August has been a busy month.
Preparations for the wedding this August started months ago…
I tried to help where I could and one of the things I did was making some center pieces for the table and some other crafts that would help decorate the shop. The daughter and I stenciled the signs. I had cut them all out from old wall paper which makes an amazingly good template for stenciling. You can read all about them here. It all added to the country/rustic charm of the wedding.
The cleaning the shop of course, was a very big part of getting ready. The combine had to be temporarily housed by one of the neighbors. There is always the before and then the after cleaning part that needs to be done. I gladly stepped out of the way when other members came and do the fun part of the decorating. In the end it didn’t really matter who did what the wedding was beautiful and everything came together just right. I just loved how the shop looked and I think the fact that the walls were not finished added to the warmth of the whole decor. Everything had such a nice woody look feel and even smell to it.
Putting down the floor
Together with the help of the husband, the daughter, the son and a good friend, we were able to lay the particle board for a floor. It was really not hard to do and the end result was great. They used “H” clips to keep the sheets together. At some places the floor was re enforced so that it could be used as a dance floor. Clean up was even simpler and in no time the sheets were removed again.
The wedding day
The wedding turned out to be perfect, the weather was great, not to hot and a little breeze to keep the bugs at bay. We could not have wished for a better day. Having the hay ride made everything so much more special. I did manage to get a ride back to the yard. Earlier, I had walked to the tree where the ceremony would take place, enjoying the solitary moment and the sun on my face. I loved the experience of being on the wagon. The jingling of the bells of the horses added just that extra touch to it.
The supper was catered by a local lady and it was great, the beef could have been our own, so tasty! All the speeches were done well and it was great to be able to visit with family and friends. After wards the young folk had fun dancing till late. For those who did not want to drive home, a part of the pasture was reserved for camping, and many did stay for the night.
For my mom and dad, my brother and his wife it also could not have been a nicer experience. Something I hope they will look back on this for many years to come. I know I will enjoy the memories for a very long time. Now I can hardly wait for the pictures to come we had a sneak preview from a few and they are truly amazing.
After the wedding and after the visitors from Holland where gone home again, the cleanup in the house began. It always seems easier cleaning up after the party then it is to clean up before hand and getting everything organized. I don’t know why this is but it seems that way to me. I was sad seeing them leave again, we had a wonderful visit I thought and we managed to get some sight seeing in as well.
First we went to Clear Lake, it had been almost 20 years since I had been there, but not a whole lot had changed. We drove through the park, because we wanted to go find some buffalo’s, and we came past a wishing well. It was a lovely sight and definitely worth the side trip. The setting and the flowers among the little stream were awesome and so peaceful. Unfortunately we did not come across any buffalo’s, but the brother and I did spot a small black bear looking at us down a side trail.It was gone before we got a change to turn back. It was a long day but with such beautiful scenery and weather in all a wonderful trip.
International Peace Gardens
Another trip we made was to the International Peace Gardens right on the border of North Dakota and Manitoba. Again the weather was favorable, but we did have a few showers. Usually we were inside the van, or made a quick dash into a building. I had never been all the way around the park and loved the drive through the forested area. And of course we took a walk along the borders, up through Canada, and down through the States. It’s always fun to stand with one foot in one country and with your other foot in the next.
We had liked to drive through North Dakota to the Peace Gardens, but this would have cost us quite a bit of money for just a couple of hours, so we decided against it. The family got to experience the border crossing, along with the vehicle inspection. In the end they were able to say they had been in the Stated twice in one day!
We drove south, cross country, it gets quite hilly and this time of the year the scenery is absolutely breathtaking.
I think the family can look back on a interesting stay.
And then we got into harvest….
Read more about this in my next post.
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