Monday, November 11, 2013

A ramble....and a visit with friends

(All photos used in this post were found on line and is not the place I visited in my post)


Saturday, along with three friends, I drove to see another who had moved to Baltimore in September.  This was the first time I had gotten together with any of them since we returned from our travels. 

Our friend's new home is a lovely old house that was built around the beginning of the 1900s, and we were all given a tour.  It has a large garden that you don’t get in new neighborhoods these days.  I know her husband is going to have fun in the spring as in their previous home their garden was a delight to see, and we always enjoyed looking at the new plants and flowers blooming in the growing season. This home has three levels, four if you count the basement.  It also has one of those beautiful old porches. 


It reaffirmed once more how much I love the older homes, because they have so much character.


The rooms had tall high ceilings that reminded me of my grandmother’s home in England, and yet it had been totally renovated by the previous owners who thankfully left a lot of the original features. I couldn't take my eyes off the old banister going up the first flight of stairs, and enjoyed running my hand along the wood as I navigated each step.  A dream of a house where I know our friend will be very happy with her family. We also had several cups of tea along with a very nice lunch and lots of wonderful conversation. 


It took about an hour and forty minutes to get to our destination, and the journey went quickly with four of us in the car chatting away.  Traffic is always heavy on the freeway but when we were going back it was even more so.  We did not know that the University of Maryland’s football game had just ended, and the roads were flooded with fans emptying the stadium.  It holds about 40,000 people and it seemed that the majority of them were heading back to Northern Virginia with the rest of us.   


As it grew dark the trail of lights on that freeway was something else, and one of the most beautiful sunsets we had seen in a long time completed the scene.  Unfortunately I was driving and wasn’t able to capture the moment, but it was incredible seeing those clouds and stunning colors coming together to form one of nature’s most impressive masterpieces.  For a while we stopped talking and just stared, watching the sun slowly dipping below the horizon, until all that was left was that long, snake-like trail of red lights from a thousand cars leading us home in the dark.  I am having a hard time describing that amazing sunset, so I’ll leave you a quote from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath.

"A large drop of sun lingered on the horizon and then dripped over and was gone, and the sky was brilliant over the spot where it had gone, and a torn cloud, like a bloody rag, hung over the spot of its going.  And dusk crept over the sky from the eastern horizon, and darkness crept over the land from the east."

Have a great week everyone!

18 comments:

Our photos said...

Beautiful old house.
Have a nice monday! RW & SK

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Isn't it lovely to go and visit old friends that you haven't seen for a while, enjoy their company and wish them well in their new house? It sounds like a delightful place and I'm sure they will soon make it into a home and enjoy working on the garden. The experience of seeing the sunset must have added to an enjoyable day. Have a good week, Denise.

Cath.H.C Photography said...

j'aime beaucoup!
Very nice post!
Thanks & Welcome for your comment and your visit to my blog.
Have a nice day! Cath.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, your friend has a beautiful house. I love the porch and swing. The sign is cute. Sounds like you were nearby me in Baltimore. The sunset is gorgeous and the quote is beautiful. Lovely post. Have a happy week!

gigihawaii said...

What a nice time you had with friends, Denise. I would love to have a porch like that. There are beautiful sunsets in Hawaii, too.

TexWisGirl said...

glad you got to visit with your friends and see their new 'old' home. :)

Gert Jan Hermus said...

There's nothing better then spending some good time with friends. Have a nice week! ;-)

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schmidleysscribblins.com said...

My commute home from Maryland faced west, so I witnessed many sunsets. Mostly I disliked them. It is one thing to sit and contemplate the sun, quite another to face it with oncoming traffic.

I also faced east in the AM, but managed to get to work before the sun rose.

As for old houses, I have one thought….termites. My Dad restored an antebellum house and had to replace all the flooring, the heating system and add much plumbing. It's nice to look at if someone else owns it. ( I found the house, now owned by others on Google maps…it's still there. )

Out on the prairie said...

I pull over and enjoy. Love the porch, a great area to enjoy friends

Valerie said...

Enjoyed reading about your visit with friends, Denise. Today I had lunch with a friend who, because of home circumstances, I've had to neglect for a while.

Cloudia said...

Yeah! Grapes of Wrath sunset 🌠

Aloha

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Our house is ever so tiny compared to your friends, but we do have a great screened porch and I really really want that sign for it!!

Sounds like you had a great catching up visit with old friends...

Carole M. said...

it's nice to spend time with friends and yes exploring a 'garden' is a wonderful leisurely pursuit

Janie said...

The old house sounds lovely. I love the charm of high ceilings and wide porches. Nice that it's already remodeled, too.

Don Wood said...

Sounds like you had a good time. Glad you made it home safe and sound.

Mimsie said...

That house is fantastic but surely you'd need someone to look after it?
Love those high ceilings. Old homes here have those and they keep the houses so much cooler too.
That sunset is one of the best I've seen for a long time (and we have some beauties here in Perth) and loved the quote. I doubt anyone could have said it any better.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Getting together with friends does make the trip and the traffic worth the effort. We were fortunate to be able to visit with dear friends in NJ recently when we took a road trip to visit family members in NJ, RI and CT.

Kay said...

What a lovely post, Denise. I do love the look of all those old houses and furnishings. It really brings you back to another era. You know what? I don't think I've ever been to Baltimore. I'm really curious about that city because our son was going to school there.