T’Was Days Before Christmas and in the Fourth Ward……

I can’t think of anything I like better to do than to go on a Christmas Walk and Home Tour during the Holidays. We have a favorite spot in Charlotte in the Fourth Ward. What began as a neighborhood potluck dinner crawl for neighbors over 41 years ago, has evolved into a vibrant, festive celebration…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate, Part Two

We’re back for our last viewing of the Biltmore House before we move on to more Christmas outings……..now let’s see where did we leave off? Oh yes, George Vanderbilt was moving into his new home which included 250 rooms with 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 65  fireplaces,  and 3 kitchens. There also was the ultra modern…

T’Was the Week Before Christmas at The Biltmore Estate

After a short visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, George Washington Vanderbilt II, found the perfect location for his COUNTRY HOME! Biltmore Estate is a large (6,950 acres or 11 square miles), private estate and tourist attraction in Asheville, North Carolina. Biltmore House, the main residence, is a Chateau-style mansion built between 1889 and 1895 and is…

WeekendCoffeeShare at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

Today, for the WeekendCoffeeShare, I am sharing my photos from Asheville, NC, at the famous Biltmore Estate, built for George Washington Vanderbilt.  As a grandson of famed industrialist and philanthropist, Cornelius Vanderbilt, George came from one of America’s best-known families. In the 1880s, at the height of the Gilded Age (a time of rapid economic growth),…

Six on Saturday at Biltmore House, Asheville, NC

We have had a few “outings” this month. One, was to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. I always wanted to see the house and grounds at Christmas when everything would be decked out for the holidays. Buying our tickets six months in advance, you deal with the weather you get that day! Fortunately,  we…

Six On Saturday: It’s All Purpley Today In the Garden

A new addition to my garden this year is the Agapanthus……The dark purple “Storm Cloud” is just now blooming……. The “Indigo Frost” has bloomed twice already! Here is the Agapanthus bud…… Another new addition is the allium, “Millennium.” It is my first time for allium too and I wish I had bought more………… The tucked…

WeekendCoffeeShare: Do You See Anything?

Good Morning everyone! We would be having coffee this morning, but I am busy looking for something! There is supposed to be seven tons of Tennessee Old Orchard field stone sitting at the end of my driveway……..  Do You see anything? Maybe we should get up closer in case we are missing something………. Nope, nothing…

WeekendCoffeeShare: In the Garden on Sunday

Come join me on the porch this morning for some coffee! What shall we drink today? How about Dark Side of the Moon, with notes of sweet chocolate, caramel and toast? Oh, that sounds perfect this morning! I am getting ready to hit the road for the summer……. but before I go, I get all…

Six On Saturday: My Cottage Garden

Here is my SOS of the End Cottage garden…………..The spiderwort is spidering……. The shrub roses are rosing……… The catmint is minting……… The peonies have peonied……… The honeysuckle is honeying out on the fence……….. and the dwarf shrub roses are showing off the salvia………. See you in a garden next week! What are you showing for…

WeekendCoffeeShare: The Garden Chalkboard

Good Morning! Let’s sit on the porch this morning with a hand roasted cup of Bearded Lady Blend; that would be with notes of (as the brewers say)  Molasses, Cocoa, Ginger, Cherry and a nutty flavor! Oh my! What a way to start the morning off! As you all probably know by now my summer…

Six On Saturday: The Secret Gardens of the Fourth Ward

I could spend everyday going to SOMEBODY’S garden! I just love visiting gardens and never fail to come away with at least one idea for my own……..Today we are visiting the Secret Gardens of the Fourth Ward in Charlotte, North Carolina. In the mid 1800’s this area was known for it’s rough neighborhoods and bordellos….

Thursday Doors: A Few in Winchester, VA

Here a just a few doors for Norm this week! The summer months are awesome, but we are extremely busy! We seem to be traveling more and I can hardly keep up! So, today I am revealing a short and sweet version of Winchester, Virginia. This photo was taken at the Quarters on the Blandy…

#RoofSquares: A Garden on the 55th Floor

This is my first entry for Becky’s Square Challenge. This month, the square photo should be of a roof of some kind! That really is the only guideline to the Challenge: the photo needs to be a square and follow the Theme……….. A few weeks ago I attended The Secret Gardens of the Fourth Ward…

Six On Saturday: The Woodland Garden and Some

Most Saturdays (some Saturdays I have been too busy in the garden or visiting gardens) I have spent enjoying the posts from the Six on Saturday, Garden Posts…………… So, today I thought that I would jump right in with my garden at TheEndCottage………… I really like my Woodland Garden and this year it is extremely…

WeekendCoffeeShare: My Spring Garden 2018

Come in come in…….don’t worry about all the mess on the kitchen table, I’ll just move it over. Now…..what would you like to drink this morning? I have every flavor of coffee imaginable; Donut Shop, French Roast, Carmel Pie?  I’m reading the labels from the coffees……..Mocha Java, New Orleans Blend. Oh, here’s a good one!…