While the memory of ice cream melts away (although I do believe plans may be afoot for another division playoff leading up to the ice cream super bowl), I thought I’d enliven your day with a little whimsy. Have you read Love Does by Bob Goff? You really should. Bob is a great believer in whimsy (read my interview with Bob here–I’m hiding behind my alter ego “WOF” but it’s really me. Don’t tell.)
Another proponent of whimsy was Douglas Chandor, of Chandor Gardens fame. I mean, just look at this:It’s not the sort of thing one finds in the average Texas backyard. Or how about this? I mean, anyone can put a boring ol’ door in their wall. Whimsy demands a little something extra.
I have to confess, after seeing that I did come home and stand in front of several doors in my house going “Hmmmmm.”
Note these gates. This gate? Is that a plural or singular…? Whatever. There’s a story (of course). The Chandors were in Manhattan, I believe, visiting their friend Vincent Bendix, who had these gates hanging on his wall. There was some conversation about the garden, I gather, and when the Chandors returned home to Weatherford, the gate(s) were waiting for them. Here’s a close up (they were recently restored and look rather fab): In honor of his friend, Mr. Chandor left a little tribute on the path.
Speaking of, the day we were at the gardens a group was setting up the most amazing baby shower in the sunken “bowling green” area. We gawked shamelessly and even took some pics of their decor. They didn’t invite us to stay, and we hadn’t brought a gift, so eventually we wandered off to a noteworthy restaurant for lunch. More about that in another post.
Until next time, have a whimsical day!