Friday, December 21, 2012

London Prepares for Christmas

A quick glance on how London prepares for Christmas.   
Mapping on the plane our distance from JFK to London.  Almost there!

Hyde Park 
Winter Wonderland
I was surprised to see the word Christmas displayed in public.  Not Happy Holidays.  I liked that!
Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland
Carnaby Street 

Regent Street
Piccadilly Circus  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Rassie Everton Wicker

As you can imagine...I'm very interested in the history of our little cottage.  The Given Memorial Library and Tuft's Archives in Pinehurst will able me to research more. Until we get back to Pinehurst again...I'll have to depend on google. I did know that our cottage was built by a man named Rassie Wicker in 1919. He named the cottage 'Merimack Cottage.' The following is about the man who built and lived in our little cottage. Taken from the Moore County, North Carolina, General Website.
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Writer and Engineer

Rassie Everton Wicker was born March 6, 1892 near Cameron and died October 16, 1972. He spent most of his life in Moore County.
He attended school at Cameron and later secured admission to the Agricultural & Mechanical College in Raleigh, now N.C. State University through comprehensive examination and graduated in 1919 with a degree in civil engineering. He later became a certified civil engineer under the "grandfather clause", and served as engineer for Pinehurst, Inc. until his retirement. Rassie Wicker was mostly self-taught, beginning with teaching himself to read from the Sears & Roebuck catalog. He was a true scholar, with an insatiable thirst for knowledge. He seemingly recorded to memory all that he read and learned, for he could answer most any question put to him. His interest and abilities were many and varied. He was a master craftsman who produced many beautiful pieces of furniture. He was a mechanical and architectural engineer as well as a civil one; a student of math and science, music, astronomy, horticulture and botany. His interests even extended to the art of weaving, resulting in his building a four-harness loom on which he wove a coverlet of ancient design. Bee-keeping and orchid-raising were among his many hobbies. But, he was perhaps best known as a writer and historian. He supplied much of the information used by Blackwell Robinson in his, A History of Moore County, 1747-1847; and then, in 1969, he typed his own, Miscellaneous Ancient Records of Moore County, NC, a 570-page (legal size) book, now in its third printing. He was also recognized as being instrumental in locating (in 1953) the American home site of the Scottish heroine, Flora MacDonald, on Cheek’s Creek in Anson (now Montgomery) County. For his contribution to the preservation of Moore County history, he was awarded the Kiwanis, "Builders Cup", in 1971, and is to be included in William Powell’s, Dictionary of North Carolina Biography.. Rassie Wicker was an honest, gentle, soft-spoken man, who met everyone on the same level, whether rich or poor, black or white, and he had many friends of varied backgrounds and conditions. He was a great story-teller, possessed of the dry wit for which many Wickers have been known.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Taking Shape

We've been going back and forth with he architect. This is the plan we've come up with for the renovation of the cottage. The original house is high lighted with marker. Until we retire in this house it will be our vacation home and a vacation rental. We would love to do the whole addition at this time but it's up in the air for the moment. We're debating whether to do the whole renovation minus the master suite. When it's time to retire we could then add the master suite. I'll keep you posted. Big negotiations going on here this week but we're progressing. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Hello friends!  It's been a while since my last giveaway.  I'm giving away 5 vintage Christmas houses with 4 vintage bottle brush trees.  All you have to do to enter is follow me on this blog and then go over and follow me at Pinehurst Cottage .  If you're a follower already say that you're already a follower.  I'll announce the winner on 11/25/12.  I hope you like this giveaway and good luck!
I'll be linking to Vintage Thingy Thursday hosted by Colorado Lady



Friday, November 9, 2012

Pinehurst Video Tour

You've been hearing a lot about Pinehurst so I thought I'd give you a tour.  Please sit back, relax and enjoy your visit.


Monday, November 5, 2012

Pinehurst Bound

I told you in the last post that we put an offer on the cottage. It's official. We reached an agreement with the owners! I guess you can say we are now Pinehurst bound. I look forward to showing you the plans we have been working on with the architect and the contractors.
Below are a few pics of the outside of the cottage and some more inside pictures.
Come visit me at Pinehurst Cottage and come with us on our journey in renovating our vacation cottage.  I'd love to get your input!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Back to Pinehurst

When we arrived home from Pinehurst....there was a message from the owners of the cottage that we had left the note inside their mail box. Apparently....the cottage was up for sale but was taken off of the market and was now a rental property. That's why the house was empty for the time being. They said they would be interested in selling. BINGO! The next weekend we drove back down to Pinehurst to view it. Here are some pics we took. The house is not quite 1000 sq. feet. We thought along with the contractors and architect it had good bones. A sign on top of the front entry outside door reads... "Merimack Cottage." We decided to pursue this house and we made an offer.  Come visit me at Pinehurst Cottage I'd love for you to follow and give me your input.  ~Amy

Living Room

Breakfast Nook

Rear Bedroom

Front Bedroom

Exterior Side View

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Havapoo Puppy All Grown Up

Recently....I received a comment concerning my havapoo puppy. I had posted a picture of him as a pup a while ago and this particular blogger wanted to see what he looked like all grown up! So here he is as a puppy.....
and here is my havapoo puppy all grown up! He is never far away from his brother who is the handsome cockapoo behind him.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

A New Journey

We're on a new journey!  I invite you to visit and follow me at Pinehurst Cottage.    I'll take you along on our journey to find our vacation cottage and the renovation of it.  We'll also use it as a vacation rental too.  Please stop by and let's get reunited.  I'd love to get your opinion on our decision making process.... so we can make this cottage the perfect retreat for ourselves and our guests in beautiful Pinehurst, North Carolina! 


Thursday, April 26, 2012

A Gift From Heaven

I found this gold medal on the street back in 1971.  My parents bought me a gold chain for it a few years later for my birthday and I've worn it everyday since.
I loved it then and I love it even more now.

Today I'm linking to Vintage Thingy Thursday hosted by Colorado Lady.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Have you talked with your guardian angel today?

A heavenly spirit assigned by God to watch over each of us during our lives.
Psalm 91: 10-12

Today I'm linking to Vintage Thingy Thursday hosted by Colorado Lady.