This fountain right outside the front door reminded me of Ernest Hemingway's fountain at his home in Key West, Florida that we visited years ago. We came upon a fountain outside the fancy mansion and learned that Ernest took/stole this men's urinal from one of the famous watering holes on notorious Duvall St. that Hemingway liked to visit after a day spent writing a novel. After learning that the bar owner planned to renovate the bar with new urinals Hemingway declared that he had donated so much bar water to those old urinals that he deserved to take one home and set it up in his yard as a fountain for his six-toed cats that roamed freely about the estate. Hemingway's wife came up with a clever plan to disguise that awful lawn ornament. She imported some Italian ceramic tile and had the urinal placed on its side and turned it into a very sedate and lovely Italian style fountain. So there Ernest. You have your urinal and I have my style still in tact! (Bet you didn't know that you would learn about this in my Christmas story for today. Well, it fits once upon a time and its a true story!)
Now isn't this a lovely path to wander down looking and admiring both house and gardens. The volunteer guide was just beaming when he relayed information on the building of the walls of this home. There was no brick or wood used but instead 24 inch clay tiles made the walls so the walls are two feet thick. Not bad construction for potential hurricane winds.
This is a closeup of a neat and tidy vine that covers some of the walls. Anyone know what this is? I would love to grow it up my one basement wall.
Here is a sculpture of a young mother and young child. Today I will label it Mother Mary and Child Jesus.
Finally this is the fine three car garage Mr. Bethlehem had for his cars and his chauffeur. Every wonder what it would be like to be so rich that you have many fancy cars and a chauffeur to drive them for you.
Love and joy and peace to all of you wherever you are in the world this fresh new year. Now go visit some other My World Tuesday sites by clicking here:http://showyourworld.blogspot.com/