Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A lovely pool for a hill country house.

Snugged in against the deck which lays in the curve of the beautiful stone house, the pool is part of the view from several rooms.  More of this home bye and bye.  e

Contoured to fit in the natural setting, the pool is partially ringed in Texas native plants, many of which bloom spectacularly in season. The land beyond is what I call "managed natural".  Native grasses and small things in among existing trees show the land has not been disturbed. You can never really get it back if you rip it out. However nothing thought undesirable is allowed to stay.  e

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