Monday, December 5, 2016

The Halloween Room @ The Biltmore House

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Over the weekend Christian went to the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC with his girlfriend Madeline and her family. These murals were painted down in the basement which is known as the "Halloween Room". Madeline took these and sent them to me. Who would have thought there'd be murals like these painted in the Biltmore House?! Linking with Monday Murals and Mersad's Through My Lens
For info on the Halloween Room Click Here

Friday, December 2, 2016

Willy Nilly Friday 5 No. 108

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Thanksgiving Family Photos: Take 1 "Trying to align the camera just right"

Thanksgiving Family Photos: Take 2 "Well this didn't work"
I have no clue what Nick is doing but he really wouldn't care if I post this with him looking like such a dork :)

Thanksgiving Family Photos: Take 3 "sigh...and where'd Christian go?"

Thanksgiving Family Photos: Take 4 "Ok, Christian's back but why is Nick begging like a dog?"

Thanksgiving Family Photos: Take 5 "That's a wrap, let's eat."
(I know, I didn't get the flannel memo!)

I hope you all (my American friends) had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope everyone, my non-American friends included, had a super week! I am so sorry I missed Willy Nilly last week. Nick took the week off and I really thought I'd be able to keep up but man was I worn out! Anyways, I missed you all and hope you will play along this week!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

December Theme Day - Transitions

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Greenfield . Botetourt County

This month's theme day was picked by yours truly! My take on the theme this month is the "transitions" Greenfield is going through...many of you know how much I LOVED coming here and using the trail system...then the Board of Supervisors started hacking it up to put in businesses. Bringing jobs is good, I know, but this area was so beautiful, and historic and now it will be nothing but a big industrial park :( since all this started a year ago, I haven't been back till now...used to be able to drive right along the road where the "road closed" signs are...then take a little gravel road to the left which took me to the hill where the old slave cabins was a gorgeous view and a peaceful place...(notice the "road closed" signs didn't stop me, but I didn't see anything going on, construction had stopped for the day because of the rain I guess...
On top of this hill, which was a bit bigger before they grazed it, stood an old slave cabin and an old kitchen...The hill is terraced for gardening from back in the days that Col. William Preston lived here in the 1700's...
Now they (Board of Supervisors) have removed the historical buildings and relocated them to the front of the park and building a shell building on the historical hill...
And now the trails are closed until further notice...
This is a picture of the same hill, taken back in May of 2015 before we knew of any plans to destroy it :(

I've posted quite a bit about Greenfield since living here and you can see those posts, including the protest to save Greenfield HERE HERE HERE & HERE
The "Friends of Greenfield" had worked hard digging up artifacts before all was totally lost with the construction of the new can see what they found on their Facebook page HERE and you can see more Transition themes by visiting the City Daily Photo Community HERE

Have a great day! It's the 1st of December already, can you believe it?!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Great Barn @ Stagville Plantation

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Historic Stagville . Durham . NC

Remember our trip to Stagville back in the early summer? Well I forgot to show you the barn and had been meaning to link up with Tom's Barn Collective ...better late than never right?!

Anyways, this barn was built in the summer of 1860 by the enslaved community of Stagville. It was built like an upside down hull of a ship with many nautical features which leave historians speculating that some of the slaves spent time in the shipyards along the coast. This large barn housed up to 80 can see some cribbing done by some of them.

For more on Stagville Click Here and to see my other Stagville posts Click Here

Tuesday, November 29, 2016


Campbell Avenue . Roanoke . circa 1920's

I've loved this art deco sign since first seeing it. I've always wondered though why it is called "The Woolworth" and in my search for info this morning I learned that this building has had several different lives but nothing has stuck since the Woolworth days and it now may or may not be apartments...I saw where they were converting it to apartments and office space but that is about how far the info went that I found and when converting they changed the name to THE Woolworth...guess it makes it sound fancier...I prefer the original though. I guess I'm more traditional :)

Linking up with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures

Monday, November 28, 2016

Parking Garage

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These cut outs brighten up a boring old parking garage on Campbell Avenue . Roanoke

It sure is hard getting back into the routine after a nice 5 day weekend!

Linking with Monday Murals

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Piedmont Label Company

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The Piedmont Label Co started up in 1919 and is STILL printing labels!
Found an interesting story HERE on Piedmont and the history of canning and labels.
The sun was relentless on this day...not matter what I was trying to get a picture of, there was that blinding sun right in the way!

Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Linking with Tom's Tuesday's Treasures