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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…

Saturday afternoon in Jefferson

Just returned from the Excelsior House Hotel where the owners (the Jessie Allen WISE Garden Club< did you get the hint?  Jessie Allen Wise was my great grandmother on my dad’s side>) held a beautiful anniversary tea.  The table was set with tasty items from the Excelsior House Cookbook and each item was labeled with the page number from the Cookbook!  We took our plates out into the courtyard and chatted beneath a portable pavilion set up for the occasion.  Several of the ladies were in period costume and apparently had persuaded several gentlemen into period gear for the festivities.  The day is sunny and warm; a perfect day for a tea party

Work on the exterior of Wise Manor progresses.  These guys are skilled, neat, and polite.  I am truly blessed!  Glenn is designing my dumb waiter; we are considering motorizing it!  I vote YES!

Someone said a lovely thing to me earlier today at the tea when I was extolling the renovations of Wise Manor, “Wise Manor is a Jefferson gem!”  I like that!  I really, really LIKE THAT!  This house makes me happy, and comments like that intoxicate me!

Thank you for all the lovely complements on the new web site.  Holly is pleased that I am pleased; and I am pleased that you find the site interesting and beautiful!  Thanks for your input; it is always welcome.

Welcome to Wise Manor

Dear guests and potential guests,
 
Thanks for taking a look at my brand new web site.  It was designed by a former student of mine who now lives several states away, but who re-connected with me on Facebook.  If we have left off any bells or whistles, or there is something you would like to see on the site, please let us know.  We’d be very grateful for your feedback.  We like it very much and hope you do, too!
 
Wise Manor is undergoing a restoration/facelift!  Since October, 2010, a fantastic carpenter/contractor has been working on the house with his small crew.  It appears to be a labor of love, as he takes each new project I present to him as a new adventure.  So far he and his crew have re-built rotten window frames, inserted insulation all around the house and in the attic, re-built attic vents, repaired squirrel holes, re-built crumbling piers underneath the house and repaired others, replaced bad wooden siding with Hardie Plank, and other-wise repaired or replaced everything on the exterior that needed replacing or repairing…and painting.  We are planning to replace a window over the staircase that was removed sixty years ago as it continually leaked.  The stained and etched glass has been ordered from Glass Castles in Nacogdoches.  Meanwhile Glenn has found, repaired, and refinished a door to match the others throughout the house, and has inserted it as a second sound baffle between the adjoining upstairs rooms.  Today he was taking measurement for a dumb waiter so I can haul sheets and towels upstairs without carrying them in my arms.  He is amazing!  I am thinking seriously of adopting him.


for Wise Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn
312 Houston Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
903-665-4500
wisemanor.com