08 April 2010

Southern Elegance and a Taste of the Tropics



Savannah has a unique charm about it ~ it's gritty and elegant, historic and contemporary, fried chicken and caviar, moon shine and champagne.

It's architecture I love ~ the patina of the buildings creates such mystery ~ good and evil.



The canopy of mossy oaks throughout the city keep us contained ~ as though we should stay a while...


...and the charming courtyard gardens give us glimpses of what might go on behind the wrought iron gates.



I am a bit fascinated by this town, which I have only visited a handful of times since moving the the Deep South. I am still trying to figure out its lure. Perhaps I should re-read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.


We spent our Easter weekend in Savannah and as guests of my friend Jennifer Hayslip and family, stayed at the Ford Plantation. What a treat it was to get away, spend some relaxing time with friends not worrying that the grass needed to be mowed at home or the tomatoes planted in the garden.



Before settling into our weekend home, we took a tour of the "Plantation" and grabbed a bit of shade where we could along the gravel paths under curtains of mossy oaks, palms, and azaleas...



...and enjoyed the nuances of the tropics...



...the iconic waterways of the Coastal South...


...and of course traditional gas lights along the side walks.


When we finally reached our weekend home, we were greeted with the warm breeze of the fan spinning on the ceiling of the screened in porch, wicker and rattan, sisal rugs, wood plank floors, a mix of old and new relics and furnishings reminiscent of the islands...

...and while we soaked all this in, we rested our feet and tickled our noses with some French champagne {not moon shine!}.


On Easter Sunday, after the children "ran for the races" at the Easter egg hunt and petted some small exotic animals {these baby chicks were some of my favorites}, we were greeted by...



...charming Miss Bunny in a sea of pastel frosted cupcakes and...


... a burst of Easter colour. Wild natural branches were adorned with hand decorated and painted hollowed eggs, which the local ladies garden club made and donated for the occasion.


Each one unique in its detail...


...a prince of a frog and fields of daisies...



...little peeps, pansies, and cherry blossoms in a rainbow of Spring colours.




At the end of the weekend our baskets were full ~ of eggs, fun, and most of all friendship.


I hope all of you had an an equally lovely Easter. As always, thank you for stopping by.


Ciao amici,

Suzanne

3 comments:

Ronnie said...

Suzanne,
Thank you, for this beautiful post and the lovely vicarious tour of Savannah. What an Easter!

Suzanne MacCrone said...

Hey Ronnie! Thanks so much for "touring" Savannah with me.

Ciao,
Suzanne

Ingrid in Umbria said...

Cara amica,

Thrilled by the tour! Love at first sight. What an oasis, Savannah. Charming houses, dream gardens. Perfect setting and colours for an Easter weekend. And your potography - top shots, as usual. Just loved this post, cara. Bacione, Ingrid in Umbria

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