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Friday, September 14, 2007

The Early Tour Bird Catches The...What?

Yes, I am early in posting this sweet fun...the wonderful neighborhood tour is set to commence on Monday, September 17th. Now, I am the one who is seldom early for anything but let me explain... I will be watching my nephew for 5 days and doubt I will have too much computer time! This little guy is active and, for me, a chubby almost 51 year old, that activity is often a little tiring. Wait! A little?? Sue! Who are you trying to kid! I am usually flat out exhausted but I do love it. So, short story long...(when did I ever say anything quickly?), I wanted to hop on here and participate...early is better than late right? Kathleen, at The Open Window, is sponsoring a neighborhood tour. I found out all about it through our dear Pea. I signed on to participate with many other special bloggers. Um...not that *I* am a special blogger...I meant that *THEY* were special...okay. You know what I mean right? Just click on the links and fly away to all sorts of lovely neighborhoods. This is the original farmhouse on our subdivision's property. It sits along side the walking trail and small pond. There are usually quite a few Canadian Geese and Mallard ducks on the pond...it was very still the morning I took these photos. Perhaps they were sleeping in. This is our small backyard garden. Our homes are modeled after row houses with the garages behind. There are alleyways that run behind each street. Our gardens are long and narrow...some are a tiny bit larger than others. We have one of the smaller ones. This wonderful garden belongs to one of my dear neighbors. Another neighbor's garden. They have 2 of the sweetest Collies. And yet another garden,.. This is the view from our garden. The small city park is directly behind us and these houses are just beyond that. One of my favorite homes in our neighborhood... Another pretty one... This is the view as you turn onto our street. That is our home in the middle. Our little cottage, Rabbit Run. Yes, it is small. I actually take pride in the fact that our house is the smallest, least expensive home in the entire development. Okay, a silly thing to take pride in but hey...we kept the costs down low deliberately. We chose small deliberately. We have been doing things to upgrade a little at a time but we love our cozy home. It suits us. Come on in! You are most welcome here...

66 comments:

Gretchen said...

I luuuuurve your sweet cottage. It should have it's own glossy coffee table book. xxxoooGretchen

Rosemary said...

It's adorable. I love it!
Thanks so much for sharing.
Rosemary

justabeachkat said...

I loved taking the tour! All the photos were beautiful and I love your cottage. Very quaint and charming!

Hugs!

Kat

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Now to us in the U.K. with our Victorian terraces that's a BIG house!!It's such a lovely house-just how I imagine an American house! I love the clapboard (is that what you call wood-covered houses in the States?) and the picket fence!! I wish I could move right in! Beautiful!!

wendy said...

What a beautiful place to live. I loved the tour, and I love your cute, cosy cottage. I think I will take the tour challenge!

Andi said...

What a lovely home and neighborhood. I adore this post and think everyone should do something similar to the tour challenge. Perhaps I'll even give it a try.

Have fun with your nephew!

Jen said...

I love the houses on your street. I won't share the ones on mine though!

BittersweetPunkin said...

You were SO SWEET to leave a comment on my blog. I LOVE yours....lots to see and read...LOVE the neighborhood. I have to run to the store but I am looking forward to finishing my reading when I return.....with all these beautiful blogs my magazines are going to miss me!
Blessings for a wonderful weekend!
-Robin

Mom2fur said...

What a beautiful neighborhood! I like your little house. Mike and I want to move to a much smaller place when he retires, and I want to make it a 'cottage,' no matter what style house.
Thanks for the sweet comment on the pencil roll I made, BTW!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Sue! I've been running around like crazy for the last 2 weeks & haven't been able to catch up much with all of you. I just loved your neighborhood tour. I think I would enjoy one of those types of neighborhoods, with the parks & old fashioned amenities. It's just lovely. Your home may be small, but it sure is charming. Love the front entrance with the vine growing.

We have a couple of those kinds of neighborhoods in our city & I just love them. Has a real sense of community & vintage feel. Lucky you!

Thanks always for your very sweet comments!
Rhoda

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

I love the way your neighborhood is laid out with the garages & alleys in back. It's like the neighborhood of my childhood.

The white fences are so homey & is that a Sweet Autumn vine? It's wonderful & welcoming.
Thanks for sharing! Hugs, DebraK

Valerie said...

dang if your neighborhood shouldn't be in the chamber of commerce's brochure for Americana! it's classically American, you lucky girl!

Kari said...

Love your cottage! It's fantastic. Looks like something out of the movies...charming and warm and welcoming.

Deb said...

What a gorgeous neighbourhood & home you have! Thank you for the tour.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That looks like a neighborhood you could really live in. So many now days are cookie cutter houses with no personality.
I just sit in the back with a glass of sweet tea~ if you don't mind!

Mary said...

How beautiful! You have such a lovely neighborhood -- I love that all the houses in the subdivision are not the same! And I, too, would be proud to have the smallest house! Your garden is lovely! Such beautiful hydrangea trees!

Thanks for the tour -- I really enjoyed it!
xoxo,
Mary at Little Red House

Terri and Bob said...

COOOOL neighborhood! I loved the tour! I am participating on Monday...shooting my photos tomorrow... let's hope it is a great day!

Penny Carlson said...

What a wonderful neighborhood you live in! I love everything about it. Your cottage is adorable and I too would be proud to own it. It is so charming!
Penny

Brenda said...

The tour was awsome. Hope there will be more in the future. Small is great. We need to down size. Im just wore out when i finish cleaning. It could be age and it might be the chubby thing you talked about.my post today lol.

Wild Rose said...

What a lovely tour of your neighbourhood Sue. Thanks for the invitation.

Marie x

PEA said...

I was out taking pictures today of my neighbourhood for this event and got some strange looks...what couldn't they understand, it's for my BLOG!!! hehe Oh Susie, your house is absolutely delightful and I just love your neighbourhood, it all feels so very welcoming! You realize if I go visit you, I may never want to leave?? lol Love your French sign above your door..the good life!! xoxo

joan said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

Greenie Gardens said...

What a lovely neighborhood. I really like your home. It has a nice friendly look to it. Good job! Stephanie

Susie said...

Thanks for the wonderful tour of your
neighborhood. It looks like a delightful place to live!
xo

Melissa said...

Your neighborhood looks very pretty. Love the garden photos you took. Your home is gorgeous!

La Dolce Vita with LeAnn said...

Thank you so much for the lovely tour. The white picket fence is adorable, so inviting, and feels like stepping into a storybook. Thanks again, wish I could visit!

Sophie Honeysuckle said...

Ooh wouldn't it be fun if you and Kari could visit the U.K.!! It would be dangerous for our purses if the 3 of us went shopping together lol!!!

Kat-in-a-flap. said...

I want to move...today...now....your neighbourhood looks so beautiful,I love the houses,much nicer than our English bricks,thanks for visiting me,
Kat xxxx

Michelle said...

thanks for the tour! what a beautiful area you live in!

Michelle said...

those pictures are beautiful!

Dawn said...

Lovely houses and gardens! I was early, too, but it's because I accidentally hit Publish before I was even finished posting, so had to go ahead and finish.

Fun!

Sue "Sioux" Seibert said...

I love the neighborhood tour. I will do this tomorrow. Your home is beautiful, btw!

Jolene George said...

Please say I can come live by you. Your neighborhood is the most beautiful inviting special place I've ever seen. I love it so much. Why I'm in Arizona, I'll never know. It's so NOT my style.

Jolene George said...

P.S. I won't be sharing my neighborhood. We use to live in a custom home, but now I live in the sea of sameness. We have a hard enough time finding our own house because they all look alike....so boring. One big box after another.

Pamela said...

I'm sorry I didn't do this tour.
I have been doing fun mondays for quite some time... and hated to drop out. Didn't have time for both.

I'll probably take time over the next week and visit as many of her links as I can.

Tashasc30 said...

BEAUTIFUL PLACE

PAT said...

Sue, I am late to this tour! Been busy!!! Now I think I might have time, to relax......maybe....

I love the tour and your cottage. The basket on the door is beautiful!

Did you see Winghaven, in O'Fallon area, before you left STL? Your subdivision is somewhat like Winghaven's Boardwalk.

I also like the fact the farmhouse was left! There is nothing recognizable at our farm!

Have fun with your nephew, this week. I know he's going to enjoy staying with you!
Pat

Peggy said...

I enjoyed visiting your neighborhood!

Sue said...

Sue,
Your neighborhood is adorable. So much character and pretty green spaces. I'm going to click over and visit the other neighborhoods.
Don't wear yourself out too much next week with the little one. I know what you mean about being exhausted, last week I was with my little ones and feel like I need a week to recover ;)
Sue

Jen said...

Your home is very nice. I loved all the gardens. I must say your cottage is verrrrry charming. I so enjoyed my tour....

ellen b said...

How lovely. I enjoyed all the gardens and your cottage. Thanks for letting us tour your neighborhood...

Alice said...

Thank you for the neighborhood tour and especially for showing us your charming home. You take such beautiful photographs.

Grace @ Rose Cottage Lane said...

What a lovely, lovely home and neighborhood. I'd love to live there!

Penless Thoughts said...

Your home and neighborhood are delightful. I love your back garden.
Susan

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

What a lovely cottage! I love the neighborhood!

Overwhelmed! said...

I loved the tour of your neighborhood, it's quite pretty!

I had to smile at your description of your SMALL cottage home. I once rented a 2 BR home that was only 650 sq ft. Now that was small! But, like you, I thought it fit me perfectly and I loved it! It was so cozy, warm, and inviting.

I really liked seeing your garden and the gardens around you. Nice touch!

Thanks for sharing!

My “Welcome to My Neighborhood” post is right here.

Barbara Jacksier said...

Since you seem to know every cute use in your neighborhood.... any you would suggest for my next book, Romantic Cottages?

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

Beautiful flowers and gardens. I love the homes with the picket fences and the porches!! Just my type of home!! Thanks for the great tour..Sandy

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Your neighborhood looks like postcard pictures! I loved last winter when you showed pictures of your street with the fresh snow...I fell in love with it then! You are a lucky lady!

Kathleen Marie said...

Wow, I wonder who settled your area? What nationality? It is so cute and quaint and European looking...with the row cottages. Very charming. I love all the gardens. I am having trouble getting one to grow up here due to the very short summer. I need a greenhouse!

Thank you so much for participating in Welcome to My Neighborhood! God Bless!

Sugar Bear said...

I love your cozy home as well! Personally, I think smaller is best! Your neighborhood is lovely!
Karla

Dianne said...

What a pretty neighborhood! Thanks for sharing!

JANET said...

You have a lovely home and neighborhood. Plus, the older I get, the better I like small!

Sheila said...

You live in a delightful place, and your house is so sweet.
It reminds me of an old English village around the green.
Your garden at the back looks like the perfect place for a spot of tea!
Put the kettle on, and I'll be right over!
Hugs
xx

Sandra said...

Oh I LOVE your cottage, just the kind of house I have dreamed of owning :)

Thank you for the beautiful tour :)

LivingTheLife said...

Your home, garden and neighborhood are just gorgeous...Thanks for the tour! I loved it! Also, congrats to Grace on her completed quilt...she did an awesome job...isn't it fun to see them become so enthused about something so domestic...but of course we mustn't say domestic around them...I think the word would have to be artistic or imaginitive or something along those lines to keep them engaged in the craft. What fun she will have doing this sort of thing throughout her life...man by the time she is 30 she will have some great talents...just imagine she will be designing her own quilts and such by then!

Thanks again for your beautiful tour...and I love your fall decorations...the door treatment is awesome!

Blessings...
"T"

Cheryl Wray said...

You have such a BEAUTIFUL home and neighborhood!! Thanks for taking me on this wonderful tour!!! What a GREAT idea!!!

wendster said...

Susie Q!!! It's one in the morning and I absolutely HAD TO HAVE A SUZIE Q FIX!!! Oh my gosh I've missed coming over to your blog the last few days! Days aren't right without Suzie Q.
Hey ... I love your list! I'm going to do it too. I've just finished a list that I saw ... where did I see it? Dang. Nevermind giving credit for where I found it! ha. I love your house and I think your garden is way better than the others. AND ... I love love LOVE Gracie's quilt!!! WOW!!! So pretty! And those sunflower pictures are going up as my screensaver! NICE! Hey .. . enjoy that little buddy and picture me, the 45 year old mom chasing around my little soon-to-be 4 year old who weighs 55 POUNDS! If he doesn't wanna get in the car I guess we aren't going! He stayed at 43 lbs for a YEAR and just had a growth spurt. WHOA. He was hard enough to pick up at 43. Things are good here. Mediation is Thursday. Signing off- Gamboge boogie shnickel

daisy cottage said...

Oh this tour of your sweet neighborhood was SO fun!! And I LOVED your home the most of all. My absolute fav on the tour!!!


xo,
Kim

peppylady said...

Yes the the early catches the worm. Thank you for the lovely tour of your neighborhood and your snowballs are beautiful.

Sheila said...

What a great idea; I loved seeing the pictures of your neighborhood. Maybe I'll do this later on. Your neighborhood is just lovely, and I LOVE your house and garden!

T*mmy said...

Well doggone it...I'm late...again...I changed from Bloglines to Google Reader and am just now getting here...grrr!!

Anyhow...loved walking around your neighborhood! And your home is very pretty...wasn't it Alan Jackson that sang:

"Well, it’s alright to be little bitty
Little hometown or a big old city
Might as well share, might as well smile
Life goes on for a little bitty while"

:)

Becky said...

What a charming cottage you have. So sweet and inviting. And your neighborhood is so tidy and welcoming too.

I LOVE the lakes and the farmhouse on the walking trail. How nice it must be to stroll around that property early in the morning.

Thanks for sharing. I have really enjoyed my visit.

Mama P said...

Coming in late here, but I'm dittoing everyone else's comments. Also, I'll be by for coffee in an hour. I'd like it in a vintage Diana Cup. With Rabbit stew on the side. MMMMMM.

Robin said...

How charming! It looks like a place Beatrix Potter would have lived!
I just posted my tour - I hope you can come and visit.

love of yellow roses said...

i would love to live in your neighborhood. It feels absolutely charming.