Saturday, January 4, 2014

Longwood Christmas

I didn't have a chance to see Longwood's Christmas display until the day after New Year's day.  As you can imagine the place was pretty deserted, and since I went earlier in the day I never actually saw the lights outside.  It's ok--if I can, I'll make back at night sometime this coming week.  Looking over these shots, however, I realize most of them have nothing to do with Christmas.

My mom's favorite outdoor tree is the one decorated with fancy edible garlands for the birds.

My favorite scene ... even with plastic tarps. 

Because it was so cold outside, I had a lot of issues with camera fog when moving from outdoor to indoor temperatures.

Mr. B wasn't happy because he was stuck inside the DuPont House and was waiting for someone to let him out.

It took FORTY FIVE minutes for my camera fog to disappear when I made it to the Conservatory. A little frustrating, but I tried to use it to my advantage.

Those giant palms are the best.

huh--no idea what happened here. But I like it.

After the fog disappeared, I totally forgot to come back and get this shot on my good camera ...

I only have this one from my iPhone.
Apparently, it was a HUGE novelty to send and receive grapes and other fruit in December back in the 1920s.

Pretty sure this entire letter is a run-on sentence?

Looks like something from Martha's blog (if I may be so bold?)--this might be my favorite shot from the whole day.

What's better than an airplant?  A big sphere of airplants with sparkly, iridescent bubble ornaments and twinkle lights.

I really want to make one of these with succulents. (Penny inevitably would stick her face in a bowl of cacti and I really just can't handle it right now.)

In the silver room

Marble bench in the conservatory

I think half the clothes in my closet are these colors.  The other day, I actually forced myself NOT to buy a cardigan in the beigey-rose color in the bottom right corner.  The insanity has to stop.

Apple espalier in the Idea Garden--can't wait for its rosy pink flowers in April.
Waiting for its giant agave plant to be returned in warmer weather ...

At the front entrance

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