I’ve started a new photo series on the south.  All the pictures were taken at my grandparents’ or cousins’ houses in Smalltown, VA.   This post is entitled: AROUND THE HOUSE!  It features items from around my grandparents’ cozy home.  (From here on out, my grandmother will be referred to as Nana, just to keep things short and personal.  Also that’s the southern way.)

It seemed fitting to start with the side door.  The welcome mat and US flag cling have been there for as long as I can remember.  The door leads into my grandfather’s home office.

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As a child I loved spinning this broken spinning wheel.  When I asked Nana about its history, she replied, “All I know is that it was made from chestnut wood from an old barn.”  Actually the fact that it’s made of chestnut wood shows how old it is.  All the chestnuts in that area were killed by a blight some years back.  Chestnut wood is pretty rare down there.

Using old barn wood to make amazing furniture is perfectly everyday in these parts.  My great-grandfather acquired this chestnut wheel from another older gentleman who had to sell it.  Who knows what other kids have sat before it and spun the wheel around, around, faster, faster, faster…

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Nana recently got into this adult coloring fad.  She has quite the collection of colored pencils.  And you should just see her completed color-by-numbers!  There’s one particularly impressive one featuring orange flowers…but we won’t go there.

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Speaking of antiques, may I present this lovely stone butter churn.  It’s still in working condition (though I’ve never used it) and weighs about a ton.*  It sits beside the woodstove in the dining room, a silent testament to over 100 years of homemade butter.  When Nana told me its age, my intelligent response was, “Wowzers!”

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*Okay, slight exaggeration.  It actually weighs 20 pounds without milk.

Moving on.  This set of old cast-iron skillets belonged to my great-grandmother–so Nana’s mother.  Nana gave me a run-down on the significant history of each.  The biggest one was used to fry chicken and pork chops.  (You can still smell the grease.)  The next size served many purposes, cooking up potatoes and cabbage and veggies, baking cornbread, and frying bacon, sausage, and making gravy.  The little one was sometimes used for making biscuits.  I don’t know about you, but that makes me hungry.  And I just ate dinner.

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Here’s a teacup and saucer that has sat in the dining room curio cabinet for as long as I can remember.  The items in their curio cabinet could fill a whole other series, but I just picked out this teacup for its delicacy and colors.

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There you go!  Around the House in one blog post!  Which picture was your favorite?  Are you southern?  Have you ever cooked in an antique cast-iron skillet?  (Cause I have, and it’s delicious!!)  Leave me comments and ignite a conversation.  I love seeing comments in my notifications, and I’m sure you as a blogger can relate to that.  🙂  Stay tuned for the rest of the series.  Coming up next: Flowers!  We’ll be moving on to my cousins’ Southern Living-worthy farmhouse for some amazing shots.  You won’t want to miss it!

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