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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Galveston, Texas

It's been a while since we just "talked", you know a random post about life...
so here you go, no party, just me and my life.

Galveston, Texas

I love the place.
No kidding.
It's the history, the resilience of the people, the seagulls, the pelicans,
the salty air.

I've been making trips to Galveston for as long as I can remember.
Not necessarily to the beach (go figure) but just to hang out.

For the past 20 years or so,
 it's been a Mother's Day tradition to attend the Historical Homes Tour.
Sometimes there's quite a crew of us, other times just the traveling trio...
my mother, sister, and me.

Since my mother and sister were coming from an opposite direction to the island 
we drove separate cars. They took the Boliver Ferry, I took the interstate.
With the ferry, there's usually "wait time"... sometimes a short wait, sometimes longer.
Today a relatively short wait for them so
I had a few extra minutes on hand.
Well, what's a girl to do?
take pictures
Yep...that's just what I did.

As I was driving along Broadway, the flowers in this cemetery were a new sight.
really


Never in my 52 years do I remember seeing such quiet beauty.

It was breathtaking.


Our tour this year had two special homes that were in the "restoration in progress" state.
The first was originally apartments 
but a single family has currently purchased the entire site for family gatherings. 
(apparently large gatherings!)


The shell shaped carved stone planters are its defining glory. 
The red arches were once on open breezeway separating the east and west wings.
However, the area is now enclosed 
with a kitchen specifically designed for that space.


In the back were two carriage houses, "next "on their proposed schedule for restoration.
Note the sand bags below...a true dose of reality. 
The first floor flooded during Hurricane Ike...
I guess they are staying prepared.

Don't you know those bricks have quite a story in themselves?

We moved on to the second house "in progress." 


and the owner was there to greet us.
She said that it had taken her one year to get to this stage.
Just look at that foundation...
it looks very secure.

As we were walking through the interior, it was clean and well organized.


It always amazes me how far some of the houses have to be stripped back...
all the way to the lathe board.


The owner hopes to have the home
on tour next year.
I sure hope so...it's going to be a beauty!


Stay tuned for more Galveston treasures!

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Peter Rabbit

In the children's book, Peter Rabbit, 


I always felt sorry for Peter because he was obviously very hungry
 and Mr. McGregor's wasn't too accommodating.

Now, I don't have a garden myself
so my opinions are plainly swayed.
Because, I'm sure, that IF I did have a garden,
and worked and worked for it be
successful,
I most likely wouldn't want little bunnies
eating my produce either.

I get it.

But, in the magical world of Blogland,
I can invite Peter to dine with me,
right?

So here's my table this week...
It's all about Peter
and he's welcome to eat until his heart's content!





The luncheon plates with their simple design fit right in...
the trellis reminds me of Mr. McGregor's fence.
However, the "fence" on these dishes is easily hopped over!


All the produce on this table was from a local farm...a "U-Pick" farm.
It's a favorite!


As all bunnies, 
my Peter also has a watchful eye.
But he needn't worry,
this red leaf lettuce and kale are his to enjoy.


As are these strawberries...however, 
I might have to try one or two for myself, they look super yummy.




And let's not forget about the green beans...oh my.





 As I finish this post, look who's visiting again, my morning friend!
I think I'll name him ...
yep...
Peter 
or
how about 
Petunia?


Thanks so much for visiting!!


I'm joining Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday.
Drop by for loads of inspiration!


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