Sunday, July 17, 2011

Simply Beautiful

Every Christmas a few friends from grade school gather for a luncheon.  ~ We like to bring a gift to the hostess. Two years ago, my friend Gay, gifted this lovely, white, African Violet to me, when I hosted the event. ~ I know very little about gardening, let alone the care for indoor plants, but I rose to the challenge, and now two years later, I am so very proud of this beautiful flower. I simply bought a small bottle of African Violet Food, and followed directions. I even had to repot it, as it has  grown so well. Thank you again, Gay, for such a lovely gift!

I cannot get enough of the large, Victorian houses, many with balconies and third stories and turrets. We spotted this beauty yesterday perusing the older neighborhood of tiny, Woodburn, Oregon. This is the Settlemier House which is where the founder of Woodburn resided. There are a few other beauties in Woodburn. It was such a pleasure seeing them.

Yesterday morning, a friend in town gave to me her old twig table that was (and still is) rather rotting. ~ I placed it into our "rockery" and it is happy to be there. ~ I will place a small plant on it in hopes that it won't force the table to the ground. I do adore twig furniture and what have you, because it has a faerie-like quality to it. The faeries in my garden are already delighted!


Susan said...

Hi, Christine...these are very pretty photographs. I like African Violets too, but have always "killed" them somehow. Our property is similar to yours. We are on a gigantic granite bedrock and have many rocky ledges and huge areas of granite that jut up and around our house (the cellar actually has a very large part of the granite exposed where they literally built the house around it). Your yard and surrounding towns are quite lovely. Thank you for sharing.
Warm Regards,
Susan B., Western MA

Mary said...

I'm glad you enjoy the little table. It looks much nicer in your garden than in mine and I'm sure Ella, the original owner, would be happy it's there. I'll have to drop by to visit it from time to time.

Lee Prairie Designs said...

Hi Christine, Your African Violet is beautiful. I love African Violet too! I have five of them and thrilled that I have been able to keep them alive. I one that is my favorite it is pink with variegated leaf. I am thankful that I have been able to keep them alive!!!! They are in an east window and they love to be snug in a plastic pot. I don't have a white one yours is a beauty. :)

I don't live in a Victorian home but I love them too! Our's is a Georgian Colonial brick.We were lucky to buy it and had fun fixing it up!

Your yard and plants look lovely.

Thanks for the inspriation.

Carolyn :)

Susan said...

Thank you for the lovely compliment on my blog, Christine. I admire your work so much (and your blog and website), so getting a compliment from you really validates me. I hope to have some items to sell eventually, right now I'm struggling to learn how to edit HTML (like putting page breaks in my posts and doing multiple photo uploads) so it's consuming me, but I'm getting there!
I'm enjoying the Early American writings from your husband at his site.
Warm Regards,
Susan B., Western MA

Anonymous said...

Such a sweet story about your grade school friends. The african violet is beautiful. Your story reminded me that my grandma Leta had a great green thumb and loved to grow african violets. They have always been a favorite of mine but never thought I had the same green thumb that she had. Your story of success as given me a bit of inspiration that maybe I should give it a try too. Thanks and have a wonderful week.

Bama said...

Beautiful imagery! I love the old Victorian houses too. But I also love old log cabins & farmhouses, saltbox houses, etc. LOL!

Lovely post.

Christine LeFever said...

I too love all of the old styled homes, the simpler, log cabins, the salt boxes and farmhouses, but with the high Victorian mansions, I honestly do believe I am involved here with a past life that I have remembered since I was a toddler. They beckon me home as though I belong in one. The house I am in is like one, but not a mansion, and so I feel as though I have the best of two worlds. A Victorian beauty with mansion-like features, yet merely a very tall cottage. Ultimately, I love when people love and care for their homes. There is a Mexican migrant worker grouping of apartments along highway 99 here in Oregon, and one of them is immaculately maintained with beautiful plants, flowers and vines beautifying it. That's the spirit of "home" that says it all for me.

Bama said...

Hi Christine! Thank you for leaving me a comment on my blog. I definitely know what you mean. I grew up in a Civil War Era home and loved it. It was actually the summer kitchen of a southern mansion that had been burned to the ground. We will never know why they didn't burn the summer kitchen too, but we are thankful that it still stands today. It was a very modest home and had several "improvements" such as two bathrooms & electricity added, but still retained the old charm, especially in the kitchen. Fireplaces in every room! Old homes are wonderful and tell us so much about the past.
Your home sounds very lovely. :o)

Joanne Barragan said...

The place is very enchanting! It looks like it came straight out of a fairytale. =) Was the house built in the 1900's? How did the owners manage to restore its natural beauty?