Our first stop was Athens, Georgia. It is a beautiful University town, with a lively downtown. Our only problem, was the huge sound & Light show that appeared out of nowhere. Just as we were parking our car, the lightening surrounded us, as claps of thunder roared overhead, and torrential rains fell from the skies. Wow! That cut short any possibility of exploration. We will try again, Athens!
Next night, we stopped in Durham, North Carolina. We wanted to visit Duke University and see their campus. Founded by Methodists & Quakers, it was an intriguing place, tucked away in the woods, yet stunning in it's architecture. The gothic chapel just knocked us out. We spent the last light of the day, walking all around the campus. Here is a peek!
|This orb was placed along a path towards a contemplative garden. |
Calming and serene
|This bronze pinecone has been at the MBG since the beginning.|
|I added a little love to the fairy garden.|
|This was built into the fairy garden.|
One little boy was quite busy building his fairy house, while telling his Dad,
"Boy, I bet everyone that didn't come with us will be really sad that they missed this"
That made me smile!
|Of course, the flowers were remarkable, too!!|
|This was near our cottage....as we crossed a small bridge to an even smaller island.|
|The view from our cottage.|
|Oh yes, we had plenty of sunshine, too.|
|But, I loved the serene softness of the fog.|
|We loved the little dinghy's tucked into the cove.|
|The evenings were spectacular! The sky was so dark, that we could see an amazing amount of stars.|
We even had the opportunity to see the Northern lights on display, one evening.
|Darling Daisies and a Black eyed Susan peeking through.|
|A hybrid Lily, in the MBG|
|Bad news is that I got a tick bite!|
This was after we dug him our and he didn't want to leave!!
|Christina's House in Cushing, ME.|
tours are given daily
|Andrew Wyeth is buried nearby.|
|A view from their window|
|I did manage a few quick sketches|
while I was in Maine
|These windows were far ahead of anything that had been created in 1935|
|This is a door leading down the stairs, to the water.|
It is a part of the living room and was opened up, and used to enter the water,
on calmer days of late summer.
|the corner windows opened for ventilation.|
|There was a view of the water from almost every window|
|The cantilever patio has been completely reconstructed.|
|I fell in love with this staircase going up to the third level of the house.|
Yes, it is an outside entrance, (but there was an inside entrance, as well)
The house was a summer home for the Kaufmann family, residents of Pittsburgh.
|I will leave you with another view of the falls|
To be there, with the sound of water surrounding you,
was truly an amazing experience.