Travel Brochure to the Middle of No-Where

Last week, I found some furniture whose sale, I know,  will pay my winter utility bills. Five pieces of solid walnut furniture decorated with hand-painted scenes and fancy bird’s eye maple and mahogany veneers, very French, and some of the best furniture America ever had to offer after 1880.  I was in the right place at the right time. There were only about 25 people in the auction hall on a dark, wet autumn night in the middle of nowhere.

I made that drive five times this week to pick up the pieces. Each piece of furniture is so big and so heavy that I could only fit one piece in the truck at a time. Two mirrors  and a headboard were one trip in itself.

It rained all week,  Pouring rain or drizzling. Misting, than pitter-pattering. Sprinkling, drumming, Plunking.  It rained and rained. It was a great week to plant grass seed.


Each day began with pink skies.


 As the drives went on, the grass turned a rich, deep green.



All along the way, I saw barns of every style and size.. Most are in disrepair or falling down.

This farm is raising llamas. Sometimes, a big white shaggy dog was with them.

I saw pastures of black cattle, Holstein cows, sheep, small grey donkeys. There were ducks paddle-footing around in groups. A lone zebra, looking like he got off at the wrong stop, was in a field with some donkeys.


I heard on the radio while driving that the last of the feed corn won’t be cut because of all the rain.


This is a typical road through northern Illinois running along the Wisconsin border.  If the road is in tip-top shape,  you are in Wisconsin. When the road is pot-holed, you are in  Illinois. No map is necessary. One good aspect of the poor roads is that it keeps vehicles from speeding.


This is the typical fencing here and the colors of the maples are muted with dripping leaves and gray skies. This is when the smell of autumn is at its richest.


Did you notice the headstones?


 The Alden cemetery had the prettiest maples.

Photo by Jeremy Webb

I made the last trip today and I was so glad to get back to work in my little shop.  Cleaning the furniture before it comes in, is, as always, harder than moving it all by myself. Next, a hot bath and Agatha Christie’s Body in the Library. Tomorrow, I’ll light the boiler for winter.

36 thoughts on “Travel Brochure to the Middle of No-Where

  1. You know, some people despair when the season turns to autumn. Having moved from the north to a southern state I miss it so much. I have so many wonderful memories of fall in Ohio. It always makes me think of putting the yard to bed and focusing on all the inside projects. I think of decorating for holidays, I think of baking, my all time favorite thing to do. Your photos take me to that wonderful feeling of brisk air, something Florida doesn’t have. I’d love to enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee in the morning without a hot flash that follows down here!


    • So true, I usually go to the farm stands and buy the boxes of marked down vegetables and tomatoes for 7.00 a BIG box and freeze stuffed green peppers, etc. I missed that this year. But you are right, the autumn ritual of baking and filling the freezer is one of the nicest times of the year. I feel the same way about putting the gardens to bed. Another thing that was fun in distant years was planting bulbs with the expectation of spring blooming. It is like a promise to one’s self that spring will be back.


  2. I so enjoy reading your post! I have to set the stage when I see it’s you. I get my tea, and pillow, sit outside in a comfy chair, prop my feet, dog cozied up next to me. And then I am relaxed and ready to read your lovely post. They are so relaxing. “You” should write a book! If you have please tell me so……My Gosh, the pictures are amazing. The countryside is beautiful, simply beautiful!. Can’t wait to see your new furniture pieces they sound wonderful. Love the fixtures on the bath, it must be a clawfoot. When I retired I traded my van and now I wish I did not, but then again…it makes me save money. …No,…I’d rather have my van back. Have a wonderful relaxed weekend my friend.


    • Linda, thank you so much for your lovely comment. You are inspiring me. I have many books inside my head. I hope I live long enough. I go back and forth about vehicles. My truck is 10 years old now, but it only had 66,000 miles on it. It is a terrible gas hog. When I go somewhere I plan the route to get as much done as possible.

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  3. Congratulations on your wonderful find! Talk about hard work and perseverance! Five trips, back and forth, in the rain, with the prospect of grueling work looming once everything is home. These treasures must be very special and it takes a special person not only to recognize that but to do what it takes to keep them beautiful.
    Speaking of beautiful…..your pictures, as always. You are a lady of many talents!
    I have read all of Agatha Christie’s books! Our library has her biography that I’ve read 3 times. I love British authors…Susan Howatch is one of my favorites but there’s nothing like a good murder mystery from the UK.
    Thank you for another wonderful post


  4. You captured the naturalistic beauty of Fall. Everyday when I come home, I get more gloomy at the sea of leaves in my yard, porch driveway.. everywhere and just sigh.. Uggggghhh..Thanks for taking me away with you on you road trip to see the real beauty of Fall. I hope you share the pieces you got with us :-)


    • I will, Kim, I know I’ll have to sell the furniture somewhere other than the shop. I having been wondering about your experience on Charish. I have been study their business model and it seems like everything starts out very high and then, according to their model, they reduce the price. It is very interesting. It is like an auction in reverse. Will you let me know of your current thoughts regarding that site?


  5. Oh, Ginene, what beautiful rich fall colors! I love the photo of Orange-y maple trees with the middle path and headstones. Around here we have summer then winter. Maybe a week of cooler weather between. Leaves are green, then the next day dry up brown and fall off. Your photos are quite nice and “frameable.” 😄


    • Joanne,
      I don’t enhance the colors when I’m photographing nature because the smells and memories can only be transferred to the reader with the real colors of nature. Did you notice how black wet bark on the trees. Anyone who has put their hand on a tree that wet knows the slippery feels just from the color. It is so fun.Want me to mail you some leaves?


  6. This is my favorite time of the year! Love all your pictures and the beautiful fall colors. The furniture set you bought sounds gorgeous; you were so lucky to be in the right place at the right time.

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  7. Wow! So pretty! Ramon & I just returned from a trip to Indiana, and even though they, too, are in the Midwest, it just seems like the colors of the trees were much more brilliant and prolific than here in Missouri. They also had black squirrels which was weird to us. But there’s something about driving country roads that just takes you back to another time, relaxes and calms you, especially in fall when everything is beautiful and vividly colored.

    Congratulations on your big (literal and figurative!) furniture find! I hope it sells like hotcakes!!!

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  8. We don’t have any pretty leaves, just some falling leaves that are brown. I would have enjoyed that drive. I love to go out in the country and take photos. Would have made my day.


    • Brenda,
      I agree with you, photography is so much fun. I do get too immersed sometimes and have to remind myself to pull over on a straight stretches instead of on hill and to remember to close the door of the car on a highway.


  9. Ginene,

    Your days, filled with work and play, to me, sound idyllic. Your drives to the country, complete with potholed roads, and especially in the most romantic of seasons, are treasure hunts for wannabe antique dealers, (one of the many jobs I’ve dreamed of), like myself! Just a click onto your blog, and voila! – I’m there, accompanying you on your adventures in antiquing, and all that it entails. How lovely that you balance your hard work with some much deserved quality time to unwind, relax and recharge. Thank you for the refreshing photos of your Illinois fall, filled with leafy lovelies, aglow in autumn’s light.


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  10. Saw your feature at Susan’s. I like this post. I truly love autumn and it is going fast into winter. Hope you are doing well. Moving things yourselves takes muscles and time. Blessings to you, xoxo,Susie


    • Hi Susie,
      I move everything by myself which is a real adventure sometimes. It is all about leverage and those slippy, sliddy things that go under the legs. When I was young, I would get lots of offers of help…now, I could be laying in a field with a dresser lying on top of me and the men walk by. This has made me very determined to get things accomplished on my own. I have a sign in my kitchen that reads: OWMG. It stands for Operating Without Male Guidance. Not that there is anything wrong with men!


    • Janice,
      As I was putting out four really lovely silver-plated spoons today, I was thinking that I didn’t know what to do with them that was new and exciting. Then, I saw your glitter and button spoons. I am going to enjoy your blog. I’m so happy!


  11. I enjoyed hearing your story at Susan’s. I so admire you for grabbing that brass ring and making a success of your business. The icing on the cake is loving what you do!

    I’m am really looking forward to following your blog and getting to know you better!

    Jane xx


    • Jane, thank you. I once worked for the owner of the Crate and Barrel chain and he told me that if he had known what he was getting into when he and his wife opened their first store, he never would have done it. There is something to be said for blissful ignorance when one is contemplating a new venture. We can always figure everything out…eventually.
      I’m so glad to meet you, Jane.


  12. I love you pictures, Ginene. Do you post pictures of your antiques/have a website? Thank you for the follow, BTW. I am looking forward to reading your blog. We own only a few antiques but love them.


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