Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Active Edwardian Women

When we think of the Edwardians, our minds immediately go to images portrayed in Downton Abbey or other images showing long skirts, heavy clothes, serving tea and having babies.

Despite being corseted and all bundled up with what today we would consider very restrictive clothing, these women were quite active, especially the Edwardians, who began to eschew the corset.

"Spencer-sisters" by Unknown - From the private collection of David Ball. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons -

So what did they do?

They hiked...


They boated...

They biked...
They picnicked...

They camped...
They rode horses...    

They demanded that we vote...  

And I, for one, am awfully glad they did.


Thursday, January 8, 2015

1848 House...Haunted?

Originally a home, then a hospital, then a warehouse, then a restaurant, and now...back to being a private residence after being sold to a physician in 2006 and remodeled by Todd Architects -- this 8 bed, 8 bath beauty is still with us.

From the book, Marietta, 1833-2003 by James Bolan Glover, descendant of the original owners and Rebecca Nash Paden:

“Charleston planter John Heyward Glovers, Jr. built Bushy Park, a Greek Revival plantation house, on his 3000 acre property in 1848. The house had 17 rooms and many outbuildings, including a stone kitchen, which still exists. Heart Pine floors and hand-hewn beams are featured in the house. William King* and his servants occupied the mansion during the Civil War battles in 1864. The house was also used as a federal hospital.”  (*son of Roswell King and Catherine Barrington)

Is it haunted? A lot of the paranormal activity is contributed to the fact it was used as a hospital during the Civil War. When it was a restaurant, many people claimed to see the rocking chairs on the porch rock by themselves. Workers would occasionally claim that there were eerie noises and footsteps upstairs after hours.

Several years ago, a dear friend and I decided to take pictures at the 1848. Accompanied by my husband and her son, we drove right up, parked and got out, ready to snap away. 

We had orbs galore!!  Because it was still an operating restaurant, we decided to go into the old stone kitchen behind the house and take some shots. Here is one. See the orbs?

"Roycatch" published a YouTube Video of the way the house looks now. You can see the gates that enclose it. In front of the gates is a condo development that encompasses what used to be the most beautiful yard and garden. We loved walking around the yard while waiting for our table.

At one time this restaurant was called The Planters and later was changed to the 1848 House.  The 1848 House was owned by former (sometimes controversial) Marietta Mayor Bill Dunaway, who opened the 1848 House in the 1990’s. An upscale Southern restaurant it appealed to foodies from all over Atlanta. Once Bill won the mayor’s seat, he got out of the restaurant business, sold the land and that was that.

But I guess I have to be happy that it is now a private residence again and has been preserved.


Friday, December 12, 2014

Christmas Lovelies

Want to get depressed fast?  
Nothing is guaranteed to bring on the Christmas blues faster than checking out blogs and Pinterest and Tumblr at Christmas. 

a friend's stairs


a friend's tablescape

a friend's tree

See what I mean? 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Beach Style

What did we do before the Internet and Pinterest? Both are full of fun and lovely Christmas ideas. I just thought that today, I would share some beach-themed eye catchers with you.

The picture above and those below are from Beachcomer. She has a wonderful, refreshing Facebook page as well as a great Etsy Shop. I love her sense of style and simplicity.

Here are some other pretties from other beach decorators.

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I just love love love this extrodinary tree made with oyster shells. It is so Apalachicola, don't you think? From Carla Aston Designs.

Carla Aston Designs

Carla Aston Designs

A fun sign from Meet Me Bye by the Sea.

I particularly like this wreath.


And I end with my own perfect tree made by my creative Sis in law. It has become a favorite.


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Russian Santas

When my cousin posted on Facebook a picture of her Russian Santa collecion, I was intrigued.


I have seen them before in passing, in various Christmas Shops (or should I type Shoppes?) but really didn’t give them more than a quick glance.

But today, I did some research and fell in love. Each Santa is carved from solid wood and painted in stunning detail with rich designs and beautiful scenes.

The Russian Santa also called Father Frost, Ded Moroz, and Grandfather Frost, looks like our American Santa Claus… but take a closer look and you notice a few differences. Yes, they both wear boots, a coat, and they both have white beards. However, The Russian Santa wears a long heel-length coat and is seen walking with a magical staff and his hat is  round and fur lined.

Just look at the detail. This one is paticularly pretty with a nativity on his gown.

And here is another nice display.

Santas are dressed in white beards and red coats and Ded Morozes are dressed in blue.

Other differences I found:
  • Ded Moroz rests on Christmas Eve but distributes gifts at the New Year and he rides in a troika - or sleigh - drawn by horses
  • Ded Moroz is accompanied by his attractive granddaughter --the Snow Maiden or Snegurochka instead of elves.
  • Although he is popular now, life was not always easy for Ded Moroz. He was persecuted under Stalin, being branded a 'priest's ally' in 1928. And according to the UK Daily Mail, still poop-pooed by Vladimir Putin

A few more....oh yeah, prices range from $20 up to $2000. Whew.




What do you think? Next time I see them, I may be giving more than a quick glance, if you know what I mean. (wink, wink)


Friday, October 10, 2014

Pioneer Woman Cooks

I was inspired to write this blog entry because of a Facebook post I noticed from my cousin. It was a Ree Drummond receipe and all he said in the post was "Cake." "Cake" the nickname for his significant other. I knew immediately that he was dropping a hint. It made me chuckle.

I am sure by now all of you foodies have heard about The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond.

She is one of my favorite cooks. I discovered her in 2006-07 when I was on a tear about reading blogs about ranch living. We had just been through Wyoming and I was fascinated--a quick google search and she pops up. I bookmarked her and have been following her for years.

Her cookbooks read like novels.

She has an interesting love story. So how did a self-proclaimed city girl wind up cooking for about 10+ people per day, three meals a day? She used to have the story on her blog, but she has written a new book Black Heals to Tractor Wheels and now you have to buy it. 

However, looking at this picture, I can see the appeal of country life.

Even though her recipes have changed a little over the years, her best ones (in my opinion) are the early ones. They are recipes of real food, for real working people. I like her “Cowboy Food” selection on her website.

Her photography is excellent and one of the reasons I kept reading her blog. 

The Confession section of her website contains her blog and in these entries she explains:
  • Why they burn their fields.
  • Why they brand the cattle.
  • How to Ship Cattle to Market.
  • What makes a bumper crop of hay.
  • What is softer than Cashmere.

So what is softer than Cashmere? Read this, but only if you have a strong stomach.

If you don't know the Pioneer Woman, I urge you to check out her website. The picture below is an early photo of her children. Her oldest is a senior now.

All pictures on this post are by Ree Drummond.