He lives about fifteen minutes from our house, off of a side road. When we pulled up the driveway, I was so excited I brought my camera. Before I even saw the house, the pool, the land, the view, we were greeted by beautiful flowers.
And this sweet sign
We walked over to the pool area, which was enclosed by a flagstone patio and flowers everywhere! There was ponds with fish, a solid wall of super tall bamboo. The kids were instantly in love with the pool, and me with the bamboo!
Carly and the diving board
Carly standing next to the bamboo
A Lotus plant in one of the ponds
I then noticed a path cut through the bamboo. I asked the gracious owner if I could walk through the path to the house. He told me to go for it, adding there was an outhouse that he just restored out back. I was giddy, I tell ya!
Bamboo path, included flagstone and a sweet bench
The working outhouse
Next I spotted the AMAZING view and the back of the house. Look at that bedswing!!
At this point, the owner, who built this house with his own two hand in the early 70's!!!, asked me if I wanted to look around the inside. I tried not to run and jump into his arms. I calmly said yes, clutching my camera.
The inside, believe it or not, was even more amazing then the out. The front part of the house was made up of THREE old house. The front was built in 1773! I know, crazy!!! When you think three houses, you are probably thinking huge. Remember they did not make houses big back then!
The inside is filled with history, antiques, beautiful art, rustic walls. Sigh. I was in awe everywhere I looked. He later built a breezeway to a new "old"addition. This included several small and big rooms, the biggest closet I have seen and an amazing bathroom.
The newest addition, including the gigantic outdoor fireplace
The bathtub, the wood siding came off of a house built in the 1800's, original milk paint.
He also breeds and cares for labs. This, my blog friends, is their kennel. I may try to get a room there one day.
The kids visiting the dogs. What a fun day for them, too!
I know my pictures do not do this experience justice. There I was worrying about small talk and actual socialization, and I had the best time. The host was so easy to talk to, filled with fun stories and humor.
One last shot before we headed home.