Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Last week we spent some time in Columbia, Missouri and the surrounding area as we are planning to retire there. There were some cute little towns nearby.  Some of the area featured barns with quilts painted on them and Blackwater, Missouri was a darling tiny town with a population of 199 people.  The downtown, as tiny as it was, is absolutely precious:

A very stylish senior lady, named Mary Watson owns the Antique & Interiors shop below right - she was incredibly friendly!  

This is The Iron Horse Hotel Bed & Breakfast:

I had to take some photos of this lovely cockscomb
 still blooming:  looking back,
 why in the world didn't I get some of that free seed?

Also, in Colombia where we spent time with family and looking at possible houses -
 we came upon this school which I wanted to share as it was so cute!

Can you imagine a day like this?

When we drove home yesterday passing through Kansas on I-70 we passed beside the small town of Park, Kansas and the sirens were blaring because tornadoes had been spotted in Gove, Kansas 15 minutes earlier.  Yipes!  A little further down I-70 we passed Grainfield, Kansas and as we passed, the power was out in the town because of the tornato.  We then raced to get home as a blizzard was to arrive in Colorado Springs by 8:00 PM.  We got home at 9:15 PM in driving snow. 

Once we woke up this morning - this was our backyard:

I will resume my BLOG PARTY next Monday!  Home you can join me for Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!

Sharing at:  A Return to Loveliness


Martha said...

Blackwater is a neat town and the antique store is awesome! They had a nice city garden as well (and I sure would have been tempted to pick the cockscombs -- LOL!) Was the pie lady not there -- she was awesome and did you see the fairy houses?

NanaDiana said...

From blooming flowers to Blooming snow in a matter of hours! Crazy. That little town is just delightful. I love little towns like that. Hope you find the perfect house for your retirement. xo Diana

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh my gosh Bernideen, you were right up the street from my house when you took the picture of the Old School house preschool in Columbia. I would have loved to have met you in person! Isn't Blackwater an adorable town? And I know sweet Mary too! How fun to see this post!
So glad you made it home safely!

KathyB. said...

Boy oh boy, I am glad you made it home safely . I am frantically blogging right now because a power outage seems imminent so I completely understand the situation.

SNOW !!!! So beautiful and it is good you're home safe and cozy indoors.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Blackwater looks like a delightful town, Bernideen. I also loved the charming schoolhouse! It's a good thing that you made it home safely to a yard full of snow.

Margie said...

What a charming town! Glad that you made it home safe and sound.

Marilyn Miller said...

What an adventure! The old houses and that little school house are so wonderful. Thanks for sharing your trip!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen,
I hope all works out for you to buy here, then we can definitely meet! Yes, Blackwater's antique shops are very expensive! I have never bought anything there either. But I must say that when Mary had a shop here downtown I did buy that antique floor lamp from her for $30. So that wasn't a bad price. Small towns always have the high prices.
Keep me posted.

janice15 said...

I love little quite towns it looks wonderful.. And the little White to cute.. Sounds like a great trip. Good thing the ride ended up peacefully and you awoke to a beautiful coat of snow, lovely.. Happy new week with love Janice

Linda said...

A charming place! Looks perfect for a pleasant "small town" living! Glad you were ahead of the weather and made it home safely! Linda from A Delightsome Life

Tea in the Library said...

Lovely tour! Enjoy your break, see you soon!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Blackwater looks like a charming little town. I adore that school house! It reminds me of the red school house on the Friendly Village dinner plate. Glad you arrived home safely. I knew there was a blizzard in Colorado. It sure brought in a lot of snow! Rest up and we look forward to your party next week.

Autumn blessings,

Vee said...

Oh my! Glad that you had no mishaps getting home. It feels too early for snow, but I am hearing the rumors. The communities you are looking at are so charming. What a sweet little school. Are you getting out of Colorado before winter sets in?

Michele said...

Oh my GOSH!!!!!!! I can't believe your snow - that is amazing! It just seems so SOON! Praise be to God you both got home safely, Bernideen!

I am so glad you had such a nice trip - really enjoyed all the charming photos of the visits you made. I feel as though I was able to go with you!

Hugs. ♥

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What a darling town!

ellen b. said...

What a great little town! I'm glad you made it home safe!

Nancy Carr said...

I had considered returning to Missouri and living in Columbia. I have friends there and have looked at condos and houses online. A friend writes a blog called Curtains in My Tree and she lives in Columbia. At age 68 I am wanting to return to school and feel returning to Atlanta is probably best for me and the type schools I want. I feel you would be happy in Columbia and it is not that far from the Lake of the Ozarks, Kansas City and St. Louis. Blessings