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IPhriday Photo Challenge: Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ Cemetery, Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ Cemetery, Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ Cemetery, Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ Cemetery, Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ, Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ, Charleston, SC

Today for our walkabout I am in Charleston, SC, one of my favorite places in the US. And one of my favorite spots to walk is down a very narrow walkway between two buildings deep in the shopping district. The walkway leads to the backside of the United Church of Christ Cemetery. I love it that this cemetery is old, jumbled, and not like any other cemetery I have explored. There is an old brick sidewalk to walk on and beyond the sidewalks are vines, gnarled trees, pine trees, and flowering plants that have been here for years. It is unkept in a kept sort of way. The tombstones are crooked, broken, close together with no rhyme or reason, and sinking. No two look alike and all have faded or worn epitaphs. Some pirates are buried near the outer wall. It is perfect, so wont you join me?

United Church of Christ Cemetery, Charleston, SC

United Church of Christ Cemetery, Charleston, SC

It truly is like an overgrown garden, nothing planned here!

The Azaleas of Charleston's Cemetery

The Azaleas of Charleston’s Cemetery

The Plants of Charleston's Cemetery

The Plants of Charleston’s Cemetery

Strolling through another section of town, I’m delighted with some wild tangerine colors with lively window boxes! I love the wrought iron on the windows too!

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

And now flamingo pink!

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

Finally, the perfect “girls house” in pale pink!

Charleston, SC

Charleston, SC

I hope you enjoyed our short walk in Charleston today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood and post it for the IPhriday Photo Challenge!  All photos were done with my IPhone!

 

 

Thursday Doors: May 12, 2016

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

In Part Two of the Doors of Madison, Georgia, we are looking at the Cottages! Not all the homes here were the mansions on the plantations as we saw last week! But, they are still on many acre lots!

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

Rose Cottage, Madison, Georgia

Adeline Rose built her house in 1891. Little is known of her before October 1891 when she earned her living by taking in washing and ironing at 50 cents a load. Most of her early work was done for the boarders of the Hardy House. Hardy House was owned by the mother of Oliver “Ollie” Hardy (born Norvell Hardy) on January 18, 1892. He was the comic actor famous as one half of the act, Laurel and Hardy! He lived in Madison, as a child.  Adeline Rose died in 1959 after living in the house for 68 years. In 1966, the City of Madison moved the Rose Cottage to its present location. It was felt that it was very important to save this little house built out of the labor of love of a woman who was born into slavery.

 A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

 A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

Notice the tin roofs on the previous cottages?

Thomas Jefferson was an early advocate of tin roofing, and he installed a standing-seam tin roof on “Monticello” (ca. 1770-1802).

However, once rolling mills were established in this country, the low cost, light weight, and low maintenance of tin plate made it the most common roofing material. Embossed tin shingles, whose surfaces created interesting patterns, were popular throughout the country in the late 19th century. Tin roofs were kept well-painted, usually red.

 A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

 A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

Another must on any Southern cottage is a porch! Notice they all had at least one!

 A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

And finally one of the few bright cottages in Madison! Did you notice nearly every home big or small was white?

 A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

A Cottage in Madison, Georgia

I hope you enjoyed our walk through Madison! 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? See you next week!

LIST: Life in a Small Town; The Caldwell-Sample Homes

The Caldwell-Sample House

The Caldwell-Sample House

The Caldwell-Sample House Painted in Brushstroke App

The Caldwell-Sample House Painted in Brushstroke App

Today I’ve started a new feature on LIST: Life in a Small Town. There are so many turn of the century homes in our town that I thought the homes should be documented. I started the series on the IPhriday Photo Challenge when I was getting out and about town to take photos with my I Phone on Fridays, but decided there are so many homes and stories, that they deserve their own spot!

Today we are looking at two homes next door to each other. Notice the similarities? The Caldwell home was built in 1903 by John F Caldwell. By 1911, Mr Caldwell was asking the town for lights and sidewalks along “Eastern Heights,” the name he had given to his property that originally consisted of four houses.

By 1917, the Caldwell’s son, Roy and his wife, one of the Sample sisters, moved into the house next door.

The Roy Caldwell House

The Roy Caldwell House

The Caldwell-Sample House Painted in Waterlogue App

The Caldwell-Sample House Painted in Waterlogue App

When Mr John Caldwell moved, after the death of his wife, the sisters of Mrs Roy Caldwell, Annie and Grace Sample moved into the original Caldwell house. Are you following all this? What it boils down to is in many small towns the families lived next door to each other. Even in my family, that lived on a farm, the children all got some small part of the farm property, upon marriage, to build their houses on. That is one way they all stayed together and helped on the farm.  When I am doing genealogy I always look in the records to see the neighbors of any family. Most like they are kin!

All photos were taken on my IPhone and Painted in IPhone Apps.

Do you have relatives that live next door to each other? I’d like to hear from you!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: My Cottage Garden

My Cottage Garden at End of April

My Cottage Garden at End of April

Today as I look at my garden I dream of an idea that I have seen and would love to do in my Woodland Garden! What do you think?

The Stone Circle

The Stone Circle

I hope you enjoyed our walk in the garden today! Get out there and see what’s going on in your neighborhood and post it for the IPhriday Photo Challenge!  All photos were done with my IPhone!

 

Thursday Doors: May 5, 2016

Antebellum Trail, Madison, GA

Antebellum Trail, Madison, GA

Today, for our look at DOORS, we’re visiting Madison, Georgia, population 3,636. The Historic District in Madison is one of the largest in the state with almost 100 antebellum homes (homes built prior to the American Civil War) that to this day are still lovingly cared for and lived in. Most have never been sold, but passed along in the family. Madison is featured on Georgia’s Antebellum Trail (The Antebellum Trail is a 100 mile trek through seven historic communities that escaped Sherman’s burning march through Georgia, during the Civil War)  Madison has been voted “The Prettiest Small Town in America.”

Georgia Antebellum Trail

Location of Georgia Antebellum Trail

Georgia Antebellum Trail

Towns on Georgia Antebellum Trail

First we have to get there! Just follow the country road and go through the covered bridge. There are not too many of these left either!

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Covered Bridge near Madison, Georgia

Entering Madison, first there is the business district, so well preserved on a town square.

Madison, Georgia Courthouse and Town Hall

Madison, Georgia County Courthouse and Town Hall

Chamber of Commerce, Madison, Georgia

Chamber of Commerce, Madison, Georgia

The Pink Petit Jardin, Madison, Georgia

The Pink Petit Jardin, Madison, Georgia

The SchoolHouse, Madison, Georgia

The SchoolHouse, Madison, Georgia

In Madison, they make it easy to look at some of the homes, just follow the Wellness Trail!

Wellness Trail, Madison, Georgia

Wellness Trail, Madison, Georgia

No, I didn’t take a photo of every house, but I should have. And I photographed the entire site so you could get an idea of the architecture and size of the dwelling. I don’t have the correct southern drawl to just walk up to the front of the house like I’m a long lost relative! Most of the homes also sit on lovely lots of many acres, that were former plantations.  In 1890, the population was 2,131, and the town boasted of an oil mill, a soap factory, a fertilizer factory, four steam ginneries, two carriage factories, a furniture factory, a grist and flour mill, bottling works, a distillery with a capacity of 120 gallons a day, an ice factory, a canning factory, a bank with a capital of $75,000 and a number of individual businesses! They were very well off I’d say! AND the homes reveal just how wealthy they were!

The Big House, Madison, Georgia

The Big House, Madison, Georgia

The Cottage Next to the Big House, Madison, Georgia

The Cottage Next to the Big House, Madison, Georgia

Madison was founded in 1807 and was named for President James Madison. It was described as “the most cultured and aristocratic town on the stagecoach route from Charleston to New Orleans.” Many believe that General William Tecumseh Sherman spared the town because it was too beautiful to burn down during his March to the Sea, but in truth Madison was home to pro-Union Senator Joshua Hill, who had ties with Sherman’s brother at West Point. It’s not what you know, but who you know, that counted here!

Madison, Georgia

The Pale Blue Home, Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

This one is getting an Up-Do!

Madison, Georgia

Madison, Georgia

 I hope you enjoyed our stroll through town. I am dividing this post into two sections, because there were so many great doors! Next week the Cottages of Madison, those for the regular folk! See you there!

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?

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Red and Yellow

Strawberry Waffles at Saturday Market, Carmel, IN

Strawberry Waffles at Saturday Market, Carmel, IN

Food! How can you go wrong with colorful food? We Eat With Our Eyes! It’s that time of year when it is fun to eat outside at the markets and street fairs!

Piada Italian Street Food, Carmel, IN

Piada Italian Street Food, Carmel, IN

 

Won’t you join in? I’m doing Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge!

 

One Word Photo Challenge: Box

Boxes and Boxes of Seed Packs

Boxes and Boxes of Seed Packs at Renfrow General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

Seed Boxes

Seed Boxes at Renfrow General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

During a Photography Meet-Up Group Day I took a stroll through the town of Matthews, NC.

Matthews was an unspoiled rolling woodland with large strands of trees; the ancestral home of the Waxhaw and Catawba Indians. By the 1800’s this rich and fertile land attracted settlers, who were mainly farmers. The farmers began clearing the land and cotton grew well and became the primary cash crop. As the land was cleared for planting there were so many tree stumps left standing, that the early settlement was called unofficially Stumptown!

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Mathews, NC

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Matthews, NC

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Mathews, NC

Box Shaped Store Fronts in Matthews, NC

The Bicycle Shop

The Bicycle Shop, Matthews, NC

Most of the main street shops are in the shape of boxes. There is still a general merchandise store that sells everything! Well for planting that is!  If you need ANY type of Seed this is the place for you! Have fun as you look around the small town of Matthews. Lots of boxes here and some outside the box images too!

Renfrow General Merchandise Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Merchandise Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

Renfrow Hardware and General Merchandise, Matthews, NC

Outside Renfrow General Store, Matthews, N

Outside Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

 Renfrow General Store, Matthews, N

Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Store, Matthews, NC

Renfrow General Merchandise got its start before 1900 with Thomas Jefferson “Captain” Renfrow, a mining engineer.  Renfrow came to Matthews after the Civil War and opened the Rea gold mine.  A movie theater is built upon one of the mine shaft’s openings.  As the mine became successful, Renfrow purchased farmland and oversaw a flourishing cotton farm, later becoming a cotton ginner and broker.  Renfrow began ginning cotton in 1906 and at one point had four gins operating in one building. The Renfrow General Merchandise Store is an American icon! And one last look at another photo; the BOXcar!

BOXcar, in Matthews, NC

BOXcar, in Matthews, NC

Look here to participate the One Word Photo Challenge presented by Jennifer Nicole Wells!

Thursday Doors: April 28, 2016

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

One of the best places in the world to look at DOORS would be New Orleans, Louisiana. The houses are colorful, quirky, old, and one of a kind and so are their doors! And notice the intricate latticework too!

The “Shotgun House” is very popular here. It is a narrow rectangular residence, usually no more than 12 feet wide, with rooms arranged one behind the other and doors at each end of the house. It is said that a shotgun blast could pass from one end of the house and out the other, un-impeded, hence it’s name! It was the most popular style of house in the Southern United States from the end of the American Civil War through the 1960’s.

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Some of the houses are the “Double Shotgun” style with two front doors.

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Double Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Double Shotgun House with Icicle Trim, New Orleans, Louisiana

Double Shotgun House with Icicle Trim, New Orleans, Louisiana

Space is at a premium here in the Marigny neighborhood. The houses have several common traits; trash cans (sometimes painted a wild color) always sit in the front of the house, as do cars and motorbikes, mostly parked on the tiny sidewalks along with the trash cans. Parking space is a luxury here. Also notice the beads, lights and other trinkets scattered haphazardly everywhere! Color is everywhere, and for the most part the brighter the color and their combinations on the house, the better! It’s always nice to add a plant or two too!

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Shot Gun House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Wrought iron (worked by hand) decoration or fencing is associated with New Orleans too. Previous to the mid-1800’s balconies and porches were made of tall wooden columns. The Spanish influenced the decorative ironwork, mimicked after their lacework, to add visual contrast to dreary fronts. The more ornate work is often floral or leafy, adorned with the French fleur-de-lis and coquilles (shells) associated with saints (Saint James ) or religious pilgrims. Cast iron details are Victorian additions and not original to the townhouses. Some of the houses are fancy!

Fancy House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Fancy House, New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans Style

New Orleans Style

New Orleans Style

New Orleans Style with Color and Plants

New Orleans Style

New Orleans Style

New Orleans Style

New Orleans Style with Black Cat Fence

And there is a combination of everything that brings the businesses to life!

 

The New Orleans Style Business Door

The New Orleans Style Business Door

Just ride your bike so you can drink more!

The New Orleans Style Business Door

The New Orleans Style Business Door

The New Orleans Style Business Door

The New Orleans Style Business Door

The Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana

AND The Plants Match the House Color!

AND The Plants Match the House Color!

The Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana

The Jazz Club, New Orleans, Louisiana

Now for the Purple and Orange House! This one is an attention getter!

Purple and Orange House, New Orleans, Louisiana

Purple and Orange House, New Orleans, Louisiana

And One More thought! Size Matters!

Out of Scale: Out of Touch. No High Rise in Marigny! No tear downs and replacing them with high rise dwellings here! Good for them! New Orleans should look like New Orleans!

Size Matters!

Size Matters!

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?

 

 

 

Color Your World:120 Days of Crayola; Red

 

Red Trolley of New Orleans

Red Trolley of New Orleans

Well as would be expected there is much ado about Red with Crayola! Red has been part of the Crayola Collection since the beginning, 1903. There are several interesting names for Red in other Crayola Collections too such as: Candy Apple Red in the “So Big” set, Lobster Red and Mercury Red in the “Discovery” series, Scarlet Red, found only in the “Scarlet Pimpernel” set, and Crabby Red in the “Colors of Baltimore” series. Lobster Red is the color for Maine in the “State Crayon Collection” and it is known as Ladybug Red in the “110th Anniversary” Collection. But, my all time favorite, for Red, is Alice’s Lipstick in the special “Colors of Binney & Smith” set.

So I’m thinking Alice, who was dead tired, after her night of singing the blues in a Jazz Club in New Orleans, slowly painted on her bright red lipstick before leaving the club and boarding this bright red trolley, to trudge back to her family, who needed every nickel and dime just to eat.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge

Check out some of the other 150+ challenge participants, it’s amazing what we have done with the Crayola colors!

 

Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Raw Sienna

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

Raw Sienna is a yellowy-brown color. So I thought I’d share with you how I like to bake bread! Any bread! Lately my favorite is Golden Grains Bread, a bread Recipe from King Arthur Flour. But, this week there was also, Irish Soda Bread and Irish Soda Bread Muffins, also from King Arthur Flour. There is nothing better than the smell of baking bread. There is nothing better to eat, than fresh bread from the oven. Give us this day our daily bread! Amen.

I wrote a previous post all about King Arthur Flour in Norwich, Vermont. I love their products so much I had to make a visit to them! What a great Bakery facility they have there!

Raw Sienna was part of the Crayola Collection from 1903 until 1910. It was re-introduced in 1958. In the “State Crayon Collection,” it is known as Nutmeg and is the color for Connecticut.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! 

 

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