It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas ~ 2013

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Snow Mountain and Christmas 2013-3Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 15, 2013


December 15, 2013 · 2:15 pm

History, Sugar Mill Ruins

This week I had the opportunity to visit the site of the Sugar Mill Ruins where sugar was made by the settlers before the Seminole Indians living in Florida burned it down in 1835.

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About the only thing left are the walls and the details surrounding what happened when the making of sugar was a risky business one hundred fifty years ago.

Dunlathon Sugar Mill Gardens in Florida (5)

The machinery for this business was then “moved near the river” where the mill was rebuilt. The Seminole Indians also burned this Sugar Mill down, thus leaving only these historical traces of its existence preserved for future generations to visit. Today, this second place is known as the Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens in Port Orange, Florida.

Note: Coquina  (Florida’s native stone) was the building block for the Sugar Mill.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 6, 2013


December 6, 2013 · 9:45 pm

Photography, The Old Abandoned Church

Here’s what’s left of the steeple and the frame of an abandoned church that is probably over a hundred years old.  I remember seeing it proudly standing tall even though it had become weathered and old due to its age about five years ago. But, alas this past week when taking a drive back into the mountains of Western North Carolina looking for a farm where you could buy a live Christmas tree, its collapse surprised and saddened me.   2010A copyright

Since this building will probably disappear from view before I return to this area again, I decided to stop and capture some last  photographs of it before it completely falls to the ground.

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Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 29,2013


November 29, 2013 · 11:46 pm

Thanksgiving 2013

The American holiday called Thanksgiving is a great time to celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings we have received during the year.

Recently I found a magazine from 1995 that my Mother used to love to read and it is certainly filled with some wonderful memorable stories.   The little girl featured in the painting published on the front cover of this  issue of “Reminisce magazine reminds me of myself when I was that age. I remember being mesmerized by what beautiful quilts Grandmothers made just from sewing fabric together. And, this wonderful painting called “A Stitch in Time” done by a talented artist by the name of Tom Sierak also reminds me of this time of the year when the weather gets cold outside during the Month of November and a time when Thanksgiving Day is celebrated in the Unites States. I am looking forward to spending some time indoors with family and friends enjoying eating turkey and having pumpkin pie for dessert in a couple of days.

Happy Thanksgiving. May your lives be filled with happiness and surrounded by family and friends.
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The history behind Thanksgiving: “In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.”Source:

Written by Mary Gilmartin, November 25, 2013


November 25, 2013 · 10:30 pm

Books by Robert Louis Stevenson

It’s possible that one of Robert Louis Stevenson’s most popular books was the one that published in 1883, called “Treasure Island” because it captivates the imagination of the reader.

And, what better cover for a book could you find than the one I found below illustrated by Frances Brundage?

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Another Robert Louis Stevenson book that I have always liked is the following; perhaps, simply because I like the first lines to Chapter 1:


I will begin the story of my adventures with a certain morning early

in  the month of June, the year of grace 1751,

when I took the key for the last time out of the door of my father’s house.

This historical fiction adventure novel by the Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson written as a boys’ novel and first published in the magazine Young Folks from May to July 1886. A sequel, Catriona, published in 1893 is also an adventure story about David Balour, an orphan, who is cheated out of his inheritance by his uncle and schemes to have him kidnapped and sold into slavery. The story is full of adventure with a shipwreck and a dangerous journey across Scotland with justice finally being achieved.

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My copy of this book comes from a publisher series from The Home Library that is not dated. And, according to some information I found, it seems my book is probably from 1898, since most volumes are not dated.” (In 1890 a traveling salesman started the publishing series of ‘the world’s best books’ which became known as A.L. Burt Company, Inc. 1902-1937.)

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 20, 2013


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