30 August – 14 September 2013: Nostalgia via nostalgia…

In the mid 70's, I restored Mini in this garage.
In the mid 70’s, I restored Mini in this garage.

On Sat 14 Sept, my wife Sharon received a phone call from an old high school  friend telling her that the house she lived in from 1954 thru 1960 was open on a home tour.  As Sharon had earlier suggested that we take Mini for a ride, we drove in same west out US6 to Vermilion OH, where Sharon had  lived, where Sharon and I had lived, where our son Allen had first come home, and where I first worked on Mini.

We stopped at Chez Francois to pick up tickets for the tour http://www.chezfrancois.com/

Mini outside  chez francois in vermilion oh
Mini outside
chez francois
in vermilion oh

And then over to the first house, where Sharon had lived from 1954-60

Sharon in a previous bedroom
Sharon in a previous bedroom
Sharon by the garage - her father made the doors in the mid 1950's.
Sharon by the garage – her father made the doors in the mid 1950’s.

Mini waited on the road side.

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We stopped at another house in the same area

View from a home in Vermilion OH
View from a home in Vermilion OH

Then we went to QSL _ Quaker Stake and Lube on the Vermilion River http://www.quakersteakandlube.com/vermilion_oh/

Where we ate, and Mini guarded the lot

@QSL - on Vermilion River, OH
@QSL – on Vermilion River, OH

Our next stop was at the Lagoons http://www.city-data.com/neighborhood/Vermilion-Lagoons-Vermilion-OH.html

Where we saw another home.

View from a home in the Vermilion lagoons
View from a home in the Vermilion lagoons

Mini waited.  That home was fabulous inside and out!

mini on a lagoon
mini on a lagoon

This home was stunning – the master bath was about the size of our first floor, and it is on a street in which boats are tied off in the back yard.

On a roll, we went to 6058 Liberty, where we had all lived 35 years ago, visited with our friend Pat Creel, and…

In front of 6058 Liberty Vermilion - where I worked on Mini
In front of 6058 Liberty Vermilion – where I worked on Mini

I charmed us into a tour of our old home (Nov 1978)

Our son Allen's first room
Our son Allen’s first room (crib was there!)

Mini drove home like a dream, and it was a good start to the day: Sharon, I, and Mini went back to some roots…

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