I remember her telling of peeling apples - she was a champ at peeling one long continuous peel of apple skin - and making cider and apple butter. She used homemade apple cider vinegar to rinse her hair. One of her specialties was making an Apple Butter Stacked Cake - I think it had like 12 layers or something.
My great-grandparents raised 7 children - and a couple grandchildren - at Cana Valley farm. My dad spent a big part of his childhood there as well. When they had all passed, my great-aunt bought the home and restored it. It was said she made it to look exactly the way it looked when she grew up, even to wall papering walls with the exact same paper used as before.
I heard all theses stories but didn't get to SEE where it all took place until many years later. One day, a couple of cousins and I begged our uncle to take us to view the old home place. It had long been sold out of the family. We drove to view it but unfortunately no one was home that day so we didn't get to see inside.
We were all snapping photos with our cameras and cell phones like mad. Sad to say, we were just learning how to work technology so the photos are blurry.
|The barn still says Cana Valley Farm - named by my great-aunt|
|Homeplace among the trees|
|Steps leading up the hill to the house|
Have you ever been back to your roots? What did you hear?
This post was written in response to Writer's Workshop prompt 2.) Find a photo of your grandmother's hometown and share it. I don't have a photo of the little community nearby but Cana Valley is what she would have called home. For more responses to this prompt, visit Kat's blog, "Mama's Losin' It."