My girls went off picture taking in the woods this afternoon and came home telling me about all the neat old jars they saw. So after I finished Spring cleaning the back deck, I handed the baby to hubby, put on my wellies and trecked out to the woods with them. We had known that this was old farm land, and that there was the farm "dump" in the back of our property, but we never really dug into it before. We started out by just bringing that little plastic bucket you see in the wheelbarrow, but soon realized we needed more, so we got the wheelbarrow and a shovel.
I know it is hard to see the "treasures" in this heap of mess, but there really are some cool things.... A bright blue enamel coffee pot, lots of old medicine bottles(with cool imprinted labels), milk glass make up jars, perfume bottles, a coin, a broach pin, a intact vacuum tube from a tv, a silver spoon, belt buckle, booze bottles, canning jars, and more. We only brought home the intact items, there were so many beautiful things that we left because they were in pieces... pottery, depression glass, enamelware bowls, rusted out buckets, etc. Though we did leave about 4 or 5 bottles that were totally intact with lids and all, but they were nasty science experiments with their contents still in them and there was no way I was going to open them up!!!My oldest daughter, texting her friends about what she was doing. Surprisingly, my youngest daughter and I called it quits before her, she wanted to keep digging.(can you tell how gorgeous it was out? Shorts weather, but still snow on the ground)
Youngest daughter searching the small brook.
Ok, this is a really scary picture of me, but I thought I would post it anyway! :) Here is my youngest daughter and myself brining it all back into yard. Oh, and for future reference, don't wear braids on the first day of outside Spring cleaning!! I have a wicked sunburn on the back of my neck!
We came home and gave everything a quick rinse and everything is currently sitting in a bleach bath in the wheelbarrow. I will bring it in piece by piece and give it a thorough scrubbing this week.
It was a fun afternoon and we really felt like archeologists discovering hidden treasures and it was even neater because they were from people who lived on our property before us.
Have a terrific night,