For my birthday, my sweet friend, Karen, took me to tour a lovely house, basically a castle, built in the early 1900’s by the founder of GoodYear. Obviously, wealth was no object and style and comfort were.

No photos were allowed inside, but the rooms were magnificently furnished. There was even a 8 foot deep sunken swimming pool (called “the Plunge”) with its own dressing area and an indoor gymnasium, plus a flower arranging room, 23 bathrooms, all kinds of nooks and crannies. You should have seen the woman’s dressing room! As big as most bedrooms and with about 7 or 8 closet spaces, plus drawers for jewelry and shoes. It was amazing.

The gardens were just lovely. Standing in the English garden was like standing in a Jane Austin setting. The enormous grounds were impressive — we had lunch in the carriage house which is now a cafe. a genuine jewel from the gilded age — I loved every minute of the tour. Thanks, Karen. I’ll remember it always.

Kaley and Me beside a HUGE planter
the lovely and large! house
there were massive gardens of every type

aren’t these colors luscious?

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