Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Victorian Paradise~

It' a lovely Outdoor Wednesday!

hosted again by the lovely *Susan* @

Oh, be sure to visit Susan's blog and leave her a message
and visit the other participants blogs too!

I'm so glad you could join me today
for a stroll to this nearby historical home that could have been destroyed in the name of progress.

But was saved and opened to the public. It is now my favorite place to take an afternoon stroll to.
It's also in the corner of the parking lot of the grocery store where I do my regular shopping at.

This beautiful Queen Anne Eastlake style Victorian home was built in 1899.

For many years I must have driven by this home time after time, and could never actually experience it's beauty, as the exterior had totally become overgrown to the point where the home was totally hidden.

Now it's been restored to it's original glory, and the
grounds are neatly trimmed and surrounded by beautiful
Redwood trees.

Currently the roses are also in full bloom just beyond the white picket fence.

....and if it wasn't charming enough on it's own,
it's now home to a dozen or two roosters and hens...

and you know I'm crazy about roosters!

They just strut around the grounds as if they were somewhere out on a country farm,

not on a commercial lot in the middle of town next to a busy highway!

I love to sit in the courtyard and dream that I live in this charming home,
without a care in the world...

Just bask in the warm sunlight...
and laugh a little, while I watch the the roosters and hens squabble over the feed that I've tossed out to them....
As I sit ever so content...
I gaze up occasionally to admire the graceful lines and intricate details of the homes architecture.

You know the saying in the song that goes...
"You can't always get what you want...but if try sometime,
well you might find...you get what you need!
Well I may not "get" to own this lovely Victorian,
but when I feel the "need",
I can go just about any time and sit and enjoy
it's beauty and charm!

...and dream a little dream...
...and stop and smell the roses...
and smile...
I'm so glad you could stop by for a visit today!
Please come again soon!


Smilingsal said...

I'll bet it noisy in the mornings with all of those roosters.

Marie said...

What a gorgous home and garden...so glad to hear they saved it and now everyone in the neighborhood can admire its beauty!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

So glad this house was saved. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece of history with us.

Blessings, Marsha

Mary said...

Sherri, you chosen a beautiful home and gardens for your post today. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

What a beautiful place! I'm so glad it was saved. The roses are gorgeous and the roosters strutting around give it that final charming touch. Thanks for sharing the pics.

sue said...

Hi Sherri, I found you thru Nancy ay Little Antique House. I came by and see we have a few mutual bloggy friends! Gloria, Chari to name a few, and of course Nancy who I met because of politics!
This house you posted here is so gorgeous, and chicken too, Oh my gosh how fun is this!!
Nice to meet you Sherri! Sue

Happy To Be said...

Oh Girl I am so loving this house..who gave you permission to show my house on your blog ha ha!! Oh I wished..how cool is that to have chicken right there in town..I could move in today...thanks for sharing...may you have a great day my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Beautiful Pear Tree Lane said...

Hi Shari,
One i saw this house it almost took my breath, no wonder you like to stroll by and linger, I would too.
And since I collect roosters too, I was thrilled to see them there too!!
I am so glad I visited with you today, and I have been looking around you blog and have enjoyed my visit so much. Thank you for sharing this today, and I want to thank you for taking the time to visit me and for your most encouraging words, they mean so much to me. Sue

Sandra said...

What a beautiful home and garden.
Wow, there are alot of hens and roosters. Do they belong to anyone?

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh what a lovely home and gardens, and you're right the roosters just add so much to the ambiance! How nice to have such a wonderful spot to sit and dream. laurie

Cathy said...

This is magical!!! It looks like the scene from an old movie...I love it. You must have so much fun here. It would be hard for me to go home. Thank you so much for sharing this magical place!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!!!

Judi said...

Hi Sherri
How lovely that that beautiful home was restored...it is lovely and a special place to walk to, sit down and enjoy.
I love roosters too...and the roses...just beautiful.
thank you for sharing
come by and visit when you have some time...its always nice to meet new friends.
have a lovely evening

Melissa Miller said...

Sherri if you didn't take my breath away with showing us this stunning home then the sweet roosters did!
They are toooo cute!
You must show "Ann" at Life At Ann's Place".
She would LOVE this!
She has a pet rooster named Roo and has the neatest stories.
Go by and see her!

The house is magnificent and so full of charm.

I'll look for your FYR post. ~Melissa :)

Nancy said...

Oh I am so glad I strolled on down the page..I would hate to have missed this gorgeous house! It really is beautiful...would love to see inside it! Thanks for Sharing it! Nancy

The Stylish House said...

I am playing catch up on posts, so I am very glad not to have missed this Queen Anne beauty. What I would give to take a peek inside and wander around awhile. That porch is they type I dream of. Those roosters are a hoot, does the city allow them? Wonder if they wake the neighbor’s in the morning. They sure are cute to look at. ~Cathy~

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Sorry I am late getting around to visit... I hope you had a Happy Outdoor Wednesday....and that you will participate again soon! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

June said...

Hi Sherri, Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking us to this beautiful house. Now whenever I want to dream, I can come here to this post and do just that.
I've been enjoying the sweet messages you have left me. So glad you could visit.

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