Life in Old South Central Alabama

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South of Birmingham, Alabama, United States
I am an antique trader in central Alabama....I love old houses... My log home was built in 1817 by my ancestors Benjamin and Hannah Harless Wilson .............. Outside the house are herb gardens and lots of pass-along plants................ No one in Alabama is in a hurry about anything......... Visitors think that the garden needs weeding and the furniture needs polishing....I am a direct descendant of Joseph Towne, whose two sisters Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Easty were hanged in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1692 as witches. I am also a direct descendant of Pocahontas and husband John Rolfe.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

A walk around the house, part two.

 It's Saturday and the temps are in the 70's here in Bama. I'm out walking around the house seeing what all I need to be doing, but doing nothing except taking pictures for the blog.  I'm on the front porch and first up is this neat iron cook pot from Perry County I got last week for ten dollars. It was pitiful looking but a quick WD40 spray and the color is back.
 This ebay purchase was an old gear board that someone painted 
 My friend Charlie had this giant spinning wheel in his shop for over a year and I always liked it so two weeks ago he brought it to me with a yarn winder.  He looked through the furniture in the old house and picked out a cherry table, a small marble top table, and a mahogany hall tree.    He is happy because what he took home will actually sell in his shop.
 Of course, I'm very happy.  I think there are enough parts that it will  spin correctly. 
 Here are some egg gourds drying in the front yard.

 They are the size of chicken eggs.  The brown ones are dry and hard as a rock.   The white ones are still drying and will turn soon.
 My great uncle gave this to my father who tied a barrel to the top for hauling water.  This is my before photo, because I am going to build a box for the top and add handles to create a peanut or flower cart. 
 I'm looking at photographs of old vending carts now and have found some really nice ones to use as a guide. 
 These are the regular size gourds drying in the field. They have turned the best shade of tan. 
Here are more of them drying on what we call the bachelor bed, as it first belonged to a great great uncle who never married. 

Well, that's enough walking for now... I'm ready to go back inside and see if the Pickers have bought anything good. 

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tour. Love all of your gourds. I would like to try my hand at growing them. I still love my gourd eggs. Was glad to see you had posted. I have been out of town and just got home.

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  2. I have never seen egg gourds, I would like to have some like those , love them

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