I've featured Willowdale before. The last time we were there it was summer and HOT! Yesterday was mild, cloudy and peak autumn color.
I love driving to Topsfield on Route 1. As soon as we pass Danvers and the 95 merge, the road becomes narrower and goes up up and down down with pretty views of the next hill.
Willowdale is the donated Estate of businessman Bradly Palmer and is unlike many of the Estates in Massachusetts. It's made of fieldstone, has lots of windowpanes, and some beautiful tile work.
Not sure why this is here. The room goes out to the terrace and doesn't seem to have had any religious function. The colors in the tiles are beautiful, but the camera picked up a lot of yellow, so the blues aren't as vivid.
Delft tiles in the cake alcove.
Lauren, the Bride was supposed to be married here. I took this through the window.
But because it was raining, she was married here. I love this room. Big fireplace to the left. Terra Cotta tiles on the floor. Glass celing panes. Old pine trees growing outside the windows.
The colors were purple and lavender. Lauren collected silver containers throughout the summer.
Lauren wanted big cream dahlias for her bouquet, but last week's freeze put the kabosh on them. I had to use a smaller variety. She took it in stride, but I hated to disappoint her. She was an exceptionally sweet and laid-back bride.
Last, but not least was the Fairy Princess Flower Girl. Here, she is about to show her shoes to the Father of the Groom.
I missed the shoe reveal: someone walked in front of me just as she was raising her hem.
It took us 35 minutes to drive up there. It took an hour and a half to get back. Head of the Charles Weekend and they were all coming into town at 4:30!!
Leaf peeping or bookcase project tomorrow? Sunny and in the 70s. Violet has an eye infection so I've been taking her home to administer antibiotic every six hours. She hates me right now. I'll take her home again tonight and Monday we go back again to the Vet in Littleton to see if there is improvement. It's been slow and I'm worried.