The first Sunday in May is Decoration Day and  Homecoming at Rutledge Salem United Methodist Church in our community.  If one is not from the South or have connections with the South, these terms may be lost on the reader.  An informative article regarding this traditional cultural custom, albeit from a neighboring state, can be found here.

My grandparents, Olen and Cleo Page, and my uncle, (my dad’s brother) William Howell “Bunk” Page, are interned at Rutledge Salem. Each year since my grandfather’s passing in 1984, the Pages  gather on the first Sunday in May to remember our loved ones and to enjoy a meal and fellowship together.  While grandmother was living and able, we gathered at the farmhouse.  Since her death, we have congregated at my father and step-mother’s house just a few yards from the farmhouse.   So it was today.  The descendents of Olen and Cleo gathered to reminisce and catch up with each other – marriages, births, graduations, accomplishments and to see how tall the kids have grown since last May.

Although I had hoped that we would be able to gather at the old home place, it was not to be. While we are much farther along on restoration than what we were last year, there remains a good deal of work yet to be done. Maybe next year.


Over the weekend, Ole Blue unfurled added red and white to her palette.

…and the galley received a first coat of Summer Sun.


And, as to the identity of the Rusty Treasure (click to see photo), I only had one attempted guess – that of my daughter who said that it looked like the spring from a clothespin.  Would have to be an awfully large clothes pin!

The Rusty Treasure, is in fact, a tine off of a hay rack that is pulled (with many other tines) behind a tractor. The tine is photographed upside down, but might be used in this position as an easel for a photograph (vintage?) or an old book.

Page Farm Chick