Sunday, May 2, 2010

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Last week I told you all about my wondeful week Home Alone. One of the things I did was to spend an afternoon strolling around the grounds and gardens of Blithewold Mansion in nearby Bristol, RI. The mansion was built in 1908 (to replace the original which was built in the mid 1890s and burned down in 1906), by coal magnate Augustus Van Wickle and his wife Bessie. When their daughter, Marjorie, died in 1976 she donated the mansion and its 33 acres to the public. Bessie and Marjorie were skilled horticulturists and the grounds/gardens are beyond fabulous. Not to mention Blithewold is situated on the lovely Narragansett Bay. Here are some photos I took that day to give you a feel for the place. I can't wait to go back with a picnic lunch and a book and spend a little more time just relaxing.



Front of the mansion




View from the Side Porch


A Quiet Spot to Read


Path Through the Garden



Lily Pond






Hidden Bench near the Water





Back of the House (view from the water)





Side Porch and Reading Spot





Fountain Statue
Reading by the water

15 comments:

Katherine said...

What a gorgeous place. Especially the views out over the water.

nan said...

SO beautiful!!! What excellent photos. Very nice post.

boliyou said...

So beautiful! Blithewold is on our list of RI places to see this summer.

Anita said...

I love this. I love finding great nooks and crannies to read and be quiet.
Now all I'd need is a tall cool drink and I'd be set!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Great tour! Thanks for sharing. It would be hard to leave this place especially if you had a good book with you.

Jenny said...

Absolutely lovely. Thanks for taking us along.

Sandy said...

Great job with the photos. I have only been to Blithewold once, shame on me being a native Rhode Islander, and I loved it. Definitely one of the lesser-known treasures of Rhode Island.

Ronnica said...

Love the places to sit and read! That's the best way to enjoy the outdoors.

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

What a perfect place to read or go on a walk. Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I like the side porch the best. I'm thinking living there might offer much time for reading. Certainly someone else would do the cooking. shopping, and cleaning and other work.

Karen said...

It's so beautiful. Could you imagine living in a place like that?

I sure could!

LindyLouMac said...

Whoops, I visited you sometime ago and intended to become a regular! Your book blogging, ex librarian follower from Italy is back and has enjoyed catching up with you.

Andrea (ace1028) said...

First, your hair looks too cute!

Second, I SO want to curl up on that bench with a good book. And a nice cup of cocoa (if it's windy and cool!) or an iced chai tea (if it's not!).

Thanks for coming by, and you DO rock. :P

Nancy said...

What a great place to visit--thanks for the nice photos. I used to fantasize about living in a place like that. Never gonna happen, but I always knew that!

croneandbearit said...

What lovely pics and I'm sure you had a wonderful time on that nice chair looking out at the water and reading. How peaceful. Thanks for sharing.

 

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