Saturday, September 23, 2017

Windows into ancestors

Let's look a bit at windows, as triggered by Sepia Saturday!

So I'm looking through my New England ancestors to find some of the oldest houses they built, to just look a glimpse into their lives through their windows.

John Sherburne house at Strawberry Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH

Captain John Sherborne built his house in Portsmouth NH in 1695. Those windows are wonderful, but small. His wife's sister was an ancestor of mine, so he was just a great uncle times 10 or so.

I enjoy finding grandmothers who somehow had 12 children, and Grisell Brindley Sylvester was one of them, (More about her Here.)  Her husband Capt. Nathaniel Gascoigne Sylvester became quite rich off of the sugar/slave trade in the early 17th century, and bought and settled Shelter Island, NY, which is at the end of Long Island, NY. (More about him HERE.) I haven't been able to discern who his parents were, however.  But he did have brothers, and they married and also had many children.  So there's a whole bunch of cousins out there! This is in the lineage of my father's mother, Ada Swasey Rogers.

Photo of the Sylvester Manor as it is today. It was inhabited by family members for 12 generations, from 1652.




Sylvester Manor as rebuilt in 1737, as it looks today (2016?)  These windows have the ability to go up from the bottom or down from the top.

Ann Sylvester was daughter of Nathaniel and Grisell, and Ann married Jonathan Bower, and their home looks like this...also still standing. Their home was the first built in Somerset, MA in 1723...

These are incredible windows!

Obviously the window with the air conditioner is newer, but I notice the one with diamond panes below it swings out to the side, of the older part of the home.


There's even a quilt of old Somerset houses, and this one is included! 

Jonathan Bowers home is 3rd from top in second to right hand column.

The Bowers daughter, Mary married Joseph Swasey, who built the house below in 1749 also in Somerset MA.



And Joseph Swasey's father Samuel had built the house on the left in Newburyport, MA in 1735, while his father Joseph built the one on the right in 1710-11.  At least this is the way they are listed in Ancestry.




This week's Sepia Saturday prompt is...


So I think my ancestors were looking out through these various windows when they were children!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Cookie Jars - One


I started with this little one.  5 pounds of clay and a lot of trimming.



Having done over a dozen small cats in yoga poses, which apparently aren't considered sculptures in clay by the ones who look at pottery blogs (not a one was mentioned last month by Pottery Blogs)...I decided I could do a few cookie jars.  I guess the yoga cats are consider whimsey.  They each took at least and hour to make.  And I'm an artist, so I consider them whimsey art!
 Well, I decorated it with the red sunflowers.






Thursday, September 21, 2017

Last of summer


Pat Levi, one of my Mud Buddy friends, had this lovely vase with a bouquet from her own garden, for sale at the Tailgate market a few weeks ago.  I've recently become enamored by Dahlias.  Just look at that variegated yellow and red blossom!

As we braced for whatever remained of Hurricane Irma by the time she reached us, and had lovely weather that Saturday, I invited a neighbor to drive with me up to my favorite overlook (Tanbark Ridge) on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Everyone had their camera phones out!  This overlook is just a 45 minute drive from my home.

 We enjoyed a sunny spot until it got too hot.  Even the cool weather couldn't combat the sun.
Anthony's apartment is across the way from mine so we've been neighbors for the last year or so. But this was the first chance we've taken to get to know each other at all. He's a nice Italian guy from Ohio.


We reflected on how these mountains have withstood weather of all kinds, so would probably not be affected much by the winds and rains that might be coming in a few days.

There had been a relay race earlier, so many van loads of runners stopped by as they drove to the gathering place several miles further down the parkway.  We finally started asking them where they were from, and the teams we asked were from various places in North Carolina.

 One family had lots of pictures taken of themselves.  We guessed they were from India.  Actually the father is now a grad-student at UNC Chapel Hill.

This little card showing Hanuman was in the front window of their car (with a lot of reflection off the glass)...so I asked about some of the Hindu goddesses I'd heard about.  The teen daughter knew more than the mom, but the father was off talking to Anthony and posing for selfies, so I didn't find out his opinions.

Here's a better image of Hanuman.


Thanks for stopping by...I shared a silly face just before driving home. No we hadn't had any alcohol, yet!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Words for Wednesday



Some words just hit you, and these 4 have imbedded themselves into my psyche such that I'm painting them on the sides of bowls and vases lately.






My question that I keep pondering is, what's the difference between a caretaker and a caregiver?

And then I think of how different things/people are precious to different people.  Who do you caretake, or caregiver? or what?

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Early Fall views

The mums are next to one of my donated basil plants.  I just harvested 6 of the larger ones to give away.

Tailgate Market in Black Market keeps on until the end of Oct.  



My favorite place to purchase fresh caught and trucked in from the Outer Banks...brain food!




The Lavender still is lovely in front of Lake Tomahawk on a cloudy day.



For some strange goose reason, these Canada Geese decide to take off while some others keep foraging in the grass.  I love how they talk to each other as they fly over my rooftop in the early or late hours of the day, saying probably "Drakie, you should have taken a left back at that tree, not a right, you never ask for directions!"

Monday, September 18, 2017

Art needs value

Featuring another blog.
I have often been inspired, or at least received good insights into the business side of being an artist, by Alyson Stanfield, and so today I'd like to share a blog she posted earlier in the month. HERE.

For one thing....

Arts have value...

Artists have value...

She talks about how artists skimp on themselves, HERE.

I also think I'll feature other blogs regularly...so my blog readers (both of you!) can see something delightful or inspiring.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Don't worry, bee happy!

No matter what's going on in the world today, she's on a zinnia in August, just bee-ing happy.

My favorite honey sellers and raisers, Bee Tree Honey of Swannanoa, told me all these pollenators are female...that the drones are male, but the workers are female.  What do you know about that!

I'm running a new schedule, "Sunday Summertime" to post a summertime photo on the third Sunday of each month...which is hope that we will enjoy the color and memories of warmth throughout the winter as well!