Friday, April 28, 2017

"Angel" Grandchildren Painted on the Ceiling at a New England Inn

Parents and grandparents around the world would certainly agree  when a child is born, the angels sing.

A baby is such a precious gift that gives hope to the world. 

The saying "When a child is born, the angels sing" is inscribed on the fireplace in the music room of the Penrose Victorian Inn in Western Massachusetts.  (Letters shown at top of post).

                                                                                            (Fireplace in the inn's music room.)

Can you imagine having your grandchildren painted as angels on a ceiling in your home?

At the Penrose Victorian Inn, Innkeepers Nancy and Dick Zimmer had an artist do exactly that!

The artist actually painted the "angels" on a wood "canvas" which was then attractively attached to the ceiling.

I had never seen anything like that in a home and loved it as it's so unique, don't you think?

A beautiful dollhouse, made by Nancy's father, is also in the inn's music room.

If interested, you can find another blog post on the beautiful Penrose Victorian Inn here:


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Perky, Yellow Daffodils

Every since childhood, daffodils meant the beginning of spring.

Often the first flowers to bloom after crocus, the brave little yellow flowers seem to defy freezing temps to return.

The winter has been long enough, the little flowers seem to indicate, and now it's time for spring, so vamoose Ol' Man Winter.

This is the first time hubs planted daffodils along the front brick walkway and they are coming up at long last!

My oldest sister, who is a retired music teacher, taught me a song about daffodils that I sing with my own grandchildren.

It's a cute little ditty and I have no idea who wrote it so I cannot give identification to the songwriter.

I do, however, thank whoever wrote it. 

It goes:

                                                 Daffodils, daffodils, spreading  
                                                 your gold on the April hills.
                                                 Joy you bring, in the spring.
                                                 Sweet-smelling daffodils. 

So let the April winds move your pretty yellow heads, sweet daffodils.  

Daffodils do, definitely, spread their gold on the hills and wherever they are planted.


Monday, April 24, 2017

The Penrose Victorian Inn in Haydenville, Massachusetts

There are times in life when it's good to just get away from routine and the humdrum of daily living, don't you think? 

The Penrose Victorian Inn in Haydenville, Massachusetts, shown in this post, is a great place to escape to, particularly if one loves anything Victorian.

A visit there is a perfect opportunity to do what the saying on the dining room fireplace below says:

Why not feast your eyes on a dining room like the one shown above and below, and dream of a different time and age? 

                               (A look into the mirror, above the fireplace, of the main dining room.)  
The rose-covered wallpaper, itself, is swoonworthy to Victorian aficionados.

For an extra special treat, a visit to the Penrose Victorian Inn fits the bill.

If Victorian ambiance and decor are your cup of tea, this totally charming and elegant inn will keep you smiling.

The innkeepers, Nancy and Dick Zimmer, are as charming as the establishment they run.

They are world travelers, too, and will gladly tell you about some of their ventures to all the Continents!

Where else, besides the Penrose Victorian Inn, can one dine with a nearby parrot named Edna May for company?

Or hear the sweet melodies of an exquisite "player piano" drifting up to beautifully decorated bedrooms?

     (This is a scene on the top of the piano. The painting the Zimmers got when they visited Equador.)

Exquisite stained glass, picturesque lamps of every possible description, hundreds of antiques and Victorian decor in every direction are all yours for a few precious hours when you check in as a guest at the Penrose Victorian Inn.

We hope to have several posts on this darling inn so, if interested, keep checking back, from time to time, to Writing Straight from the Heart.

                                 (Even the back of a china closet in the dining room has rose-covered wallpaper!)

  Our daughter and son-in-law gave us a certificate to stay at the Penrose and it turned out to be quite  an unforgettable birthday gift!

Keep coming back for more posts and photos on the Penrose Victorian Inn, will you?

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