|It was my birthday!|
I got lots of fun and pretty cards! And gift cards! (so fun to spend! LOL)
and presents! I got this vintage black pocketbook:
fun summer shoes!
|(remember when little girls wore pretty little dresses like these?)|
|old fashioned fun|
|a vintage classic movie! Yay!|
|..........and lots of really really neat BOOKS! I will show you all of them later on this week|
And my choice for my birthday this year was the same as last year........I wanted to walk the gardens at the old plantation. It dates back to 1672 and is Named after the huge creamy white blooms on the local Magnolia trees.
|the original plantation had almost 2000 acres.|
a quick stop to say "hi" to the little animals in the petting zoo
|cute prairie dog popping up!|
|"Howdy Bloggers!" LOL|
The elegant old home and me showing y'all my birthday dress!--PERFECT choice for that day---it was a sweltering 90 degrees out and so so humid. My dress is breathable cotton and was so loose and comfortable!
|so many pretty flowers here-- boxes, hedges, big pots, and hangers and terraces and gardens and out in the wild too!|
The house was built in 1873, and is the third one built here. The first two were both destroyed by fire, the second one during the Civil War.
the Flowerdale garden and the home itself was badly damaged in the Revolutionary War. The Draytons fought against the British.
I love this pretty little gazebo!!
|that is a WILD bouquet! I love it!|
|I love how the bridge reflects in the dark water|
|Cypress knees......they are part of the cypress trees root systems|
|I love all the statuary here!|
.......and I loved this babbling little brook that flowed into the lake here--such a peaceful sound!
|day-glow green water here! LOL|
Whats THAT??! is that a SNAKE?
Nope, I think it's just an anhinga bird.....we stood and watched him fish.......he completely disappears underneath the water, then comes back up for air. He was fun to watch!
|thank goodness there ARE MAPS....a person could get lost on this huge place easily, and I've read plenty of stories of people WHO HAVE....|
|show us your TEETH! LOL|
|Here he comes!!!--pretty quickly too...|
Not SURE what this gator was thinking, he definetly saw us!!---Mr. Front Porch thinks he was just trying to cross the path and get into the larger lake, whatever it was........THIS IS WHEN I skedaddled!! LOL
|I went around and photographed him from the other side, LOL Wanted to make sure I wasn't in his path, LOL!|
|"because I LIVE HERE,"says handsome gator!!|
|this old plantation is full of ancient old trees--huge and stately--can you even imagine all the history they've seen?|
|the bench where Reverend Drayton prayed and composed his Sunday sermons|
|the Drayton vault. Beautiful carvings!|
There are lovely flowers planted all along the banks of the river. They plant different ones each year, so you never know what you will see.
Lots of people out on boats enjoying the hot and sunny day
|some of the first "tourists" to Magnolia, in 1870. Reverend Drayton opened it up to the public to raise money to keep it running as he went broke after the Civil War.|
I was so glad I had packed a hat and my "sunbrella", LOL! After hiking around for a few hours out in the hot sun---ANY SHADE is very welcome.
Pretty books and lots of tea sets, large and small!
|Pretty blue and white things!|
|beautiful dainty hankies!|
The little racoon made this "painting"!
Lots of colorful and beautiful cards! we bought two....one for my birthday year, and one for our anniversary year, as we were celebrating that as well. Yep, we married on my birthday.
I love the stained glass window hangers, they are gorgeous.
So many beautiful blue hydrangeas everywhere!!!
|this lovely lady stands in a tangle of trees and vines.....if you don't know to look for her---you would miss her. She is very shy.|
|the last cabin there on the end, on the right, was occupied until 1999!|
|these slanted ramp things are built for the alligators to sun themselves on and they love them and use them!|
|photographers busy taking pictures of the wedding couple|
I'm so glad y'all came along with us today and hope you enjoyed seeing all the pretty sights!