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Old-Timey Telephone on the Wall

Posted on December 4, 2013 by Billie Crumly — No Comments ? Using this modern iphone is a far cry from the old telephone we had when I was growing up. John’s great uncle — a blind man — owned

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Grandmother’s Pitcher

This could be called the mystery pitcher as I’ve showed it to numerous so-called pottery experts and no two agree on where it was made or how old it is. In the 1990’s a rep from the Birmingham Museum of

Posted in Antiques, Country Life – Then and Now, In the Kitchen

Another Windy Knoll Tale

Years ago (I don’t know about now) a cat would sit on the front porch (or any other surface with spaces between the boards) and get his tail hung in the crack.  Well, that’s how the old saying came about

Posted in Antiques, Country Life – Then and Now

Trunks 2013

The definition of “trunks according to my Webster’s (and it’s an old one) is “a box or chest for storing clothes or other material, esp. of a traveler.”  I wonder what a new dictionary would give as the definition –

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About Sand Mountain Pottery 2001

A visitor to our recent plant sale asked me what I knew about Sand Mountain Pottery and I began remembering what I had heard and read on the subject.  It seems the visitor owns a Sand Mountain Pottery churn — a

Posted in Antiques, Country Life – Then and Now

Reminiscing with a Friend 2000

It was during a Sunday afternoon nap when, what John calls our “doorbell” started ringing – actually it’s the barking of the dogs – telling us that company had arrived.  A longtime friend was out making pop calls on this

Posted in Antiques, Country Life – Then and Now, In the Kitchen

Washing Quilts 1991

As I put a quilt in the washing machine I couldn’t help but remember when we used to wash quilts (and such) at the Windy Knoll.  Back then Daddy would build a fire around the wash pot filled with water that had been

Posted in Antiques, Quilting

Antiques and The Windy Knoll

Here at the Windy Knoll, antiques it is — residents and furnishings as well.  When I started to appreciate antiques is more than I can remember, but now as I look back I’m reminded of how much I let get

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Old Tools and Old Terms February 2008

It’s interesting how the subject for this article came to mind.  Last week we visited dear friends who live some distance from the Windy Knoll and the conversation of old tools came up. I knew immediately that would be my

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Reminiscing with a Friend March 2000

It was during a Sunday afternoon nap when, what John calls our “doorbell” started ringing – actually it’s the barking of the dogs – telling us that company had arrived.  A longtime friend was out making pop calls on this

Posted in Antiques
Billie & John Crumly 1945 Part of what Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation"