The weather forecast for Sunday looks perfect for the annual Bywater Neighborhood Association Home Tour which is a self-guided walking tour – my favorite kind. I walked the tour in 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the laid back pace as I got a look into several homes I’d always wished to see and gardens only glimpsed from the street. General admission tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased at the beginning of the tour in the park at 710 Clouet St where complimentary maps are also available. The Bywater tour is one of the most affordable home tours in the city ($15!) showcasing an eclectic, colorful and friendly community of shotguns, camelbacks and creole cottages (among others) that will not disappoint. The tour runs from noon to 4:00.
Don’t let this event pass you by!
Recently a friend and I were talking about garden ornaments and he suggested I go to Old World Casting Co. on Magazine Street where, he said, beautiful ornaments and statuary could be found at great prices. So I headed over there and was very excited to find a huge array of garden ornaments including fleur de lis’, crosses, gargolyes and many other lovelies. I snapped a few pics and chatted with the owner, leaving with the only and final “There are fairies at the bottom of the garden” ornament for a mere $5.00. ( See it in the slideshow below & weep, late-comers! )
He has a huge selection of fleur de lis’ and crosses in a host of styles – there’s bound to be one to fit every desire.
This is a shop I’ll return to again – a fantastic find for gifts for others and yourself at prices that will delight everyone.
Old World Casting Co.
4712 Magazine Street
Every few years Mother Nature reminds us, we who live in this land unfamiliar with the deaths of winter, not to become complacent in the temperate world we inhabit. We, who are used to our banana trees and ferns flourishing in January as well as June, rarely expect to wake up to a garden in a less than lush state. But, nature is and will ever be impervious to the expectations of mere humans. Our desires are accommodated only by chance if they fit into the whole, grand scheme of this spinning planet with it’s moon-driven tides.
For the last few nights the stars have glittered like distant ice bergs in the clear, cold expanse of sky. I wonder: do they fall to earth while we sleep, transforming into the early morning sparkle of frost in our gardens?
(Cross-posted from Casa de Charlotte Della Luna.)