Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Purple Iris and an 1850s Texas Getaway

Bouffant Iris
Oil on Canvas
Nancy Medina Art

Carlos and I packed up Anniebelly and took a truckload of new paintings
to The Good Art Company Gallery recently. We stayed at
one of my favorite pet friendly places, Settlers Crossing.

Settlers has seven historic cabins and log homes on the property. This is one of
the smaller cabins there, the Kusenberg, built in the 1850s. It's the oldest
house built by settlers outside of Fredericksburg, Texas in the Hill Country.

The farm has old stone barns where hay is stored for
the livestock that roam the property, including a donkey
and his very own flock of sheep.

We ate our supper out on the front porch and watched
hundreds of hummingbirds swarm the feeders and
climbing trumpet vines around the cabin.

Every inch of the cabin was historic, except of course
for the electricity, satellite TV, and jacuzzi tub.

The view out the front door was absolute bliss.
No highways, no houses, no neighbors.

Peeking out the front door.

The stone floors were bound to be a later addition.
If I remember my Little House books right, these
old cabins had dirt floors, yes?

Annie was fascinated by the old antique
cart on the front porch. I imagine there was
mail there somewhere from
a previous four-footed visitor.

The bedroom had an antique bed and a flatscreen TV.

My favorite thing was the front doorknob.
It was exactly the same as the ones in my
great-grandmother's home in Palestine, Texas.

It was great staying at the Kusenberg and Carlos and I would
highly recommend it to anyone, unless you happen to be six feet tall.


Dana Cooper said...

I love the Iris painting and the name of the painting/iris is sooo appropriate!

Unknown said...

Thank you Dana, you know I just make these iris names up. I'm sure there is some perfectly appropriate scientific name for this one that I am clueless about. : )

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Hi Nancy
Your beautiful Iris is exquisite!
The colors are just perfect. Another beautiful master piece. The cabin at Settlers Crossing is so charming. We would love it for sure! Thank you for sharring it with us.
And I wanted to tell you that the painting you did of Emmitt was so spectacular! Everything you paint is like magical.

A New England Life said...

What an odd mix between historic and modern. The cabin looks very clean and cozy, though a bit of a head bonker for Carlos. Hope you all slept well!

You are a painting fiend! How you find time for it I don't know, but I suppose it's like my photography, you make time because you love it.


Angela Elledge said...

Beautiful as always!! I would love to visit Settlers Crossing, you described the perfect, peaceful get-away for me...until I saw the last picture of Carlos. I would leave beautifully rested and restored and poor Jay would have a crick in his neck from keeping his head down. Take care.

Unknown said...

Tweedley, thank you cutey. I appreciate your kind words, Emmitt-Pants Painting will be traveling home to Colorado this weekend!

Sharon, it is so quiet there, amazing how well you can sleep when there is no traffic or neighborhood noise.

Angela - LOL, check out the web site link if you would like to see some bigger cabins and log homes, there are some where Jay could walk around just fine without bonking his noggin...

Laura said...

What an adorable place to stay, Nancy! LOVE IT! And of course, your iris paintings are always spectacular!

Rae Andrews, Contemporary Texas Artist in all media said...

Such a wonderful 'dance' you get with your florals, Nancy, I love to visit your blog. It is always so interesting, thankyou for sharing your wonderful stay in the cabin, it looks charming.

Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Loving this iris Nancy....and the pictures of your stay are that is what I would want when roughing it....sattelite tv, air conditioning, and a jacuzzi tub...

Art with Liz said...

My gosh but that iris is absolutely beautiful Nancy. And that place you stayed in is so amazing. The peace and quiet must have been fantastic.

Libby's Library said...

Wonderful post - makes me want to get in the car and drive there.

Did poor Howie P have to stay at home?

Beautiful painting!

Archie and Melissa said...

hi nancy!
oh what a fabulous vacation your paintings brought to you! everything about that weekend is so wonderful. i love where you, carlos and annie stayed!

your iris painting is amazing! your work brings so much joy!

Manon said...

Thanks for sharing your vacation Nancy! Beautiful spot!
Your Iris is stunning! I'm always in awe of your work

James Parker said...

The iris is super and the tour of Settlers Crossing was neat. Your swan and heron are marvelous and I love your piece on Following the Masters.  You have really been busy. If ya get a chance, drop by for a "just for fun" blog and have a smile on me. Cya in a bit.

bindu said...

What a lovely place. Every pore of that building seems to ooze history. So fascinating.


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