Monday, January 07, 2008

The Retreat


A couple of years ago, I had a bright idea of having a secret "getaway" behind the camp trailers. Kind of a hideout of sorts. I had envisioned a kind of open-air pavilion with strung up white party lights dangling high over a hard-packed dirt dance floor. (As a child, back behind our house, my sister and I often had little hideaways where we would play house! The underbrush was made up of yaupon, small cedar trees, wild grape vines and post oak trees). So, being the adventureous group that we are, the 4 of us went maybe 20 yards back, to a prospective area, and started clearing underbrush, which this time, was made up of cactus, mesquite, knarley vines and such. Well, we decided to do that in the heat of the summer, and didn't quite finish the project. I thought about it a few times afterwards, but we never got back to the project, even though we had made some pretty good progress.
So, during the holidays, my brother-in-law said, "Have you seen "the retreat?". So, with wide eyes and great expectancy, we made a little trip to the area I remember working on not that long ago.
This is what I found. The Ford tractor that had been purchased to help work on deer camp projects, now sits right in the middle of my secret pavilion! Beautiful rusty tin makes up the walls of an open air tractorport!
I decided we needed to toast the newly completed project, so Barbara and I climbed up onto the tractor that cool, crisp mimosa morning, raising our glasses to "the retreat".
~I love surprises!~

8 comments:

kansasrose said...

OMG! I dig this tin and Ford tractor combo hon! This is rustica Perfection babe! You and I are long lost twins D...or kindred spirits at least. :) A toast to this smokin'Texastractorport indeed! ( I love me some mimosas...have you tried sparklin' wine with raspberry liqeuor? Chambourd I think...perfect for Valentines Day as it turns the white wine a sweet pink. Mmmmmm. Love you!

patty said...

That is so funny and so cool. I love the rustic retreat although until the tractor is relocated, it does make impromptu seating.
Cheers!!

Anita said...

I love this! Nothing I love more than rust... and tractors!!
R and I had mimosas for New Year's Day Brunch.. He had never had them before...

Susan Tuttle said...

Oooo--a very creative, rustic get-away--love it!! Yummy mimosas.

Thanks so much for the very poetic comment on my blog.

Susan

dawn said...

at first, i thought that you slept in that top part in the first photo and thought 'dude, you are hardcore!'...

i love your little retreat. yes, sparklin' lights and a little sparklin' white. you think like a rockstar. :)

The Artful Eye said...

I love this old tractor,peering out from under the guardian. Just need a few hay bales and those twinkle lights and tractor-driven no how and you're good to go.

A bird in the hand said...

Nifty photo! Is that you on the right? Sending you a big kiss - smack! -- as they used to say in the comics.

Dewdrop said...

I love it!!! Thanks for the link.