Out here in the desert, it's another story. You can wander about the back roads and see things you've never seen before ... as long as you stay off private property, or so I was warned in a nice kind of way.
When off to Patagonia with the Chance family, we spotted these amazing berry vines. With flowers like this? Yup ... I'm not sure if they were edible, but there were huge blackberry-like fruit hanging off the vines. I've never seen anything like it.
Then there was this beauty with light pink flowers. It looked so fake, we had to dig down to the soil to find it was a real live plant. How cool is this? The leaves look like butterflies.
Unfortunately, something you CAN'T find any more are old signs to hang in the kitchen. I'm probably a little weird when it comes to this stuff, but it's old west and right up my alley. With no old signs hanging around, I decided to make my own when I spotted this barn board in the antique store.
Can you believe it? They sell old pieces of wood in the antique store. I can't tell you how many pieces of this stuff we burned on the ranch!! At any rate, a little paint and I was in business. Now all I have to do is decide whether to hang it on this pantry door or on the wall.
Since we never had time to stop in Sonoita for a reconnoiter, I went back the next day. I made a wrong turn, ran across a ditch and ended up in an antique store parking lot. How I did that, I'll never know. Next door was a furniture/chatchkey/framing business. It was fate!!
That's where I found this bench. I couldn't walk out the door without it. Oh the things you find when least expected.
It gets even better!! Two days later, I returned with Miss Patty, who has the same love of antiques that I do, but she has much better self control. Not one minute into the antique store, she picked up this picture that I did not see previously. LOVE it!!
She is in declutter mode, so I snatched it up in a flash. When here previously, I spoke to the hired help, who just happens to own one of the local vineyards with her husband. She gave me lots of tips on where to drive for photography.
When she saw the above picture, she said WAIT!! She had two more in her truck. Oh the things you find in the desert!! She brought out these two fabulous images. Made by Lucid Lines in the early 1970's in Culver City, they are a dye transfer process where original etchings are printed on glass.
This is a Frederic Remington called Burning Ranch. Rather hard to see since everything reflects in the glass, but up close they are amazing. I tried not to jump and scream at the top of my lungs when she said $15 for both!! I just paid the lady and walked out with all three images. One like this sold not long ago for $700 originally costing around $150. Not that I care really ... I just like them gracing the walls of my little house.
Another huge storm came through which I hope is the end of the heat season. It's been an amazing 65 degrees in the mornings as I dance around the back yard. It's so COOL!!!! I think fall is almost here!!