This will not be as in-depth as the tour of Tom and Nina's house since I don't have the history of the items included, however, I have a lot of pictures to show you. So, it will mostly be pictures...
Speaking of pictures--my camera battery died on the first floor of the tour, so thanks to Matt for sharing his pictures with us!
Come on along!
We are headed to the church that you see here--St. George Catholic Church--well actually the rectory attached to the church. You can see the Missouri River behind the church...
Here is the front of the church.
Let's head inside the rectory. Let me just warn you that this tour was shoulder to shoulder people! Getting shots of anything without a lot of people was truly luck! Just ignore the people and enjoy the decorations...
We enter into a dining room/living room area painted pink with gold stenciling around the walls, so let's have a look...
|Look at the cute little bottle brushes in the tea cups...|
|I love the hydrangeas on this tree!|
|A pink German feather tree...|
|Is this a great way to use a birdcage or what???? I want to find a neat birdcage for Tom and Nina. They could use it in their house tour next year! What do you think?|
Then we enter into a very wide hallway (we will be criss crossing this area throughout the tour)...
|Lots of lights and swags of greenery march down the hallway...|
|On the other side is this swag of Christmas cards. Great idea, right???|
|Santa and the kids...looks kind of 50's or 60's to me--how about you?|
|And how about these guys? 40's? 20's? So cute!|
And across the hallway we get an idea of what is ahead through the doorway...
|Can you tell what the decorations are???|
|Silverware! Spoons, gravy ladles, ash trays--It's even sitting in a silver ice bucket!...Cute, No???|
|Next to it is a setup of silver coffee urns and after dinner drinks...|
|Is this punch bowl beautiful???|
is the kitchen...
|Nina spent a lot of time in the kitchen and told me later that the cake and the cones were made from chinelle. Clever!|
|This was on the island|
|Isn't this a beautiful way to display your silver tea and coffee pots over the sink?|
|Another German Feather Tree on a wine barrel|
|The grape press. My dad made one of these when I was young. He used it to press apples and make cider! Yummmm...|
|More than 250 bottles reside in these racks...Check over there to the right in the doorway--see the duck? That's Tom--he's a #99 Carl Edwards fan--AFLAC!!!! Quack! Hey! Carl is from Columbia, MO--not far from here...|
|This HUGE bottle is from a local winery--which we will visit later tonight...|
|This looked like they use it as a potting table...|
|We all loved the way they displayed the crocks on two saw horses!|
|Do you think they actually use that old saw??? And don't you just want to know what is in the brown glass bottles with corks????|
|Is this a cute way to include a plant stand???|
|Cute votive holders with crystals hanging from the ceiling...|
|I love the way they used the silver candelabra...|
|This little humming bird is celebrating Christmas while waiting for spring...|
|Isn't the reflection in the glass pretty?|
|See the lady in the mask? She was the guide for this room...|
|Another view of her...|
There were a pair of these lamps. They are tiffany. Heather and I both wanted to take one along...
Behind the dining room is an enclosed porch area...
|You can see a mask from the dining room in the window by the tree...|
The other end of the hallway has this tree with a village of Herman. The houses under the tree are made of paper by a local artisan...
This is the halfway point of the tour in the priests office. This is where we signed the guest book and went on up to the bedrooms on the second floor.
As we get ready to go upstairs, look at what we see! I DID say it was German!
|Lederhosen--Herman is a German Community after all!|
Tomorrow we will head upstairs to see the bedrooms and attic...
See you then!