At a festival full of live music, artists, vendors, food,
and a ton of cute little shops.
Early Saturday morning,
I put on my running shoes
and left Tim's sister's house for a quick, little jog/walk.
Tim's sister Kim and her husband Steve always host us
when we visit for festivals.
This is Kim and Steve's house.
Their house is in THE quaintest historic neighborhood
I started on my walk/jog
but I didn't get
just to the next house over....
oh my gosh,
there's a ton of cute houses with cute gardens and cute fences in this neighborhood, oh my!
and started snapping pictures of houses in the early morning light on my walk.
All these old houses are literally within a
three block radius of Tim's sister's house.
DIG ON THOSE
for this historic neighborhood.
So many of these houses in this neighborhood have front porches and/or side porches.
Look at this cutie-patootie house!
And the little red bike in the grass.
I am not a mint green girl, but this was just way too sweet....you rarely see mint green anymore...
We were visiting the last week of June.
And how sidewalks
around houses to the back.
Within a minute or two of my walking adventure,
I came across this colorful fence line.
Now how cute and colorful is this???
The next house
was a classic white,
with contrasting black shutters and yet again...
a great front porch.
This is the front of that house.
I think it may have been converted into apartments.
I briskly walked up to the next house,
and noticed an easy, organic landscaping style....
And this was the home above the landscaped stonework!!
Of course I about plunked over, cause I loved this gray house with
crisp white trim and purple steps sooooo much!
The front door!
Those whimsical blue petunias.
The symmetry of it all!!
The fretwork and detail are gorgeous
on these houses.
This next house might be a rental, there's several porches and the lawn wasn't as tidy as some. I loved it though!!!
Bet at one time,
this house was meticulous and a real stunner.
In back of the property
was the back yard to a cute little brick house with a sweet patio, flag and a star.
Oh, be still my heart,
the next house was a gorgeous
The mass of lilies out front by the sidewalk will be super stunning when blooming.
This was just some pretty, simple ground cover I noticed while walking....
Yet another cutie-patootie house in the neighborhood...
I really liked the easy nature of this little flower garden.......
...and the unassuming, relaxing porch.
This house and carriage barn has been sandblasted and looks close to getting a complete makeup and lipstick overhaul.
I like how they have a couple hanging plants on the porch, just to let folks know the house is not in ill repair, it's just getting primed for a paint job.
This is the side porch...this house is going to be a stunner when finished.
Now this next house, I totally dug on the symmetry of
the walkway. How cute are those shrubs!
This grand painted lady
The next house over from the painted lady had these pots just casually placed by a driveway.
And we have yet another cool gray and purple house....
Look at the glass work above the door!
I also love those planters and that pinwheel just casually stuck in the pot.
Can you see the basket with purple petunias hanging from the tree branch?
Even the smallest, most quaintest of houses in this neighborhood
have interesting features, like the exterior native stone and brick.
I like the contrast
The neatness and tidiness of the little charmer below is quaint too.
Just out of nowhere was a beautiful meadow-garden with Chantilly lace.
Okay, I just googled it, it's actually called QUEEN ANNE'S LACE!
Who's a dork?
*Angie raises hand*
Don't even get me started on how much I L-O-V-E-D this house!!!! LOVED!!!
What color doors do you think those are?
How cute is that!!!!
Did you guess pink? Did you? Don't lie.
Ahhh, now moving along I came upon someone's
This seemed like an example of the homeowner telling the historic district people
to shove it, know what I mean?
It was kind of weird but actually very, very cool.
The urn on the stone wall below is sooooo quirky! It made me laugh.
Because I am drawn to the imperfect gnarliness
I about CRAPPED MY PANTS WHEN I SAW THIS FENCE!!!
This be my kind of people.
You can tell the fence isn't priority for whoever lives here....
And you KNOW someone lives here, cause you can spy a big ol' house back there...very ethereal.
The flowers are well taken care of, no weeds. You almost begin to think the unpainted gnarliness of the fence is intentional.
Angie passes out when she sees this!!!! The owner of this fence line and house is trying to kill me from undying, never ending,
Look at this garden gate!!!!
It's like I found my own personal secret garden, ya know?
I want to go in.
But I don't :(:(
I walk up to the corner and see this sweet little setting, still the same property.
And I turn the corner and see
ANOTHER OPEN GATE!!!! WITH A CUTE MEANDERING SIDEWALK UP TO ANOTHER PORCH
OF THE SAME HOUSE!!!!!!!
All I want to do is walk up that sidewalk.
That's all I want to do.
What is so wrong with that?? What????
But I don't.
Instead, I just run up real close to the porch,
as close as I can get while maintaining enough distance to run away fast,
and I quickly snap this back porch picture.
Look at that screen door!!!
And then I casually walk away across the street and take this picture of some steps.
Just in case police come, I would explain I'm just a tourist enjoying the bountifulness of this historic neighborhood.
This is called an alley.
Kids used to play in alleys. They played fun games for hours and hours like kick-the-can. They rode their bikes and they played basketball and they threw rocks with their friends in this space.
They don't make alleys anymore, Children.
They make cul de sacs instead.
Yeah. I know.
Next up was this more stately home.
So simple. So commanding of your attention. So beautiful.
I about squealed when I saw this simple
Look at that door, too!
This must be a little breezeway or studio to the left.
And the stones were so organically set into the gentle slope out front.
After feeling like I overstayed my welcome at stately duckie home, I briskly walked over to the next property...
LOVE this American Gothic style window on this next house. L-O-V-E!!!
Notice how the blue inside trim color really showcases
the shape of the windows.
Once again, a double porch on this house, like so many other houses in this neighborhood.
Oh hello cute doggie,
who was on a walk as well!
Okay, now this house was for sale but I had to snap a shot of the alliteration of the enclosed porch with the upper deck.
These natural looking flowers were on the side of that house.
See the flag in the brick flower bed?
Flags and flowers make for festive weekends :)
On my walk back to Kim and Steve's,
I noticed this on someone's property.....
I started to get excited...
oh my gosh...it's a fairy garden!!
Is it? Is it a fairy garden????
So I trespassed on private property to investigate
and get closer.....e....
IT WAS A FAIRY GARDEN!!!
Can you see the little fairy bridge?
It sits over the blue stream, made from fish aquarium rocks.
Can you tell by this time, I was peeing my pants like no other??!!
Now where would you just casually run into a fairy garden,
just hanging out under some trees in somebody's yard?
Okay, I finally left my playmates,
the fairies (duh), and proceeded on.
wouldn't you just love to scale
and peek inside that front door?
Just a little?
As I came back closer to our host's house, you see this interesting house that sits on a triangle corner lot.
The taupe fence is really different but it seems to really work with this maroon house.
And now I will show my all time favorite house on my morning walk.
Be still my heart and every other cliche you can think of!!!!
This is a side view to my all time favorite house...
And this is the front of the house....
NOW HOW CUTE IS THIS????
And that front porch!!!!!
Oh my gosh, can you even believe how simple,
yet gorgeous this porch is??!!
And once gain, the flags! So festive.
Okay, let's bring Angie's excitement level down a notch and show you the last house on my walk....
this grande old dame right up the street.
This old girl sits on a corner lot.
The carriage house/garage sits back on the lot.
And this is the driveway back to the carriage house.
This brick driveway makes me drool.
Like blubbering, blubbering, spit bubbles type of drool.
So from this gorgeous property, I walked right down the block and picked one of these up to-go...
Hellooooooooo normal black coffee with nothing crazy in it, or some crazy flavoring, or weird cream crap.
Nope. Hellloooooooo plain black coffee.
So that was my early
in a cute historic neighborhood,
in a cute historic town,
during a super fun Strawberry Festival,
that brings in 10,000 festive people.
Hope you enjoyed looking at these cutie house and flower pictures as much as I enjoyed
Have a great weekend y'all!!!
And we'll talk at ya soon!!!