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Pilgrimage 2017

Yes, it’s true!  Wise Manor’s gardens will again be featured during the annual Historical Pilgrimage on the first weekend in May, 2017!  We’re looking forward to showing off our gardens and hoping the azaleas and amaryllis decide to bloom late and/or early.

ON TOUR AGAIN!

Once again Wise Manor will be on tour during the annual spring Pilgrimage Tour of Homes,  sponsored by the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club, and we are delighted!  The house has been open for tours many times in the past, but this year we can include our spacious gardens in which our guests are encouraged to linger and relax. Sit a while and you might find a cat on your lap!  Tour dates are April 29-30. See you then!

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!

Singing in the rain!

Sprinkler system is finished! and comes on zone by zone every morning at 2:00 a.m.  I happened to be on the porch last night when I was shot in the stomach by a stream of water.  Glenn got it adjusted this morning and it is behaving nicely.  What a joy not to have to worry about my lawn drying up again this summer and especially not having to reset the hose and sprinkler repeatedly every evening!  I’m loving this new addition to my lovely home, Wise Manor!  We’ve started on the parking area, just waiting for the asphault man to get the paving done, then will build the brick retaining wall facing the street.  This will be a nice addition and a much more welcoming view of the house.

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…

Renovations continue

Lovely folks from Shreveport just left after celebrating their first wedding anniversary in Jefferson at Wise Manor with Stillwater Inn for dinner last night and Jodie’s Ghost Walk last evening. 

Glenn has not quite finished work on the dumb waiter, but I have been using it to haul fresh towels and linens, cleaning supplies and fresh coffee, etc. upstairs.  Glenn will be back to adjust the speed of ascension and descent and to keep it level, but it is quite functional as is.  Just in time!  as my poor old knees are starting to creak. 

The parlor sofa and Mom’s chair are back from the upholsterer’s and look spectacular!  Ballew’s was able to pick them up, order in the fabric, repair and re-upholster, then deliver, all in two weeks!  The fabric for the other chair is on back order and will arrive soon.  I have already referred two friends to Ballew’s and they seem very pleased.  In the meantime, I have discovered a retired upholsterer here in the Jefferson community.  I’ve decided to send her one of the rockers from the Ramsay Suite.  The fabric is in good shape, but it clashes with the new linens I’m using upstairs now so needs to be changed out to blend better.  The parlor furniture was in very bad shape thanks to years of use and a steady procession of highly pampered cats which could do no wrong, even if it involved shredding the furniture.

Jefferson’s first ever Easter Parade was a great hit last week.  It was a small, but auspicious beginning and ladies and gents alike had a splendid time!  I expect the parade will double in size by next year.  Start planning your Easter hat now.  More fun in Jefferson! 

And the glass for the new window installation in on its way!  The stained glass and the etched center panel will be delivered Tuesday and Glenn should have it installed within the week.  His crew is finishing up the very back of the house, installing new siding, but there are lots of things still on my to-do list.   Very excited to have the new window going in over the staircase!  Restoring this beautiful old house is a joy to my spirit!  Loving it!  Hoping Mom is watching…

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