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Pilgrimage 2016

Pilgrimage 2016 has come and gone and didn’t we have fun! All my docents were absolutely gorgeous, and the flowers done by my cousin Robin, were spectacular! The garden was a bit soggy, but the guests didn’t seem to mind.  We continue to be thrilled and honored to open our doors to share our history and our heritage.

Landscaping! 2

I am thrilled at the work C. Jai has done on the lawn and garden here at Wise Manor!  My amaryllis now have a bed of their own and are prepping for a spring display.  The camillias C. Jai planted are in full flower and the azaleas and crape myrtles are gathering strength for their own spring spectacle.  I have a new flashy Shumard red oak to replace the three ancient pecans I lost to the drought, and I have a private little “garden room” outside my back door with a bubbling fountain and display plants.  My “iron plants” have been moved to the gap between the car port and the house to hide my ageing foundation (how prophetic!).  I’ve been gathering royal blue pots for highlighting and have begun to hang interesting architectural items on the new privacy fence.  We have a few more smaller projects to complete (lighting, statuary) but for now we are weathering the fall/winter months until my new garden’s first spring–can hardly wait!  COME SEE!

Wren family

I was taking down my Easter door wreath to put up my patriotic wreath, when I happened to look down to notice that my little wren had made her nest and laid six eggs in the lower curve of the wreath AGAIN this year, soooo my front door still has an Easter wreath on the exterior and the patriotic wreath is currently on the inside of the door.  The tiny bird (or one of her offspring) comes ever year and nests in the same place, but I had overlooked her activities this year although I was constantly picking up moss and debris from my threshold.  I should have remembered that she likes that wreath.  Whenever I attempt to peer into her inner sanctum, she flies out, so I can keep tabs on the progress of the eggs.  She doesn’t seem to be deterred in spite of my intrusions and the opening and closing of the door.  When they hatch, they are quiet as little mice, never peeping or cheeping, even when she comes in to feed them.  Then suddenly one day they are gone and the nest is abandoned until next spring.  I give it a good bug spraying and replace it with the patriotic wreath.  And so it goes…

Unbiased opinion

“What is it about Jefferson, Texas, that makes me not want to come home after I visit there? Could it be the countless amounts of antique stores and shops to visit? Maybe the plethora of lovely, historic hotels and Bed & Breakfasts at which to stay? Ghost hunting after dark? Or maybe it’s peacefulness that overcomes me from just being able to sit on a park bench in the middle of town, in the middle of the day, and relax after a long walking excursion.  Whatever it is, it keeps me going back.” — Angela Thomas, KEEL Radio 710

Eave ornament

Well, Glenn has done it again!  I asked for it; I got it!  Using the existing gingerbread on the front porch as a guide, Glenn designed and constructed a decoration for the under-eave at the front gable of the house.  As a Queen Anne  house, I had often compared mine with other houses of the same era and noticed that mine is missing an eave ornament.  No more!   It was constructed, painted and installed before my weekend guests arrived last Friday, who, incidentally were delightful fun and took the whole house so they are on my “love you; please come back” list.  AND, although fall can’t seem to make up its mind whether to come on or to concede to summer, my fall decorations are up, prompting my guests to inquire and be sent over to the Pottery Tent south of Jefferson on Highway 59.  Bet they got lots of good stuff!

A Happy Couple play bride & groom for the Spring Tour

A Happy Couple

Teri made her outfit to docent for the Spring Tour of Homes.

Historical Dress

Ready for Tea

Dining Table is set for guests

Dining Room

My friend David did all of the flowers for the Open House

Dining Room