Monday, August 29, 2022

T Stands for Beer, the Beach and A Gingerbread House

 Hi everyone. Happy T day to you.

Last week I had a quiet week to myself, and it was lovely!!!! It's been a busy  summer for me.  A fun summer, but I was really ready for some me time.

And since today is T day, I need a drink photo to join everyone over at Bleubeard's and Elizabeth's blog. Sadly I didn't stop  to take one single drink photo all week. Let me share  one from a few weeks ago. My husband and I had been out fishing, and afterwards, we went and picked up a mooring at the marina next to a small beach. The only way to get to this beach is by boat or to take a nice long walk through a wooded state park, so it's not like the usual long ocean beach most people think of.

This is the beach. I was more interested in the sky when I took this photo, but you can see the beach.

When the tide is high (as it was on the day I took this next photo-it was when we had the super moon), about half of the beach goes underwater.

Anyhow I am getting off track. After fishing we stopped to have a snack and a beer before we motored back up the river to where we keep the boat. And here's my drink photo for T this week. 

Shed beer is a brown beer brewed by the Shed Brewery in Vermont and is one of the favorites in my house.

I thought today  I would also wrap up a few photos from my last T day post. You might remember  that last week I showed you my walk to and from the ruins at Ashintully Gardens and Ruins. My friend and I had spent an afternoon there when we took a couple of days roadtrip to the southern Berkshires in western Massachusetts a few weeks back.

On our way to and from the gardens, we passed this interesting building. We stopped on our way back towards town.

The name sign said Santarella. Although this place looks a little worse for wear, especially the roof which looked in bad shape, it is still an eye catching piece of architecture. 

It's too bad the grounds weren't open to the public, as they sound interesting with those gardens and turrets. You can just make out the peak of one turret from the front. We could only park along the road and view this facade. I bet a lot of passers by stop. When we stopped there were 3 other cars of people who had also stopped.  

It would be a shame to think of this structure being ruined by a leaky roof and lack of care. I bet it costs a fortune to fix that roof though. In this next photo you can see the roof up close. There's sure a lot of shingles on it.

Here's 3 other photos I found online as I was trying to discover more about this property. This first photo is what the inside of the studio (now function hall) looks like. The is the inside of the building you see in my photos.

And the plaque outside said there were gardens. I found these photos of of the grounds online.

I would have loved to see more, and maybe in the future people will be able to.

That's all for me this week. 
Have a nice T day and week ahead.


Mae Travels said...

What a fascinating place! It really looks as if they melted the roof onto the structure, and it's surprising how the inside looks so ordinary, just big, not strange. Great photos.

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Kate Yetter said...

Wow, what an amazing piece of art, the inside the grounds and the exterior are all fabulous. That roof really is interesting, so much texture.
Happy Tea Day,

Sharon Madson said...

Very interesting old building. Nice visit to a historic estate. Thanks for sharing. Happy T Day!

Carola Bartz said...

What a beautiful, kind of mysterious house and beautiful garden. Yes, such a shame that it wasn't open to the public, it sure would have been so interesting to see this place more up close. The roof is fascinating. I would have stopped as well and taken lots of photo. You don't see something like this every day. Thank you for sharing, Erika. Have a great week and happy T day.

DVArtist said...

You just go to the coolest places. That house is amazing. The roof is almost mesmerizing.I am glad you got photos of all sides. The beer looks good too. Have a very nice evening.

CJ Kennedy said...

Very beautiful beach. That house must have been awesome when it was first built. Happy T. Day

Christine said...

Lovely photos

Angie's Recipes said...

What a fascinating house! Didn't expect the inside looks like that though.

Iris Flavia said...

Ohhhh, the water! And an Ale, yum.I think I´ve never seen a dark one, though.
The house looks like from a fairy tale, I kinda wait for a witch to come out!
And why not, after Carola shared a gingerbread house, too - Hansel and Gretel sure are confused now, LOL
Interesting to see part of the inside. Huhhh, the "eyes". To a happy T-Day, hugs!

Valerie-Jael said...

Whata fascinating place you visited. The shingle roof is very unusual, it must be very heavy. The whole house and gardes are lovely, pity you couldn't go in to see them. Glad you enjoyed your Shed beer! Happy T Day! Hugs, Valerie

nwilliams6 said...

Happy T-day, Erika.

The sky, water and beach look fab. I know I would love that beer too! Browns are the best in my opinion. They taste even better in a boat or near water.

What fab pictures. Looks definitely like that cottage could be in a movie. Amazing archetecture and shingles. Wow. Hopefully they are going to make repairs and ensure it remains for others to see. Fun stuff.

Lovely post. Hugz

Divers and Sundry said...

It is a real shame the property is being left to the elements like that. Surely there's a plan to restore it, but i would've thought there'd've been a plan to maintain it. Sad :(

Happy T Tuesday!

R's Rue said...

So interesting. A great place to visit.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It's a really interesting building, Erika, and as you say it would be a shame to see it collapse. I suspect that it would take a substantial amount of money to do the necessary repairs, however, and for that reason alone it might not happen. Hugs - David

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm having trouble leaving comments, but I sure enjoyed reading about Santarella and what might have been a real beauty in a former life. That roof was amazing. thanks for sharing this amazing place, your boat trip, and your beer with us for T this Tuesday, dear Erika.

NatureFootstep said...

what the.......? I never seen anything like this before. Would really love to meet the person behind it. Strolling around and be told the story of this.

I like the indoors. It is beautiful.

pearshapedcrafting said...

The beach looks great, I'm guessing it wasn't as busy as some? The building you found was absolutely fascinating, sorry you couldn't go in! Happy T Day, Chrisx

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wow, great photos.

Empire of the Cat said...

Hi Erika, that building has such an interesting roof! It looks like a fairy cottage or something, especially in its surroundings. I wonder if Shed beer has it's name because it's brewed in a shed? Sorry for my lateness, end of month is always a busy time for me. Happy T Day! Elle/EOTC xx