Sunday, March 30, 2014

Visting Winterthur: Part 2: "OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT!"

This is Part 2 of our visit to Winterhtur on March 22 with our friend Cristina. This is entry tells about our encounter with a hyper-historically-educated docent in the 175 room mansion and what the gardens WOULD look like (if it were warm and spring-time).

piano room with lots of flowers
OUR TOUR OF THE HOUSE - Because the mansion is so huge (I believe there are 9 floors) the tour takes people only through the 5th and 6th floors. Within those two floors there is SO much furniture, so much art, so many clocks and antiques it'll make your head spin! 

ENCYCLOPEDIAC DOCENT - The woman that led our small group through the 2 floors dropped so many names about the furniture makers, clocks, artists, craftsmen, history, and even the remodeling of the house that it made our heads spin!  She had to be either a college professor or historian - it was unfathomable to me how she knew so much.
Rob, Cristina and Tom agreeing with Docent

"OF COURSE YOU KNOW THAT!" - After finding out that we are from Maryland, at one point, the docent pointed out a piece of furniture and said to us "look at the legs of this table." We did and tipped our heads like a dog that doesn't understand. The docent said, "Because you're from Baltimore, of course you know the (whatever) design and curvature of the legs is a hallmark of Mr. blahblahblah from the 1820s in Baltimore."   Tom, Cristina and I looked at each other and all looked at her and nodded, "of course," "sure," "yes, he's very famous."  LOL

PIANO ROOM - One of the last rooms we walked through had a grand piano in it, and a woman was playing tunes on it. The room was peppered with live flowers and fragrant. The walls of the room were covered with a wallpaper from China of a chinese mural of mountains, villages and ocean.

THE GARDENS - Tom had visited Wintertur when the 60 acres of gardens were in bloom, and unfortunately when we visited on March 22, nothing was really blooming yet and the high temperature was in the mid-40s.
Photo by Jeannette Lindvig
    Henry Francis du Pont developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life's work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature's beauty.

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next