Tuesday, August 10, 2010

White Wednesday in Essex

What a beautiful day it was today.
Yes it was hot and humid
but we were closed today!
Tuesdays we are closed in the month of August.
So after we worked the afternoon we headed to Essex.
Actually we were going to an antique store along the border of
Old Saybrook and Essex and with 15 minutes to spare
I managed to make it in the door before they closed.
and I still had enough time to pick up a couple of things.
I'll share what I bought in the next post.
Meanwhile I want to show you just a little of Essex.
This is the Ct. River Museum
What a beautiful spot.
They have events that you can check out on their site.
We went to a great wine tasting there a few years ago.
Discovered a great wine from Chili that was only $7 that night.
We bought a couple of cases thru the years.
I think they don't make it anymore.

This is one of my favorite houses along Main Street.

This house always get photographed a lot by tourists

And now by me. I did feel like a tourist taking these but I've always wanted to.

One lady asked me what the date was on the house.
I couldn't read it either but I magnified it on my camera.

This birdhouse looks much too clean to be occupied and maybe
too many prying eyes for some birds. The landscaping is formal
with the rows of trimmed boxwood.
Around the pole is what looks like barberry with thorny branches
maybe to keep anything from crawling up the pole....
or maybe not.

One thing I know is that this birdhouse really makes this front yard special.

This is "River" a shop up on the other end of Main Street.
It was closed today but I got this picture by pressing my lense against the door!
Isn't it gorgeous?
Well, I drew so much attention to myself that the lady (Bobbie) who
works there and had come in to water the plants came to the door.
How embarrassing!
She was lovely and really didn't seem to mind.
I told her who I was and that I knew Joe(the owner).
She told me the sad news that they were closing!
He is now busy with doing Weddings for clients in the area and
has decided he didn't need the shop anymore.
Check out his incredible work
Bobbie was nice enough to let me take some pictures inside so I'll
post those in the next post!
I'm joining my friend Kathleen at Faded Charm
for White Wednesday.
Happy Wednesday everyone!


Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Carole,
So nice that you had some time off and were able to do some fun stuff. I can certainly see why that is your favorite's a dream. Can't wait to see more of your pics.
Have a great remainder of the week!

Parisienne Farmgirl said...

Oh my goodness, that house... and that SHOP!

I love how your photo came out! I can only imagine what his weddings look like... I would love to style weddings. Heading over for some inspiration!

trash talk said...

Gee willikers...I don't know which home I love the most...the big house or the the little house!
What a wonderful shop. I bet you're sorry to see it close. It is just beautiful!

Olive Cooper said...

That birdhouse is just different, pretty, and somewhat commanding where it is positioned. That shop is just right. Too bad it is closing. You are on my blog roll so now I can keep up with all these goings on! olive♥

Faded Charm said...

This looks like my kinda place to visit. Love the look of that shop....too bad it's closing. Hope you hada wonderful day off.

Take care,


Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi sweet Carole, I'm glad to hear that you had a day off to do some fun things. Essex is very lovely. When I remember correctly, we bought a silver plated tray in an antique shop on the Main Street. The house is beautiful, I just wouldn't like to clean the windows, lol. The birdhouse really looks like it never had a bird move it. Maybe the birds don't like multi-family homes ;-).
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

What a Beautiful Post, I wish I were in this Wonderful Adventure land ~ which is what it looks like to me in these photos..... I see from the link to "The River" that it is such a Special Place, too bad it is Closing.... Thanks so much for Sharing~

oldgreymare said...

oh that shop! The River..what a great name. Will you be going to the going out of business sale? I think I would fight you for some of those urns, my dear friend.

I love your favorite house too but shame on me, my first thought was how much work trimming the boxwood would be. I think I'm getting wait..I AM old!

How's the workout coming along? hmmm ; -0



Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Carole
So good to hear you are getting some time out.. and great for us too as you take us along on your day trips!!

I just love that second shot.. such a lovely feel to it.. and the shop looks fantastic and sad that it will close.!! You are very lucky to be allowed to take pics..I can't tell you how many shops have turned me down when I've asked if I could take pics.. Oh well.. I have yours to enjoy...

have a lovely week xxx Julie

Dorthe said...

Hi Carole,
what a great tour you have had- this city looks divine, and full of beautifull buildings to see. I am ofcourse in love with the sweet little house, and the gorgeus birdhouse.And the fhoto through the door looks wonderfull-what a shop.--thanks for your Main tour,dear.
Hugs, Dorthe

slommler said...

Aww! So sad that the shop is closing. It looks gorgeous. And that house...oh my!! The birdhouse is amazing. Everything is so pristine!
Loved your tour

Rebecca said...

I just love to go in museums and that birdhouse is so neat. Thanks for sharing-Happy WW

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

I can see why you would love that house. The red door is so inviting along with the birdhouse. Thanks for the sneak peak into that lovely shop!! ~~sherry~~

A New England Life said...

I didn't know there was an Essex in CT. I've only been to the one in Massachusetts. This one appears a bit more upscale. Wonderful town. Looking forward to more photos!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

River is closing? That is a shame...
Your photo through the door came out great!
So glad you and George got to take a little time off and do something fun.
Hope to see you soon!

MJ Ornaments said...

So pretty Carole, and beautiful bird house too! Have a great day, Martha

Renee Finberg said...

i am drooling.
i wish i were there with you to shop and cruzzzz.


Anonymous said...

The house is wonderful - but OhMY, River is gorgeous! Sorry to hear that it is closing. This is the kind of shop that I spend hours in whenever I get the chance!!!
Happy day to you,
Zuzu said...

Great house and I love that bird house. I need to get one big white one for my yard:) Essex is such a nice town to visit. Too bad that shop is closing, it looks like it is packed with great things. Have a great week:)
Blog: Capers of the vintage vixens

erin said...

that is the one of the cutest houses ever!! so sweet and simple. and the structured landscaping with the unexpected bird house (for martins, i assume)... adoreable. i don't usually care for barberry, but what a great idea to keep the critters away! the "river" looks like my kinda unusual to have windows on opposite sides? love their birdbaths...too bad they are closing. glad you got a day off, sweety!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Carole! Oh, how I love a good field trip! (sigh!) There's nothing like those east coast homes and antiques stores. That house is to die for and I love the neatly clipped boxwood hugging the beautiful birdhouse. (bigger sigh!) And that shop? Wow.....too bad they're closing. I'd certainly keep an eye out for a sale....!

Glad to hear that you got a little vaca day out and about!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Theresa said...

Thanks for the tour Carole! I loved it, the museum, the beautiful home and River! So sad that fabulous place is closing it's doors, it looks amazing. Everything looks just so pretty, all the reasons I love the east coast! Happy WW! Theresa

Debra@Common Ground said...

Carole, these photos are just wonderful. Love this home with the birdhouse in the front. What a shame this shop will be closing, it looks full of fabulous things. Your area is just so lovely, I want to come up your direction someday!

time-worn interiors said...

What a lovely town! It breaks my heart when fabulous shop close their doors! There is a lot of that going on these days!

Jacqueline said...

Dear Carole,
Well.....I'm in heaven !! What gorgeous, wonderful, perfect houses....and that bird house....AND...the shop RIVER !! I have been over to the website. OUT OF THIS WORLD !!!! I can't think of enough words to praise it all. If I ever get to that area then I am heading to Essex. XXXX

donna...@ d. reyné.com said...

I am loving your little day trip photos!
I could spend some time in such WONDERFUL town!
Take care,

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

Essex looks like a wonderful town and love the house on Main Street, with the beautiful gardens and birdhouse.
Thank you for taking us along on your day out.

Happy weekend

Emilie M. Paper's said...

Thank you for leaving me a comment...Yes it's been awhile but I have no excuse now my hubby got me the camera I'v been wanting forever...Love the white wednesday pics and as always all your posts...Blessings Emilie

June said...

Essex is a beautiful place Carole. I can definitely see why that house is photographed. Of course, it is the birdhouse that I like best.

I wanted to tell you that I loved the barn tour. I think your area has the most beautiful barns in the US. It seems that they have had more care than a lot of the barns in the west. So many of ours are crumbling and rotting. It is so sad to see. I love barns and all they did to serve the farmer and the animals they kept.

gail said...

what a beautiful town...and I'd love to go that store. I love Connecticut!
thanks for sharing.

Vicki said...

Hi, Carole,
Essex is a very charming town. I enjoyed my tour and the shop looks delightful. I also enjoyed reading your barn chicks post. Only one word for the chickens--beautiful!! Thank you for visiting me~have a happy weekend, my friend~Vicki