Knife Sets

As I had shared earlier this year, my family owns an antique store in historic downtown Iuka, Mississippi. Each week I hope to share a few of the unique items available in the store. Most items can be shipped anywhere in the world.

Last week we got three new sets of carving knives in the shop:

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Beautiful Carving Set Made in Germany $295

Antler Handled Carving Set $35

Antler Handle Carving Set $35

Carved Bamboo Handle Set $75

Carved Bamboo Handle Set $75

Stop by the shop located at

117 S. Fulton Street
Iuka Mississippi 38852

Or call 662.423.8368 to order these items.

Facebook page for the shop is: https://www.facebook.com/uncleshirleysemporium/

Saying Goodbye

We had to say goodbye recently to our beloved dog Rocky. He was the sweetest dog ever. And we had nick-named him The Pillow Dog because anywhere he saw a pillow, he would go lay on it.

Rocky developed diabetes in the early spring. Then he got bit by a copperhead snake. He developed several health issues that couldn’t be fixed because of his diabetes. He lost his eyesight two months ago. Basically, his health had gone downhill very badly this year.

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He will be so sorely missed. And now his brother dog Max who had been with him his entire life, is left alone. We are giving Max lots of extra love and attention to help him adjust to Rocky being gone. But we will forever have a spot in our hearts for sweet Rocky.

Washington DC

We have just returned from a quick trip to Washington DC where we literally crammed in visits to as many museums as possible. The favorite amongst our travelling group turned out to be the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum. We went back to it twice in two days. And of course, couldn’t even begin to cover all of the exhibits and wonderful information they have at the museum.

It was nice to see Mississippi on particular display:

Mississippi Plane

Here’s the description from the Smithsonian:

In 1935, this Curtiss Robin established a world record for sustained flight, using air-to-air refueling. After two unsucessful attempts the year before, Fred and Algene Key took Ole Miss up from Meridian, Mississippi on June 4 and did not touch the ground again until July 1, for a total time in the air of 653 hours and 34 minutes, or 27 days. During the flight, the Keys received fuel and supplies 432 times from another aircraft. They braved severe thunderstorms and an electrical fire in the cabin before returning to a safe landing in Meridian.

We saw so many wonderful planes from Howard Hughes’ to Amelia Earhart’s prize winning red plane. I hope we can go back soon and visit more of the Smithsonian museums.

Rocky Mountains

I haven’t visited the Rocky Mountains in 35 years so this summer, a trip to the Rockies was on our agenda. We spent a week there in June and loved everything except the crowds at the Alpine Visitor Center. We stayed in the city of Fort Collins, Colorado for this trip. We fell in love with the people and old town of Fort Collins and hope to visit again some day. The old town boasted some very good restaurants and breweries also.

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We found snow at 12,000 feet. It was lovely to play in the snow on a hot June day. We all suffered from altitude sickness at different points on the trip and felt very exhausted most of the time. But we pushed through and spent as much time as we could driving in the mountains and visiting the sights. We even plunged our feet into a mountain stream that was flowing by the rest area in the national park. The water was so cold it hurt.

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We took our dogs on the trip. I had my schnauzers Rocky and Max. My sister brought her three Cocker Spaniels. We stayed at the KOA campground in Fort Collins in one of their pet-friendly cabins. I do highly recommend KOA’s if you are travelling with pets. Rather than rent a couple of hotel rooms, we were able to all stay in one cabin with a nice kitchen and dining area and the dogs had plenty of room to roam.

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Holt Cottage Restoration

My mother and I have long dreamed of buying local properties in need of restoration and renovation. We especially want to save some of the historic homes and buildings which are over 100 years old. Our family has lived in this town since 1837 and we love it here.

Recently we acquired Holt Cottage which is a 100 year old cottage that is in desperate need of restoration. It has sat empty for many years just down the road from our farm.

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I know the picture above does not do justice to the cute cottage that will emerge once we remove the kudzu vines and peel off the more modern siding that was installed in the 1960’s or so. We have a ton of work to do!

Our plans are to renovate the cottage and have it available for nightly rentals as a furnished home. We will furnish it with antiques from our antique shop. We plan to decorate the house with art and crafts by local artists and everything in the house will be for sale to the people who stay there. It will be beautifully decorated as a country cottage with frequent changes in the furnishings and art.

We hope that by restoring and saving this cottage we can help to contribute to our local economy in the rural area where we live. The cottage sits in the country only one mile off a busy highway that connects Memphis, Tennessee all across north Mississippi and Alabama to near Chattanooga, Tennessee. Our town is rich in Civil War history and located near the popular Pickwick Lake where travelers come from all over to fish and boat on the beautiful waters.

If you would like to help support our project, we have started a GoGetFunding campaign. You can Click Here to contribute and even $1 will help us out.

Holt Cottage Restoration

Donkey

Here is the latest photo of our pet donkey:

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He is sometimes very cooperative about posing for photo ops.

Summer Fruit

We are having a bumper crop year for fruit here on the farm. Conditions were just right this spring with the rain and temperatures so we are looking at a good harvest. The only thing that we are fighting against are birds. The birds all want our fruit just as much as we do.

Our peach trees are literally sagging under the weight of the peaches. We have had to prop up the limbs with various boards in an effort to keep the limbs from breaking.

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The plum trees are loaded down with fruit starting to ripen and the bees are loving the fruit that is dropping to the ground. Even our wild plum bushes are doing great.

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The pear trees are covered up with little pears. This particular tree was here when my father was a child.

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And finally, the blueberries are ripening in stages. All of our blueberries don’t get ripe at the same time so we have a couple of months of blueberries as each bush ripens.

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Get your own blueberry bushes:

Antique Store

My family owns an antique store in historic downtown Iuka, Mississippi. I thought that I would begin using my platform here to show some of the items available in the store. We can ship many of the items worldwide. And because the store is located in a small town, we are able to offer fantastic prices.

Yesterday we helped a lady clean out an old shed behind her parents’ house which she has just sold. In the shed we found a big stack of these antique tin roofing tiles:

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These are now for sale in our shop for just $2 each. They measure 14″ by 9 1/4″. They can be shipped anywhere. If you are interested call 662-593-5016 Tuesday thru Saturday 9 am – 2 pm. Or visit the Facebook page for our shop anytime.

 

 

Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve

We live a short drive from the Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve and I have been meaning to visit it for quite some time now. But for whatever reasons, I kept putting it off and never getting around to it. Finally, two weeks ago on a Sunday afternoon, I packed a backpack with lunch and bottles of water and set out to hike a portion of the preserve. I took along my daughter, my mom, and my sister. My sister brought one of her cocker spaniels along also since it is dog-friendly.

We arrived and parked next to the owner’s house on a grassy area. There is a little gazebo where you sign in and take a map. There is no charge to visit the privately-owned preserve. Then we set out on the trails. We decided to take the shorter loop trail since it was our first time there. Once we reached the overlook, we were greeted with this view:

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And that just so happened to be the only picture I got of the trip! I was so busy soaking in the beauty of the surrounding woods, waterfalls, creek, and rock formations that I just put away my camera and focused on enjoying myself. Of course, I will go back again very soon, possibly tomorrow, and will take more photos so I can share them!

After we left the overlook, the trail branched into a steep decline or an easier decline. We opted for the steep trail which was a very enjoyable descent down the steep trail of a rocky cliff. At the bottom of that trail we came upon Cane Creek which is a wide shallow swiftly flowing creek with a rocky bottom. Upstream we could see a host of mossy covered rocks. We took our shoes off and waded in the cold water for awhile before we began the hike back to our car.

You can visit the Facebook page for Cane Creek Canyon Preserve at: https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Cane-Creek-Canyon-Nature-Preserve-126802417335447/ to see photos and learn more about this unique property located in Tuscumbia, Alabama. The wildflowers are in bloom there so it is a great time for a visit.

Snowy

We spent the weekend in Paducah, Kentucky and during the night on Saturday, the rain turned to snow.

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Since it had rained all day Saturday followed by temperatures dipping way below freezing during the night, everything was coated with a covering of ice. Then the beautiful snow landed on the ice and created a winter wonderland.

When I packed for the trip I only saw rain on Saturday and cold weather on Sunday for the forecast. There was no mention of snow. So unfortunately I didn’t pack any snow boots or other snowy weather gear. We would loved to have gotten out and played in the snow while we were there but decided to avoid frostbite and just view it from the comfort of our car.

Speaking of cars, it took a long time to get into our car. The sheets of ice had frozen the doors all shut and the car was covered with about six inches of snow. We finally got most of that cleared and cranked the car to warm up for our drive home. Next time we go to Paducah, I am making sure to take some snow boots and maybe a sled or two. I don’t want to miss out on playing in the snow again!