Friday, July 10, 2009

Here they are. The promised pictures of my most recent 'home away from home'. This is a local park that is part of the historical society in our city. Once the home of one of the founding families of the area, the home is a museum and a portion of the surrounding property is a park for day use and often the site of civic events and private events.

The house is opened to public at various times throughout the year. Docents are available to give information on the history of the city, the home and the family.

There are several gardens around the house featuring native plants, old-fashioned gardens, drought resistant plants and a rose garden. These are tended by volunteers.
Just a block from the Pacific Ocean, if you listen carefully and traffic on the main street is light you can hear the surf.
Here's a peek at some of the different roses and the barn that is a now a part of the museum.
The most fragrant spot is on one of the benches surrounded by the rose garden.
I've spent a lot of time at or near this park during the years we have lived here. It was a particular place of refuge this past week when I needed a place to just 'be' with Harper for long stretches of time. It never occurred to me how much I might miss it until I started taking pictures to share and realized that I'll be leaving it behind - perhaps much sooner than I could have imagined.
While I'm sure I'll miss this familiar spot, I know there are parks waiting for me in the east. They will be filled plants and flowers that I'll be excited to see and learn about for the first time. And there will be more history than I can shake a stick at. New and exciting things are just around the corner.

15 comments:

Kim said...

Hey there, girl. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place. Good that you took plenty of photos for your scrap book of life. I suspect that you won't take long to find all of those new favorite comfy places to spend time. Such exciting times ahead and so many places to explore with Harper.

Is there a chance your house has a new family looking to make a nest there? I hope so. Big hug!
Kim

Darlene said...

Beautiful spot. You have many memories of this spot but soon you'll be making new memories in a spot as delightful.

QUILTILNLG IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

Hi Libby--pretty pictures--it is always hard to leave a place--but like you said there are new places just waiting for you to discover them with Harper--keep smiling it will all work out great--have a great weekend--hugs, just, Di

Judy said...

Sounds like some of that traffic the first day might have produced some good interest from one family.

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Hope the house sells quickly for you...to save your vacuuming arm! A lovely park and gardens to be sure.

Gwendie said...

Moving away from a place you love can be very sad. And it's perfectly okay to feel sad about it. That feeling does go away and you begin to feel excited about your new home, fixing it just the way you want it, and enjoy the things about your new place. Just remember to enjoy where you are before you leave!

sewprimitive karen said...

Ouch, that shot of the ocean is incredible. You will be leaving some things behind for sure. But I think you're going from one nice spot to another. Just think of the history!

Stephanie D. said...

Thanks for the photos--what a peaceful-looking rose garden! Must have been hard not to be writing down what roses you want to plant in your yard next year--or have you done that in years past?

You'll be able to pull these out and gaze on them some cold, snowy day in January and dream of a new summer in a new place.

Carolyn said...

I love your positive outlook on your move...that will get you so far!

Quilt Hollow said...

Soon new memories of new places...

Guðrún said...

Thank you so much for the tour. I just love to see pictures like this, it is so amazing to be able to visit my friends countries like this.

Catherine said...

What glorious photos -- those roses look so lovely! Your attitude towards the move is brilliant -- just think of all the adventures you will have as you find new favourite spots!

Karen said...

I figured you would be blogging about an offer on your house since you had so many lookers so quickly!
It is hard to leave some things behind but exploring new things is fun too. And you can come back to visit the old.

Wendy said...

Beautiful park, take lots of pictures for your scrapbook. New ones will be just around the corner.

Candace said...

What a gorgeous place, Libby! I can see how you'll miss it. I know you'll save wonderful memories of this little haven, and hope that you make even more good memories in you new corner of the country!
Cheers!