7.20.2010

We said our good byes & parted ways,
our lovely family gathering at the Irvine Park neighborhood in St. Paul, Mn
had come to an end...

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the home of Ruth & Dirk Dantuma at the Ohage House.
This 8,000 square foot Queen Ann was built in 1889. For more reading, see home feature article in the Midwest Home magazine
here.

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Their large backyard is filled with various garden vignettes, sitting areas & fire pit overlooking the Mississippi River.
The Irvine Park area is filled with beautifully restored homes. Our morning strolls took us up and down the streets of this quaint little neighborhood.
I love porches...
The flower gardens were as exquisite as the homes...

& we enjoyed two victories for the Twins! Go Twins!

We played in any water that could be found...
whether it was the bird's water

or water dripping from a faucet!
This little one L.O.V.E.S water...

Our last evening at the Ohage House was spent sitting around the fire pit trying to start a fire with wet wood, a result of torrential rains the night before. After much huffing & puffing and putting their Boy Scout fire building abilities to the test, we all enjoyed s'mores & conversation under the stars.



Fun times were had by all!


Have a good week,

Brenda

6 comments:

Peggy Lee said...

Sounds like you had a great time. Those porches look so inviting!

natalyK said...

All I can say is beautiful. It seems so serene and peaceful.

Deborah said...

The pictures are lovely. Sounds like you had a great time.

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

What a beautiful spot! The picture of your GS drinking out of the bird bath reminds me of one of my favorite pictures of my Matt, at about the same age, sucking water from a puddle on the driveway. Priceless pics!!!

Julie Wilson said...

Thank you Brenda for the pictures of your delightful week-end. Rob said that is was great and Beckham was a rael tropper. Looks like he had so much fun. The house and setting was so beautiful. Julie

ruth said...

Brenda, you've captured the essence of the Irvine Park neighborhood so well! What lovely pictures; your eye for detail is fabulous! I will always think of your grandson when I refill the "bird bowl" (also known to be a doggie bowl). Thanks for bringing your lovely family to the Ohage house!
Ruth Dantuma