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Looking for older and historic homes in the State of Delaware or in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania? Carolyn Roland is a trained Architectural Historian and a Board Member of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and Friends of the Furness Railroad District as well as the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Delaware and Chester County Historical Societies.,..
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...
Every fall, I get a hankering for Stayman-Winesap apples. And the best ones in the area come from Linvilla Orchards, outside of Media PA.  The apples are crisp and crunchy and slightly tart--great flavor!  I don't go there for the hayrides and other child-oriented activities, but I did break down...
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 ...
 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...
Just listed is this move-in condition split level in popular South Graylyn Crest. With 4 bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, there's plenty of room inside this home. Plus, there is a spacious yard leading down to a branch of Shellpot Creek.The original oak floors have been refinished and the walls are fres...
Even though the main museum and mansion were not open for visitors, a friend and I visited Hagley Museum on Sunday and took advantage of corporate sponsorship (Patterson-Schwartz agents and guests were free during August) on a rare day that was in the 70's and not raining.  We walked along the Br...
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...
After Friday's tornado in Delaware left hundreds of trees down and power lines down for the second time in a week, I was curious as to how Winterthur Museum and Gardens fared.  I was going to visit Saturday, but seeing all the roads that were closed, I changed my mind. Today the visitor center wa...
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...
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...

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