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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

My Visit to the Biltmore Estate

Hello everyone,
In May I took a vacation to North Carolina.
HEREHERE and HERE are highlights of 
my travels.
The glassed roof CONSERVATORY is the first room on the tour.
George Vanderbilt created Biltmore over a six-year period.
Architect Richard Morris Hund modeled the house on three
chateaux built in 16th century France. It would
feature four acres of floor space. 250 rooms, 34
bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, and 65 fireplaces. 
BANQUET HALL
I stayed on the Biltmore property for three days and toured the Estate
and Gardens. During our stay, the Biltmore premiered a new exhibit
Designed for Drama
Fashion from the Classics
MUSIC ROOM
Costumes from 13 movies are dramatically staged in the magnificent
rooms of Biltmore House.  The exhibition features elaborate costumes
from recent films that bring literary characters to life, including
Sherlock Holmes, Finding Neverland, Anna Karenina, and 
Pride and Prejudice.
BILLARD ROOM
SMOKING ROOM
BREAKFAST ROOM
LIBRARY
GEORGE VANDERBIlT'S BEDROOM

MRS VANDERBILT'S BEDROOM

SERVANT'S BEDROOM
KITCHEN
I love the copper pots and the kitchen that reminds me of
my very favorite television series.
DOWNTON ABBEY

FLORAL ROOM
LAUNDRY ROOM

IRONING LARGE LINENS
SWIMMING POOL
What a wonderful visit to the most incredible historic home.
I have a post about the beautiful gardens in the process. I 
hope to publish soon. 
Joyously,
Betty 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

JULIET TOMATOES

Hello everyone,
Since I last published a post HERE, I have been busy with family matters.
On July 5th my husband had an emergency.  He went to the hospital with 
low heart rate and was in 3rd-degree heart block.  July 6th he had a pacemaker 
placed in his heart.  I had to put blogging on the back burner.  
On a lighter note or not the weather has been so hot here in Northern California.
I have been doing more chores around the house.  Thank goodness I am in good
health and love my husband with all my heart. My garden has been holding its own
these past few weeks. Today was the first day I have picked up my camera.
In April I attended a Garden and Flower Show.  While I was walking around
I stopped by a delightful vendor selling JULIET TOMATOES.  I bought 
One plant and carried it home in a little brown bag.  I planted the small tomato plant
in my flower bed next to the fern grotto in the patio. I spray painted a metal tomato rack green 
I bought at ACE Hardware. 
Deep red, shiny 2-inch oblong tomatoes in large clusters of 12-18 fruits
Flavor is rich and delicious
Very disease resistant and easy to grow.
We usually have a garden with tomatoes, bell peppers, and squash. 
But, with my husband suffering from symptoms of his heart block 
he has had a difficult time gardening this year.  
I love to go out and pick juicy tomatoes for lunch and dinner salads.
Hopefully, I will be able to get back to posting more often. Our son's 
and families will be visiting the next couple of weekends. 
 They want to come and give their dad a BIG HUG.
Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Carolina Inn Tea Time

Hello everyone,
"Four Ladies Go Traveling" started our vacation having 
tea at Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
When planning our trip, I made reservations at 4:00 o'clock
for afternoon tea.  We checked into our room and when it was time for
 afternoon tea we entered this beautiful sunny room
Here is our table waiting for us to be seated.
The happy travelers enjoying afternoon tea in 
the beautiful tea room at Chapel Hill.
I love chocolate covered strawberries.
Sweet desserts.
Delicious tea sandwiches.
This is my place setting.
I am ready to enjoy tea time.
In the lobby and in the hallways are beautifully decorated 
china hutches and cabinets displaying different China
sets.  
Before it was time for tea, I took a walk about the property of the
Carolina Inn.  Outside of the side area, a large tea party was set up for
an afternoon tea.
They serve world-renowned chocolate chip toffee cookies upon check-in.
The Carolina Inn is a hotel listed on the National Register of Historic Places on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Orange CountyNorth Carolina, which opened in 1924. The Carolina Inn is a member of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (sourse)
We stayed one night in a luxurious room with two queen beds.
Here we are saying goodbye to Chapel Hill, and starting our road trip
to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
Thanks for visiting and I hope you have enjoyed our afternoon
tea and a tour of the Carolina Inn.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes


Monday, June 19, 2017

Biltmore Estate Tea Time

Hello everyone,
Yes, Peony season is over in many parts of our country.
But I captured this photo in May when I came home from 
my vacation with Four Ladies Go Traveling. 
While visiting the Biltmore Estate, I bought a teacup  and
saucer in one of the many gifts shops on the property.
I took my tea party outside to enjoy the beautiful spring weather.
The little bistro table under the pomegranate tree is a perfect place to have
my cup of tea and the iron garden bench in the background is
surrounded by hostas and perennial coral bells.  
I was so grateful I came home to at least a bouquet or two of peonies
The rose peony bushes were transplanted from my mother's 
garden when she passed away in November 2012. Every year
they are more beautiful than the year before.
The Vanderbilt Service is Adapted from a large Sèvres tea service
circa 1888.  Currently on display in the Oak Sitting Room in
Biltmore House.
The vintage teaspoon holds loose tea. This teaspoon was my
favorite spoon to use when I was a young girl enjoying
 afternoon tea with my mother and sister.

Hope you have enjoyed having tea with me today. 
I have chosen one of these photos to add to my
2018 tea time calendar. 
Have a great weekend. 
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to: 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Charleston Treasures

Hi everyone,
While visiting Charleston, South Carolina on my recent trip. Everywhere
I looked I saw amazing window boxes, gates, beautiful historic homes
and many other treasures.
This beautiful city is filled with fabulous sights to see.
I only visited Charleston for a few days,
but my senses were filled with the culture and history. 
The casual living is easy to embrace, and I loved it.
I was fascinated with the beauty of the trees with moss growing in them.
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is not a moss at all. It is a bromeliad, which means it is in the same taxonomic family as pineapples and succulent house plants.
After settling in our hotel room "Four Ladies Go Traveling" 
went for an evening stroll before dinner. We walked up to 
Church Street to see  St. Philip's Church and the beautiful gates of the cemetery.  

St. Philip's Graveyard

Buried here are revolutionaries, politicians, confederates, and artists. Among then are Col. William Rhett, known as the "Scourge of the Pirates," charged with bringing the murderous Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet to justice. Gen. Moultrie, the great defender of Charleston against the British, is here. Edward Rutledge, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Charles Pinckney, a signer of the Constitution, and John C. Calhoun, a US senator and vice president of the US also are interred here.
Established in 1681, StPhilip's is the oldest religious congregation in South Carolina. The first StPhilip's Church, a wooden building, was built between 1680 and 1681 at the corner of Broad and Meeting streets on the present day site of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.


I live in hot, dry California and have never lived in any Southern states.
It is so wonderful to see plants grow so lush and green.
The warm rain and humid air give the plants a permanent conservatory.
 
I saw historic homes with flower boxes and unique ironwork fences.
Each gate of iron has a different design. 
How did I get in this picture?
I bought some cotton at the famous City Market.
I had seen Cotton fields in Bakersfield, Ca
when I was a little girl. My great-uncle owned
a cotton field in the San Joaquin Valley, and
when I was a girl, I walked in the cotton field
touching the cotton balls. What a thrill.
I have never forgotten that day.
I now at age 76 I have my own cotton bouquet.
This sweet lady at the City Market Place sells handmade
Cotton Wreaths. I wanted to buy a wreath, but I didn't
want to bring it home on the plane with me.
I think a Cotton Wreath is gorgeous on the front door of any home.  Especially 
brick homes in the South with ironwork fences.
The "Rainbow Row." 
Colorful houses are sprinkled around the historic district.
We took a carriage ride and enjoyed seeing many beautiful and unique homes
on tour.

Urns and gates!!!
Clean black gates with topiaries
it is breathtaking.


I want this boxwood garden. 
Oh, and the house too. Lol.

I had a grand time in Charleston, South Carolina.
I made a mosaic to pin on my Pinterest board.
I will be checking South Carolina off of my 
bucket-list map soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes
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