Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fire Station Conversion - Do not judge a book by its cover

1890 Fire Station Conversion, Austin TX
 Browsing through Old House Dream I cam across this listing. You can see that I could have easily skipped it, but the price tag of $4,400,000 made me curious. I'll let the images speak for themselves.




 








Can you see yourself in that mirror?

Sunday, March 9, 2014

St. Marys Heritage Fair


On February 21st, the St Marys Museum and the St Marys Historical Society hosted the 18th Annual Heritage Fair. This year's theme was 'Celebrations' featuring artifacts, memorabilia and historic photographs relating to celebrations and special events that have taken place in St Marys' history. Brian and I, along with two other property owners had good reason to celebrate as well, for we were given a special award for the work on the preservation and beautification of our heritage property. The Dusty Victorian is a work in progress, but it was so nice for our efforts to be recognized.

Top left; Mayor Steve Grose, Fay Telfer, Ken Telfer (Chair of Friends of St Marys Museum), Larry Pfaff (Chair of  St Marys Historical Society), moi. Bottom left; Nancy Baird, Richard Rosenthall, Ray Doerksen, Mike Ebert, and Brian.

This year's Heritage St. Marys Award recipients:

Photo by Richard Rosenthall

Nancy Baird and Richard Rosenthall, owners of this beautiful 1857 classical revival style home.
One of the first brick houses built in St Marys.


Central School Manor
Mike Ebert and Ray Doerksen owners of Central School Manor, a 1914 classic revival limestone building that was once a school, now converted into luxury condominiums.
Click on the link to know more about it.

The Dusty Victorian
And our 1889 Victorian villa.



The evening also recognized the valuable work of volunteers in our community. This year, Ken Telfer, Chair of Friends of St Marys Museum (seen here with his lovely wife Fay) was the Volunteer of the Year. Congratulations!

A heartfelt thank you to St Marys Museum, the Historical Society and to the Heritage Committee for the honour and for a lovely evening.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Azalea Topiary- Surprise Blooms


I've been spending a lot of time in my studio this winter, trying very hard to keep the winter blues under control. The house's demands are put on hold so we can resume work with renewed interests come spring. On the B&B front, not much activity in winter aside from the occasional brave winter traveller. So the Dusty Victorian is somewhat sleepy. The only thing full of life is my azalea. It gave me a lovely gift of blooms, very much needed and appreciated at this time.


It feels so good just looking at it. Next year, I will get some spring bulbs and force them to flower during winter.

Hyacinths in bulb vases

Parrot tulipes-Robin Wood Flowers

Amaryllis-WhiteFlowerFarm

Muscari-Gardenista

Paper Whites-MerryPowell
I will be using clear glass containers. The roots are to be admired as much as the blooms.