Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Texture, Patina, Part 2




a study in texture 
part two...


gentle reader...
we had glorious sunshine
the first day...
and then we were blessed with gentle rain and sprinkles
the second day...










but we had planned the museums for the second day
anyway
and so it worked out perfectly..
 we journeyed first to






Oldest House St. Augustine, Florida




which was a very interesting
tour
and the museum has set up the interior so that you can see the changes that were
made to the home through the years...





The kitchen and grape arbor in the courtyard of the Oldest House



the Kitchen was detached 
from the house, which was normal for the time
it is so much easier to carry food into the 
dining room from the yard then it is to keep rebuilding 
homes when the kitchen
burned down
as they inevitably did...

  




The Four Seasons statues in the garden of the Oldest House in St. Augustine





the Victorian owners of the house found these
statues of the Four Seasons in Chicago
and had them shipped
home to St. Augustine..










which had to be considerably costly even then...











Spanish moss, colloquially known as 
Old Man's Beard or Grey Beard..
is an air plant..
it doesn't harm the trees, but it does harbor
mites and bugs...
Henry Ford used it to stuff the seats in his auto
and it was the first recall
in history... 

the early settlers used it to stuff their mattresses...
can you imagine?

Itch









Photos were prohibited inside the house
but we were encouraged to take photos of the gardens...


and if you wanted a wedding venue...
this would be 
amazing...

here is the link..





texture was everywhere here...
from the stone pavers 
to the Coquina stone
that is protected today...








The stone planter below
made of Coquina








I would have loved to spend more time






in this garden...






to sketch or paint...






the beauty of nature growing all around...
ferns growing from the top of the kitchen chimney...










the weathered grey of the grape arbor
and the antique courtyard door below...













The Coquina stone wall below..
when close to it, you can see the tiny shells
naturally compacted to create stone..
it is incredible...











isn't nature wonderful?
I just marvel at the color, 
the variety...
and the intense love...
all around us...









Sending you off with the color 
green... 
in case you are tired of the color white...

It is early spring here and I am already getting 
the veggie garden together..


So I have one last travel post 
to show you
soon..


C4N!


27 comments:

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Colonial Florida at it's best. Some day. Love the tour. What a gracious manse. xox

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh yes, you must get down here, a little warmer than Maine, LOL... but you will love it all!! xox

Chris Gray said...

Lots of lovely inspiration!!

What pieces will it prompt I wonder?!

X. C

Becca said...

What a glorious place! Enjoyed all of your photos...I could almost feel the tropical air in the garden!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Stunning photos of St. Augustine. Your journey was far different from mine, but we both shared the same interest in those gorgeous trees and plants.

The oldest house was a genuine treat to see. How wonderful.

Also, I learned something from you about the kitchen. I always heard that the kitchen was separate from the house because it got so hot in the summer they didn't want the entire home "boiling" (overheated) by the end of the day. Now I read it was because of catching on fire. Thanks for teaching me this.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Guess I should have said the kitchen in any old house, since I have never been to the oldest house in St. Augustine.

Blue Sky Dreaming said...

Old and beautiful ... stepping back into those early buildings is like time traveling. I'm wondering too how these sights will translate in your work?!

Dorthe said...

You must really be able to feel the sence of time in that beautiful place , Caterina, and the beauty of life lived so many years ago, -another kind of life ,but we can still relate to their way of living and the beauty that surrounded them in this case..I`m sure there were many other and poor people not living such beautiful lives !! but here you really feel and maybe want to be a part of that greatness and richness ,them whom lived here must have been a part of.
Hugs, Dorthe

Caterina Giglio said...

Chris, already thinking of some new ripped paper pieces and books!!

Caterina Giglio said...

Becca, I missed the sun, the pics don't really do it all justice, but the GREEN does shine through!! Happy you liked the tour! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Oh E!! I almost didn't put that tidbit about the kitchen in the post, I thought everybody knew that... The house/museum had two kitchens, the first one a brazier pit barbecue in the middle of the room is still there, they recreated it so we could see how primitive it would have been. The kitchen was built by the second family to own the property and was outside the house and across the lawn... or garden as they would have called it... I was fascinated... glad it caught your fancy!! x

Caterina Giglio said...

Mary Ann!! Old pages and paint, glueing the memories of family together methinks.. ... thanks...

Caterina Giglio said...

Dorthe, the house was only owned by 3 families in all that time, and it they did not start out wealthy... they worked very hard. The first family, Gonzalez were forced to leave when the British took over and the second family took the cottage and turned it into a real home. You can read about that family in a book by Eugenia Price, Maria... quite fascinating my dear!! xoxo

Seth said...

Already looking forward to post #3!

Kim Andersen said...

It's a beautiful place! Reminds me of San Juan Capistrano in Southern California. The Spanish vibe is lovely :)

Dorthe said...

Thank you for the extra insight you gave me, Cat , it really sounds interesting !!
Have a wonderful day !!

Caterina Giglio said...

LoL, thank you Seth... working on it... :D

Caterina Giglio said...

Yes, Kim. I agree, a lot like Capistrano... it is a curious mix of a British cottage, with French balconies, and Spanish arches... quite charming...

Caterina Giglio said...

So happy that you are interested dear Dorthe, I am a history enthusiast and we love pouring over old buildings and artifacts... for give me if I do go on and on!! LOL... xoxox

Valerianna said...

I totally dig the patinas here especially in contrast to the amazing flora! Wonderful gift for the senses.

Caterina Giglio said...

Val, I agree, the contrast was so beautiful, and maybe it was the rain that brought out so much color... but I was just blissfully in love...

Margie said...

I do so love St. Augustine, have been there a few times when we lived in Florida .

Thanks for the wonderful journey and photos
xo

~*~Patty S said...

Fun tour Cat.
I would enjoy seeing the Coquina wall up close...I made Coquina chowder once from shells I collected on the beach in the Outer Banks of NC. The shells are so beautiful and varied and tiny as you said.
So interesting about the Spanish Moss too!
We are still waiting for a good snow here in the Wash DC area.
Happy planting!
oxo

sharon said...

Super gorgeous Cat! Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos! I adore seeing the architecture, the gardens, the plants, EVERYTHING! You are so in tune to the beauty around you! Thank you!

Caterina Giglio said...

Margie, so happy you are enjoying the photo tour, it would be hard not to love this place!! xox

Patty there is one shot of the wall up close in my first post... overgrown with vines too, just stunning... I hope you manage to get some snow... if you want it anyway, dear heart!! I will take sunshine and warmth!! xoxo

Sharon! so happy you enjoyed the little tour, so nice to have you stop by!! Thank you... xo

Sharmon Davidson said...

It's great to get a virtual tour of this grand old place... thank you...

Linda Vincent said...

Beautiful photos Cat.....what a serene and peaceful place. I want to go there too.....x

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