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By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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A nearly cloudless sky led me down to the Christina River in Wilmington this morning. Past the tents set up for network TV to broadcast with the Wilmington skyline in the background, past the restaurants with outdoor seating areas, and continuting south along the Riverfront trail, my goal was the...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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It was a sunny afternoon today, so I took a walk at nearby Bellevue State Park.  It's been a few days since Christmas Eve and the terrible wind and rain storm and I saw the effect it had had on some of the grand old trees in the park. And they seemed to have fallen over across the paved walking p...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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 When you see the network reporters broadcasting Joe Biden items from Wilmington, Delaware, watch the background.  If you see a waterfront scene with a city skyline in the background, they are at the Riverfront. I spent some time there last week as the sun was going down, and caught up on the lat...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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We had a misty hike through the woods and gardens at Winterthur Museum and Gardens this morning. It wasn't quite umbrella weather, just mist and lack of sun in the sky. One can now tour inside the mansion. You can use an app they provide, or just wander around several of the rooms which are usual...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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A trip to Marini's produce stand today included a short visit with Norman, the resident pot-bellied pig and local celebrity.  He was busy noisily chomping on grass and didn't give me a nod, but I had to give him a short visit and admire the pumpkin display (just out of his reach).  Continuing dow...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
Walking around Bellevue State Park this weekend, one could see evidence that families were trying to get their children, from infants on up, out in the fresh air. I got the feeling that a lot of the visitors who crowded the parking lot were unfamiliar with this State park. Some held maps of the t...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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This gem at 114 Walls Avenue in suburban Wilmington, Delaware is a solid example of "the way they used to build them" back in the 1950's.      But all the updates are there: heating, air conditioning, roof, new sewer line, plus a security system, dishwasher, gas range and best of all--hardwood fl...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
 Good news for those who have been waiting for a chance to see the exhibits inside Winterthur Museum in Wilmington, Delaware.  The museum is now open on a limited basis for tours.    But my purpose today was to check out how the creeping colder temperatures were affecting the gardens.  There were...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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When I heard about a new tour exploring hidden and lost features on the grounds of Rockwood Park and Museum, I had to sign up for this new walking tour of this 1851-54 Rural Gothic Mansion. Joseph Shipley of Wilmington had visited a home outside of Liverpool England and just had to build one just...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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Last night, Delaware Shakespeare took advantage of the sculpture garden behind the Delaware Art Museum, and performed out-takes from many different plays written by The Bard.  The program described it thus:Shakespeare in the GardenA Collaborative Event with Delaware Art MuseumSaturday, September ...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 4
 I began at noon today to walk the trails at Winterthur Museum and Gardens. The Museum and all the other buildings are closed, so trekkers needed to turn their attention to the great outdoors today.  I started out on a shady path leading up a hill.    Not sure I ever took note before of something...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 3
I warn you, don't get TOO excited about this on the spot report.  I was near the Wilmington Riverfront this morning,  so I thought, "Why not see how close you can get to where Joe Biden is speaking tonight?"  The answer: They sure have a lot of those black mesh fences.  I parked north of the Chas...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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It seems I have been laboring under a misapprehension. When I saw a praying mantis, I thought, "How nice--they are eating bugs."Backing up--I have had a mealy bug problem with my Gerbera daisy plant.  The flowers are shriveling up and there are white bugs all over. I don't like to use insecticide...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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In the spring, I had all the plants lined up for the pots on my patio. I was especially excited to place a colorful Caladium in a pot with a dark red Ipomeum (Sweet Potato Plant.) All was good for a while, then the Caladium began to wilt and appeared to pass to another plane.  But then, a few wee...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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I must admit, this latest effort to save my tomatoes did not cost anything. I already had this netting in the garage from some long-forgotten project.So I wound the netting around the two tomato cages and tied them to the cages with some wire. Who knows what the varmints will try next. Someone su...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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Today was the Presidential Primary in Delaware.  I was going to vote absentee, but they sent the ballot so long ago, that it got misplaced. So I had to go down to Brandywine H.S. and place a vote in person. I was impressed at the number of both volunteers and citizen voters. 3 cheers for all of y...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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Actually, this is not much of a report, since it is so warm outside. I chose to stay inside and avoid the heat and occasional drizzle today and send this remotely from hiding.Luckily, the garden is doing fine on its own.  A new variety of pepper looks great--Italian Frying pepper. And the Better ...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 5
Mt. Cuba Center outside of Wilmington, Delaware has recently re-opened to the public. A friend who volunteers in the garden there invited us to visit the grounds the other day.  And yes, this is another DuPont family legacy (Lammot duPont Copeland was President of the DuPont Company), although th...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
Comments 5
While looking out my back window the other day, I saw what could be considered a fortuitous sign.  There were, at one point, five goldfinches around the poppies that had finished blooming a couple of weeks before.  Watching what one of them was doing, I saw him pecking at the seed heads. Wait a m...

By Carolyn Roland-Historic Homes For Sale In Delaware and S. Chester County PA, Carolyn Roland, GRI, CRS
(Patterson-Schwartz Real Estate)
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I always loved blue and white and yes, I am a fan of Delftware, the tin glazed earthenware which the Dutch developed in the 15th century to satisfy the market for rare Chinese porcelains. So it is only fitting that when I noticed that my blue hydrangeas were blooming, that I brought some inside a...

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