Monday, April 07, 2008

Backroads: Abandoned House with Rosemary


After dinner we loaded up in the car to go see a newly discovered abandoned house This one we found on our way back from the lake one afternoon in the fall. In October, it had an enormous bush of rosemary blooming madly beside a little stone wall.



Incredibly, the rosemary was blooming even more generously yesterday--smoky blue flowers and that ancient piney fragrance, and taller than Felix.


A beautiful evocative ruin, a home that had been lived in by gardeners who planted redbud trees, grape hyacinths in the lawn, and tiny perfumed narcissus which had spread in a carpet.


Blossoms taking over the porch; Giles capturing beauty.


A perfect weathered gray door.



A dignified front yard boundary: the waist-high stone wall, good for leaning and smiling.


Who will remember this beauty every year if not us?



17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Anna, such lovely photos.
Thanks for sharing.
I especially like the one of your girls, they seem so sweet together.
Have a blessed day.
Lynne in NC

Mod Girl said...

What I love about so many of the photos that you put on this site is how they so beautifully capture little moments. I'm challenged to improve this area in my own photographing. The last photo in this post is especially beautiful to me because it is a beautiful moment, captured.

YayaOrchid said...

Anna, what beauty you have shared with us through Giles' camera lens. My favorite is also the one of your daughters together. Very sweet!

GrandmaRosie said...

I love these old homesteads. Here in Texas they almost always have a old windmill in the yard. They evoke childhood memories and heartfelt longings in me. Most have a old hand dug storm cellar. I spent many a scary hour in one of those as a child in the 50's. Tornadoes would sweep through Central Texas and we would huddle until they past. One of the worst on record in Central Texas came through when I was 4. I remember it very clearly.

Kelly said...

The stone wall is sooooo charming isn't it?
Great photos ( as always )

Davene said...

What a great mini-adventure! I need to get better at spontaneously having these kinds of adventures with my family.

Giles' pictures are astounding, as always. I looked through his blog today and was struck by how much he has improved! His pictures have always been phenomenal; but seeing his growth over the past few years, condensed into one afternoon of viewing his blog, was striking!

Kimmie said...

sweet day. Giles must have loved it especially!

My children and I were enjoying his blog, he has such a great eye...think we went through a zillion pages of his-such a talented young man!

Kimmie
mama to 6
one homemade and 5 adopted

Brambleberry said...

What a treasure!

Pam said...

Thank you for sharing such lovely snapshots of spring with us. It snowed here today and we were so disappointed. Your beautiful photos were a great consolation!

Beth said...

I love these photos, especially the last one. There is nothing more beautiful than sisters together.

Meredith said...

I love redbuds. I was just looking at our green, treed lawn and thinking we need to plant a spring blooming tree for posterity.

Julian said...

lovely kids, lovely photos. Couldnt someone move in these old houses, and bring them back to life again?
Christina

Lora said...

What a treasure! I'm so glad that someone is still enjoying it's beauty!
Oh-and congrats to Felix on a successful birding adventure!

jen said...

What an amazing post. Thank you so much for sharing this. As I live in the city things like this are only in my dreams. So neat!

Bethgem said...

Wow.

Anonymous said...

stunning...
and the sweet picture of the "sisters" is more than words~
Lana/Oklahoma

Tyler said...

I love these pictures. Your son is truley has a talent for pictures. Thank you for sharing.

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