Okay, here is the final set of pictures from my trip to Jan and Bob's in McKinney. These were all taken outside and I went a little crazy. I just walked around the house and clicked and clicked, it just all looks so pretty.
Below, a little pint-sized garden set for the grandchildren!
Flowers! In February!
Below are pictures of the Porte Cochere. I had to look this one up! I had never heard of it when Jan told me what this area was called. So here is the true dictionary meaning:
It is French for "coach door". It's original (1698) meaning was for a porch-like structure at an entrance to a building where a horse and carriage can pass through. It has been expanded to refer to a roofed structure that covers a driveway or at the entrance of a building that provides shelter for people entering or exiting a vehicle. A porte chochere is different from a carport in that vehicles do not park under them. In western culture, "porte cochere" is often spelled and pronounced "porta cache".
Things are just starting to pop up in the gardens. Jan and Bob have many plans for the outside areas. I can't wait to visit next year and take more pictures! I just have to add, while the house is gorgeous, the real draw to McKinney is to spend time with my dearest, oldest friend, Jan. I don't have a blood sister, but I have been blessed with the next best thing!