Friday, April 1, 2011

House on Ellicott Hill, Pink Girly Tools and Fave Blues

The House on Ellicott Hill

If you follow my blog, you must have read about my niece and her 3 kids stopping by here on their way to Florida for spring break, to drop off my mom. They also dropped off this pink garden set that my oldest sister Fe, who is my niece Stephanie's mom, sent me. I just happened to already have the pair of pink gloves to match them. Now, I am going to be a stylish gardener, lol. I think this set qualifies for Pink Saturday, don't you think?

Thanks, atsi! I love the garden tools! They will be a lot of help too because I am always looking for my tools when I am gardening. I never remember where I left them last. I think I have been with ma too much, lol.

Now, I can have a set on each end of the yard.

And here are a few of my favorite flow blue and blue tableware. I just opened my cabinet in the family room and started shooting pictures of the ones I like the most.

I really do not know what the first one is used for but it is very small, the size of a shot glass but it has a pouring spout and a handle. It is etched with silver (looks like mercury silver). It was very hard to capture it with the camera but it has a figure of a lady in a long period dress and a man. I bought it from a garage sale in Florida a long long time ago, could possibly be over 30 years ago. It's one of a few that I took with me when we moved from Florida. The next one is a mortar and pestle in a Blue Willow pattern. It's also very small, about 2 inches.

Then, comes a gravy server with a drip tray and a ladle.

And lastly, a plant pot that looks very Frenchy to me. I bought it from Ross, again to sell in my booth but John pulled it out of my "to sell" bin and wants me to keep it. It's no wonder I can never get rid of my many stuff here at home, lol.

There is more. Below is a pitcher, about 7 inches tall. Then a little lidded box. I like it but I do not know what it is for either. It is about 9 inches long.

Next comes my flow blue dinner plate. I think I have 6 of this pattern, don't know what it is called.

On the second row of the mosaic below is a Geman pitcher. I REALLY love this. I love the embossed design of the people on it. In the center is a tureen. Love this too!

On the third row is another set of flow blue dishes, they are soup bowls. They are wide and not too deep. To their right is a flow blue butter dish and in the last picture is a set of flow blue luncheon plates. I like to collect flow blue dishes but most of the ones that I find in antique stores are very expensive. I did however, found another soup tureen from Ebay but I have not received it yet.

When AJ was here on her spring break, we went to see 2 antebellum houses. I showed you the Banker's House last week and now, let me show you the House on Ellicott Hill. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures inside the house. I managed to take one, a secretary, and that was before I asked if we were allowed to take pictures. I should have just kept my mouth shut, lol.

Anyway, the house looks pretty impressive from the outside because it is situated on a hill so I think you will enjoy the photos too.

It is overlooking the Mississippi River.

We had to climb up the brick steps to get to it. This is the back of the house. The house was built in 1798 by James Moore, who was a prominent merchant. But before we could get to the house on Ellicott Hill, we had to go pass by the Priests' house, another antebellum house which I have not yet toured inside. I am reserving it for another time when we have guests to show around town. The house in the foreground is the Priests' House While the House on Ellicott Hill is the one on it's left in the background.

The house was not named after the owner but after a mathematician and surveyor, Andrew Ellicott, who was appointed by George Washington, to mark the position of Parallel 31, which divided US possessions from those of the Spaniards. Ellicott set up a camp near the site picked by James Moore and he raised the flag over the MS territory in defiance of the Spanish government, who refused to withdraw its garrison from Natchez until March of 1798

You will see the flag flying with 15 stars on the ground.

The house was rented out after the owner's family increased in numbers beyond the capacity of the house and they moved to a plantation in Washington, MS. Ellicott Hill was occupied by Samuel Brooks who became a mayor of Natchez, then was occupied by a physician, Dr. Frederick Seip, who founded Natchez Hospital and who later bought the house. Another doctor later bought it and made it into a clinic and later became a school for boys, Natchez HS, which closed in 1878.

The house is West Indian in style. It has a large central room with smaller chambers on each end. The plan is the same on both levels of the house. Behind the house is a pool and this pool house, which I think they rent out for meetings now. I am sure these were built later.

Below are pictures we took on our way down after the tour.

Do you see how high the house is compared to the Priests' House?

And the location is just adjacent to the Grand Hotel. I took this picture for Laurie, our "A Few of My Favorite Things" hostess, because she and her husband stayed there when they were here overnight on their way to New Orleans. But she probably didn't know what they were then.

Please go down one more post if you can, to see my mother's picture. I just got her back from my sister in Chicago. She had 2 bad fall accidents last Fall when she was here and was hospitalized twice with a head injury including a head hematoma and a big cut which would not stop bleeding, but she is looking fine now and I would really love for you to see. We had dinner with the ER doctor last night, who initially treated her and he calls her the miracle patient. Just imagine a 92 year old falling from a truck and comes out without a single fracture, bruises everywhere but no fracture, thank God! And because of the head hematoma, she had to be transported via ambulance to a hospital 2 and half hr. away while her head was continuously bleeding even after the sutures.


Thank you so much for joining me again today. I appreciate your visits and comments very much.

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Carol Murdock said...

GREAT POST Christine! You know I love those Natchez houses and their history....
Hope Mom gets better! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine! OH, your little mother looks wonderful! Bless her heart, what an ordeal to have to go through. I see where you get your pretty looks. Your mother does not look 92!
Now your blue and white pieces are gorgeous. I'm still amazed at all of the wonderful things you have.
Touring those homes is right up my alley!
Hope you're coming to my party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Whoa! What gorgeous blue's ... love the old flow blue coloring in china & porcelains.

Very interesting share visit & history. Your pictures are great! Gla dyou had a grand time.

Happy pink April lst ~


Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

Enjoyed your post Christine. Love your blue and pretty! Your mom is beautiful, such a sweet face! I'm so glad she is doing well!

Sarah said...

Christine, thanks for sharing all the photos. The pink garden tools definitely qualify for Pink Saturday, and blue china is lovely. I've recently pulled out some of my blue and white pieces to give the living room a little spring lift. Your mom looks terrific. Glad she is doing well. ~ Sarah

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your flow blue dishes...especially the dinner plates. The pattern is so pretty!

I really enjoyed seeing the Antebellum home when we visited you, now I can see that there were probably days worth to see. They are all so different and beautiful. It looks like AJ was having fun and it is always nice to see recent pictures of you. Can you believe it has been almost a year since we visited?!

I am on to your gardening post and will leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by today!


Lynn said...

Your blue dishes are just beautiful Christine and it looks like spring has truly sprung where you are-enjoy:@)

Entertaining Women said...

Your flow blue collection is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Donna said...

Hi, Christine,
I have to Ellicott Hill, but it's been a long time ago. Your pics are so clear and pretty.
Your mom is really a pretty lady. I'm glad she is fully recovered.

GardenOfDaisies said...

I LOVE FlowBlue!! And you have gorgeous pieces!! Your pink gardening tool and gloves are so cute!! I cleaned out our garage earlier today and saw that I needed wash my old (and boring) gardening gloves before I start in on the spring yard work. But now I'm thinking I should go out and find some pretty new pink ones instead!! :-)

Susan said...

Those blues are absolutely gorgeous!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I need to get out more. You do so many things.
I love the garden set in pink, really cute! Love all the blue pottery/dishes. Very pretty.
It looks like that was a very interesting tour.
Beautiful buildings.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Christine,
I would just love to tour all of those old homes! So full of history and detail, love it!
And your flow blue just had me going big time, they are gorgeous!
And cute pics of the granddaughter and you, so glad your Mom is doing ok, she sounds amazing!

Candy said...

What a lovely day to to be out and about. Love the brick walkways. And pink garden tools, of course we all need those.
Enjoyed catching up with an old friend.
Saturday Blessings ;-)

KBeau said...

Beautiful pinks and blues. Thanks, too, for a tour of the house. I know you enjoyed spending the time with AJ.

Dolores said...

It's so good to hear that your mother has recovered from her falls. She's a very pretty and sweet looking lady.

Looks like a fun trip!
Your pictures are all so good!!!
The blue dishes are gorgeous...

Richard Cottrell said...

Ms. C. I have been to the house on the hill. I am glad it is looking better. Last time I was in Natchez it was looking a little rough.As you know, I just love your town of Natchez, thanks for bringing me some memories. I will get there again one of these days. Love your PINK garden stuff. Richard at My Old Historic House


Well, you know me, I love blue and white and your pieces are lovely, I specially love thgravy with lid and laddle. You girls look like you had a great time and I so nice to hear mother is fine from her falls, I too have an 81 yr. old which is fine, as for now. The pics of you and AJ are beautiful! So much fun Christine to visit such places.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a perfect Pink Saturday entry!! I loved it Christine! You always have the loveliest posts ever! Gorgeous things!

Jori said...

Those tools, are the prettiest tools I have ever seen! I would gladly pull weeds if I had them. Thank you for sharing your pictures! I found them so soothing, they are happy and charming! I am your newest follower. :)

Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

Looks like you are already for a fabulous time in the garden with all you pretty pink accessories. HPS ~

Kim, USA said...

I love your pink tools very diva ^_^.

Terri said...

Hi Christine,
I didn't know you lived in Natchez! Small world, huh? Wouldn't it be great to get a group of bloggers who live in the area together for lunch sometime? I wonder how we could go about finding others.....

Great post!

SmilingSally said...
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SmilingSally said...

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

I goofed; please forgive me!

I'm making mistakes, so I'm off to bed, now.

eileeninmd said...

Great post Christine! Looks like a wondeful tour of the houses. And I love the pink gloves and tools. Your collection of blue and white is just beautiful. Wonderful photos.

Momgen said...

Oh so pretty shots. Happy blue Monday.

Mine is here

EJ said...

Beautiful photos!

Come see my blues, have a great week ahead.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Your daughter is a so cute with her poses and so as the mommy hehehe. I love your pink gardening stuff.


Please come take a look at my entry, thank you!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Gorgeous shots! I love the flow blue.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Christine, I LOVE all of your blue and white china! The tureen you already have is gorgeous. I can't wait to see the one you just bought! We did stroll on the grounds at Ellicott before we left. It's a beautiful home. It was fun to see where we had our overnight adventure. thank you for linking to Favorite Things. laurie

lvroftiques said...

Lovin' the flow blue Christine! And the house tours. How wonderful to have homes like that to visit! And you mom is an energizer bunnt too *winks* I know just where you got it from! Vanna

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