From my folks home, we headed north to Templeton, MA to the Country Mischief. Silas Stone built the brick dwelling on the common with bricks used for ballast of ships coming from England in the 1770’s. In the 1830’s the house was enlarged by adding a two-story ell build of wood onto the original home. In all the house has nineteen rooms.
During the course of the house’s long history, it has been known as many things. It was once Joseph Upham Tavern, and during 1837 a private high school for boys. The downstairs was a general store at one point while the upstairs domed ballroom was the site of local political gatherings. The house has also been used by Templeton Physicians for their private practices. The owner Gail bought and refurbished the house in 1991. There is just no way to see every thing in ever corner of every room of this shop!
In the ell of the house is the Mischievous Chief - a quaint little restaurant open for breakfast and lunch a few days each week. Since we arrived close to noon, that was our first stop of the day. Here's mom sitting by the fireplace. It was actually chilly enough to enjoy the fire!! How lovely!
I want that black shelf with all the drawers.
The fireplace was so pretty.
We each decided to try a small cup of apple squash soup and then a shared sandwich. The soup had chunky bits of cooked apple floating in a creamy nutty bisque. The Monte Carlo sandwich had a smokey maple ham paired with turkey on french toast. Everything was just yummy and they were all perfect fall flavors for an almost fall day sitting by our first fireplace of the season. Thanks for lunch mom!
After browsing the many room, and making our purchases, we then headed south to Fitchburg to one of my very favorite stores, Homestead Primitives. Fitchburg is an old industrial mill town and Charlene and her husband purchased this old building and they have the neatest primitives shop. They add all the windows and trim across the front and did a wonderful job of primming up a plain ugly old building. Here is the middle section.
And some inside shots - they don't do the store justice!
Here are my few purchases for the day - this is my new lantern. I have been looking for prim lantern to use with my battery operated candle up on top of my settle bench. I love this round one with the hinged lid. It's perfect!
I found this big wooden bowl for a great price. The perfect size to fill with seasonal goodies. This plaid towel is the perfect colors for the band I plan to stitch and sew on the hem. And isn't this little scoop the perfect size to hold these perfectly prim candy corn?
After leaving Homestead Primitives, my mom wanted to get some bittersweet. She is the one who taught me all about it when I was growing up. We lived in a nearby city and she actually came to a hillside in this town to gather it. I remember waiting in the car while she and my dad climbed the hill and filled bags with it. That hillside is off limits now, so I brought my mom to the spot David and I found a few weeks ago. We got enough for her and I got more for outside. I also stopped on the way home and got my bales of hay straw so after DH helps me get my corn stalks today, I will be DONE decorating for fall. Of course I will be doing some of my usual tweaking and then I'll be taking some new pics so I'll post those early next week.