Saturday was a warm, blustery and very rainy day here in Northern Virginia. It was the kind of day for napping in your favorite chair. Today however, was a gloriously sunny fall day, perfect for an outing. I have a friend from my high school days that I have just rediscovered thanks to Facebook. Turns out she lives only 60 minutes from me. Small world isn't it? Well we have been trying to get together for a while now and we finally did it Sunday. I met her in the lovely old historic town of Leesburg. We had a long very chatty lunch and then wandered through an antique shop. On the way back I stopped to take some photos to capture the beauty of some of the great Civil War era homes in my town. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
This is a lovely red brick home with a fabulous wraparound porch and great manicured yard. I love the stonewall and the black wrought iron gate. I can almost picture Judy Garland sitting in one of the porch rocking chairs, singing 'In the Good Old Summertime' all decked out in her period clothing. This home was white when I first moved here...so happy they restored it to it's prior brick splendor.
Another beautiful home on the same street is a lovely pale yellow. The owners did a wonderful job restoring this house. You can't see it, but behind the tree on the right is a cool terraced patio with pretty white trim. I love imagining all the great family parties that have been held in these homes over the last 100 years or so.
This is my personal favorite..I can almost picture the proud Civil War era family all posed on the wide front steps waiting for the photographer to capture their image forever. The stone work on the house is incredible and in pristine condition. I would love to get inside! Maybe someday I will knock on their door and profess my undying passion for their home and they will take pity on me and let me in.... Or call the police to have me escorted off the property.
And now for the final home I would like to showcase I give you...the grand estate of Blowup Land !
I have to give you some close-ups!
Oh...Yeah!!!!! When my boys were little they would have LOVED this house. Me...not so much. But hey, you have to give these people credit...they have guts. I pulled into their neighbors drive way to get my shot. The homeowner neighbor saw me and I yelled to him that I was trying to get a good shot. He shook his head and said "no problem...we are used to it". The neighbors must be very understanding because this display is lit up (big time) at night AND they have spooky Halloween music piped to the outside. If he was my neighbor I would seriously think about an after dark wire snipping excursion. Gee BOB, I have no idea why your blowups won't inflate ;-) did you pay your electric bill?
They have a large side yard that is also filled with blow-ups...I decided to spare you guys and did not photograph them...you can thank me in your comments.
Oh, and did I mention....they decorate for Christmas too! That will be a whole other blog post.
I do have one final home to showcase....................
MINE!!!! Yes I know, I could use some decorating lessons from our blow up house. I'm sure they would snivel with laughter at my pitiful little pumpkins. Lucky for me they don't know where I live.
Until next time..be kind and stay creative.