Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Going Local-The Mundy House




We're slowly learning more about our local landmarks.
Last week we ventured to The Mundy House in Denver (NC).
Not only does the house contain artifacts, historic records and photographs  
of eastern Lincoln County, 
it serves as a center for local education, historical research, and social gatherings. 
In fact, the house and grounds can be rented out for private dinners or parties as well as weddings.
What a unique place to celebrate something special.



The Mundy House was built around 1860 by Rufus Mundy
and there are still descendants of the original owners living nearby. 
The Lincoln County Historical Association, directed by our guide Jason Harpe,
has been instrumental in restoring and preserving this legendary gem.


The Mundy house is one of the few remaining historical houses in Eastern Lincoln County,
making it even more of a local treasure.
Many other older homes in the area have been neglected or destroyed,
so we are grateful that measures were taken to keep the past alive here.


Care has been taken in the restoration process 
to aid in the understanding of building practices of the period.
With cutouts in the wall,
visitors can see exactly how the home was originally constructed.


The area in the sitting room displays early attempts at insulation,
using slag, which was a by product from smelters used at the time.
Our forefathers were quite efficient at using even "waste" material.


In the same room, a timeline has been erected
to explain, in pictures, the history of past residents.


The ceiling in the dining room was striking.
Large beams crossed the width of the room.
Our guide pointed out the "striped" marks on the beams
were present due to the wood that had been taken down to expose the original surface.


The second story boasted two bedrooms.
This large bedroom was most likely used as the "master"
with surprising spaciousness.


Many of the rooms included a fireplace,
which were no doubt used for heating during the winters.


The stairs are solid and add to the grand entrance.


This quirky little door under the stairs 
was most likely used as storage.
What a great hiding place for kids!




The use of this outbuilding is not yet understood,
but it's a fascinating example of architecture.
Imagine putting this together with no power tools,
no electricity, nothing but good old-fashioned hard work.



I love outhouses.
I'm grateful I don't have to use them,
but there is something so magical about them.
This one's a two-seater,
so you can share the memories with someone dear.


Last week, we featured the adjoining herb garden.
You can read that post here.


There are so many wonderful places to discover here
and it seems that every week we add to the list
of places we want to explore.

Do you have historical houses where you live?


Friday, May 19, 2017

Garden Friday


This week on Garden Friday we're visiting an herb garden.
But not just ANY herb garden.
The Mundy House is a historical home in nearby Denver (NC).
We took a tour on Monday (look for that post on the blog next week),
and were secretly thrilled to be shown the beautiful herb garden growing there.



This gorgeous garden was the work of twin brothers,
seeking to earn their Eagle Scout status.
 Read their inspirational story here.


The Garden is maintained by the East Lincolnton Community Garden Club,
a bevy of volunteers who keep the beds flourishing and well-cared for.


An array of herbs seemed to be thriving here,
including basil, rosemary, thyme, and other fragrant treasures.


The original owners of this historical home  
had always tended a vegetable garden,
although it was located in a different area of the property.


It seems that they would appreciate their legacy continuing
with the care and attention to detail this garden offers.





No doubt the local pollinators are frequent visitors.


We noticed a few veggies planted in the center raised bed.
It was interesting to see the tomato cages used in this way,
with the open ends up and bamboo supports.
Our guide told us that last year's crop was so prolific
that the extra support was needed.
Love it when folks think outside the box!


What a wonderful testament this garden is to the generations of long ago.
Seeing it being nurtured by gardeners of today
speaks to the timelessness of self-sufficiency and gratitude for what we've been given.
I'm hoping that the garden club needs a few more volunteers,
as this type of project is right up my alley.
What a blessing to be among such generous souls.

Do you have any historical gardens in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Going Local-Mooresville Farmers' Market




We're off on another field trip,
getting to know our new surroundings.
This past weekend Sister and I set up our daisy tote booth
at the Mooresville Farmers' Market in downtown Mooresville.
Supporting local farmers and craftspeople is emphasized.
The regional farmers' markets require items sold to hail from within a 50-mile radius.


This market runs from the beginning of May through October.
Downtown Mooresville is usually hoppin' on the weekend
with abundant shops and eateries as well as special events.


This market is hosted by the local parks and recreation department.
Alli, our fearless leader, has an information booth
so that folks can find out about local offerings.
She also does story time during the market.
Her kids' activity this week was making Mother's Day cards.


It's that time of year when many folks are gearing up for their summer gardens.
The nice folks at Cookspride Wilfong Farm carry an assortment of seedlings.
It was wonderful to discover that they follow certified organic practices.
They promised to have some scrumptious produce later on in the season.


Check out their facebook page for other products and services they offer.


Local honey and eggs are available from Rattling Bridge Farm.
Care to do a taste test?
They are happy to give visitors a sweet spoonful of honey.


Toni at Bugs Bees also has local honey for sale.
Wouldn't it be fun to have a honey tasting party
to distinguish the various types of flavors in each type of honey?
What a sweet treat!


Speaking of sweets-Grandpa John makes homemade candy
and has been sharing his family recipes for generations.


Toby Chapin Pottery displays a fantastic assortment of handmade treasures.


His ceramic creations make unique gifts for any occasion.



His artistry is also showcased in these hand-carved wooden spoons.



We were thankful for the borrowed tent,
as the weather was less than cooperative.
With the threat of overcast skies looming,
it was a slow market day,
but we enjoyed the experience.
We plan on setting up here twice a month through the season.
We're finding our niche.


Big K and I were talking about how
we haven't met one unpleasant person since moving here.
Maybe we've just been in the right place at the right times, but we've found 
everyone so doggone friendly and downright solicitous.
We are so glad to be a part of it all.

What do you like to buy at the farmers' market?

Other Going Local Posts:
New Library
Hardware Upgrade
Memory Lane Museum
 Troutman Farmers' Market


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!



photo courtesy of Tommy's Momma

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommas out there!
Hope your day is as special as you are
and that you are surrounded by love and light.
Blessings!



Friday, May 12, 2017

Dainty Dianthus

There's not much new in the veggie garden this week,
so I thought it would be nice to share these sweet blooms today.


Someone planted a mess of these dianthus at this rental house.
It's obvious why.
After the cold and gray winter,
it's such a treat to have these pops of color all over the grounds.


These were one of the first blooms to show themselves in spring.
They are sweet and delicate,
and add of wonderful blush to the landscape.


These dainty beauties serve the gardener in zones 3-10 well.
Not only are they drought resistant,
but they attract birds and butterflies while deterring deer in the garden.


Although these blooms can reach heights of up to 30 inches,
most often they are used as a ground cover,
providing a carpet of colors in pink, red and white.
Planted en masse, they can be helpful in maintaining soil integrity,
in cases where erosion can be an issue.
Just as at home in containers,
they make a fantastic "filler" in potted arrangements.


These fragrant flowers are a welcome addition 
to an indoor display of cut flowers.
Their preference is for full sun in the garden,
although they will tolerate partial shade
and especially enjoy the cooler part of spring season.


This easy-to-grow perennial will bloom
from early spring right into the summer months.
They are a classic in the cottage garden,
even being called "cottage pinks" in some circles.



They are not even fussy when it comes to soil.
Even in clay soil, they will thrive,
given proper drainage to prevent stem rot
and providing even the laziest gardener
with months of bloom and fragrance.


The "pinked" edges are so unique
and the color combinations can be striking.
They look like someone came along with pinking shears
and went to work to create a design like no other.


With so many wonderful qualities
and the ease of growing,
maybe you should consider adding a few dozen of these to your garden.

What are some of your favorite spring blooms?