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Remember the Mystery Crock

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Remember the early mystery crock I wrote about a couple of weeks ago? Yesterday I had an email from the woman that told me she dug it up. So many of you emailed me about the crock, sovaldi which has sold, malady I thought you would like to know what she told me when I asked if she could tell me more. I still have questions, but this is what she said.

Carol: I was cleeaning up an old homesight from pioneer days beside where a garden had been. The crock was buried in the ground upside down. I thought it was a rock. when I got to looking, I found out what it was and dug it out and cleaned it up. This happened about 5 years ago. on property which joined Monenghela National Forest near Snowshoe Ski Resort.

Monenghela National Forest is in West Virginia. Amazing. Makes you want to go out and start exploring.

Gotta run.



I just had another email from the gal that found the crock. I asked her about how she came to take care of the property. This is what she said-

I had 2 horses and my husband and I kept the grass mowed and and took care of this 900 acre farmstead for these peple who lived away to have pasture for the horses.We had a garden there also. That is where i found the crock.

A Little Trip to Virginia

Sunday, October 11th, 2009


This past week we took a little trip to Dinwiddie, mind Virginia, where my son and his wife live. We arrived around 6 p.m. It was a beautiful evening, and everything was set so that we could eat our dinner outside. They live in the country, and they’re property backs up to an old farm, where not too far in the distance, you can see the old barn that once served as a hospital during the Civil War.


The next morning we went out for breakfast in a town called Petersburg. The town is full of historic brick buildings, just waiting to be restored so businesses could open once again. Many did reopen, and there were quite a few antique shops. There was one called The Oak. It was a coop with lots of dealers. There was one particular dealer that sold primitives, and that is where I bought these two early bowls for the store, one yellow ware and one blue and white sponge ware. My favorite out of the two, is a yellowware bowl. It’s a really old one, probably mid 1800′s. It has the usual grazing inside from age, but there are no chips or cracks. The color is a wonderful dark mustard. It’s large too, measuring 12 inches across and almost 6 inches high. I’ll have them both for sale soon in Carole’s Country Store.



We had a wonderful visit. It was just long enough to get away from our normal routine, but to be honest, we don’t mind our normal routine, in fact we really enjoy it, so it was good getting back home again.

Sewing Clamps

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008


If you are a sewer, stuff you have probably heard of sewing clamps. Sewing clamps were used the 18th and 19th century to attach one end of a piece of cloth firmly to a table to enable a seamstress to hold her sewing taut with one hand while stitching with the other. Before the invention of the sewing machine clothing, sheets and other household items were sewn by hand. Early clamps can be traced to the late 17th century. This one will be for sale in Carole’s Country Store before the end of the day. It’s 19th century and it does have a repair, but the clamp is still very strong. If you are a sewer or even if you aren’t, like me, you will love the way it looks. It just gives a room that early look that we love.
Before I go this morning, I want to thank everyone that visits my blog. I appreciate it so much and love knowing that you enjoy it. I will be driving to Virginia with my family, to be with my son for Thanksgiving. Over the weekend, I will be in historic St. Michaels, MD. for the weekend with some friends. After that, back to normal and I look forward to posting again. Until then, I am wishing all of you a very safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Happy day

Potpourri of Flags

Friday, July 4th, 2008



This is the original flag that flew during the British attack in the war of 1812 at the Baltimore Harbor. It stayed in one family for most of it’s life and until fairly recently is in the process of preserving it. It can be seen in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, click D.C. As I am sure you know, this flag was the inspiration for the poem written by Francis Scott Key, that later became our national anthem. Here is a link where you can read more about that. link


Be sure and visit my website especially if you have high speed internet for a little video on my homepage. Just put your mouse on the photo.

After 9-11 there were lots of American flag pins being made. The large one in the center is my favorite. On the back is the inscription United We Stand Remember 9-11-2001. I love the hat and eagel pin too. The Nixon pin is special to me, and I would imagine it’s a collectable today. My mother in law was very involved in politics, back in her day.This Nixon pin belonged to her. She wore it proudly, especially after his second victory, a landslide victory, in 1972. A couple of the other flag pins belonged to my mother. I just thought you would like to see them on this 4th of July. I wore most of them often back in 2002, when I campaigned with my husband. What an experience that was!

Since I am at Rehoboth Beach, I thought you might like to see the flag, made of shells, that my friend Janet made for in front of her shop, Early Attic.


Happy Independance day-one more thing. I wanted to say thank you to everyone that left congrads on our wedding anniversary yesterday. We very much appreciated that.