A couple of Sundays ago, I caught a news piece on one of my favorite shows, CBS Sunday Morning. In it, they were reporting on a display of birdhouses created by former architect, Tom Burke. The display of 21 homes for the birds can be found along the Riverwalk in Wilmington, DE, the city where Mr. Burke resides. The path runs along the Christina River and because of the show, I made plans to go the following weekend when my friend, Reena, was coming to visit me.
We met at my house, then drove the short distance to Wilmington’s riverfront and had a fabulous lunch at Harry’s Seafood Grill before picking up the path that runs right in front of the restaurant.
We saw the first birdhouse right next to the restaurant. Several of the birdhouses depict the homes in paintings by Andrew Wyeth. The one above is a replica of the Olson Farm, made famous in Andrew Wyeth’s 1948 painting, Christina’s World.
Although it was unseasonably chilly, it was a beautiful day for a stroll.
The Christina Riverwalk is short (1.3 miles) but pleasant pathway along the Christina River, between the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge and the end of S. Popular Street, just beyond Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park. The trail offers access to the Shipyard Shops and downtown Wilmington. It's nicely landscaped and passes through small parks where you can stop to sit on a bench along the river. Hare Pavilion overlooks the Christina River at the foot of Old West Street and is a nice gathering place. ~TrailLink.com
And what fun to see these houses.
The path is beautifully landscaped.
If you live in the area, I highly recommend this little trip.
This is a replica of the clubhouse at Augusta National Golf Club, host of the annual Masters Tournament.
There are several small parks along the way to rest your feet. And several restaurants from which to choose.
This is another right outside Harry’s Seafood Grill.
This one was made to look like Martha Stewart’s home in Beford, NY, even using her paint color – Bedford Gray.
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Here’s the video from the show. It’s not very long ~ and worth viewing after you get through the short commercial.
CBS Sunday Morning – Tom Burke birdhouses
Hope you enjoyed ~ I’ll be back when can. It’s been busy here at Casa de George.