Friday, May 22, 2015

Old Texas Missions.


Here we are visiting the Catholic missions here in San Antonio ... This first one is the oldest, San Fransisco de la Espada.  It's named for Saint Francis of the sword. 
Here's my girls in front of this charming early 1700s chapel. 
I love the red brick around the window mixed with the gray stone. Originally it was all stuccoed and white washed, of course I love the aged brick and exposed stone. 
My grand girl Charlie walks up the isle of the church. 
       This is Saint Francis of the sword 
There are three missions close together and we went to the San Jaun mission next.  Here I am with Charlie and her mom, Britt 
This mission has white washed stucco. 
I loved this water feature in the garden of the parsonage.  

Wouldn't it be amazing to live in a 300 year old house!! 
                 Great photo op too! 
Here's the interior of the San Jaun chapel 

  We had a great time! Time to go kids!! 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Fairies Move Into 120 Year Old Well


If you saw the fairy garden I did in my last post with my granddaughter last weekend, you are prepared to see my newest addition to Fairy Land. 
This is what the old well looked like last Saturday.  It included statuary that's deteriorating, a dead rose bush, a wild climbing rose,  probably from the roots of the dead rose and English violets, that I encourage!
Here it is sans the dead rose... Just wish Mr P had been home to take a pic of me standing in the well digging out that old rose!!  
I added potting soil about 3 inches deep, then laid out the garden path and gravel stream ... 
I found these cute pottery fairy furnishings at the dollhouse festival last year.   This is a log couch and stump chairs. 
This is the cookie jar size fairy house and cute paving tiles. 
A closeup of some plants and the gazing ball. Here's a top view, below. I love how it turned out!! 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Fairy Garden Spring Time


It's fairy garden time again, so I collected my 7 year old granddaughter and we got started...
This is what it looked like this morning. Strangely all the ground coverers I put in last year were still alive in April, because we had such a mild winter, but a freeze in late April took them all!
We moved things around a bit, and have given the fairy house the a fenced yard and gate!
We got soaked putting it together in the rain, but then we didn't have to water when we were done either. 
This historic well turned planter is next... The rose bush that's thrived for years there, suddenly died, and a wild climbing rose grew up against the side of the well. I bought several fairy garden accoutrements last year, and soon they will have a home in this charming spot!!