Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas From the Farm



P. Allen Smith's Garden Home Retreat is centered on axis with a goliath centuries-old post oak in the Arkansas River Valley

This past weekend, I took my mom to our annual Foster family Christmas gathering in Little Rock, AR and we stayed at my cousin's farm and garden retreat in the country.  The gathering represents about four generations of my grandmother's family.



The Greek-revival farm house is newly built - but my cousin went to painstaking efforts to make sure the architecture was faithful to the mid-ninteenth century pre-Civil War homes that would have been found in this farming valley.  The garden retreat is often used in his syndicated television shows and gardening books.


Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!
































Christmas
 at P. Allen Smith's
Garden Home Retreat
Pulaski County, Arkansas
December 2009
 ©trryan

10 comments:

Loree said...

What delightful photos. It looks like such a wonderful place. And I love the horse and donkey.

Gaelyn said...

WOW TR, everything about this place is spectacular. Love the house, gardens and decorations, all look so festive. What a delightful place to retreat and spend the holidays with family. Also really like the fun you had with the photos.
Happy New Year to you and yours!

Lana Gramlich said...

At first glance, it looked like the title of the post was "Merry Christmas from the Funny Farm." *L*
Regardless, thanks for sharing your lovely photos & experiences yet again. I've greatly enjoyed your blog & am glad to have "met" you. My best to you & yours for 2010!

Beth said...

I love the pictures, TR - they are a beautiful reminder of the holiday just past. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year and best wishes for a safe and healthy one.

Crayons said...

Wow, TR. This is now my favorite post. Your link to the subject matter is deep and intense. Real history can be hard to come about in this land of development. That shot of the house with the tree boughs in front of it! The colors, the sense of tradition. I am delighted and moved.

Territory Mom said...

This makes me cry the photos are so beautiful. You have such a gift. The first photo of P.Allen's house could also be a Halloween photo. This is so wild when I am down and go to P.Allen's website just to look at his house. I love it!!! I'm going to copy it one day, I have a lot of faith!!!

Anonymous said...

Stunning image upon stunning image. The horse and the donkey are just too adorable to be true. I want to live in that house!

Mary said...

I thought of you around Christmas - hoping yours was Merry. I love the new look of your blog, Tim! Your photos in the larger size pop, leaving me more awestruck than ever.

Term papers said...

I really enjoy the beautiful photos on your blog. so fun to see this. I would love to spent some time on your blog. Greatly admire your work..

jen said...

these horses look like the real thing - kind of sad, cold and lonely. =( you have such exceptional spirit in your photography, tim. it's always a joy to see your work.

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