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     For many years now, I have been motoring by an unusual site, far off in the distance, as I drive my way east, out of the city, towards Mississippi, usually to spend the weekend amongst the swells in Pass Christian on the shores of Bay St. Louis.      It is there, in the […]

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  • Lovelyn - Great castle. I wonder about the history behind it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It stands utterly abandoned- but padlocked. The windows are all boarded from the inside, so I couldn’t peek in. It looks to be fairly contemporary in construction (within the last 20 years), but THAT would be a great research project! I’m on it!ReplyCancel

  • The Desert Rocks - Oh yes, we need to get together and make it ours! A writer’s haven with a little door for the littlest fish. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • KDuBarry03 - Wow! I seriously wonder who built it! It looks like something built in the 1700’s or something. It looks too modern to be olderReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - No- it’s sheathed in concrete stucco with iron I-beams and electricity. It was even more interesting up close then from a distance. I’ve got to do a bit more research! Thanks for stopping by K!ReplyCancel

  • Ida Chiavaro - How fascinating, especially the abandoned bit. It reminds of stories from the 80’s about crazy houses being built. I have an old bunker i see on my way home that I still haven’t found a road too… can’t wait to hear more
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    • Cheryl Nicholl - I bet if we were together, Ida, we could find that road. You should grab a girlfriend, or equally fierce canine, and go out and FIND that bunker! I wanna know more!ReplyCancel

  • bookworm - I have never been to either Louisiana or Mississippi (I’ve been to 46 other states, though) so I am fascinated by this. Not knowing the area at all, I still attempted to research. I saw something online called Castle Sherman but this is not it. Now my curiosity must be satisfied, too. There are a number of old quirky “castles” in this country – at least one in my native New York State.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - This isn’t really a castle. It’s more like someones ‘idea’ of a castle. It’s actually quite small though it looks imposing in the photo’s. You really should come down my way for a visit- so much to see and do- and now I have to research this Sherman Castle you mention. Thanks Bookworm!ReplyCancel

  • Carin Clark - Oh how cool! I can’t wait to read more about it after you explore & research. I’m sure there’s an interesting history there. Good stuff!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Ya know I was just going to let this be it- but now so many readers are asking questions I just might HAVE to do MORE research. EEeeegads!ReplyCancel

  • AMummys Life - How cool! Wish there were interesting architecture around here.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - There is SO MUCH interesting architecture here in New Orleans that if I showed a different building every day of the year I would only scratch the surface. Thanks for stopping by!ReplyCancel

  • Francene Stanley - I love the castle. Someone must be maintaining the building otherwise it would have fallen into disrepair. Visiting from Blogger’s Corner. http://475035832790540880.weebly.com/blog.htmlReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - The only maintenance I saw was the grass seems to cut. Otherwise- not so much. It withstood Katerina! It’s wonderful to have a few new friends from Blogger’s Corner! I’m on my way to check out your link!!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • AmyG - Yes, now we need a follow-up story, Cheryl! Tell us the story behind this castle!! Great photos!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - I love the Castle the mostest. I am looking forward to what your sleuth research talents dig up about this mystery castle. Small door could be for castle trolls. Maybe it was supposed to be some kind of play castle for kids and ran out of money. Just throwing out a guess for fun. Have a nice weekend.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - There were two adult-size doors and this little one. Maybe for grandchildren at some time? You too- about the weekend Sue!ReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Looks like quite a spot, and now I’m curious about it!ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - It is and now I’m curious too. Maybe I should try knocking on the doublewide on stilts next door and asking?ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - This is excellent Cheryl! Have you tried the county (parish?) assessor’s website to see who is on record as the owner?ReplyCancel

    • A Pleasant House - I’d need the address first and there isn;t one visible. In the meantime, I’ll just wait for it to come on the market and park Ben there. HahaaaaReplyCancel

  • Sue - I remember this post like it was yesterday and am so happy to find out more about it.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I sorta did a double-take when I saw this in the paper- online. Weird thing is, there is NO ONE living in it, though the report says there is. Maybe for security reasons? Anywho- it was great to learn more about it! You and I LOVE the back stories don’t we? HA!ReplyCancel

     My husband and I have been blessed with a very rich life, full of love, health, happiness, and a few houses.     One of them is still in our hometown in Ohio.     We have hung-on there so that we would have a place to hang our hat when we visit, for births […]

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  • Sharon Greenthal - Oh my gosh I would miss those flowers too if I were you. Alas, I have a black thumb, so the only flowers I have are the ones my husband plants and the ones I buy at Costco and Trader Joes.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I’m not a member of Costco but I do LOVE Trader Joe’s! They have the most exotic selections. First time I ever saw Birds of Paradise! The flower- that is.ReplyCancel

  • Janie Emaus - Your photos remind me of the garden I had in Michigan, a million years ago.ReplyCancel

  • keithdubarry.com - Such beautiful pictures of your flowers! I’m sorry you have to see them gone 🙁ReplyCancel

  • Dana Hemelt - Gorgeous pictures – I hope the new owner will love the flowers as much as you have!ReplyCancel

  • Krisztina Williams - Beautiful pics. That last one is so gorgeous!!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - It had just rained and the bloom hadn’t fully opened! I want to be buried in that flower!!! HahahahaReplyCancel

  • Darcy Perdu - Stunning photos — ravishing flowers! Wish you could just transplant them all to your other home!ReplyCancel

  • Grown and Flown - Cheryl, a difficult decision to pull up the roots that your house offered you for many years, I am guessing. The flowers are beautiful and probably seem like old friends. Glad you shared them with us as you said goodbye.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Actually- not so much. This is a second home we have and it’s time to move on- always with New Orleans as the MAIN BASE. Thanks for your sweet comment. Nicely said, ‘as you said goodbye” my friend. I wish I had used that line.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Lynn - Those are some really pretty flowers. It would be hard to say goodbye to them.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hi Jenny! It’s always hard for me to say goodbye to my flowers- and kids. Sometimes the Hubby.ReplyCancel

  • Home and Lifestyle Design - Your flowers are incredible and so is your photography! One big thing you have on your side is the ability to grow just about anything in New Orleans. My husband says he can spit out a tomato seed and watch the plant grow in front of him in the soil of New Orleans. Can you move your flowers to your home in New Orleans? I guess sometimes we just have to let go and move on & it sounds like you are doing exactly that. Enjoy!
    Thanks, PattyReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hi Patty! Thanks for stopping by!
      It’s ALMOST true. A lot of things grow well here- even too well (if that’s possible) but some of my Northern favorites just wilt under the heat. Peonies are one of them. Oh well, I have a beautiful garden without them. And I will always have that picture!ReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - Awesome Cheryl

    You have a green thumb dear and would love to keep seeing those precious clicks.ReplyCancel

  • House Crazy Sarah - those are gorgeous Cheryl! (Must be hard to leave) Are you still going to live in New Orleans?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh yes. These are some of the flowers in my garden at a second home we own in NE Ohio. New Orleans FOREVER!ReplyCancel

  • OhBoyMom - What gorgeous photos and flowers! My husband has worked very hard on maintaining our backyard garden and he says it’s one of the reasons he doesn’t want to move from this house. I can definitely understand how you felt here…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Your husband’s got a big heart. It’s always hard to leave the things/people/flowers we love- but another adventure awaits!ReplyCancel

  • Mëlissa Bakër - So beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love the pictures of your Good-bye flowers. If ever we move, I would take pix of some of our favorites around here too.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - I have sooo many pictures of the flowers of my life. I really should go up in that photo drawer that is such a God Damn mess and find some…. no, too much work.ReplyCancel

  • Petra - Oh how well chosen as a title, I couldn’t agree more! Your gals are beyond lovely Cheryl, true treasures! Can’t you take the roots out (and with you), at least for the peonies that should be possible? In any case I do congratulate you on your very green thumb and your beautiful taste!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - No- peonies don’t like to be moved, and anyways, this is only ONE garden I get dirty in. I have others. HeheheReplyCancel

  • William Kendall - Gorgeous pictures, Cheryl. I hope the new residents enjoy the garden.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - I hope they do too and can you believe I actually took those pic’s with my very own little camera and my awesome eye/hand coordination?ReplyCancel

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