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Happy New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year's Eve

This is the last post on this blog! I will now be moving over to my new blog at http//:www.thecadyluckleedy.com! I will still be writing about my travels and such, only there will be a new name and a new look! I hope you will continue to follow me there, because I would miss chatting with you all!

This blog will not go away, I have too much work in it. I just will not be adding anything new to this site. On the new blog you can switch back and forth from this blog to the new one! Awesome!

You can follow me by adding your email address in the blue area at the bottom of my new site. I think the FB and Twitter links will still work. Have a blessed and Happy New Year! CadyLuckLeedy

Thursday Doors: Davidson College

Davidson College

Davidson College

Last week I showed you some photos of my small town. Today, December 28th, it is absolutely a spring day, (high 60’s) so I am strolling the campus of Davidson College, the town’s backbone. In the spring of 1835 a small group of Presbyterian churchmen got together in the home of William Lee Davidson, a North Carolina militia general during the American Revolutionary War. The men wanted to build a college, but the designated property had to meet strict requirements. It had to be land between two thriving big cities, Charlotte and Statesville, and “remarkably healthful, being free from malaria and other local causes of sickness.” It would be established for the education of young men for the gospel ministry, as well as planned as a self supporting manual labor institution; meaning all the students at that time were obligated to work in the fields three hours a day in the Manual Labor program.

By 1840 there were four faculty members (one also served as president) and eighty students. Upon arrival each student would go to each professor, where they would be given an entrance exam in each subject.

The college was here first and the town was built up around the college. The original name of the town was Davidson College. The college owned so much property it was decided to dispose of some of the land opposite the campus, by selling lots for houses. They offered a 99 year lease and a great deal of control over the behavior of its tenants. Anyone leasing a lot “could not vend, barter, traffic, give or deal in any way in ardent spirits, wine, cider, gin, porter, ale or any other kind of intoxicating liquor.” Many of these lots were bought by the professors to build their homes on and in later years some of the larger homes were turned into boarding houses for the students.

The Davidson College Map

The Davidson College Map

Davidson Presbyterian Church on the Campus of Davidson College

Davidson Presbyterian Church on the Campus of Davidson College

Davidson Presbyterian Church on the Campus of Davidson College

Davidson Presbyterian Church on the Campus of Davidson College

The Doors of Davidson Presbyterian Church

The Doors of Davidson Presbyterian Church

Last week I photographed the one block shopping area of our town across from Davidson College. Here is a view of Main Street from the college!

A View of Town

A View of Town

The students raised most of the money to build the private meeting halls; the Philanthropic Literary Society Hall, and the Eumenean Literary Society Hall, where social life was centered. Most of the students belonged to one or the other with a passionate loyalty. Both buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Philanthropic Literary Society Hall

The Philanthropic Literary Society Hall

The Eumenean

The Eumenean Literary Society Hall

Close Up of the Eumeneum Literary Society Hall

Close Up of the Eumeneum Literary Society Hall

In 1837 there were three small dormitories to accommodate the students. Each narrow building had four separate rooms with each room opening to the outside. They were called, “The Rows”; Oak and Elm.

Elm Row, Davidson College

Elm Row, Davidson College

Elm Row

Elm Row

Elm Row

Elm Row

The Drinking Fountain

The Drinking Fountain

A View of the Presbyterian Church from Campus

A View of the Presbyterian Church from Campus

Really Big Oak Trees

Really Big Oak Trees

The Davidson College Library

The Chambers Building

The Chambers Building

The Chambers Building, Up Close and Personal

I wanted to photograph some of the newer buildings as well ……..

Davidson College

Davidson College

Davidson College

Davidson College

Davidson College

Davidson College

And the grounds feature an arboretum and the trees are tagged for identification.

Tagged Crepe Myrtle

Tagged Crepe Myrtle

Today, Davidson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to cultivating humane instincts and disciplined, creative minds. Their lingo not mine. I hope that means graduates will be able to get a job!

See you in the New Year!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

PS……………….The BIG NEWS!!!! I have been working on a new blog site since October! So I will introduce it on January 1st! I will no longer be posting on this site after January 1st, although it will remain up to view. I have 3 years of work on this blog, too much to let just disappear!! My new blog features my photos much better and on the computer the website fills the entire screen! I hated having all the wasted space in my background, although I loved the black, it made my photos POP!  Well, I was up for a change! So, I hope to continue to hear from all of you in the New Year! Look for me at https://www.The CadyLuckLeedy.com, BUT NOT UNTIL THE 1ST OF JANUARY!!!!!!

Big News

Big News

Thursday Doors: Christmas L.I.S.T. (Life In a Small Town)

Looking Down Main Street

Looking Down Main Street

Today we are celebrating Christmas Thursday Doors in my small spot of the world! The views are along Main Street, our shopping area, one short block, from one stop light to the next. There are only two stoplights in town! The shops are along just one side of the street. Across the street from the shops is the library and the “green” where concerts are held in the summer and the kids play football in the winter. I hope you enjoy the tour! Merry Christmas!

They say our town population is 11,000, but that includes a wide country/farm area too. I’d say about three thousand of us actually live within walking distance (a mile or so) of town. We do not get mail delivery. We must go to the post office and pick it up. Of course, that’s how we keep up with all the goings on!!

The Village Store

The Village Store

The Ladies’ Garden Club make the Christmas arrangements to hang all around town.

The Work of the Garden Club

The Work of the Garden Club

The doors can be left open today, as I took these pictures on Sunday, December 18, the temperature was 66 degrees!

Local, Affordable and Handmade

Local, Affordable and Handmade

Most of our restaurants have outdoor seating, although in the summer it is so hot here, it is too hot to sit outside unless it is very early or very late in the day! In the background is Davidson College.

Mestizo Restaurant

Mestizo Restaurant

You have to have a Bike Shop!

The Bike Shop

The Bike Shop

And the Davidson College Shop always looks cheerful! When the college is closed for breaks it is very quiet on the streets!

Already For Santa

All Ready For Santa!

Now this is the “real deal” bookstore!

Mainstreet Books

Mainstreet Books

Sign at Books

Sign at Mainstreet Books

And we have nice banners to display lest you forget where you are!

Christmas Davidson

Christmas In Davidson

Nandina

Nandina

Raefords Barber Shop is an institution in town, been here forever!

Raefords Barber Shop

Raefords Barber Shop

We got new signs a few years back!

Park Here!

Park Here!

Monkee’s, the ladies apparel shop.

Monkee's, You Might Need a Bigger Closet

Monkee’s, You Might Need a Bigger Closet

And finally, everyone needs a Pickled Peach!

The Pickled Peach

The Pickled Peach

I hope you have enjoyed my spot in the world! See you in the New Year!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

 

PS……………….The BIG NEWS!!!! I have been working on a new blog site since October! So I will introduce it on January 1st! I will no longer be posting on this site after January 1st, although it will remain up to view. I have 3 years of work on this blog, too much to let just disappear!! My new blog features my photos much better and on the computer the website fills the entire screen! I hated having all the wasted space in my background, although I loved the black, it made my photos POP!  Well I was up for a change! So I hope to continue to hear from all of you in the New Year! Look for me at https://www.ThatTravelLadyInHerShoes, a slight change in name!

Big News

Big News

 

 

 

21 Steps of Honor

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, VA

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington, VA

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier: What do you know about it?

1. How many steps does the guard take during his walk across the Tomb of the Unknowns and why? 21 steps

It alludes to the twenty-one gun salute, which is the highest honor given any military or foreign dignity.

2. How long does he hesitate after his about face to begin his return walk and why?

21 seconds; for the same reason as Number 1.

3. Why are his gloves wet?

His gloves are moistened to prevent him from losing his grip on the rifle. 

4. Does he carry his rifle on the same shoulder all the time and if not, why not?

He carries the rifle on the shoulder away from the tomb. After his march across the path, he executes an about face and moves the rifle to the outside shoulder.

5. How often are the guards changed?

Guards are changed every thirty minutes, twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year.

6. What are the physical traits of the guards limited to?

For a person to apply for guard duty at the tomb, he must be between 5′ 10″ and 6′ 2″ tall and his waist cannot exceed 30 inches. They must commit 2 years of life to guard the tomb, live in the barracks under the tomb, and cannot drink alcohol on or off duty for the rest of their lives. They cannot swear in public for the rest of their lives and cannot disgrace the uniform or the tomb in any way. After two years, the guard is given a wreath pin that is worn on their lapel signifying they have served as a guard of the tomb. There are only 400 presently worn. The guard must obey these rules for the rest of his life or give up the wreath pin. The shoes are specially made with very thick soles to keep the heat and cold from their feet. There are metal plates that extend to the top of the shoe in order to make the load click as they come to a halt. There are no wrinkles, folds or lint on the uniform. Guards dress for duty in front of a full-length mirror. 

The first six months of duty a guard cannot talk to anyone nor watch TV. All off time duty is spent studying the 175 notable people laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery. A Guard must memorize who they are and where they are interred. Among the notables are: President John F Kennedy,  Joe Lewis (the boxer), Medal of Honor recipient Audie L Murphy, the most decorated soldier of WWII, General George Patton IV, and many others.

Every guard spends five hours a day getting his uniforms ready for guard duty. In 2003 as Hurricane Isabelle was approaching Washington, DC, our US Senate and House took two days off from the anticipation of the dangers from the storm. The military members assigned the duty of guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier were given permission to suspend their assignment. They respectfully declined. Soaked to the skin, marching in the pelting rain of a tropical storm, they said that guarding the Tomb was not just an assignment; it was the highest honor that can be afforded to a service person. The Tomb has been patrolled continuously, 24/7, since 1930. Let us remember the guards this day and the Unknown Soldier.

ETERNAL REST GRANT THEM O LORD AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

November: Home of the Brave

Quiet Morning

Quiet Morning

This nation will remain the land of the free, only so long as it is the home of the brave.

To me, November is everything about the home. We are preparing our homes for the shorter days and longer dark nights; settling in so to speak with a good book and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire. November is also all about the family and food and sharing. So through November I will share tidbits about the home and some fascinating photos of homes around the world. Enjoy!

Thursday Doors: On the Road Again

Christmas at Indianapolis Airport

Christmas at Indianapolis Airport

I’m on the road again, so here are two quick pics today. It’s Christmas at the Indianapolis Airport! All the light comes from the doors and windows! I have to say this is a fantastic airport! Everything is on time and everyone is so helpful and courteous!

IUPUI Student Union

IUPUI Student Union

I’m touring IUPUI (Indiana University/ Purdue University, Indianapolis) where all the light comes through the doors and maybe a very narrow window! Having a great time! See you next week!

This is just one of many photos in the Thursday Door Collection featured by Norm2.0!   Won’t you join in or take a peak at all the doors?

November: Never Make Your Home In a Place

A Home in Madison, GA

A Home in Madison, GA

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way, it will go with you wherever you journey.
Tad Williams

I don’t know, I guess I want the brass ring and have it all! I’d like to take this home memory wherever I go, plus have a home inside my head, wouldn’t you?

To me, November is everything about the home. We are preparing our homes for the shorter days and longer dark nights; settling in so to speak with a good book and a cup of cocoa in front of the fire. November is also all about the family and food and sharing. So through November I will share tidbits about the home and some fascinating photos of homes around the world. Enjoy!

Where Is CadyLuckLeedy?

At the Trellis

At the Trellis

Hi! Garden fairies here. We are the fairies that live at The End Cottage, abode of CadyLuckNeedy, er Leedy! Ever since we returned from the UK, we have had to do most of the work in our garden! You see we think we are being punished, just a bit, because we pulled off a fast one! Last year we read all about her “English Garden Tour” on the blog, after Cady had made plans to tour gardens on the National Garden Scheme and the National Trust, in Kent and Sussex.  It sounded like so much fun and all those pictures of flowers, stately homes, and cottage gardens were fabulous! So this year when Cady planned another tour, this time to Cornwall, Kent and Sussex, we hid in the suitcases and went too! Boy, did it get hot and stuffy in there, not to mention all the movement! We were quite dizzy for a few days, but, it paid off when we got to Cornwall and met up with some of our garden fairy friends! What a blast we had! All those gardens with magical hiding places were just right for partying! We will add our own thoughts about the gardens if Cady doesn’t get a move on with the blog! Just what is her problem?

After we returned from the UK it has been guest after guest at the cottage! And Cady really ignored us and became the big entertainer of guests! First, it was the grandkids and all that talk about college, blah, blah, blah. Then it was “Aunt Jan.” Forget about helping us in the garden. Cady and Aunt Jan just sat on the sitting porch and yacked it up and laughed and laughed.

The Sitting Porch

The Sitting Porch

You could hear them from down the street!  Occasionally they looked over at the garden and as always after a big garden tour you knew there was going to be changes in ours! Gardeners just can’t help it, they are always changing things up! Their big idea of fun was to take the pictures of plants they liked and trot off to the nurseries looking for them!  They went to the nurseries (every day) and brought back more plants and work for us to do!  I think they got a pot fettish, because all the new plants were going in new big pots! Green ones, blue ones, purple ones!  

One of the Green Pots

One of the Green Pots

Everyday more pots would be brought in, not the plastic kind, oh no, they had to be big, and heavy, and frost proof too! Do you know how much time it took to get all those pots planted? We heaved and ho-ed, big bags full of Miracle Grow into those pots, not an easy task for the likes of us! Then we had to move the planted pots here and there to get just the right amount of light with their best side showing!

Plenty of BIG Pots

Plenty of BIG Pots

Voila! The Planted Pots with Snow and Summer Jasmine in the Front Cottage Garden

Voila! The Planted Pots with Snow and Summer Jasmine in the Front Cottage Garden

The Hidcote Blue Lavender

The Hidcote Blue Lavender

The New Foxtail Ferns

The New Foxtail Ferns

First Lady Speedwell

First Lady Speedwell (Planted in the Ground)

Jazz Hands Chinese Fringe Flower

Jazz Hands Chinese Fringe Flower

Chenille on the Sitting Porch

Chenille on the Sitting Porch

Dwarf Lime Spirea

Dwarf Lime Spirea

Snow and Summer Jasmine

Snow and Summer Jasmine

A fairy’s work is never done! We met up every night at dusk at the trellis. Minerva from the Woodland Garden and me from the Cottage Garden would decide what would be completed next. Plus we had all the weeding to do to make up being gone from the garden almost a month! In the meantime Cady and friends just sat on the sitting porch or the sleeping porch and ignored us, while admiring all our work! What about all those gardens in the UK? We want to read all about our new friends and see if you can spot us in the gardens! She needs to get a move on!

We may have to re-think going on a tour of the gardens again. We have been working every night and even in the day, (Yikes, we get so little rest now) and we are exhausted! But, we thought we should let you know what has been going on here and our big dilemma! Too Much Work! Hopefully Cady will read this and know we have found our way into the cottage (with the help of Bella, but don’t tell Cady or Bella may not get any more treats)

Bella

Bella

We now can post on her blog! That may get her moving!

Till next time! Posting has been daring and fun so we may try this again!

Minerva Woodland and Flora Cottage, fairies at The End Cottage.

 

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