Saturday, 14 November 2009

Where I Hang My Hat is Home

Those that have read 'my story' will know that we have always had many guests stay with us in our home, total guest book entries to date almost 600. Next week we are having a guest from Ohio who stayed with us a lot in the 70's and who I have not seen since he drove 5 hours to visit me in Kentucky in 1996. How surprised we were last week to have him call and say that he was engaged to be married to an English lady and would be in the country and would love to come and visit again along with his fiancee.

This got me to thinking of the many homes that I have stayed in over the years here in England, Europe and the USA. As it happens I am at present going through my old photo albums in order to compile a slideshow to present at our upcoming 50th wedding anniversary, so thought it would make a fun post to show some of the homes of friends that I have stayed in in America.

How I would love to show you inside some of these beautiful homes but would not dream of invading the owners privacy.



North Carolina

North Carolina

New Jersey





North Carolina

This was not truly a home but a mountain chalet in Gatlinburg

North Carolina

North Carolina








Elizabeth said...

what a wonderful selection of American homes you have visited over the years!

Susan said...

All lovely.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

As Ohio is my home state I was interested to hear you have an Ohio visitor. You have visited many places in our US. How nice to travel like that. I usually stay close to home and have only gone out of state a few times to visit my children when they have lived in other states. Lovely homes you have pictured today by the way.

Jenny said...

When like you God took me up in a plane when i said i would never go, i stayed for 2 nights in a lovely log cabin in Florida. From there on in though it was a week on the floor of a church annex, but i had a great time though. The homes you stayed in look lovely.

Jenny <><

Willow said...

Yes, in the East and South sections of the US, the grounds and houses are often really large. You traveled in many beautiful part of our country.

I am still hopeful that you will visit California! Our homes and gardens are smaller but our welcome will be just as warm!

Needled Mom said...

How fun it is to have taken photos of all the different homes you have stayed in over the years. Yes, home is where your hat is hung.

Adrienne said...

Amazing how many homes you have visited. And what fun to have these photos for the memories. When is your anniversary? And the celebration? What fun to anticipate the people who will honor your years together and how precious are the memories of all who have known you two through the years. ~Adrienne~

Jenny said...

Yes i was there and went to Hilldene to do my Treasure Hunting and had a great time. And i had the fish and chips. How strange that we were together and never knew it. My email is I will have to ask my ministers wife if she knows you or Jane who works at the school.
Jenny <><

Maree said...

Love the title of your post...I think you gave me an idea...I'm going to gather some hats and hooks and paint a saying....Where I hang my hat is home. ;-)


A Brit in Tennessee said...

How lovely that you have been able to stay as a guest in all of these homes.
You have been to my neck of the woods I see....Tennessee, even up in our mountains Gatlinburg ! One day I will retire there, even if it's only in my

bennie and patsy said...

What fun to see the home.

Anonymous said...

Well you have visited in Kentucky a lot. Were any of those stays in Bardstown. One home looked familiar to me. Maybe a B&B?

Andrea said...

How awesome! Your visits here in the US have included some lovely places.

Barbara, it is so kind of you to share your home with so many. I know you have all been blessed by those visits.


Tankar från Routern: said...

Why not make a beautiful photobook with comments on "The home we visited..etc!? I am sure you will make it personal and warm and interesting!

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Beautiful homes, but where is South Carolina?? :) My home is always open to you if you ever visit the Upstate of South Carolina.

Tracy :)

Jenny said...

No i am not in any photo other than my profile. The two blondies are my daughter and g'daughter, the other dark haired lady is a friend. Their fair hair they get from my husband mine was dark until grey took over. I do not recognise you but we must have stood within feet of each other at the service hatch. You may have even handed me my fish and chips. I was the short, wide, short hair and glasses one lol! I also gave a testimony to talking and praying with a girl in a charity shop who was suffering with anxiety/agoraphobia/panic attacks. Look forward to hearing from you.
Jenny <><

Charm and Grace said...

What a lovely post and tribute to so many families. What a blessing that you have had the opportunity to stay in so many different homes. There's much more of a connection with people when you have actually dwelt together under the same roof. Of course, I also enjoyed seeing all the different styles of architecture.


Pom Pom said...

The houses are wonderful! I loved looking at them! I'm reading a sweet book about hospitality right now. Maybe you should write one!

Anonymous said...

What charming homes. I can almost see the hospitable hearts just by looking at the exteriors. I particularly love that Connecticut snow scene. So inviting.

RoyalTLady said...

Glad you took me on a tour to all those houses you once lived before...
they are all beautiful.

La Petite Gallery said...

I have a step Daughter that lives in London. My Grandmother was from Sheffield. I live in Maine. Read you were in Mass. and Conn.
You must love to travel. Enjoyed your blog. One you might enjoy is Renee Finberg adventures in Design. That's my Daughter.
I will try to follow your blog. Christmas is very close, Buzy,buzy.

Sara said...

I notice what all these homes have in common is a lot of big trees around! You've certainly seen a lot of the USA...places I've never been to yet.

Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

I see you have visited several homes in North Carolina, my home state. My little home is like a shack next to these lovlies. The only thing it seems I share in commons with them is a vast amount of trees and acreage. Thank you for sharing. What blessings the Lord has given you.

La Petite Gallery said...

Isn't it marvelous how we can communicate from Maine to London. To Hell with the mail. I was delighted to fine your comment.
Thank you. Take a peek at my Daughters Blog. Renee Finberg
Interiors. I think you will enjoy it. I love the Knights templar. I just recieved it in the mail today.
What FUN places you go to. Yvonne

blueberry hill said...

Hello Barbara,
Just catching up with your blog...some lovely houses. I love those blue houses you sometimes find in America and Canada. Nice to see some pools too - I often say to my husband that I would give up our ground floor if we could fit a pool in! not too practical really!
Hope all is well with you & yours. Anne x

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Barbara,
I have three girlfriends called Barbara. Thank you for checking out Renee's site. I am very proud of her. She is having a rough time $$ now. Things have got to change in this country. I'd love to see Sheffield where my Grandmother was from. Her name was Burke.
Got to get my dog he is barking.
Thanks Yvonne

Renee Finberg said...

please excuse my enthusiastic mum.

but thank you for stopping by.
...and now i have found you as well.

you have a lovely blog.