Yesterday my friend Bob C. and I enjoyed the annual Lewes Garden Tour. The third time was the charm.
Two years ago I bought my tickets in advance only to be called into work at the last minute thus I had to miss the tour.
Last year I bought my ticket in advance again only to see the skies open in a downpour the morning of the tour. Again, I missed the tour.
A few days ago my friend Bob asked me if I was going to do the Lewes Garden Tour. I was reluctant because of my past strikeouts. I especially didn't want to buy the tickets in advance again and be rained out or called into work on the day of the tour. However, this year was different. Sunny skies were forecast and I wasn't called into work. Thus, the night before the tour Bob and I picked up our tickets at the hotel where I work in Lewes. Buying the tickets in advance we save $5.00 each. Hey, every dollar counts in today's economy.
The tour was scheduled from 10 am to 5 pm. Bob likes to go later to avoid the early morning crowds. However, after Bob did some yard work in his yard at his home in Milton, the heat and humidity decided for him. He called me and asked if I wanted to go earlier. Being the agreeable person that I am, I agreed.
Bob stopped by my place and off we went to Lewes, garden tour maps in hand, to begin the tour in Lewes.
Our first stop was Wolfe Pointe. This is the toney section of Lewes. I've heard about Wolfe Pointe but never actually visited this ritzy section of Lewes. Well, to say I was impressed is an understatement. I was wowed. WOW! And I thought I lived in a big house. Some of these houses had three full floors. Mansions. Not even McMansions but serious, full fledged MANSIONS.
The first garden we visited was truly outstanding. Perhaps more so because of the huge backyard patio with swimming pool, cookout and outdoor fireplace. So this is how the other half lives? Pretty darn nice. Wow.
I'm not going to describe each property we visited but instead post some of the pictures of the delightful homes and gardens we visited both in Wolfe Pointe and downtown Lewes itself. One property particularly impressed us. It was located right in downtown Lewes, surrounded by an eight foot tall gray wooden fence. The house outside was equally unimpressive. But once we walked around the side of the house into the "Secret Garden", we were amazed with what we saw. We walked over a bridge of a stream that flowed around the entire back yard. Goldfish contentedly swam in the stream. Taking up the center of the back yard was an almost Olympic sized, rectangular swimming pool. At the end of the back yard was a huge grill and an outdoor fireplace. Bob said "We have to get to know these people." Yes, we do have to get to know these people.
Yesterday was a good day. I was originally going to write by blog about the unbelievably stupid and arrogant statement that Rep. Joe Barton of Texas made, apologizing to Tony Hayward of BP for the 20 billion dollar BP set aside to compensate the victims of the BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Orton apologized for what he termed the White House "shakedown" of BP in creating the fund. However, I decided to post something positive instead of dwelling on the negative. There is so much bad happening today. We need to balance our life with more positive activity like yesterday's Lewes Garden Tour.
Next tour? The Milton Garden Tour in July. I'll be there.