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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

The Christmas Eve Eats!

Dig In!

Parker House Buttery Rolls

Parker House Buttery Rolls

Christmas Gingerbread Mocha

Christmas Gingerbread Mocha

Christmas Tree Cheeseboard

Christmas Tree Cheeseboard

Cranberry Meatballs

Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Cheeseboard

Cheeseboard

AND…………….

Jingle Juice

Jingle Juice

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

 

 

 

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.

 

Sitting On My Porch Today

The Dog Walker

The Dog Walker

I saw……. The same gal I see every morning walking her canine. The thing that puzzles me is the big rucksack she always has strapped to her back. It looks like she is trekking in the Himalayas! Also today she has added a new item, a very large branch from a tree! I do not know what this all means exactly. Dear readers, any ideas? Who says a Small Town is boring?

PS  I am trying out this post to see if I can actually post from my phone! I may be trekking myself in the future and a post from the hilltops could be awesome!

IPhriday Photo Challenge: Pictures Please; The Changes on the Porch

The White Wicker Porch

The White Wicker Porch

The White Wicker Porch

The White Wicker Porch

The New Black Wicker Porch

The New Black Wicker Porch

I am always yapping! Sometimes when I look at blogger’s photos I think, I have that same so-and so! Then I just HAVE to tell the blogger, “hey I have the same thing!” Well that happened to me this week with some wicker porch furniture. The response is always the same. Pictures Please! Well I have not figured out how to send photos in a reply message. If anyone out there can tell me how to do this please let me know! So Lisa, here is the porch wicker set, just like yours! The white set went to my upper porch and the green is now on my lower porch. I think the white looks so romantic, but it was showing wear and tear, because we sit out on the porch so much, so upstairs it went!

Here is also one of my zinc galvanized buckets, which Lisa also collects, in my Woodland Garden. I have also used it to put a small Christmas tree in at Christmas time and brought it inside.

The Zinc Fern Pot in the Woodland Garden

The Zinc Fern Pot in My Woodland Garden

The Zinc Fern Pot in My Woodland Garden

The Zinc Fern Pot in My Woodland Garden

Now, I just have to show my teapot collection to the gal who wanted to see my teapots. AND my cookbook collection to the blogger who wanted to see my cookbooks. AND my poster that I carried all over Ireland to bring home to my poster collection, that was exactly the same poster as another bloggers! I will never be done! I think I’ll keep my mouth shut for awhile!

I hope you enjoyed my porch and 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 taken with my IPhone!

 

 

IPhriday Photo Challenge: The Saturday Market

Artwork on the Coffee Shop

Artwork on the Coffee Shop

The Benches That Were Replaced

One of the Benches That Was Replaced

The Bakery at the Saturday Market

The Bakery at the Saturday Market

The Flowers at the Saturday Market

The Flowers at the Saturday Market

One of Many Vegetable Stands at the Saturday Market

One of Many Vegetable Stands at the Saturday Market

Every other Saturday, during the winter months (Christmas through March) and every Saturday at all other times, our town offers a local Farmers’ Market. It takes place in the parking lot of our coffee shop and spills over into other vacant spaces behind the coffee shop! A few months ago I talked about the Hand Painted Benches that were being replaced by generic, black, mundane benches. I found out about this when I went looking for the Love Bench! Well this week we have a new dilemma; we can no longer bring our dogs to the Saturday Market! This has caused a big brouhaha in our small town! The Saturday Market is THE place to visit with your neighbors, along with the Post Office ( we don’t get mail delivered to our homes) So on Saturdays the folks gather up their cloth bags and their dogs and away they go to the Saturday Market. No longer. We must leave our pets at home!

Saturday Market With Dog

Saturday Market With Dog

I ask you, does Fido here look like a problem to you? What is your opinion? Dogs or no dogs at the Market? Our small town ways are fading into the dust!

PS I took these photos at O-Up-Early, when the stalls were being set up, before the crowds got there!

I hope you enjoyed our walk in town 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!

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: The Stirewalt House

The Stirewalt House

The Stirewalt House

Painted in Waterlogue

The Stirewalt House Painted in Waterlogue

Painted in Brushstroke

The Stirewalt House Painted in Brushstroke

Taking a walk along North Main Street, there are oodles of old homes. Today’s picture is the Stirewalt home. By 1871, Valentine Stirewalt was serving as the manager of Steward’s Hall, the official boarding house for the first students at the college. In 1872 Stirewalt gave up his position and built his home on a lot near campus where the college held the commencement exercises in earlier times. Mr Stirewalt built well, Mrs Currie recalled, “he hewed out the doors from solid oak planks.” His son Bynum and daughter Sallie, the early widowed Mrs. James Paisley, lived nearly all their lives in this home. She played the church organ and he sang in the choir.

There are so many fascinating stories about our small town that I am going to put together a collection and start a new posting series! This will start at the beginning of May, so I’ll keep you posted on that! It will be under the heading LIST, Life In a Small Town.

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

 

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