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.

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