Monday, December 13, 2010

Bok Tower and Pinewood Estate Part II

Okay, now that I've given you a small teaser for the Pinewood Estate, I'll share some more pictures. And I have to tell you that my pictures don't do the Estate justice and most of my pictures are of the many trees that are decorated there.

I ended the last blog with the Christmas Tree in the kitchen. As you walk out of the kitchen you walk into the dining area. We caught Santa and his elves getting ready to dine.

This tree is in the dining area. If you look closely you will notice the top of the tree is bent over. There is an elf on top that is trying to jump from the tree to one of the balloons hanging from the ceiling.

Santa greeted us as we left the dining room and headed towards the living rooms.

This nativity was set up in front of the fireplace in the loggia. I call it a living room. For some reason I didn't get any pictures of the huge wreath hanging from the ceiling or the tree in the corner. Gives me an excuse to go back (giggle).

On ourway to the next living room areas we passed this snowman. I was told the glass room he is in is called a box window. There were 3 of those windows on the ground floor of the house. To me they were more like Florida rooms.

This was part of a scene decorated by a member of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. It was the music room. Gorgeous! I am thinking that I definitely need to go back and take more photos....I'm realizing that I really didn't take enough.

This is a sitting room by the music room. The lifesize doll on the couch? I thought she was real, lol.

This is the opposite side of the sitting room. I just love the rocking horse in front of the fireplace. From here we headed up a small spiral staircase to the second floor where all the bedrooms are. The main bedroom had all the furniture removed so they could make it a room of just Christmas trees.

There were probably 6 or 7 trees in the room. This is the blue tree.

And a pink and red one.

A small country style table top tree.

And a very Patriotic tree.

They even put a tree in the bathroom!

This bedroom has a tree between the two twin beds.

This Santa greeted us on the staircase leading back downstairs. He's covered in leaved and pine cones. I don't know what Santa he is but I call him Santa Nature.

This bedroom was off the landing between the second floor and the first floor. This was my favorite room. It was the brightest room in the house. It just seemed so cozy and friendly.

Santa and I did an event at Bok Tower around Thanksgiving and we were in a patio area. I had a picture posted on FB for awhile of me and Santa on the patio. This is the same patio. They have filled it in with beautiful pointsettias. See the fountain? This house sat abandoned for many years before BOK Tower bought it. Limbs, leaves and moss covered this area. As it was being cleaned and the debris removed, they discovered this gorgeous fountain made out of Italian tile. There seemed to be no damage. They found the handle that would turn on the water for the fountain and much to the suprise of everyone, the fountain worked!

On the way back down the hill to the Visitor's Center, the boys decided to play. Wade was chasing Layla and then jumped on Scott's back for a piggy back ride.

In the Visitor's Center there is a cut out in the wall that is as big as the biggest bell in the tower. Here is Layla standing the the bell. About a year ago I think I posted pictures of Hut and Scott standng in the same bell. It is HUGE!

Also in the Visitor's Center is the original sketch of the Tower. This is what they drew before they built it. The Visitor's Center has alot of amazing articles and items from the tower. I promise I will take more photos next time. I am going to try to go out there one more time for the Christmas Display and after the holiday, when flowers are in bloom, go out and take some actual photos of the gardens. I just happen to know that Santa is giving me a new camera for Christmas. SSSHHHHH don't tell him I know or he may just give me coal, lol.


PEA said...

Oh noooo we certainly wouldn't want you to get coal! lol Oh, Bonnie, Pinewood Estate is just beautiful and I love, love, love the way they decorated every room. Even a Christmas tree in the washroom...that's my kind of people! lol Everything is just amazing and I know I would have been oohing and aahing over it all:-) Wish I could go with you next time you go there!! xoxo

Brenda Eason said...

It is beautiful. Would love to see it. Thanks and I sure hope 2011 is my year =)