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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Southold, NY

I hope that all of you my wonderful blog readers out there don't get too tired of all the history and genealogy that I've been posting lately.
This is again from our recent trip to the east coast...
Old Burying Ground of 1st Presbyterian Church in Southold, NY.

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 This church was organized in 1640 and the burial grounds are kept in nice condition

This is a monument to the founders of Southold, NY and Mr AVO's 10th great grandfather, Philemon Dickerson and his son, Peter and grandson, Thomas are all named on the monument...
They are all my hubby's direct ancestors
Philemon Dickerson arrived in this country in 1637 aboard the ship "Mary Anne"
There are headstones here for 9 of hubby's ancestors.

I was really taken with this beautiful little church

A few different views on the burial ground

This is the area where the oldest stones are located
and close to the monument

When we made this trip we didn't realize the length of Long Island, NY....120 miles
This Church and burial grounds are almost to the tip of the island.

Thanks for stopping by today for Mosaic Monday and please don't forget to pop over to 
Mary's Little Red House for more party fun.

Your comments are wonderful!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Vintage Bottles Anyone?

Like many of us reading these blogs, I am a collector of lots of different vintage I'd like to show you a small part of my vintage bottle collection.

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Love this beautiful aqua reminds me of the Mediterannean and the ocean off the south Florida coast.

I've decorated a few of these bottles and they can be seen in my etsy shop.

Of all the bottles shown above beside the ones I've decorated and the vintage sea shell bottles, these are my favorites.

You might recognize the bottle on the right as I've used it for flowers cut from my garden

Thanks for coming on over to visit today...I always appreciate the visit and you kind comments.

Please visit Cindy over at My Romantic Home to view lots more of this lovely party.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Historic Huguenot Street

Another of our outings on our recent trip to the east coast was to visit a small town located in Ulster County, Hudson Valley, New York....the historic town of New Paltz.

Huguenot Street, is a National Historic Landmark and the site of a collection of Colonial and early period stone houses owned and operated as historic house museums by the Huguenot Historical Society of New Paltz, NY.
The Dubois House shown above was built in 1705 and was originally a fort....there are gun port holes at the end which you can see in the middle photo of the mosaic.

This is the Jean Hasbrouck house built in 1712... one of the old stone houses we toured....and some of the period furnishings inside.

 A shot of the downtown town area of New Paltz...Huguenot Street is off to the right
This village of  New Paltz was founded 1677 by 12 French Huguenot (protestant) families who fled political and religious persecution in Northern France.  
Louis DuBois, Mr. AVO's  10th great grandfather, settled in Kingston and was caught up in the Esopus Indian wars with the Dutch in 1663.  The Esopus Indians captured women and children as hostages and took them off to the south.  Louis' wife and 3 children were among those taken hostage.
Louis joined a party of the Dutch who were out to rescue the captives and it was then that Louis saw the area that is now New Paltz that he determined to establish a Huguenot settlement on that land.
Louis became the acknowledged leader  of the Huguenots and headed the party in the negotiations with the Esopus Indians for the purchase of the land.  The DuBois family made up one fourth of the patentees as 2 of his sons were among those purchasing this land.

 Monument at the entrance to Huguenot Street.

Louis DuBois' name at the top of the list of patentees and his sons are farther down on the list.

Louis' great grand daughter Elizabeth Van Meter Shepherd was the wife of the founder of Shepherdstown that I posted about here.

Please join Mary's wonderful Mosaic Monday party at Little Red House and see more interesting posts.

I always appreciate you spending a bit of your time with me and anticipate your lovely comments.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

It's a Cloche Party!

Well, it's time again for another cloche party over at Marty's A Stroll Through Life.
I always look forward to these parties as so many bloggers have so many interesting and unusual ideas.
Please enjoy!

I only own 2 "real" cloches so I'm showing a few different ideas with them
This vignette is sitting in my living room all the time

I love the red transfer ware plate with this one
As you can see, this is a summer arrangement

 More of my summer arrangements

 I keep seashells in jars all year around because I love them so much

One of my favorites as I love the vintage pocket watches

 I appreciate you spending some time with me today...thanks in advance for your kind comments.

I'm also linking with Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday....
please visit all the wonderful bloggers at both these parties.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Just wanted you to know that Blogger is giving me fits so I couldn't add a few photos that I wanted to and lost my patience!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Mosaic Monday: Ancient Burying Grounds

On our recent trip to the east coast, we visited many ancient burial grounds looking for Mr. AVO's  ancestors.
Here are a few photos of some of the places we went.

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This is the Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, CT where hubby has more than 8 of his ancestors buried.....and the Palisado Cemetery in Windsor, Ct where there are at least 6 of his ancestors buried.

This is the monument in the Palisado Cemetery that has the names engraved of the 1st settlers and founders of Windsor, CT....there are at least 6 known ancestors on this monument

Outside the Ancient Burying Ground in downtown Hartford, CT

 Monument in Ancient Burying Ground in Hartford, CT
There are 5 names of the founders of New Haven, CT  that are hubby's ancestors 

The most well known would be the first governor of  what they then called the "Connecticut Colony"...John Haynes

John Haynes tombstone

Plaque on the outer gate honoring John Haynes

Another plaque on the outer gate honoring John Haynes

Statue of John Haynes on Hartford, CT Capitol Building

John Haynes arrived in the colonies in 1633 aboard the ship "Griffin"
Governor  of MA Bay Colony 1635
 First Governor of CT Colony ...1639 and governor for 7 more years

At that time the governor was only elected for a 1 year term and so John Haynes was Lieutenant Governor in the years he wasn't he was either Governor or Lieutenant Governor from 1639 until his death in 1654.
John Haynes is Mr. AVO's paternal 10th great grandfather.

More photos of the Ancient Burying Ground
I appreciate you spending a bit of your time with me today and please leave a comment  about this post.

I'm linking with Mary over at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday....please visit all her wonderful participants.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Blue or Red Transferware?

While on our recent trip to the east coast in May and June, we went to a lot of antique shops and antique flea markets looking for whatever struck our fancy.
While at Mt Vernon, I was looking at their red transfer ware pieces and was almost tempted to buy a  few but the prices were too steep.  So, Mr. AVO (unknown to me) purchased this beautiful antique piece of transfer ware at a local flea market.....and , of course, he got them WAY down from the original asking price.

The markings on the back of the plate

This is my rather small collection of red transfer ware so far

Small  creamer that is vintage

I love this tea pot even though it's a reproduction

So now the question you like red transfer ware or blue transfer ware better?
I think I might like them both...(he he) and of course, that means I NEED to collect both colors!
Thank you for spending a bit of your day with me and please go over to  
Cindy's My Romantic Home
to join in the rest of  the party.
Your comments are greatly appreciated!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Happy 234th Birthday America!

Two hundred and thirty-four years ago, 56 men stood around a table and signed their names to a document we’ll be celebrating this weekend- the Declaration of Independence.  Together, they pledged their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor” to a grand experiment, an idea of a republic in which balanced order and individual liberty were the law of the land, charity and religion were free to thrive, and sovereignty rested with the citizens who granted government its rule.
This is the real reason for our celebrating the 4th of July
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Let's remember this one-of-a kind document that was a grand experiment of the highest proportions and what it has meant in our lives and the lives of our families.

So put up your flag, light some fireworks, watch a parade, eat tasty b-b-que and apple pie, sing the Star Spangled Banner, spend the day at the beach....but ALWAYS remember why we celebrate this day  and what we owe to those 56 brave men who declared us free and the men of the Continental Army that fought and died for our freedom!

God Bless America!

Happy 234th Birthday America 
 I'm joining Mary over at Little Red House for a Mosaic Monday party!
Thank you for taking a bit of your time to look in at my blog...
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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Orchids and Vacation

Before leaving on our long vacation last month, I was concerned about my beautiful phalaenopsis orchids that I have on my kitchen counter.  
They would need to be watered several times during the time we were gone and I didn't feel comfortable with asking our neighbor girls to water them .....they were taking care of our yard and our tomato plants, but I wasn't sure they would handle my precious orchids properly.
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 So we got these watering bulbs that I'm sure you've seen advertised over the last few years.
I wasn't sure that they would work well enough, but when we returned home my orchids were fine and many new blossoms had opened.

Glass watering bulbs

So my orchids have remained in good condition and I will have many weeks of enjoyment looking at previous years some of my spikes have lasted FIVE months.

Please join Cindy over at My Romantic Home for other posts on Show & Tell Friday.
Your visits and comments mean a lot to me....thank you for spending a bit of your time with me today.
Have an enjoyable weekend and a wonderful 4th of July!