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Friday, January 29, 2016

Audubon Didn't Live Here






Just tell an artist 
that there is a famous house
where a famous artist once resided, 
that is now a museum and chances
are that said artist will want to see
famous house..


so it was with me, 
when Mr. La Dolce Vita told me that
there was an 
Audubon
house
in 
Key West...






it just so happened
that he was whisking me away
for my annual birthday getaway..
for my usual frigid birthday ...

so I was quite 
disappointed to find out that...







Audubon
never lived in this house..

even though it is called
the 
Audubon House...
a family named Geiger lived here
quite prosperously...
as it is very close to the water and he was
in the lucrative business of 
ship wrecking...






from the veranda
below, they could watch the ships wreck on the rocks
and scavenge what ever was available and then
sell the merchandise...
quite profitable...

and a good thing,
since Geiger had 12 children...

but as the story goes,
Audubon heard that the Geiger family 
had some fine trees that he had never seen..








and he went to their home to 
sketch them
for his engravings...









I was heartened to see the fine engravings...







and it was lovely that the home has
been completely restored...
it was a very fine home...







and grounds are kept immaculately...

and even on cold days, the warm sunshine
makes the tropicals shine...









so ...
this artist 
was not too disappointed...
gardens do cheer...

don't they?



especially in January!



ciao, ciao!


9 comments:

Jo Murray said...

Not too disappointing. A great story...and magnificent house.

Corrine at corrinegilman.com said...

Been there a long time ago and it looks virtually unchanged. Gardens are lovely, they sure are and the collection of his works was amazing, even if he never lived there. xox

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Such a beautiful house and the garden certainly does have an air of the tropical about it. Then again, at the moment a storm is whirling around outside so anything else appears tropical to me!
So glad that ultimately, you were not disappointed and enjoyed viewing the engravings.
Wishes
Lynne

ELFI said...

une belle escapade pour une belle fête...!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I can tell by the beautiful photos of the house and gardens that the initial disappointment was quickly replaced with lush foliage, trees, and unique vegetation, as well as the beautiful engravings. This turned out to be a fine birthday gift, after all, it appears!

Pamela Gerard said...

Such a lovely house -- and that doesn't look like January!

Caterina Giglio said...

You are right Jo, I got over it pretty quickly, the upstairs rooms were filled with prints and antiques from the family...

Caterina Giglio said...

Corrine, it is so beautiful, the house is splendid and the gardens are so lovely... glad it is unchanged!

Sharmon Davidson said...

It looks like a very lovely place to visit, even if Audubon didn't live there. I didn't know that he spent time in Key West. He did live in Kentucky for a while, and there is a museum in Henderson, if you ever get up this way... I hope you had a wonderful birthday!