Thursday, July 24, 2014

president andrew jackson's home

flashback to may of this year and i got to go on a field trip with my son to the hermitage, the home of president andrew Jackson (1829-1837).  the texas sister and I have been wanting to go visit (she likes old homes and i like gardens), but for one reason or another we've never managed it on her trips here.  we're going to remedy that the next time she comes. 

i believe this was the foreman's cabin on the property?  i don't quite remember.

we weren't allowed to take any photos inside the president's home, but they had the foreman's cabin set up and allowed photos.

again, i don't remember properly, but i think this may have been a former home of the jackson's that was moved to the property and set up as two small cabins when once it was a two story home.

tool shed?


and oh the flowers.  they were in their prime then and i was in love.  i knew i wanted peonies one day, but this solidified my resolve.

i have never really desired roses, but the heirloom roses in this garden were gorgeous.  now i want roses.

i have absolutely no idea what this is, but i want it too.

pink peony.

heirloom rose.

foxglove with peony.  what a winning combination.

poppy.  yes, please.

heirloom rose.  I was especially drawn to the foliage around the bud on these.  so cool.

i made a mental note of the layout of this garden.  it was basically a large rectangular space divided into four quadrants.  there were walkways and beds around the edges of each quadrant with green space in the middle.  hey!  i have a large empty rectangular green space.  oh the possibilities!

the students toured the hermitage and also acted as jr. docents when they were there.  each one was given a few lines to memorize and then stood at specified locations and shared their new knowledge with other visitors there that day.

this is one of my favorite photos of my baby.  i need to convert it to black and white (the color is a little off for some reason) and print and frame it.

this is gabriel standing in front of his spot at the summer kitchen.  he was so proud of this assignment.  i think you can even see that in his smile.

turning in their costumes before heading back to school.  good-bye hermitage!  until next time . . .

linking up with manneskjur and "how does your garden grow?"

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

roadside attractions: texas wildflowers and grasshoppers

we spent a lovely long weekend in texas with my sister and her family.  they've built a new house and needed to christen it with houseguests.  we are very obliging in that way and she is an awesome hostess.  since it was such hard work taking care of us (or more likely due to the fact that her husband's work had called all night long), she decided to take a nap the morning after our arrival and we took the opportunity to take a walk.  she expected us to be gone twenty minutes, but obviously she is not familiar with our propensity to take photos.  the two mile walk to the end of her road and back took a good hour and a half.  i am hesitant to say that everything is bigger and better in texas, but most certainly the grasshoppers are.  g enjoyed capturing those for me to document.  and while there were still a few straggling wildflowers, now i am anxious to visit in the spring or early summer to see them in their glory.  bluebonnets have been on my bucket list for quite some time.

i've seen these flowers before!


we have these in florida, but they're pink.

getting a close-up of the freckles from his fishing/camping trip the weekend before.

not a grasshopper.

 his favorite.

my favorite.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

project life: july 4th 2012

a quickie share independence day 2012.  wow!  what a difference an iphone makes.  these photos were all taken with my old android and are horrible.  but the memories are good!  i jazzed them up with some stickers and other fun stuff from my july jbs mercantile kits (mostly from the historian which is still available).  the bits of color layered over the dark pictures helps tremendously, i think.  i blogged the layout on the left earlier; you can see it HERE.

and now i must figure out what we are doing with the rest of our summer.  we just flew back from texas last night.  another fun trip in the books!  and now more travel pics to blog!  hooray!  this week is the last hurrah for us.  i start back to work next monday and g's first day of school is august 1st.  what?!!!

Monday, July 21, 2014

roadside attractions: windmark wildflowers

i had to take a picture of the stinging nettles as we were leaving the beach the other day.  i have such a vivid memory of them from my childhood.  i was perhaps eight, making my sister and her friends seventeen or so.  we were walking home from the beach, much like this day, and ronald pickett dared me to step on one for a quarter.  of course, i did it, but he never did give me a quarter.  i remember this story every single time i see a stinging nettle.  whatever does this say about me?

this is the road i traveled on the school bus for ten years.  the beach is just to the right beyond the palm trees.  and yes, i did take that view for granted.

i know some of you were wondering how i managed to stand in the middle of the road to take that last picture.  well, you see, they ripped out the highway on this stretch of the beach to put in a large (for our area) beach housing development.  now the view is unavailable when traveling to town on this stretch.  i'm not complaining too much, as they did put in the lovely beach access area for the locals.  nice of them.

they also planted some gorgeous magnolias in the parking lot.

the magnolia is one of those iconic symbols of the south.  stately, elegant, wild, and well rooted.

at this moment in time i began contemplating the whiteness of the beach flowers.  it made sense, i suppose, what with all that white sand.  it was interesting to me none the less.

then i glimpsed the tiniest speck of purple out the corner of my eye and immediately set off to investigate.

purple led to pink.

and before I knew it, i was in a boggy pond area discovering a treasure trove of colorful native blooms (and creatures).

it always amazes me to see such delicate beauty rising from the mucky sludge.

i probably could have stayed all day, but the car was loaded down with soggy boys who'd been promised ice cream cones.

until next time . . .