~New Town~


We took a little impromptu day trip, Monday. 

For the past 15 or 20 years, J has taken the blood thinner Coumadin.  Most of the time things go smoothly.  The past month the numbers have been erratic and dosage adjustments have been made, followed by blood tests, in a week. Monday was the day for the latest blood work. 

As long as we were headed in a southerly direction, for the test, we decided to take a detour to New Town Saint Charles.

The homes at New Town are reminiscent of homes from another era.








 As we walked along looking at these pretty homes, most with a front porch, we saw lots of Limelight Hydrangea, like the one above.














 All the photos up to and including the one above, were taken at New Town Saint Charles.


J looking over tomatoes…

 We found a farm stand, on the road home, selling produce on the honor system. See the coffee can in the upper left photo?  That’s the “cash register”.

We found more tomatoes and new potatoes at another stand.  No green beans though.


This beautiful bed of Zinnia’s was near the second farm stand.


Cows and calves in a pasture along a gravel road. 

J and I lived in the back pasture, at the farm.

Some of you guessed the farm implements from the previous post

The two, in the first photo, are corn planters.  The large contraption, in the second photo, is a manure spreader.

More information about New Town Saint Charles can be found HERE.  All the homes and shops, at New Town, are new construction, beginning in 2003.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Your day trip was a shear delight...thank you.
Such great sites of old homes and vintage homesteads and farms. LOVED the honor system for the produce stand. Have not seen that in years.

Odd you should mention Coumadin
..as I just read this article yesterday..please read...not sure if it will effect your husband or not..but better SAFE than sorry.



Sue@CountryPleasures said...

What a sweet find! Loved all the photos!

Allie and Pattie said...

Pat, I was going to send you that same link. Can't hurt to check it out- I used to take Coumadin years ago
Your pictures, as always, are a highlight of my day
xoxo Pattie

Jeanette said...

Your pictures are incredible, such lovely homes and that zinnia bed wow!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Pat....Where is New Town St. Charles? I am assuming it is not too far from St. Charles? I loved the homes in the one area...so cozy and inviting. Reminds you of the old neighborhoods that our parents grew up in. Great photos!~Hugs, Patti

Queenie said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of your day trip...they are beautiful...I'd love to visit this town :)

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful area. I loved seeing the porches and the country side. Sounds like a wonderful day.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, what a picturesque place. I love those homes and the front porch on that one that looked so cozy. I have never seen a bed of zinnias like that before. Thanks for taking us along on your day trip.

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Gorgeous pictures. Beautiful landscaping and I adore those porches. This is a pretty little community and the homes on the 'canal' are great.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just stunding photos my friend...Hugs and smiles to ya Gl♥ria

The Decorating Diaries said...

We travel many of the same paths, yet everything seems more beautiful and fun through your eyes and camera. I always think, "I need to go there again". Thanks for taking us along on your trips.


Nancy said...

What a beautiful area! Love all the charm and the iron work! Nancy

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Pat, while I enjoyed touring New Town, what I really enjoyed seeing was the farm stand being run on the honor system. What does it say about the American Midwest that in this bleak economy people can still be trusted to put their money in the can or not to take the money? It made me teary to think about it. I miss those Beaver Cleaver days here. One thing about farmers, they would give you the shirt off of their backs if you needed it.

Hope J's bloodwork settles down soon.


Sheila :-)

salmagundi said...

I've been to St. Charles, but not new St. Charles - it's beautiful. Love the midwest! Sally

The Gathering Place said...

What a quaint little town. Beautiful photos!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Wow, and these places look as though they've been there a hundred years! Such nostalgia in these photos.

Sharon said...

That was a beautiful trip that you took us on.
The homes are beautiful as is the area around them.
We live close to a farmer's stand that is a honor system. I love getting fresh veggies there.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty area - thanks for the tour.
Hope J gets his meds adjusted soon.

Traci said...

What a charming little town! I love the homes & their front porches. Thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth (blue clear sky) said...

A beautiful town! I love that you both stop to find the beauty in a day and pause to enjoy life, on what could have just been a mundane trip to the lab.

Karen Deborah said...

What a great day trip! I want to move.

A Write Life said...

What lovely pics. Great place you visited.

Mimi said...

What a picturesque little town. I think I have fallen in love with that yellow farmhouse!

Stephanie said...

Sounds like a wonderful little trip! I have always been curious about these planned towns - the idea is intriguing to me. Of course, except for the fact that we have no commercial section at all, our village is the type of place they model these towns on, so no wonder I am drawn to them. I would love to take a stroll through one!

thestonerabbit said...

What a great town!! We have a sub-division nearby that is built with the same concept....it's called The New Longview (on the grounds of the historic Longview Farm) in the Lee's Summit area. I love the shops at New St. Charles, however!!

Produce stands on the honor system are just true heart warmers!!!

Your pictures are terrific, Pat. I hope all is well with J. Trying to balance meds for optimal outcome is sometimes tricky. Please know I'm thinking about you guys! L, Dana

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Beautiful photos as usual, Pat.

Good wishes to J, for having the Coumadin issue, figured out and solved.

Post stenting, I'm on Plavix and full aspirin daily. So I understand some of this.

Gentle hugs from an "Old Blogging Friend"... Who has been enjoying your blog, yet again. And I realized [finally] that it is just not nice, to only Visit. Even though you have zillions of readers/commenters, that's still no reason, for me to just "lurk." :-(

Apologies for so doing, for a bit...

Btw, I am *officially* not on the Net for a bit... Due to aggravating my bad-back again. And for other "doctoring." But I really wanted to "Wave and say Hi." And especially on this entry.

nannykim said...

Lovin the barn one!

W.C.Camp said...

My wife and I have always wanted to head over there and walk around. Thanks for the mini tour. I did not know they had a mixture of old stuff with the fancy new houses? I love the porches, but I still need a little more room between houses. If I keep getting fatter, I will get stuck when going from the front yard to the back yard. W.C.C.

Rose Mary said...

What a beautiful day out you had! That little town is just gorgeous!

I love that it's still posssible to have those little 'honor' system stands around. Have a great day!

Joy said...

You know I have never been there before but I remember when they were just built there was a lot of talk about them. Looks lovely there!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a pretty area and the homes are wonderful. Love the style and the front porches.
xo, Sherry

Carol said...

Gosh, what a beautiful town! Thanks for giving us the tour! Hope your hubby's blood work is better.
Carol in GA

Kathleen said...

What a lovely tour, and I hope J's levels stabilize!
Of course I had to notice the price of corn! 55 cents each at the farm here. Every year they bump it up another nickel. :(

suzyq said...

Pat, as usual your photos are truly wonderful - thanks for sharing.

Pamela said...

Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.

I could not find a follower button on your blog i wanted to add you to my blog role . Your blog is just lovely!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, this quaint town looks like a photographers dream! Your photos would make a wonderful brochure, advertising this lovely town. We buy our tomatoes from an "honor system" stand. Amazing, isn't it? I hope J got a good report. laurie

About Me said...

I have been there too!
We actually went there to see about having our son's wedding there! We all thought it was the perfect place. The only problem is the chapel wasn't big enough to accommodate all our guests.:-( It was so fun to see it all again through your eyes!
Thanks for sharing Pat! Loved it!
Hope J's test results are better!

susan said...

Pat-This reminds me of Seaside FL where we just visited--it's all just perfect and looks like a movie set. I do love those porches! The picture of the windmill is my favorite. Hope J gets his medication adjusted correctly. I am so envious of J's easy attitude about road and side trips. We are always "hell-bent" to our destination :)

bj said...

What a beautiful day trip. I love those!!
Beautiful homes, produce stand, everything!

I, too, am on Coumadin, along with 2 other blood thinners, so I have to have my blood checked about every 2/3 weeks.
Now, I have to go read VICTORIAN ROSE'S suggestion....:)

Adrienne said...

What wonderful photos of a gorgeous place! Hope all is well with J. I'm slowly catching up after a few days away. Stop by and take a tour of our son and daughter-in-law's beautiful new home - you would have fun decorating this one!

Hill Country House Girl said...


Thanks for your visit to hill country house. Your blog is beautifully done and I love the photos on your sidebar. Sounds like you made what could have been a stressful day into a fun one - love the photos of the countryside. We have farm stands around here that are on the honor system - don't you love that?

Beverly said...

Pat, you know I always love going on a drive with the two of you. You make me feel like I was right there.

Your photos are fantastic. I love the charming homes.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, such lovely pictures. We have a community here called Baldwin Park that is much like this. Such talent you have!

Barb ♥

Bill said...

Hi Pat,

Thank you for sharing your day trip with us. The homes you showed us really do have a timeless look. The whole area appears to be charming, like stepping back to a quieter, less hurried era.

I love it when vegetable stands operate on the honor system. The fact that some still exist somehow restores my faith in humanity.

Sheree said...

I just LOVE New Town! I can't tell you how many times Jim and I have gone over there and looked at displays. We were so close to doing something with one of the newer large homes that was directly across from a canal, right at the edge of town, then learned that as the development goes on, they are going to start taking on a more rural feel, with larger yards and homes further apart. We decided to wait. I love the historical looking homes, but need more space between and way more parking for my family on holidays! Thanks for the reminder of just how special that community is! Hope your enjoying your County Fair!

Shelia said...

Oh, Pat, I pray J's med get regulated and he's feels okay!
What a lovely day trip you had! I've got to get to Missouri! This is the most beautiful state! I love seeing the olden homes and those porches! :)
Now that says alot about the little tomato stand that the folks would be so trusting to allow folks to pay for the tomatoes with an honor system. If that were Texas - the money and the can would be gone in a heartbeat! Very sad!
Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful day.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Susie Q said...

I hope J is feeling better by now...
Your trips are always such fun to see. I know I would love it here. Your photos are so beautiful.

Connie said...

I love to look at your beautiful pictures. I can't travel so it's almost like being there. It lifts the spirit and makes you appreciate God's handiwork.