In the Garden with Billy book by Renea Winchester

Book Giveaway, In the Garden with Billy by Renea Winchester

In the Garden with Billy: Lessons about Life, Love, and Tomatoes by Renea Winchester is a true story and one that I enjoy sharing with my online friends. I’m giving away this book for the 3rd time. The message is a sweet one and shows the true heart of a gardener. Renea opened up her heart and reached out to Billy, the older gentleman farmer, who loves farming, Fords, and fried bologna sandwiches.

Billy and Renea became friends and garden buddies. Billy is as independent as they come for his 80+ years but Renea has enriched his life by lending a helping hand with planting and harvesting. She also makes sure Billy is taken care of for things he pays no attention to at times. He is deeply faithful in his obedience to God and mostly trust the good Lord to provide at all times. God sent Renea to make sure Billy is carrying on comfortably. They both understand what a blessing it is to have pursued this friendship in God’s presence.

In the Garden with Billy makes you laugh and cry as Renea describes what happens when a city girl meets a seasoned garden pro. They are both going through their own personal struggles because both are dealing with being caretakers of sick loved ones. You’ll have to read the book to discover how Renea and Billy help each other face the challenges of life, love, and tomatoes.

Renea blogs about her friendship with Billy at Bloggin’ Billy’s website. Renea Winchester has also published a book called Stress-free Marketing: Practical Advice for the Newly Published Author . A step by step guide for anyone thinking of self publishing or being semi self published. Renea’s personal website is HERE.

Renea owns Make Your Mark Publishing where I submitted my manuscript intro for Singing Behind the Trowel and am proud to announce it was accepted to be published in the coming year.

If you are seeking information about writing your own book or general advice about writing…..see her website, Advice for Authors. Renea gives you the low down on the pros and cons of self publishing and what to look for when on the road to being published.

I highly recommend all of Renea’s websites and can tell you that she is adamantly for the independent book author and seller. I am grateful for her friendship and advice.

To be considered for this book giveaway, leave a comment below. The winner will be announced in about a week. Good Luck!

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Haint Blue Porch Ceiling at Freeman Pottery

Haint Blue Porch Ceiling at Freeman Pottery with Flea Market Style Gardening

Judy Freeman Foushee went to college to take a painting class and ended up in a pottery class. Judy works the clay in a family farmhouse that goes back 5 generations. You first notice the haint blue porch ceiling at Freeman Pottery. Judy says it’s been that color since as far back as she can remember.

Judy is the first person in her family to choose being a potter as the other 4 generations chose farming. The farmhouse with it’s one main chimney serving 3 fireplaces is just one of the charming features she tells me about. The 1800’s 4 porch structure is framed by its 12/12 pitch roof and recognized by the heart vents on each gable.

The front of the house has two porches with one for the kitchen and one for the living area. Haint blue porch ceilings ward off insects it is thought by Judy and I explained to Judy the folklore surrounding the color. I wrote another story on Haint Blue at this post and explained the theory by some that the color allows haints or spirits to escape up to the sky instead of getting trapped. Once trapped the spirits are likely to enter the house. Judy assured me that there were no spirits at this house and that generations of her family have been Christian.

I can imagine that during the 1800’s it wasn’t easy to craft hearts in the vents on each gable. Makes me think the owner must have loved his wife very much to allow this crafted detail. I too want hearts on the vents of my future farmhouse. I may just build a house exactly like this floor plan. It was very functional and fun. It’s a 3 bedroom home with two additional back porches that help protect from the hot Seagrove climate. It is said that the first owner loved the back right porch the most due to the breezes that flowed there.

Judy is known for her pottery miniatures. She has the largest selection. They are numerous in style and design. Some are face jugs depicting personalities in government and some just down right funny buck toothed creations. Judy is witty and hugely talented at adding character to each piece. No two are alike.

She has a drunken man’s jug where any handle can be grabbed easily. She has the traditional Rebecca’s pitcher from the story in the bible. But her signature pieces are those fashioned in a style called sgraffito. Sgraffito is the process of layering different colored clay then sculpting scenery from those layers. She is most known for scenes of barns, hillsides, trees, and fences. She depicts her scenes in both winter and summer.

Her pieces are hand turned and she fires them herself right there in the little farmhouse built in the 1800’s. Sitting on a pretty piece of land with nothing around much but farmland and quiet neighbors who are used to hearing Judy at her wheel.

Judy says there isn’t much traffic down her way and that you still look up when a car passes. You most likely know the driver. You most likely have known them your whole life.

In 2005, Judy thought up Vezzel puzzles which doesn’t surprise me after meeting her. She’s the type person who has the sort of conversation that makes you smile the whole visit. Her Vezzel puzzles are a grouping of small pottery pieces that will only fit one way on their tray. They come with a photo of their proper placement and pitty the person who loses the cheat sheet.

Judy is a natural flea market style gardener. She has small flower beds dotting the property that are home to discarded pottery pieces and old farm implements. Some of the roses and ornamental shrubs that grow on her property were planted by her mother or grandmother. It’s an attractive mix of memorabilia. The old tobacco hook above was used on the farm when Judy’s family farmed tobacco.

If you see something you like here, you’ll have to contact Judy directly.

Freeman Pottery
Judy Freeman Foushee
PO Box 283, Eagle Springs, NC, 27242

Roadside vegetable stands can get elaborate

Get out and see America! Roadside vegetable stands are making a huge comeback. It’s early yet in North Carolina for home grown tomatoes and so some of this produce comes from our Southern states however this stand will proudly carry locally grown in the very near future.

This little/big stand is not far from my house and I’ve forever wanted to stop and take a look around. Glad I did–I got some homemade potato salad, cole slaw, and one of the best strawberry pies I’ve ever eaten.  Did ya’ll see the arts and crafts too? Get out and see America everyone! Folks like this are depending on us. The owners told me that they started with a table and little box where people could leave the money. It was an honor system. They soon progressed to what you see in the photos. Some of the success can be attributed to the food scares of eggs and other produce. It’s just better if you know where your food is grown.

This place has tons of character and located off a back country road. You’ve got to get off the interstate and explore America–to see sights like this.