Saturday, November 23, 2013

Granny's Pantry #9--Outside at High Rock

Granny's Pantry #9

High Rock, like most farms of its day, was a community of outbuildings with specific and useful purposes that grew as the needs of the people expanded. I counted the buildings surrounding the house and found that there are 21 standing ---in various stages of fitness or disrepair. I remembered 4 that are no longer in evidence—such as the old outhouse (there’s a newer one standing) and the gear house that held Dan and Ada’s plowing gear until a tree fell and ended its usefulness. That number doesn’t count the underground pit with a wooden cover where Granny stored her plants in the winter. I can show you where it used to be.       
out the back door

I love the names of the old buildings—the well house---creamery---log smoke house—corn cribs-- potato house--chicken houses—bottle house—wheat houses—machine shed—pump house—log barn. 


They hold memories that only a few of us now understand:  

--Like the rule “Never stand on the top of the well cover or too close to the windless”

--Like the legend (urban or otherwise) of something very dangerous still stored in the old wheat house

--Like the time the baby (a long time ago) wandered into Ada’s stable and Ada followed her in, nearly scaring her Mama to death

--Like when the shed at the end of the barn was the site of corn shuckings

--Like the time (not so long ago) I crawled into the little fowl cage after a guinea and I can show you the scar to this day      

Even the places around Granny’s house are ripe with reminiscences…the calf pasture, the old dumping ground down in the pig pasture where we could find blue bottles and discarded granite ware…the yard where the aunts hid our Easter eggs.

As long as Aunt Ruthie is there, nothing dramatic will change. But when she is gone…?

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. Matthew 7:24

The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. Acts 17:24