Sweet Escape: Holiday Weekend, Drive Bys & Shopping

Sweet Escape: Holiday Weekend, Drive Bys & Shopping

Phew, this has been a long week! Did it seem extra long to the rest of you? It all went by in a blur, but I was ready for the week to be over a few days ago. I’m ready!

Special thanks to all of you who enjoyed and commented on the Drive By! It is always so much fun to do my drive bys now because I can share them with you. Before it was just me stalking and gawking, all by myself. It is kind of sad, now that I think of life before blogging. LBF, that is what we should call it. LBF, it was just me, driving up and down streets and alleyways, enjoying all the loveliness with no one around that I could say “LOOK AT THIS, FRIENDS!!!” Being able to share things makes life more fun. You are such a great group of friends, I appreciate that you like to gaze at beautiful things, just like me.

ANNOUNCING … DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD

I just had an idea. Let’s do something fun. We are overdo for some fun. If you do a drive by, and you link back to my drive bys, I’ll link to your drive bys. Then more people can enjoy DRIVE BYS all over the world! Let’s do it!

I think this will work. I’ll do a special DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD post linking back to all of your Drive Bys, once enough of you have posted about DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD on your blog. When you do your post, just link back to my Drive By post from this week. You can also email me link (address in sidebar). Then, I’ll gather up all of your posts and link back to you all in a special DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD post. YIPEE! This will be fun! Spread the word! I’ll announce this again later…

Will someone make me a button for this? I don’t know how. THANKS CRE8TIVA FOR VOLUNTEERING!

Ok, so, for those of you in the U.S., it is a holiday weekend! Woo Hoo!

There is nothing like a long holiday weekend for a Sweet Escape! I hope you all have wonderful plans for Memorial Day weekend. I might be heading to the BEACH HOUSE, in which case I will come back with photos! But, if they are refinishing the floors, I won’t be going for another week or so. It really is almost done. Almost. It better be, because we are planning to hold my daughter’s wedding reception there this summer!

Happy weekend! Blessings to you all. Be safe, brave and courageous when you do your Drive Bys.

Sweet Escape: Holiday Weekend, Drive Bys & Shopping

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Photo credit:

Chairs: Robert Stubbert
Daisies: Larysa Michaels

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

 

Home & Garden

Hey little home & garden drive by fanatics! I’ve been out on the prowl again, driving around the Eastmoreland and Lake Oswego {First Addition} neighborhoods. Risking life and limb to take a peek into my neighbor’s gardens, outdoor rooms and gates. This time, however, I was on my own. I think after the last embarrassing Drive By incident my hubby has decided against joining me in my expeditions. At least for awhile. Unfortunately, being on my own meant I was driving the car AND taking the photos. I didn’t have time to be out on foot so when I saw something I liked, I snapped right through my open car window.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Being stuck in the car was probably for the best. I would’ve totally run right down that pathway had I been on foot. This is one of my favorite little worlds. Ever. The first three photos are all from one house in the Eastmoreland neighborhood of Portland.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Oh! Look at this! This is such a beautiful outdoor room. I really wanted to go sit on one of those benches.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

This little cutie was for sale. It was for sale a few years back and I really wanted to buy it then. So many houses, so little time. But, since the last time it was for sale they’ve added lots of charming details.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Here, I zoomed in for you. Look at that cute bench, the shutters, hand painted awning, leaded glass window. I am a lover of detail. I really wish I could live in one house long enough to get around to the details! The setting is so inviting! Entries should welcome you right into a little world. They did a great job with all the special details. This house is also in Eastmoreland.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

I’ve shown you this house before, back in the fall. I always love this copper door and all the green in the front yard.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

All the green and repetition of plants makes the setting feel so restful.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Sometimes just a little birdbath surrounded by flowers is enough to designate an outdoor space. Having a focal point or purpose to the space makes it special. All of these first houses are in Eastmoreland, the last neighborhood my husband and I lived in before we moved to where we live now. It is definitely a charming neighborhood. I loved it there! Still do.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

This is a gorgeous wood gate. But that wall makes it a little too private for me. I like to PEEK INSIDE just a bit. This was impossible to do, without scaling the wall. Next time. Note to self: bring climbing shoes.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Another welcoming front gate. It is fun to see that seasonal planting area greeting you.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

This one caught my eye because of the funky unique factor.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

I thought this was a sweet outdoor room. However, that garbage can was completely in the way. I thought about jumping out and knocking it down but another car came up behind me and prevented me from an act of vandalism. Next time I am for sure getting out of the car.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

White picket fences, yellow houses, shutters and window boxes…so lovely. We are now driving around in Lake Oswego, where I grew up.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

See the peek over to the lake? I lived on that lake for a few years as a teenager. I have many happy memories of canoing and laying out on floaty cushions. It was a great life. I’ll show you one of the houses we lived in on Lake Oswego.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Here (above) was the house I lived in. It didn’t look exactly like this though. Now it looks a bit like Disneyland. Then it was a lovely white washed brick English style house with lots of greenery and vines growing up the house. The basic house is the same, the stone walls are the same (but we had lions on top of the stonework and not a poodle!), but that big double black gate was added by someone else. Too bad because it blocks the view for Drive Bys. What were they thinking? It is a lovely place with water surrounding it on three sides. I’d wake up every morning to sparkles on my ceiling, the reflection of the sun off the water. Sigh. Good times.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

This was our next door neighbor’s house. Oops, got the car mirror in the photo. Luckily you can’t see my face with the drool dribbling down my chin. Have I mentioned how much I ADORE doing Drive Bys?

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Ooo, another secret garden. Good thing I have my seatbelt securely fastened.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

I loved this simple rock planter right as you entered into this yard.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Totally loved this front courtyard. And how nice of them to leave it open enough for me to see its goodness!

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Hello, another peek at the lake…

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Another inviting entry, private but open enough for voyeurs like me.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Whoa, got a little tipsy there trying to snap and drive, but I loved that little cafe table and cherub girl. Another adorable outdoor space. You’ve seen this house before too, in a previous Drive By.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

 

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Of course, I am always happy when shrubs and plantings part and I can see the loveliness of the yard.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Now we are driving around the neighborhood where my husband and I lived for about six years when our girls were small. First Addition of Lake Oswego.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Neat and tidy.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

I’m pretty sure this house was in Cottage Living at one point.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

This house is on the corner so you can see the whole thing from the side.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

My husband and I used to call the lady who owned this house (above) the Martha Stewart of First Addition. She was always out snipping and pruning! This house has a definite secret garden, with all of those green shrubs hiding your view.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Her hedges are amazing! They surround the entire back and two sides of her property. They are immaculately trimmed and always so healthy. In the hedge below you can see a cutout where she has a white door, pictured next.

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Drive Bys: The Outdoor Room Edition

Martha Stewart of First Addition’s gate has always one of my most intriguing places to walk by. Only once or twice was the gate left open and I was able to peer into the dreamy world beyond! If I was only a bit taller or carried a step stool I could peek into that little iron grid. I envy tall people sometimes.

Well, there you have it. Another installment of my Drive Bys. Now that the weather is nicer and I can be outside more, there will be more to come! Have a lovely day, chickadees!

 

All photos by Larysa Michaels

Check out DRIVE BYS: AROUND THE WORLD where readers share their view of the world!
Or, come along with me on a Cannon Beach drive by!
Risk life and limb with me as I venture into neighborhoods of Portland for another drive by
See some fairytale houses in my favorite neighborhoods around Portland!

 

 

 

 

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