End of An Era

Well, I have come to the end of a 20-year-long era–my Smith and Hawkins boots. Remember Smith and Hawkins? Hope you were able to visit one. We had a beautiful Smith and Hawkins store in Indianapolis. I can’t tell you how many dates Mr. G and I had there. He always knows the way to my heart. Even in the dead of a dark, cold Indiana winter, it was spring at Smith and Hawkins. I bought my first REAL garden boots there, actually Mr. G bought them for me. (TRUE LOVE!)

The first pair lasted 10 years and the 2nd pair is coming up on 10 years. The second pair was bought at Target who carried a few  things from the Smith and Hawkins line for a while. Seriously, these boots really should have been replaced last year, but I held on hoping that whoever decided to close all the Smith and Hawkins stores, would come to their senses and open again!

Here are my beloved boots in better days. Standing by the door ready to go at a moments notice.

The first issue in the replacement process is giving them up.

The second issue is their replacement. So many options.

I have made a decision to buy these beauties. Are they over the top ???

Time will tell if I have made the right decision—I ordered online. But, I do like the look of them. What do you think? I probably should have sent out an APB to all of you to ask for recommendations, but I am hopeful. Just in case, if you have a suggestion please leave a comment!

Today was the last day for the boots and we made it a doozy!

My plan was a bit “ambitious” for a day with time constraints and “old” boots. But we did it … all I had planned and more!

3A458CBC-786A-448E-82AA-4113779C9172I guess you could say that these boots (and I quote my good friend and Rose Chat partner in crime, the Redneck Rosarian) are “worn slap out”! 

Here’s  picture of me and my boots a few years ago… TIRED. DIRTY. HAPPY.

Do you get attached to things?

Special Guests = Special Day

What a fun day! Sietse de Wit and Derk-Klaas de Wit of DeWit Garden Tools came for a visit on Thursday!

You know I love a good story and the DeWit Tool Company is full of stories. A multi-generation family-owned business with a personal commitment to every customer.

On April 1, 1898, Willem de Wit started his blacksmith company in Kornhorn, a small village in northern Holland. Today, the 4th generation of the forging family is running the company. Old-fashioned quality combined with innovative designs make DeWit tools the ultimate gardener’s choice. It’s more than an tool, it’s an heirloom.

Their commitment is evident in everything they do! From the high quality tools they create to the warm friendships they offer all those they work with. 

There is a hand-crafted tool for every possible job in the garden. Their motto is A TOOL FOR EVERY GARDEN TASK. These tools are sturdy, handcrafted works of art. Even though they are gorgeous, I cannot wait to get them all dirty in the garden!

Mr. G got in on the action too and came away with an awesome looking axe. It is already proudly displayed in the Wood Shoppe and will get a workout soon when he splits wood for our firepit!

It was our pleasure to have DeWit friends Sietse and Derk come to visit and it is my pleasure to have such wonderful tools to use in the garden and to pass on to our next generation of gardeners.

Speaking of the next generation … DeWit also has a kid’s line of tools. You can be sure that my little gardener in Cali and his baby brother will have them when the time is right! Take a look at the classy junior garden tools here.

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Thanks guys for coming to visit and thanks for the amazing tools!