It's been a while since we revisited my stomping grounds, and in the interim a couple of things have changed. So as twilight falls, let's take a look around, shall we?
Sleeping Beauty's bower?
Some company that buys land (as you might have surmised) bought the property and promptly tore the little house down.
the duck pond?
I've said it before, I'll say it again: in the future nothing will say "old money" quite like a modest house on a half-acre of land. McMansions on postage-stamp lots will be a dime a dozen, but resisting the temptation to sell off sections of your property to developers will indicate not only your relative wealth, but your adherence to principle.
Oh yeah, and because there should always be a little mystery...
This is the inexplicable brick obelisk across the street from Sleeping Beauty's (former) bower. What's it for? Haven't the foggiest. There isn't a twin obelisk across the street, so I don't think it was ever meant to be the grand entrance to a new housing development. It has a hole up top that suggests a really overbuilt mailbox, but it's way off the ground and full of disintegrating wood splinters, suggesting that at one time a wooden pole ran through it. It could have been a chimney once, except there's no place for a firebox and no indication that it's hollow inside.
I just don't know what this thing is, frankly.
Good evening, all!