We drove up a driveway lined in old windows, shutters, wood cutouts of reindeer and other cool stuff and parked. A really friendly man came right out to greet us and told us to explore. I could have asked him questions all day, but I didn't want to keep him from his other customers. I'll tell you what I learned. His name is John and this was his family's former petting zoo called Hillside Farm. When his kids grew up and moved out he got tired of taking care of all the animals. He retired from his job and opened up this place. He said he goes picking in old barns and that's where he finds all these treasures. He also teaches black smithing (how cool would that be to learn?!), jewel faceting and other art trades. John showed us some of his art that he has displayed around.
I only had my phone camera but I just had to take some pictures to share.
He and some artist friends are planning to install a large whirligig they are making in the next couple of months in the front. He said it will be larger than this windmill.
Everywhere you turned there was more and different things to look at.
Rails and rails of horseshoes. My girl each chose one.
So many great rusty garden tools!!
Where he does his black smithing.
Out on the front porch.
Inside there were so many interesting pictures, books and other things. It was like being in a museum with the huge variety of items in there.
All sorts of marbles.
Notice all the hummingbird feeders everywhere. I saw John had his tomato plants outside already, it seems early but they were huge and very healthy.
I searched and searched online for more information on Hillside Farm, but I found nothing at all. I'm so glad I took one of his business cards so that I can share the address of this amazing place.
Hillside Farm - 11309 Renton Issaquah Road SE, Issaquah, Washington. Phone number 425-761-6936.
We left with an old goldpan(lots of goldpanning tools there), some horseshoes and a galvanized washtub. I can't wait to go back and see what we find next time.All words and photos in this post are property of A Gardener in Progress.