Monday, July 8, 2013

The New And Improved Pinehurst Cottage Exterior

The landscaping just was completed and I think that was the icing on the cake.  The cottage was beautifully renovated but the shrubs, flowers, sod, mulch and pine straw completed the look.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The 4TH Of July At The Cottage

It's our first Independence Day at Pinehurst Cottage since she's been renovated.  The village is planning a parade, craft fair, farmers market and fireworks at the horse track.  I look forward to experiencing all of the festivities and taking a lot of pictures.  Happy Independence Day and I never take this country for granted and for what she stands for.

Ragged Old Flag
Johnny Cash

I walked through a county courthouse square,
On a park bench an old man was sitting there.
I said, "Your old courthouse is kinda run down."
He said, "Naw, it'll do for our little town."
I said, "Your flagpole has leaned a little bit,
And that's a Ragged Old Flag you got hanging on it."

He said, "Have a seat", and I sat down.
"Is this the first time you've been to our little town?"
I said, "I think it is." He said, "I don't like to brag,
But we're kinda proud of that Ragged Old Flag.

"You see, we got a little hole in that flag there
When Washington took it across the Delaware.
And it got powder-burned the night Francis Scott Key
Sat watching it writing 'Oh Say Can You See.'
And it got a bad rip in New Orleans
With Packingham and Jackson tuggin' at its seams.

"And it almost fell at the Alamo
Beside the Texas flag, but she waved on through.
She got cut with a sword at Chancellorsville,
And she got cut again at Shiloh Hill.
There was Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, and Bragg,
And the south wind blew hard on that Ragged Old Flag.

"On Flanders Field in World War I
She got a big hole from a Bertha gun.
She turned blood red in World War II.
She hung limp and low by the time it was through.
She was in Korea and Vietnam.
She went where she was sent by her Uncle Sam.

"She waved from our ships upon the briny foam,
And now they've about quit waving her back here at home.
In her own good land she's been abused--
She's been burned, dishonored, denied, and refused.

"And the government for which she stands
Is scandalized throughout the land.
And she's getting threadbare and wearing thin,
But she's in good shape for the shape she's in.
'Cause she's been through the fire before,
And I believe she can take a whole lot more.

"So we raise her up every morning,
Take her down every night.
We don't let her touch the ground,
And we fold her up right.
On second thought I do like to brag,
'Cause I'm mighty proud of that Ragged Old Flag."

Thursday, February 7, 2013


In Aberdeen, NC there is a store called Railroad Antiques.  It is housed in the old railroad depot.  Richard, the owner sells pretty antiques.  Most interesting are the vintage architectural elements that he sells.  You can see what I mean below.  We'll be using some of the glass door knobs in the renovation of Pinehurst Cottage.   I'm a true believer of one man's junk is another man's treasure.

Door Knobs
Door Knob Plates 
Door Locks. 

Friday, January 18, 2013

Better Days Are Coming

I showed you in the last post how well our cottage has faired over the last 100 years. She's a bit disheveled now a days. The kitchen and bathroom have been gutted.


She's starting to be put back together and she's on her way to seeing better days. 
The bathroom is being framed and insulated.  The new tub has been installed and a niche has been framed into the wall for soaps and shampoo.
Come follow the renovation at Pinehurst Cottage .

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Isn't she pretty?

While visiting Pinehurst we stopped by the local library and researched the history of our little cottage. Unfortunately the file on our house revealed little but we did find an early photo of it.  Circa 1919.  I'd like to replicate the 3 trellis's on the front of the cottage. Isn't she pretty?
Visit Pinehurst Cottage to follow its renovation.

Hasn't she held up well for her age?