There hasn't been a whole lot of cookin' goin' on in JBug's kitchen the past couple of days, as you've likely noticed. Big Guy's returned to Tucson and the pleasure I take from cooking went along with him. Before he left however, he took some photo's one evening just as the sun was going down, so I thought I'd share them with you.
I suppose every house has a history, but we're particularly proud of this one and not just because it is located on a finger of land jutting out into the Alsea Bay and the great Pacific Ocean, although there's something to say for the view isn't there. It was built in 1940 and previously owned by Reid Shelton who was a character actor and the first "Daddy Warbucks" to play on Broadway in Annie, and his partner Donovan Baker, a former fashion designer and actor who was well known and very much loved in this little community. Unfortunately he passed away in May of last year.
We've yet to hear an unkind word about him and quite honestly although this might sound crazy, I feel really close to the guy and honored to be living in his house. There's incredibly good karma in this place - we can only hope he'd approve of the renovations we're doing here.
The Azaleas are blooming riotusly in the front yard under the guest room window and the front flower bed has glorious calla lilies, strawberries, raspberries and several mystery items that remain nameless but personally I think the best part is the bird bath along with a fabulous rock collection. Hey, even I won't be able to kill those!
As you go through the gate on the north side of the house and head toward the back yard, as you see there's fushia bushes on the left, and several rose bushes on the right along with two Japanese maples and a lovely Rhododendron.
It's the stuff of dreams, honestly and we've tons of plans for changes and lots of time to make 'em happen. When the painting's done and the backsplash in the kitchen, new windows and doors are in, side panels are sewn and pictures hung, I'll take some pics of the inside to show you. MMM, wonder when that'll be, huh?
A year ago - Mushroom Strudel
Two year's ago - Oven Fried Chipotle Chile Chicken Wings
Three year's ago - Risotto with Pancetta and Artichoke Hearts