Fort Lytton

27 April 2010

Antique Menagerie

In 1969 while visiting Switzerland, my mother introduced us to a friend of hers. This lady was very old and she invited us to her place for a meal because she wanted a chance to talk English. She had these carved farm figures which she inherited from her mother who had them since she was a child, so I guess they would have been carved ca 1820.

Diane commented how beautiful they were. A few days before we left for Australia again, the lady called with a plastic bag and insisted we have them, since she didn't have any children herself. We were thrilled and have taken care of them ever since.

A set of milking cows


The farmer and his dog


Of course some pigs


and some chickens



7 comments:

  1. I love those. What a cool story.

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  2. What a delightful story! I'm glad you got to have them!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com/

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  3. They're adorable - reminds me of when I was a kid and Kelloggs Cornflakes gave away all sorts of little farm animals in the cereal packets. I loved collecting them.

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  4. PS You use the same Blogger template as me - how did you make the middle bit wider? It looks better that way and has more room for pictures.

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  5. Bill

    What are you doing with Roger Federer's cow herd?
    It's no wonder his tennis is suffering - you have his cow herd! Give them back or I'll tell him!
    Good heavens I had forgotten about the plastic animals that you got in the Kelloggs Cornflakes packages. Generally caused a "minor" war in our household as to who got the animal!

    Cheers
    Colin (HB)

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  6. I love them too!!! Can I 'bags' them in the will?

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