WeekendCoffeeShare: TheTaleofTwoCities

Good morning all! It has been very rainy this week, but this morning it is nice and cool (and so far no rain) so let’s have our coffee on the porch, where we can listen to the birds! My, the birds are happy this morning! We should all get up and sing our praises like…

Welcome and Happy Hogmanay!

Welcome to my new blog! As you can see I have changed things up a bit! Out with the old and in with the new! I will continue to write about my travels and other passions; reading, gardening and photography, so nothing is changed in that way. Please look around to see all the new…

Thursday Doors: 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…

My Woodland Garden

Here is my “Woodland Garden” in 2016. Look for updates to come! I love hostas and my woodland garden is coming into bloom very nicely! The rhododendrons are just beginning to bud! I’ve yet to get the mulch down!  The Helleborus are still blooming and will continue through most of the year. Now if I…

My 2016 Garden Photo Calendar

Here is a peek from My Garden for the months of 2016. Enjoy! Opps! I couldn’t find one picture from November!!!!! Shock! It must be because I was doing this!

Christmas Foods and Traditions: Stargazy Pie

I watched a good movie this week called Ladies in Lavender. The plot is so-so, and I don’t know where the lavender comes in, but my favorite actresses, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are featured in it, so it makes my Favorites List. The movie was filmed in Cornwall and the coastal scenery is beautiful…

Thursday Doors: My Christmas L.I.S.T (Life In SmallTown)

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…

Christmas Foods and Traditions: Cooking With Nigella

Last year for Christmas I gave myself one of the best gifts ever! Yes, I do give myself Christmas gifts, why not? When you get up in years you can do whatever you want. It was a subscription to Acorn TV, the All British TV Series. I love it and have watched nearly every show…

Christmas Traditions: The Poor Chimney Sweep

In Victorian times everyone would want their chimney swept before Christmas. Today we see the chimney sweep displayed on holiday cards as a cherub little boy, broom in hand. But, do we really know what it was like to be a chimney sweep? The chimney sweep was an essential part of London since 1200 when…

Christmas Traditions: The Greenery and Candles

The Victorians loved bringing in the countryside for their seasonal decorations. Fresh greenery, such as berried evergreens, mistletoe, ivy and later holly were made into decorations for many weeks before the holiday. Holly was used in Roman solstice ceremonies and it was believed that the red berries would ward off evil spirits and stormy weather….

Christmas Traditions: The Christmas Tree

The first Christmas tree was a fir tree and is thought to have been planted by St Boniface (675-754) in the center of the German town of Geismar after he had cut down the sacred tree, Thor.  Eight hundred years later, the tradition of putting up and decorating a fir tree in the winter months…

Christmas Foods and Traditions: Snowflakes

Snowflakes are a collection of snow crystals which fall through the earth’s atmosphere in a range of temperatures and humidity fluctuations, developing an infinite number of shapes. Individual snowflakes differ in detail from one another, but may be categorized in eight broad classifications and at least 80 individual variants. The main shapes for ice crystals,…

Christmas Traditions: The Postbox and Postman

Yesterday we learned about the first Christmas Card so it is fitting that we learn about the post-box and the postman today! Letterboxes had been known in France from the beginning of the 17th century. In 1653, the first post boxes are believed to have been installed in and around Paris. By 1829, post boxes…