This week is the American Thanksgiving holiday. As we sit in our nice warm homes, stuffing ourselves with fat birds and planning our Black Friday mode of attack… well, you know, there are those less fortunate who are huddling under cardboard boxes not too far from where we live. (Sometimes I can even see them in the back alley.)
That said, this unorthodox planned village in East Austin, Texas gives me great hope and optimism about the human race.
Community First! Village [don't forget the !] is a 27 acre community that is being built to provide affordable housing in a supportive environment for the disabled and homeless in central Texas. The village is meant to be a sustainable project complete with a community garden, wood-working shop, medical/mental health center and even a movie theatre.
The idea is to give men and women living on the streets not only a permanent roof over their heads, but also a built-in community. Remarkably, it is being funded entirely by private money.
The village resembles a funky RV campground – there are a couple of Airstreams and even a tee-pee!
Are you a fan of American Horror Story: Coven? If yes, then you might recognize this house from the start of season 3. Scenes from the first episode – “Bitchcraft” - were filmed here on location, so this is the real deal.
A reader of my blog requested that I dig up some info on this lovely mansion - so here it is….
In actuality this grand plantation-style home is called The Buckner Mansion, but in the AHS show this was the fictitious Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies.
The southern beauty is dated to 1853 when cotton king Henry Sullivan Buckner commissioned architect Lewis E. Reynolds to build a large mansion in the heart of New Orleans’ Garden District.
It is massive for its antebellum roots, measuring in at 20,000 square feet! I couldn’t even find an exterior photo that adequately displayed the house in its entirety.
This is apparently the largest pre Civil War era home in the entire city of New Orleans.
Ski season is officially here so it’s time for House Crazy Sarah to indulge her inner ski-bum (yeah right) and look at some Swiss ski chalets!
This lovely cottage is located on Lake Lucerne in central Switzerland.
The historic chalet was actually moved from its original location - over 30 kilometers away - in the 1970′s.
Today the cottage serves as a vacation rental and has so much to offer at any time of the year.
The views of Lake Lucerne…..
On my recent trip to Leadville, Colorado I had the chance to visit the Healy House Museum which sits on a prominent hill overlooking the high mountain town. [If you missed my last post about Leadville, you can view it here]
The Healy House Museum is actually a complex with a gift shop, heritage gardens, and a preserved 1870′s log cabin that had been moved to the grounds some time ago.
Both the house and the cabin are impressive in their own right and camera-happy Sarah snapped a gazillion pictures to share with you.
Let me start with Dexter Cabin because that was the first structure we toured.
If you think you’ve seen your share of rustic historic cabins, well, you are in a for a BIG surprise.
When we walked through the simple wood door of the tiny log-sided cabin, this is what greeted us:
On a sunny fall day not too long ago, I had the opportunity to visit Leadville, Colorado.
At over 10,000 feet above sea level, it is the HIGHEST incorporated city in the United States!
You feel up high in Leadville – the City in the Clouds - not only because of the thin air and high elevation, but because the sky seems even more brilliantly blue up there.
I can’t say enough good things about Leadville.
Okay, okay, I should qualify the above statement by telling you that Leadville has the most God-awful, brutal, punishing winters, so House Crazy Sarah could NEVER actually live there. Nonetheless, it is a fabulous place to visit (when the weather is nice).
Leadville was home to many legendary figures of the wild west (including: Buffalo Bill Cody, Baby Doe Tabor, Poker Alice, Texas Jack, Doc Holliday, Margaret Tobin Brown – a.k.a ’The Unsinkable Molly Brown’) and the places they frequented like the Tabor Opera House in the center of town:
Leadville is small but it has a plethora of old house museums. Unfortunately, when I visited with a friend in October, it was ‘off-season’ (meaning not the short 3 month summer tourist season) so most of the old house museums were closed for the year.