Thursday, August 11, 2011

Henry And The Memory Stones

When we moved to the farm 
there were stepping stones leading to the
front door.

They were very uneven and even dangerous
to walk on so hubby planned to 
take them out. 

There was something very unique 
about these 'stones' 
which were actually pieces of
poured concrete.

Most of them were plain.
A few of them though
had names or hand
and footprints in them.

They were pieces of the 
history of this sweet 
little homestead.

Memory Stones.

We decided to keep them.
They sat in a pile under the trees
for a year.

This spring we planted our little
postage stamp lawn inside
the picket fence but before we did...
we set these in place.

We don't know who these people
were...but they left their
mark on this little
and we will respect that.

They used to be gray concrete 
but our rusty water has turned 
them to this color.

I've gotten used to it.

Henry our little 'RESCUED' kitten
loves laying on these stones.
He and Chelsea like 
to play chase 
on them.

My blogging friend
was asking how our little
Henry was doing
so Deb...
these photo's are for you!

Henry 'hunting' for Chelsea.

Below Chelsea is in the distance
hunting for toads
or birds hiding under the lilac

"I don't think she saw me!"

They play while Olly looks on.
He and his sister Lizzy are getting used to 
Henry... they'll even sniff noses but
so far that's it.

I'm hoping one day they'll all 
be good buddies.

Henry's sister Dora 'the explorer'
went to a wonderful home last month.
My hubby works with the fellow so 
we get updates on how she's doing.
The word is..she's doing great!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the
memory stones
and Henry.

Have a wonderful day!

Maura :)


The Bear's Blog said...

Oh, the pictures are so precious. Baby Henry is growing like a weed.

I love that you kept the stepping stones, and the rusty water showed its "artistic" talents. The color couldn't be more perfect.

Stepping stones/play stones....and someones family history - does it get any better than that?


Marilyn said...

I thought perhaps you stained the stepping stones to make them that color. I hope you have a water treatment system for drinking and doing laundry. Thank goodness my well water isn't that color.♥♫

Janet said...

How lovely-i`m so glad you kept the stepping stones -now you will have to add a few of your own-lovely photo`s of the kitten-funny I`d been wondering how he was getting on too !x

Country Gal said...

The stepping stones are great ! We have kids names and hand prints in the concrete under our car port ! Have no idea who they were either ! Henry is a cutie !Awesome post and photos ! Have a great day !

Deb said...

Thanks for posting little Henry. He is growing like a weed and looks like he's quite a charming addition to your cottage. Hope they all get along with time. The stones are really interesting. Thanks for mentioning my blog. Hope the weather is as nice as it is here. Sunny & cool breeze. Have a wonderful day, Maura. Hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

GardenOfDaisies said...

I'm so glad you kept those sweet little imprinted "stones". Someday, you may get a knock on your door, and the children who grew up on that farm will be standing there saying, "I used to live here a long time ago."
Glad your little kitty is settling in. The other cats will get used to him in time.

Kathi said...

Your yard and pets are so cute. I love the stepping stones and the color makes them look like taracotta. We have rusty water too. I'm in the process of making my own stepping stones. Cute photos. Kathi

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I think it is wonderful that you kept the stones. Someday someone years from now may come back hoping they are there and you will happily suprise them.

Henry is too cute!

Sunray Gardens said...

I can't believe anyone would leave that history behind. I couldn't have. Love the dog and cat.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Anonymous said...

Maura the memory stones are so sweet, glad you decided to keep their stories/memories intact. Henry is darling. He has a great life at Lilac Lane :)

Windy Meadows Farm said...

I'm so glad you kept the stones...what a sweet reminder of a past family. And look at those little feet! I really like the color too...a very wonderful addition to your yard!

Sara S. said...

I love the color of the stones, and think it is sweet that you kept them. I love when a house has a "history"! Henry is gorgeous!

~from my front porch in the mountains~ said...

Neat post! I love the stepping stones! Maybe you could research courthouse records? Do you know who owned the farm before you? Oh, I love stuff like this :)
Henry is a love!! Pretty soon they will all be amigos!
xo, misha

Kath said...

How lovely, I am pleased you are keeping the stones. There is a section of path here, where the previous owner (who lived here 55 years) had marked his name and date in the concrete before it set.

quiltzyx said...

What a lovely idea to keep the memory stones. They make a great "photo op" too - especially with Henry!

A Brit in Tennessee said...

There's always something special when people leave a little history in their homestead, it begs you to respect it.
I'm so happy to hear you have kept the stepping stones, I can even imagine the work and fun that went into preserving those precious little handprints and handwritten names the day they were created.
The color is perfect !
Henry has grown, he has the markings of my old cat Sydney, and just as beautiful.
Such a sweet post Maura.

Garter Mademoiselle said...

The kitty pictures really are precious! I am such a cat lover, and when I was young I used to sit with magazines and cut any and all pictures of cat out to save in an album. And I had quite an extensive "Library" of cat books. So these photos were a real treat for these cat-loving eyes. As for the stones, I love that you kept them. What a lovely thought, and I like that you called them "Memory stones". My grandmother's house had stones similar to that in the back yard, and although there were no foot prints or names on them, they seem to have remained a favorite memory of summer weeks spent at Grandma's in IL and all the fun we had there with cousins, making sure you stayed on the stones and didn't step into the grass, meaning that you were out of the game!! A lovely post, Maura.

Daniela said...

grazie per la tua visita nel mio blog!
Il posto dove abiti deve essere meraviglioso!
La casa che hai visto non è la mia,è la casa dei miei sogni!!!
Un abbraccio

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's wonderful that you kept the stones. They look really great in your yard and especially with the cute Henry enjoying them, too!

Anonymous said...

Hi Maura, I love your stepping stones.It's so nice that you kept them.They are special.Henry is so cute.


Donna said...

Oh, I do love those stepping stones, so unique with a story behind them.
Love your furbabies!

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

A little bit of history.

Julie Harward said...

I love the memory stones, they go with the gate..the cat loves the warmth of them I bet. Sweet little kitty! :D

Mecky said...

Oh I am so glad that you are keeping the stones! How cool!!

Your pets are so adorable. Henry reminds me of Bob, a kitty my neighbor found almost dead in a ditch. We took him in until my sister was able to bring him home with her. I will send you a picture of him.

I am sure you enjoyed the weather today!! It has been a BEAUTIFUL day in Oz today! I had to do some shopping and my, was it a great morning to be out and about!

Michaele said...

I love the color of the stones. Such a neat idea. I am going to do this also (not just saying that). Love when you photograph cats. You really capture them well.

Bee Haven Bev said...

Maura, your post inspired me to order a mold to make these memory stones for our farm!! What a wonderful idea!!! Thanks so much!

Unknown said...

Henry DOES look like Winnie!
What a little doll baby.

Cat Chat With Caren and Cody (Caren Gittleman) said...

those Memory Stones gave me the chills!
I think it was beyond touching that you kept them and are proudly displaying them
I just had a thought, could Henry be one of the people who used to live there reincarnated?

janice15 said...


Anonymous said...

Hello dear maura! how are you? your photos are always bellissime.Io'm writing with google translate so I do not know how it will be the translation ... I decided to put the part in Italian for fun, so you could try to read my language! As far as my candy would be nice to think that you attend, but in fact you live far away .. But I'm very happy you become my followers, and that even if we are away, we talk through our blog. You are nice and sweet. To me you're like a friend. I am sending you a kiss and a hug, Kiki ♥

ciao carissima maura! come stai? le tue foto sono sempre bellissime.Io sto scrivendo con google translate perciò non so come sarà la traduzione... Ho deciso di inserire anche la parte in italiano per divertimento, così tu puoi provare a leggere la mia lingua! Per quanto riguarda il mio candy penso che sarebbe bello che tu partecipassi, ma in effetti risiedi molto lontano..Però sono molto felice che tu sia diventata mia follower e che anche se siamo lontane, ci parliamo tramite i nostri blog. Sei simpatica e dolce. Per me tu sei come un'amica. Ti mando un bacio e un abbraccio, Kiki♥

Cindy Adkins said...

What a delightful blog! I just discovered you today. Lilacs and kittens...oh my goodness, nothing could be better! I love the stepping stones and think they look so inviting in your yard. I enjoyed my visit!

Cat Wisdom 101 said...

So glad we found you via our pal Caren. We love gardening and of course cats!

cocosmom said...

Beautiful post. The stones are delightful. they show there was love and laughter at your little farm long before you moved there. Holding onto the past make the present such a wonderful place. Love little Henry.

cocosmom said...

Beautiful blog. The memeory stones show there was much love and laughter on your little farm before you came. Holding onto the past make the present more wonderful. Little Henry is beautiful

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Oh my, those stepping stones touched me so. Aren't you glad you saved them? Many are part of someone's life and those moments live on in your garden.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Maura
I am so glad you kept the memory stones, makes you wonder where these people are now. Are you able to trace any of the previous owners to match the names?
Love all your furbabies, wish I could have cats again but family allergies say no.

Rue said...

Henry is gorgeous! He has the same coloring as my Daisy.

I think it's wonderful that you saved someone else's memories. It adds character to a place!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful reminder of farm families past. Every home tells a story, of all those who have gone before. : )

Henry is growing! What a sweetheart.


Joy said...

I liked the little paw print and the name, 'Bear'.


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