Last weekend was fun — West Central fun, that is. My youngest daughter and I were hosts at my friend Rose Aimee’s bed and breakfast in the West Central neighborhood of our town. We were in zee Hollywood Suite (you have to read it with a French accent; Rose Aimee is French).
I was supposed to wear a “beautiful dress” (Rose Aimee’s words) too, but could only get the zipper halfway up. Later I found out it was Rose Aimee’s daughter’s wedding dress. But despite that less-than-auspicious beginning, it was a good afternoon.
The next day, two of the girls and I returned to visit more houses on the West Central neighborhood tour. West Central is a historic district full of houses built around 1900. I love the details of these places – the woodwork, the glass. One of the houses was home to Carole Lombard, famous ’30s actress who starred with Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable among others.
I intended to bring my camera, but forgot it. Thankfully, my oldest daughter brought hers. She has a good eye for composition:
Wouldn’t you love to hear the stories these places could tell? I would love to live in a house like one of these, but 1) I lack any ability to re-do one, and 2) I know that older houses present many challenges in upkeep, heating, etc. Anyway, they are wonderful to visit …