Historic Galena: Little Brick Houses

One of my favorite weekend trips is a visit to historic Galena, Illinois. Even Midwest Living magazine has featured it on many occasions. Home of Ulysses S. Grant, Galena's main street is a shopping mecca of boutiques, antique stores, and many restaurants. But what I love most about Galena is its rolling hills and historic architecture. Brick homes abound in Galena. My uncle used to live here before retiring to Arizona. He lived in one of the … [Read more...]

More Historic Homes in Sycamore, Illinois

A little over a week ago my hubby and I took a little jaunt over to Sycamore to take a walk in the historic district. I took too many pictures to share in one post, so this is part two of some beautiful homes in the Land of Lincoln. (You can view the first post here.) A blue exterior and wrap-around porch paints a charming slice of Americana. Another roomy porch shows off unique half-moon cut-outs in the railing. A gorgeous brick home with … [Read more...]

Midwestern Prairie Life

Last weekend I took a little detour on the way home from seeing my daughter. Rather than turn right toward home, I turned left to venture down a dirt road that leads to Garfield Farm and Tavern. It had just snowed and I knew the historic farm on 281 acres would present me with some good photo ops. I took so many pictures I decided to split the post up. So welcome to part two of my little visit to Garfield Farm on the Illinois prairie. (You can … [Read more...]

Around Geneva: Christmas Porches and Doors

The sun came out for a change today, so I grabbed my camera at lunch and took a walk around town practicing some shots. In my recent post about claw foot tubs I mentioned I was getting a new camera. So with my new Nikon D3000 in hand, I braved the cold knowing the sun would wash out the colors a bit. I've admired this house since I can remember. It's worn different colors over the years and it always looks gorgeous. Such a classic home … [Read more...]

Cupcakes and My Home Town

Whenever I need a little pick-me-up, I make the short drive to my hometown of Geneva, Illinois. Quaint and idyllic, the town was settled on the Fox River in 1835 and carries a heavy Swedish influence. In fact, the town's biggest festival (held in June) is appropriately dubbed Swedish Days and attracts thousands of tourists. Residents and business owners take great pride in their homes and shop fronts, and for this reason, I love walking the … [Read more...]

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