Monday, October 06, 2008

Last Louisiana Pictures

As I mentioned previously, Mike and Diane are Don and Gail's best friends. Mike and Diane have the most gorgeous home and property. I did not take pictures of their home this trip. It is magnificant. The first time Diane gave me a tour, my jaw was dragging the floor. It's a restored home, and if it's not on an historical register, it should be!

I don't know the whole story, but at some point Mike and Diane came into possession of an old country store and moved it onto their property behind their home. This structure is where everyone congregates. Diane does a lot of cooking for her farming family, and they entertain out here. There's a commercial kitchen, a pool table, a huge TV and lots of comfy sitting areas for guests and grandkids! It's a place that every kid dreams of having so they can run and play and put their feet up and pull out toys and ... well, enough said.

I couldn't capture the whole structure in these two pictures, but these will give a flavor of that entertainment area. The original flooring, walls and ceilings.

Off of this play room is a wonderful veranda with a fabulous view of oak trees and Bayou Teche. Yeah, I could definitely get cozy out there in a rocking chair with some applique, a mimosa or two ...

Off of the play room and veranda is the back lawn. There's a pool overlooking Bayou Teche --

And a fully equipped gym!

Mike is also an artist. He carves the most gorgeous birds and ducks and creatures great and small. My photography leaves much to be desired, but just a taste of his work -- Mr. Owl. This piece is carved from one piece of wood, including the feet. The feathers looked so real! I just wish I could have photographed it better.

This wraps up my photo journal of my trip home. I came away with wonderful memories, and can't wait until the next trip!

Don and Gail, thank you for indulging my every whim, for the fantastic food, including the boudin, and for being the best tour guides in the whole world! I love you!


JudyL said...

WOW! What a beautiful place! That tree with the moss -- oh, that alone makes me miss Louisiana.

Karen said...

I am drooling! What a fantastic place to get to rest & relax.

Perry said...

What a wonderful place to visit. Like you, I would love to live there. Baton Rouge was probably the place I lived that I liked the most, and I miss the easy living that people in Louisiana seem to enjoy. I guess they still do, it has been a long time since I lived there.

Sweet P said...

Can I move in? That is the best place for having fun at home I've ever seen.

Mary ann said...

What a great place to entertain - or just to relax. It's beautiful both inside and out. Love that veranda!

paula, the quilter said...

That veranda is just lovely. I can just imagine sitting there too.

Cowguy said...

Great pics Vicky! Wish I had the touch to carve like the person that did that owl. Wow.


Nan said...

I just read every post from your trip. I must say, I enjoyed them all! Beautiful photos and fascinating facts - I almost feel like I was there. Wish I had been!
What an exquisite owl carving! Thank you for sharing so much of your trip home.