( Today is November 13th, 2018. Please read my bio below but first a brief update. In 2012, I came down with a rare form of shingles to my cranial nerves. I would be in bed for the rest of 2012 through to 2015 with very little gardening or writing accomplished. I was at first paralyzed on my right side and now have regained most that was damaged but much of my strength has been lost. Other secondary and tertiary issues have surfaced due to the damage done to the nerves in my face and neck. We moved out of the home I built in 2008 and have since then moved to a town home where I garden on a much smaller scale. I feel half the person I was. My husband is retired now and we plan to travel NC and I will still write about the gardens, gardeners, and people we meet along the way. I will still write about my new gardens and retirement gardening. Thank you for visiting my website. )
Anna Marie, the author of this blog….. is the namesake and direct descendant of Maria Anna Elizabeth Staud b. 24 March 1717/18 Zweibrucken at Gimpweiler Germany. She is buried at Bethania, NC. Maria Anna married Jacob Mueller in 1740 in Berks County, Pennsylvania. They came to North Carolina as Moravians to establish the settlement of Bethania. They first arrived at Bethabara.
Anna Marie is a published writer and amateur photographer with her works appearing in websites and special publications. She documents stories about the South and those who garden there.
She is married and has two grown sons. She has been gardening for 40 years. She loves cottage style. She is a 9th generation NCer.
Anna created this website to show you some of her professional work and then document the building of her home and gardens back in 2008. She’s been blogging or doing online garden writing for 10 years. Her blog/website is now a collection of who she is at this point in life. That can sure be many things or just simply sitting on her front porch.
I’m glad you stopped by. I hope you find help, encouragement, and laughter. I will keep this website forever…I will tell my stories…share my failures..and if you find a broken link…I am sorry. Impossible to keep up these days with the changing internet. Also..some of my projects have ended and those featured links or articles are archived by other websites. Neverending…but I’m so glad you tried to read it all. I’m so glad.
( Since writing this bio, I have traced my roots through many lines and have even done a DNA test which put me at 80% England, 29% Scotland and Ireland, the remaining is Germany. I am a direct descendant through several people who came across on The Mayflower. Seems I need to write about that! November, 2018 )