at the Sod House on the Prairie
the original fireplace mantle used in the Little House television show!
Remembering Walnut Grove, Minnesota and the banks of Plum Creek:
“All around that door green vines were growing out of the grassy bank, and they were full of flowers. Red and blue and purple and rosy-pink and white and striped flowers all had their throats wide open as if they were singing glory to the morning. They were morning-glory flowers. Laura went under those singing flowers into the dugout."
"It was one room, all white. The earth walls had been smoothed and white-washed. The earth floor was smooth and hard…The ceiling was made of hay. Willow boughs had been laid across and their branches woven together, but here and there the hay that had been spread on them showed though.”
"Where they waded in the shallow water a footprint would not stay. First a swirl like smoke came up from it and wavered away in the clear water. Then the footprint slowly melted. The toes smoothed out and the heel was only a small hollow."
"We must do the best we can, Laura, and not grumble. What must be done is best done cheerfully."
"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam
Be it ever so humble, there no place like home."