Tom played hooky on Sunday (he is the pastor, in case you didn't know) and our family enjoyed a little getaway.
This is the "Ti"!
This beautiful steam boat is part of the collection at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. The town is near Burlington, which is on the shores of Lake Champlain.
The Shelburne Museum is an amazing and incredibly unique place. It is a collection of collections - a museum of museums. Not only is its concept original, the collections themselves, which are distinctly American, reveal the mind of a woman, Electra Havemeyer Webb, who had a childlike heart and mind which, I feel, was akin to Walt Disney's. The collections are everything from Amish quilts to carved circus pieces and merry-go-round horses to New England architecture (the "museums" are, themselves, in beautiful old homes that were collected and moved to the grounds) to horse carriages to steam trains and paraphernalia to hunting lodges and large hunting trophies to Staffordshire china to impressionistic art to antique glass to antique toys, dolls, cigar Indians, to barns to, well - you name it!
You can read about the museum's story here!
(it's well worth poking around the site!)
Well, one thing that I heartily enjoyed were the gardens, of all things. They are simple New England gardens but beautifully kept. As a matter of fact, I don't remember common annuals looking any prettier!
The old fashioned roses were everywhere and in full bloom. I've, also, been here when the apple trees and lilacs were in bloom - they have an amazing amount of different varieties. The grounds with the trees and sloping green lawns and gorgeous buildings is quite a sight. I just wish I'd taken a really good picture of the gestalt! (I think it was the mammoth, thunderous downpour that drove the thought out of my mind.)
This is the entrance to the spiral "garden" that encircled the flag pole out near the entrance. You can just see a "corner" of the round barn.
That is the covered bridge in the background.
It's a curious thing but, I really haven't been in any gardens this year. Now, that I've seen these gorgeous flowers and eaten out on our own porch, I feel a strange sense of calm and completeness from it. I feel the full happiness of summer and am satisfied!