Happy Birthday, General Washington!

And that should be a great start for a new week for all of us, eh?

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Those who know me also know that I have a fondness for history, especially the Colonial American history.  Because of that, I never tire of learning about the beloved General’s life.   If we don’t know our history, we won’t know where we are headed.  My belief remains steadfast… generations – ours and upcoming – need to learn real and unbiased history, and the General’s life is a great place to start.

Click here to see how well you know about General Washington quiz.  I scored 93% — so obviously I have more learning to do!

Click here to read some interesting facts on General Washington.

Click here to read about the day set aside to remember the General’s birthday.

Click hereherehere, and here to read about past Washington’s birthday posts on Ivory Spring.

And legend has it Lady Washington had a Japanese Fruit Pie (a staple at the Ivory Spring household) made for the General for one of his birthday.   Click here for the recipe.

Over the years, I have thought about words I would use to describe General Washington.  This year, my words to describe him are understated elegant.  I have been reading up on the General’s life as a designer and architect, and his pursuits of things artistic this past year, and one thing I came away with was that General Washington was a man of details.  His keen interest in details reflect him as a complex man, with lots of depth, but never ostentatious nor tacky — just elegant!

What one word or words would would you use to describe the General in honor of the day set aside to remember his birthday?

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you have a lovely week ahead.  Those who are stuck in the deep freeze (like me!), do stay warm and safe.

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Liberty BLUE!

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Happy Independence Week, Everyone! May we always cherish the heritage secured for us by great men before us, and may true freedom always ring!

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Independence Hall Plate from Staffordshire Liberty Blue Collection

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” ~ Benjamin Franklin (1775)

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From the Diplomatic Collection by Mottahedeh

“The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally, staked on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.” ~ George Washington (1st inaugural address 1789)

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American Bicentennial Plate by Royal Copenhagen

“We have spent the prime of our lives in procuring [young men] the precious blessing of liberty. Let them spend theirs in shewing that it is the great parent of science and of virtue; and that a nation will be great in both always in proportion as it is free.” ~ Thomas Jefferson (1789)

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Thanks for stopping by. I always appreciate your visits! Happy Blue Monday and Happy Week to you!!

Dishaholic Part 3: All things historic

Working on my grouse-y quilt made me all warm and fuzzy about all things historic. So for my show-and-tell today, I thought I would show you some dishes that have historic connections:

The pattern is called “Mandarin Bouquet”, a Winterthur adaptation made by Mottahedeh. The Fitzhugh border, named after an English family, was selected by George Washington for his dinner service at Mount Vernon. Spode has had a Fitzhugh line of china service in the past. The bouquet motif is from a Chinese Export porcelain punch bowl (circa 1800). I love the vibrant colors of the bouquet – I would love to interpret it for an applique quilt some day:

It all started with the lobed dish that is in front of the oval platter (in the first picture). I had received it a few years ago as a graduation gift. Over time, my husband has added the pieces occasionally as Christmas and anniversary gifts. It is not a collection that I have ferociously added myself because I think it makes it more special when my husband adds to the collection for me.

I thought I would show you some George Washington related items around the house while we are on the subject of all things historic…

A lovely coffee table book of Mount Vernon that showcases the Washington estate in various seasons:

A framed menu from the Mount Vernon Inn:

My favorite book on Washington, written by George Washington Custis, his adopted son (who happened to be the original owner of the Arlington):

The favorite Washington print in our family:

A couple of small prints issued by the Mount Vernon Ladies Association:

And finally, a few scenes of Mount Vernon:

I hope you have enjoyed my “historic” show and tell. Have yourself a very merry weekend!



Flying and Patriotic

Kari and Kijsa are hosting a “Fabulous Flag-Flying Fourth”. I only found this picture that was taken back in 2003 with the flag when we were snowed in:

I am grateful for the men who stayed and persevered in the bitter cold of Valley Forge during their winter encampment. Historical accounts found that they were in dire want – they were in want to clothing, shoes, and sustenance. Some marched without shoes, and their blood trailed after their path in the snow that covered the formidable terrain of Valley Forge during the winter. What courage, what sacrifice! No wonder, their general, Gen. George Washington, earnestly prayed for them and their cause in Valley Forge:

Prayerful and Patriotic

My all time favorite print in the house, “The Prayer at Valley Forge”, (it came framed) that graces the wall in our foyer:

I consider it an indispensable duty to close this last solemn act of my official life by commending the interests of our dearest country to the protection of the Almighty God and those who have the superintendence of them into His Holy keeping.” — General George Washington at his resignation of his commission as Commander in Chief of the Continental Army.