, feel free to email us:

Beth's last blog about the Farm Fair in the U.K. brought back a flood of memories for me and my family.  We were a 4-H family and the annual County Fair was a big event that included many ribbons, trophies, old friends, and good food, much like what Beth and Jim enjoyed this past weekend.  What a fun family time!

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