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!