On Wednesday’s, Delores, from Under The Porch Light, has a meme which she calls
“Words for Wednesday”.
She puts up a selection of six words which we then use in a short story, or a poem.
I’m hopeless at poetry so I always do a story.
It’s a fun challenge…why not join in?
This week's words are:
3. cast iron
Here is my not-so-short story:
Plodding slowly back from the well with yet another bucket full of water, Nora thought how similar parts of her life seemed to the lives of servitude she had learned about during history class in high school when she was fifteen and sixteen.
Those people coming across the ocean in boats from England had been sold to landowners and had work for years to earn their freedom. Nora could imagine the desperation they must have felt.
"At least my life not exactly like theirs", she thought. "I have my freedom and I'm here on this farm by choice. And there are more than a few modern conveniences in the main house. It's just the cabins that have the more rustic ambience".
Ron had bought the run down old place three years ago and together they had restored the main house and now were working hard to repair the barn and cabins to a state where they could welcome the first visitors to their "authentic-as-possible, mid 1800s, Bed and Breakfast dream."
The huge old farm style kitchen was Nora's pride and joy. The big wood-fired range taking up most of the south wall needed frequent stoking and cleaning, which Nora was happy to do in return for the delicious roasts, breads and cakes that came out of its spacious oven.
She even had a genuine cast iron frying pan that Ron had found in the antique store in a town across the river. It was easily wide enough and deep enough to scramble a dozen eggs at a time!
Nora emptied the bucket of water into the reservoir on the side of the oven where it would heat nicely in time to wash up the dinner dishes tonight. She checked on the scones to find them rising nicely, then plopped her fanny down onto the overstuffed small couch and put her feet up for a few minutes, thinking about the grand opening planned for next spring and the two advance bookings they had already received.