Sunday, November 19, 2006

Looking into the Past

Remember the neighbor who had uncovered a marvelous mural in her bathroom at my paternal grandmother's old house? Well, as it turned out, Grandma actually painted it and when I finally caught up with Jane again and told her, she invited me to come see it. So Friday morning, I went by Jane's to see the bathroom.

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The painting goes all the way around the room. I took these starting over the toilet and turning to the right.

I don't know how bathrooms in other parts of the country are constructed, but here in the South, most of the older home have tile floors and tile up to about chest-height, with plaster going the rest of the way up to the ceiling. Because the tile is so out front in these bathrooms, it's hard to know how to deal with the rest of the wall (I am facing this quandry myself in my house). This house has lovely shades of green and the painting just FITS. It had been covered over by wallpaper when Jane bought the house and I was amazed at what good shape it was in.

Jane is a graphic artist, so what repair needed to be done after the wallpaper removal, she did. She also added the blue skies and the hot-air balloon next to the window. She was thrilled to find this and even more thrilled to be able to learn something about its origins.

I don't remember this painting. I'm sure it was there when I was there, but I was probably only 6 when Grandma and Harry left for Canada. What I remember of this house is walking down the hill with Harry for a Frostie Rootbeer. When you're only six, those big hills make a huge impression. Home decor does not. I wish I remembered it though - and consider it a treasure to have found it now.

8 comments:

quinn said...

wow...what a mural...and to think ..i just read a book when i am in the bathroom lol.

Anonymous said...

I am proud for you. This is a part of your history. And something that you can pass on to Z as well. You may want to add a picture of the outside of the house and an address for the future.

Stef

Apricoco said...

wow, that mural is amazing!... One question though, you live in florida right? In a recent post you mentioned a basement? You have a basement??????!!!???? I didn't know those existed in florida. I am immensly jealous. =)

S William said...

That is amazing. Who would need a book in the bathroom...

Sayre said...

Yes - I live in North Florida where there are hills. Where there are hills, there can be basements. Of course, one side of the basement is exposed...

I must ask grandma if this mural is based on a real place. Jane was asking if she could visit the place on the wall or if grandma just made it up.

bikki said...

wow, it's beautiful!
hey what's up with blogger? it wouldn't let me comment all day yesterday.

nikki said...

ha! i just named myself bikki in the last comment! learn to type bikki!

S William said...

Hi Bikki!