Friday, August 21, 2009

Pink Flowers and Longwood Tour

Saturday is a double post day for me. First is Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly of I host Sightseeing Sat. and I invite anyone interested to join. You can post any travel or scenery pictures. I will have Mr. Linky at the bottom and you can enter your permalink there.

I went around the deck taking pictures of all the pink flowers that we have and this mandevalia is the first one. We have 3 colors growing, white, yellow and of course, this pink one. Actually we have 2 pink ones, the other one is below.
I just love how it climbs the trellis.
and this is some kind of an Asian orchid, I believe.
This is an artificial rose but I just love it because it looks so real.
This is the other mandevalia I mentioned above.
I hope you enjoyed seeing our pink flowers. Thanks to Beverly for giving us an opportunity to show them off.

An now for Sightseeing Sat, I would like to show you one of the more interesting antebellum houses here in town.
As you know, we had guests from Chicago last week and I took them here.
This is the view as we drove in.
This is the front of the house. It is octagonal in shape.
and this is the back
What is so interesting about this house is that the owner never finished building it because of the civil war. The family occupied the basement because that was the only finished portion. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures there or I would have shown you the furniture which are mostly original to the house.
This was supposed to be the main floor and there would have been a 4 seasons statue placed in each niche.
If you look up, this is what you will see.
It was supposed to have 6 stories. Some of the old stuff found in the house, these are an old luggage and trunk.
the basin that they used for baths
Packing crates since they mostly ordered furniture from out of the state and country. Mr. Nutt and his wife Julia built the house but never finished it. Mr. Nutt died right after the basement was done so Julia lived there with the children. They had 11 children though not everyone lived to adulthood.
Here I am with my classmate from HS who visited me after 43 years of us not seeing each other.
balcony. I love the tall Corinthian columns.
front entryLook up!
An Austin guy donated the house to the Natchez Garden Club with the provision that it should never be finished, to preserve history.
The carriage house
My niece Stephanie and her friend, Elvira.
The Out House. Gloria, this is for you!
Close up of the out house.
I hope you enjoyed this tour. I wish I could have shown you the finished part with all the furniture but unfortunately, we weren't allowed to take pictures. Sorry!
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Melissa Miller said...

Christine your pink flowers are so unique and beautiful!

I do believe you all travel to some of the most beautiful places on earth. Every photo and vacation spot is amazing beyond belief.

Thank you for always taking the time to show s.

~Blessing to you this weekend my friend, ~Melissa )

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Hi Christine! I love pink flowers! And your pool looks beautiful! Thanks for the tour. I've never heard of this home...sort of sad that it was never finished. How did that woman raise 11 children and in a basement too! My goodness! God Bless! Lauralu

Kat said...

Christine, your flowers are beautiful. And I loved the trip to Longwood. What an interesting story. It's really a shame that it can't be finished. It would be neat to see what the owners had envisioned for it. Was the donor from Austin, TX? Wonder how he came to own it, perhaps family? Thanks for the mini vacation, I always love your travel posts. Kathy (PS, thanks for the rain prayers, that little bit I showed in my last post was IT - 3/4 of an inch, but I'll take whatever we can get lol)

Just Me said...

Beautiful flowers! Happy Pink Saturday!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Christine,
I am just amazed by this home! For the time, well any time, they must have been amazingly rich. I loved all the pics, it was so interesting and your pink flowers are gorgeous too~ That is so neat to meet a classmate after 43 years? No way do you look old enough for that! HAG Saturday~ hugs, Cindy

SmilingSally said...

LOL I do believe that you are the first person to show an outhouse! LOL

Denise said...

Hi Christine, just catching up with your posts this week. Love the pictures today, and your Tablescape looks beautiful. I wish we had a pool here in TX, we used to in our other house here but not in this one :-/
Have a super Saturday.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my goodness. What a gorgeous place on the outside. Such a shame it was never finished. You always show the most interesting places. Loved it. Hugs, Marty

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Christine! Your flowers are gorgeous! I have that same orchid in a dark pink. Is yours in the ground or in a pot? This is my first year with it and I am wondering what to do this winter! Love the house! So sad that it was never finished! Happy weekend...hugs...Debbie

Gee said...

Hi Christine.

Love your pink flowers. Happy Pink Saturday and have a nice weekend.

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

What an awesome tour!
Do you have special tips for the Mandevalia?
Could you bring it indoors for the Winter?

I had a few on my balcony but got some pest...

~ Gabriela ~

Unknown said...

How lovely and yet sad. That view from the porch is breathtaking beautiful!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Excellent pictures. I can't believe that rose isn't real!
That house is amazing. Thank you for sharing everything with us.

Regina said...

Hi Christine. Another beautiful post and shots.
Happy Pink Saturday and
enjoy the weekend!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Christine your pink flowers are beautiful. Thanks for taking us along on this tour.. it was so much fun. hugs ~lynne~

imjacobsmom said...

Christine, This is one cool tour. This would have been one fabulous house in it's day. How sad for this family that they had to live in the basement. Pretty pinks today ~ Robyn

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

What an amazing home!

And how great to take your high school classmate to see it...

Love your travels, sites, pictures, and stories!

Blessings & Aloha!

Anonymous said...

I love the mandevalia. My son bought me a plant several mother's days ago- It doesn't do so well up here in colorado as it did down in the warmer weather of New Mexico.

If you will click on the title about the laundry detergent it will take you to the recipe. For the pink soap I used ZOTE instead of the fels naptha soap. It works just as well and is very cheap to make plus saving all that packaging!

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, what beautiful pink flowers. Those faux ones do look real. What an interesting home - if you can call it that! :) How interesting that the family lived in the basement. I would love to tour that! I'm familiar with outhouses. My grandmother had one when I was a little girl and I just hated to go out there! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

LV said...

What a nice assortment of sights for today pink post. You really put both post together real well.

Salmagundi said...

Thanks for the tour! I've heard of this place before, but don't know that I have seen pictures. What could have been is beautiful! Sally

CC said...

Loved the pinks and your tour. How beautiful. Happy Pink Saturday and have a lovely weekend.

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Christine!
Wow what a wonderful Pink Saturday post. Love the mandevalia. So absolutely beautiful. The tour was a lot of fun. Looking up was awesome. Loved the out houses, and actually they looked pretty darn nice for out houses. The structure was just beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Please stop by and say hi. Country hugs, Sherry

Mary Bergfeld said...

I love the pinks you selected to share with us today. I sw Longwood about 40 years ago and loved the tour. Your photos are wonderful.

Connie said...

Hi Christine, Your posts are always so very interesting. You are a neat lady !
I was fooling around with this template, but couldn't get the colors right. I like your choice very much. I could change mine every other day and not sure why.
Keep taking those fabulous trips as we love the pictures.

KBeau said...

We toured Longwood when we visited Natchez a few years ago. I think it's sad that it was never finished. It's really something, but it would have been special.

ItaJeff said...

Wonderful post and pictures.
Happy PS and have a great weekend

Justine said...

I can't believe that no one ever finished the damn house! It would have been so breathtaking, I can tell.

Justine :o )

Tootsie said...

ha ha!!! I love this and some sights! I wish I could link in...but I never go anywhere!!!

Tara said...

Love the tour. I know they want to preserve history, but it would have been neat to see it completed as well. To see the glamour of how it was intended to look. I don't think I've ever seen such a fancy outhouse either!

♥Mimi♥ said...

So sorry that I am getting to you a day late and a dollar short for Pink Saturday. Seems like the day just got away from me.

The sun was out in the afternoon and all day today, so with all the rain we've had, I went outside to play.

As always, it is a pleasure to come here to see what you are sharing and what you've been up to during the week. Thanks so much for making my weekend all ♥Pink and Pretty♥

Unknown said...

This was very interesting. I would have love to see this house finished, it would have been amazing!

Blondie's Journal said...


I love the pink flowers/vine. I already forgot the name but I can bet I can't grow it here. I'm laughing because I have the same trellis it is growing in!! Oh, if only...

What a neat place to tour (How did you meet up with your friend after 43 years? How awesome!! Has she changed? lol!!)

It is so sad that the house was only built so far and then all the tragedy struck. I'm glad they left everything as is.

Such an interesting post Christine, I'm happy I am catching up!! :-)


Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

I think it would be discouraging to have to continue upkeep on a house that will never be finished! Wouldn't it be a beautiful place if it were finished. Your pink flowers are beautiful. laurie

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