Original oil painting by Francophile artist, Susan Payne-Trutna of a newly engaged couple standing on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. This romantic bridge is a great place for proposals and champagne celebrations, sunset watching, and declaring your love and attachment by putting a padlock inscribed with names or initials on the grills of the railing. Notice the "love locks" attached to the railing .... I'm told the keys are tossed into the Seine. This original "Lovers in Paris" postcard would make a wonderful VALENTINE or ENGAGEMENT or SAVE THE DATE announcement postcard! Susan Payne-Trutna exhibits her original Paris paintings in FRANCE and the USA.
You're old barn syndrome is understandable, and your common sense (unless you have unlimited expendable income) is probably right. The few, converted old barn homes I've seen are gorgeous but tough to heat and keep up. My parents passed up this house (http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090816/NEWS/908160335) when we were four little kids because there was no heating system, the house was in disrepair, and they had no appreciable monies to spend - too bad, in a way, but it would have made them paupers. Your oleander sounds lovely! From foliage, to flowers, to fruit, it is a landscape wonder. When grandkids come along, don't let them pick/eat anything, though - take care. Oleander is all over the Outer Banks because it grows well in the salty wind and sandy soil. No matter what season you look at it, it offers some treat for the eyes. Most of the flowers I've seen are in the red family - no white; bet yours is magnificent. Thank you for all the kind and generous support you give!
I know your new hat for the wedding will be a beaut, but please don't discard the lovely, old flowery one-----it's become such a delightful and significant part of Mrs. P-T folklore! Have a great day! ~ Colin x