Wayzata, Minnesota

Wednesday, July 12, 2017


"At every moment of our lives, 
we all have one foot in a fairy tale
 and the other in the abyss."
Paulo Coelho

 to the Burwell House
 in Minnetonka that I finally
 toured the inside.

"The least of things with a meaning
 is worth more in life
then the greatest of things
 without it."
Carl Jung

Adopt an adventurous attitude.

...and of course bring your camera too.

Just one of several ways to enter the Burwell Estate.

Now for some photos of
in Minnetonka

The house, and tower that still calls to me.

"Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."
Carl Jung

Our tour guide had no idea how long these lovely plants have been here.

Welcome to the inside.

The Parlor
and only living room area in the entire house.

The formal dining room.
Children were never allowed to eat here, supposedly, and politics and religion was never allowed to be discussed here.  Men only could share their views while smoking in the parlor. 

But, high above the dining room table their children could look and listen through a floor register from an upper floor bedroom.

Hard to believe, and I will "fact check this" later
this doorway leads you to the master bedroom for the Burwell family.
A double curtain with two designs was the only closure to the room which led right off the formal dining room.  It also had a door that opened into the small front entry way.

In all the houses I've toured this is the first one with the master bedroom right off the dining room. Have you experienced this before?

"Nights through dreams tell the myths forgotten by the day."
Carl Jung

One of two kitchens in their house.

The second kitchen is where the children ate and the family as well when they weren't entertaining.

"I am an adventurer, looking for treasure."
Paulo Coelho

A potato masher and a curl/ruffle iron, on the stove.

Back Outside.

I've followed the Can You Find These Etchings before, 
I believe there are about 21 or more.
They offer a brochure that explains each one.

Girl and Cow
one of my favorites.
Farming was the backbone.

The etchings are scattered about this long and winding rock wall.
Some places are thick with greenery too!
Adventures carry us along.

It's a lovely walk through nature, on the Burwell grounds
 and lots of flowers blooming all along the way.

This etching is of Mary Burwell, her husband Charles is on the other side of the iron garden entrance.

Not all the buildings that were on the estate are here today, but many are.

Bring your rafts, canoes, kayaks, etc. if you can haul it in, 
you can float down the Minnehaha Creek with it.
They have a couple picnic tables for your enjoyment too.
You can make an entire day of it out here.

Keep your feet moving
or at least your paddle.
It's all about the adventure right?

"Life is a blank canvas
and you need to throw all the paint you can on it."
Danny Kaye

Thanks for stopping by to say hello
take good care of you and adventure on!


RedPat said...

It's a beautiful place inside and out, Karen!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I almost ALWAYS bring my camera.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The Burwell House is fascinating inside and out Karen. No I never have heard of the bedroom adjacent to the dining room before 😀 my very favourite thing is the etched stones aren't they just fantastic!

Filip and Kristel said...

The house looks super but I would not want to live there.


Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

That house is fabulous! Yes, a little odd about the bedroom off the dining room.

Debbie said...

Odd layout of the house, but it is beautiful...I like the stove!! Great quotes today!!

Anonymous said...

I love this just as much outside as inside. Yes, I could live there and be very happy! Thanks for sharing. Hugs.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Love the quotes and the house is awesome. My favorite is the tower. Wonderful tour inside and outside. The etched stones are neat. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

Cloudia said...

You are like a sprite that heals us, Karen

Elephant's Child said...

Loved the etched stones - and the grounds, and the house.
Ground floor bedrooms are common here - but not opening off the dining room.

Cranberry Morning said...

Looks interesting, alright. I like that Danny Kaye quote. Floor registers were an inconspicuous way children could get in on the fascinating discussion of adults - unless they started dropping marbles or wadded up gum foil down through the register onto the group of assembled guests.. that tended to get me into trouble. :-)

sage said...

A beautiful home with a lot of interesting sites.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Nice house, I wouldn't mind living there. Although I would install a door between the dining room and the bedroom. As soon as I find my top hat I'll move in!