"Every house where love abides
And friendship is a guest,
Is surely home, and home sweet home
For there the heart can rest."
~ Henry Van Dyke

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A heart of iron...

...wrought iron, that is! Anyone who has read my blog regularly knows that I just love anything of wrought iron. Every once in a while, you stumble onto a piece of it and know you have to bring it home with you. This happened while we were staying at Cranberry Cottage the week before Easter. We went to a tiny village called Warffum to visit the open air museum and walked past this blacksmith shop. You can see more of Ron Caspers' work here.


Seeing all those beauties outside pulled us in to ask about buying something that caught my eye. But then once inside, it was pure pleasure to discover this wonderful work space.


Did I bring something home with me? Yes! I spied this old rusted piece of possibly a fence or balcony railing. I am not sure that the smith did not think I was nuts as he seemed not used to selling any of the old left over bits from his restoration work but this is what I wanted. Just look at the beautiful detail!


Jos sunk an old piece of post we had and laid a few bricks under the area where the gate would fall. I now have an eye catcher at the end of my new little herb garden. There are two valerian plants just on the other side. This herb grows to a good height and the gate will add stability plus give it a nice backdrop. I just love it!


Thank you everyone for your comments on my last post. The response was very touching and much appreciated! I have been to see the specialist here at my own hospital. He is running some tests but there is a good chance we will never know what made my body react as it did. The length of time for the reaction could mean it is not food related. I will know more in 3 weeks. In the meantime, he has given me an emergency kit with 4 medications to use if it happens again to keep it from getting dangerous before an ambulance can get to me.


19 comments:

MoonBeam said...

Love your old rusted gate...a perfect finishing touch. I think you should write a poem about it.

Be well...

Bobbi

Tammy said...

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your newest addition to the garden. I'm a huge fan of rusted iron, too, and yours adds a perfect rustic touch!

Littlebit said...

Oh, Heidi, I absolutely love that piece of iron!!

I am so glad you have an emergency med after that frightening reaction. I just hope you will never need it!

Marsha said...

The iron work is gorgeous and looks quite at home in your garden. Post a pic when the valerian is in bloom. Doesn't it smell divine?

Liz said...

What a great idea to use it as a focal point in your garden. It looks lovely.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Betty Lou said...

Such a beautiful old piece of wrought iron and a reminder of a nice trip. What good news that you are feeling better, keep that kit handy.

Nancy said...

That is just tooooo neat. I love it too, good find.
love you, Mom

Jenny said...

The little iron gate is simply precious and is a wonderful touch to your garden. I just love it...LOL... I have been thinking about you alot and hope you have been feeling better. I am glad you have the emergency meds but I hope you will be okay and never have to use it. Here is a hug for you my friend from CA. Take care!

Patricia said...

What a lovely rustic look for your garden, it looks really good. So glad you're feeling better now.

DebbieSFL said...

Yahhh you're better. I was worried about you. I love your gate and what a lovely way to put to use.

Rhonda said...

Good afternoon Heidi, I do hope you are better and have no more spells. you gave me a scare!

your new iron gate will look lovely with herbs growing it, morning glories would look sweet curled up it too.

Rowan said...

I'm sorry to hear that you've been so ill, I missed your previous post as I've been away.Hopefully you are feeling better now. A scary thing to happen to you.
I love your old rusted iron gate, it will add a real touch of romance to your herb garden.

Ginny said...

You've found another great addition to your garden! You are right - the detail is amazing and so pretty!

quilt32 said...

The piece is so beautiful and you knew just what to do with it.
Lillian
lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

Susan in SC said...

Love this ironwork!

garden2day said...

Heidi, I'm glad you have something to help in case it happens again. I hope you discover what it is and hope it is nothing bad. I absolutely love the piece you took home! What beauty and it is a great focal point. Take care!

DonnaTN said...

Your newly found treasure makes a great addition to your garden.

angelasweby said...

Heidi, I'm so glad to see you are feeling better.
What a lovely trip to the museum and the blacksmiths. The remnant of wrought iron gate is absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful focal point it must make. you really have an eye for something special :-)
Hugs Angela xx

Melanie said...

Hi Heidi ~ I just now read this post and the previous one (about Easter and how you came down with that horrible rash)...I'm so sorry that happened to you! Sounds awful. I hope they can figure out what caused it in the first place.

I love wrought iron, too! My grandpa was a welder and made the most beautiful ornamental iron pieces. He even made railings for our church and the Art Institute of Chicago!