Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday #2

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Today is “Outdoor Wednesday”. What is “Outdoor Wednesday”?

Every Wednesday participants will be posting pictures of anything outdoor on their blog. It can be something outside of your home such as your porch, deck, patio, garden or lawn. Your photo can be outdoor shots of the beach, forest or mountains. (We don’t want to exclude anyone who might not have a yard). Or, you could simply post pictures of a favorite plant or flower. Only rule is it has to be outside!

To participate:

1. POST- Post your outdoor photos and the Outdoor Wednesday logo/button on your blog and link back to A Southern Daydreamer (link) so that others will be able to find all the links to other Outdoor Wednesday posts.

2. (Optional) PLACE LOGO - Place the Outdoor Wednesday logo/button on the sidebar of your blog. It lets others know you will be participating in future Outdoor Wednesdays.

Reminder: Do NOT link in until after your post is up.

3. LINK NAME & PERMALINK- Go to A Southern Daydreamer and enter your name and the Permalink to your post (NOT your general blog address) in “Mr Linky”.

  • Why use a permalink instead of your general blog address? A permalink points to a specific blog post after it has passed from the front page to the archives. It will make it easier for readers to find your Outdoor Wednesday posts whenever they get a chance to visit.
  • To create a Permalink: Either 1) right click on Outdoor Wednesday post and “Copy Shortcut/Link Location” or 2) click on your Outdoor Wednesday post title and copy the URL from the http window.
  • Copy your permalink into “Mr Linky” URL box next to your name and select ENTER. You are finished. You should see your name listed on my site.


Last Saturday we went to the annual family reunion for my father-in-law’s family. My father-in-law is the oldest of seven (yes, seven) children, so it is a rather large family. It was great getting a chance to see everyone. Before we went, I asked my father-in-law if he wouldn’t mind showing me some of his childhood places before we left town to return home (of course, he said yes!). I am not sure who was more excited…me or him )I love family history and wish I could visit all the homes of my ancestors.

We visited cemeteries and neighborhoods. Of course I took many pictures. (Don’t worry, I am going to share only a few).

The first photo is where the house stood that my father-in-law was born 87 years ago (to the left of the pine tree and in front of the pecan tree).

FIL house where born

The next photo is of some pecan trees my father-in-law’s mother planted in 1920 ……

pecan trees planted 1920 by FIL mother

Next, a picture of my father-in-law’s grandfather’s house. He lived from 1863 to 1946, mostly in this house.

FILs grandparents house

No one lives in the house now, but the land is still owned by the family. The kitchen was in a separate building in the back (and has fallen down). It was separate from the main house, so that if there was a fire, the entire house wouldn’t be lost. I love old buildings like this.

kitche FILs grandparents house

Finally, a picture of an old oak tree next to the house.

large old oak tree

I want to go back for a visit when the weather warms up a little. My husband said he spotted an old door propped up behind the kitchen….and he wants to ask if we can have it. (fingers crossed that we get a yes!)

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  1. Great blog. Wonderful photos. Love the photo of the house.

    I hope I did this right.

  2. I feel the same as you, I also love family history. It is such a neat feeling to visit places that were once filled with so much activity.

  3. Love your photos and everything ..I so look forward to your blog!!

  4. Susan...what a wondeful trip. I loved seeing the land and the old homestead. I'll bet your father-in-law got a little misty eyed...almost made me feel that way seeing it. Love to see inside the home if you get a chance to go in when you go back. Thanks for taking us along! :-) Susan

  5. This is a wonderful post. I wish I had asked more questions about the families early lives when I had the chance to do it.

  6. Oh Susan! How very cool that you have this family history and land still preserved and in the family! This must have been really exciting to see! Love the houses, trees, and landscape!!

  7. Love those old houses. I bet this was a fun and interesting trip for you. Those chimneys are gorgeous, and I love that oak tree. Hope you get your door! Kathy

  8. Susan, I loved this post. It's kind of what I'm hoping to find if we ever get to visit Yellowstone National Park. That's where my family homesteaded. It is listed under historial places. I am sure your father-in-law loved sharing his family history with you. He's probably really happy you are interested.
    Hugs, Terrie

  9. What a neat place, Susan! I can see it being a fun escape for someone... quilts, antique furniture (a rope bed), antique kitchen supplies around a neat large fireplace and hearth with a breezeway of multi-lite windows connecting the kitchen to the main house. Oh, it could be SO neat!

    Thanks for sharing,

    Sheila :-)

  10. Hi Susan, I love looking at old homes. Wouldn't it be something to be able to fix that place up? I hope you get the door.

    The house my FIL grew up in is down the road from me, I pass it every time I go to town. It sits in the middle of a cow pasture. Everytime I drive by it I always think about how I would love to fix that old place up. I was so disappointed to learn that the cows would go in there to get out of the weather. One day one of the cows got stuck trying to go up the stairs. So the farmer got his tractor tied it up to the stairs and pulled them all down.

    Thanks for sharing your pics.

  11. Oh how thrilling to be able to see the areas so rich in your family history. Those are very special places and the pecan trees are still there!
    I'm a new participant this week. Thanks for hosting.
    Kathy b

  12. It is great that the land is still owned by your husband's family. Thanks for the tour.

  13. What a great post Susan! I think your father-in-law is probably grateful that you suggested this trip. I loved looking at the winding roads and that old oak tree, so gnarled it might frighten off a child) :-)
    What sort of plans do you have for the old door should you get it?


  14. Susan,
    Beautiful place...Love to hear about the history of the family history. Thank you fro sharing...It's was an wonderful post. Susan, I hope I did this right (Permalink)...Please let me know if I didn't...write me to my e-mail kathy_ingram@comcast.net

  15. it just fascinates to me to see so much history still standing in your family. is it something you can restore and enjoy more frequently? great outing, thanks for sharing!

  16. Susan, I love going down any "memory lane", and this one was a gem! I pray you get the door too~I know you'd cherish it and never part with it. I'm excited to share in this Outdoor Wednesday with you! I've linked up with you, can't wait to see everyone elses post! Thanks again for the story behind these pics. My grandfather was born in 1909 and I have a photo of he and his parents standing in front of their homestead when he was just three. I had the photo professionally retouched due to damage and it's so special to me. I might share on another Outdoor Wed. post. He would be 100 years old this May 4th, he passed away when he waas 79. Thanks again Susan! Come visit soon, you're one of my faithful ones that comes often! Appreciate ya! ~CC - http://catherinesteacups.blogspot.com

  17. Just beautiful Susan... I just love history like this..and wow what are you going to do with the old door ?? I have the out house door from my late FIL home in Ill...thanks for sharing this today. hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  18. What fun it would be to explore family history in such a real way. I hope you do return (and get the door!) and share more of your new adventures, going back in time.

  19. Hi Susan, I am play along with your outdoor event. I didn't see where to link up.

    I love your story and photos of your father-in-law's place of birth. The homestead is a wonderful historic place to remember. I hope you get the door. smile!


  20. Hi, I found out about you, over at Jeanne's Backyard Neighbor...nice to meet you. It sounds like you all had an interesting, wonderful trip...rich in family history. Family reunion's are always so much fun. The pictures that you shared of the country life here are so beautiful...I hope you get that old door that you mentioned..Have a beautiful day!

  21. Your outdoor pictures are interesting and educational. Thank you for sharing.

  22. This is such a good idea for blogging...I hope to join up in the near future...I love visiting old places & historical cemetaries and just bask in the nostalgic feelings I get from them... ;-) Bo

  23. I don't know what is up with Blogger this morning, but I just left a nice comment and it "ate" it...grrr!


    I would love to explore this place with you (in warm weather that is) the only thing is having to be on the look-out for snakes ;D

    I would participate in your Outdoor Carnival but for the fact that all I see outside my window is snow and then more snow...boring! I will be going on a Bahama Cruise a week from Saturday and I'll try to get some good pic's to share with ya'll then!


  24. Hi Susan,
    I love old home places like you have shown. Love your idea for Outdoor Wednesday!

    I've been at a loss lately for blogging material, and this will take care of Wednesday!

    Have a great day,

  25. I love this post. I also like to visit places that have special family history. We visited the home, or I should say area, where the house my husband's Dad lived in when he was a kid in Kentucky. It was a beautiful brick home at one time and when we saw it it was just a pile of brick rubble. I'm glad we saw it before they cleared it away. I took pictures of course. I'll have to share them on a future blog. It's amazing how looking at other blogs gives you ideas for your own. Thanks for sharing this.

  26. Susan, what a wonderful old house, and that beautiful old tree is magnificent! Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. laurie

  27. Hi! I'm Elizabeth at Grand Occasions and brand new to the blogging community. I love visiting your blog and hope you will stop by and visit me! I just posted my very first Outdoor Wednesday and hope it will bring a little sunshine to a cold January day. I enjoy visiting other outdoor locations without having to pack a thing. Keep the pictures and posts coming.

  28. Hi Susan
    This was a wonderful post.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  29. Oh ... how I would love a chance to completely rehab that charming house! I did join Outdoor Wednesday, but not with the little linky thingy!

  30. Those pictures are great! Oh to have my own pecan tree! ;D

    I tagged you in a meme game. Come on over to my site and check it out!

  31. Hi Susan...Is that in south Georgia? If not, it surely does look like it!! Don't you just love the old home place? I bet there's some heart pine floor boards, too! Good idea to get photos to preserve it....Debbie

  32. How fun! I'll have to think of something for next week. Loved seeing the pictures!


  33. I too love history, especially family. It sure gives you a sense of where you came from. I bet your FIL enjoyed his tour down Memory Lane as much as you did being there. Wonderful post!!!

  34. What a great idea for outdoor Wednesday. I will try to get my act together to particpate some. I just don't know if I can do something every day. I want to but... work does get in the way. :(

    Are the pecan trees the native ones? The nuts are usually small but, have a wonderful flavor. We planted 25 young trees last December & we have about half that lived. It is hard to start an orchard.

  35. Hi,Susan,
    I just found your delightful blog, and had to comment on the family homestead pics. I had the pleasure of attending a family reunion with my FIL last summer, and I know what you mean about how very interesting it is to see the old homes and hear the family history. My FIL was one of 5 children, but his father's family had 10 or 12 children, and many of them still live in the Dacula, GA (near Lawrenceville) area on the family land. Unfortunately, highway construction is taking the old homestead very soon. The old buildings on the property look very similar to your pics. Thanks for sharing and bringing back fun memories. I don't have a blog (maybe someday!), but started reading those of some of my favorite Rate My Space posters and have really enjoyed them.

  36. Glad to see someone appreciate their parent's history! Wonderful pictures! They built home to last!

  37. ~WOW~ Susan this is the coolest post ever! I LOVE the photos of the old homestead of your families. What a neat part of history to see.
    ~Gorgeous photos.
    ~Melissa :)


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