Tuesday, May 26, 2009


I am a gardener and while I am obsessed with the uniqueness and jaw dropping beauty of flowers, I am most appreciative of natural settings, splashed with color. Colorful displays of flowers stimulate me while woodland settings calm. There is no right or wrong here, just different reactions. Since woodland settings have to occur naturally, I, like most gardeners go for the quicker growing forms of beauty in our own settings . The lucky ones have property that are all ready dressed in natural as was the first place on the garden tour Saturday.

This place blew me away with it's manicured look carved out of a natural setting. It has a long driveway leading into an oak grove. I have lived here for 5 years and did not know this place existed.

The main house is stately three story building. I have all ready picked out my room. Third floor, balcony.

The converted carriage house sits away from the main building and has its own charm. I would not feel too slighted being placed there.

The real draw though is the wooded vistas. There is a hush here that groups of people could not disturb.

Another draw for me was the 7 acre lake. Not huge but big enough. It is stocked with fish that you can only catch and release. I really wished I didn't have the rest of the tour to do. I could have spent the day there.

The clouds were threatening but never produced any more than a few drops. The next day it rained the entire day so we were lucky.

If I didn't have Mighty I would definitely spend my stimulus check here for a couple days of peace and exploration. They do not take pets though so I will find another way to spend the check and just be content with taking Mighty to the National Forest for my woodland fix.


  1. What a beautiful place. But it reminds me of the beautiful old oaks I had to destroy after the ice storm. I counted the "rings" of one and quit at 90 as I could not differiate the tiny rings at the core.

  2. Right you are: it's a very beautiful and peaceful place! I would like to live in either house! But not by myself! Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. Thanks for visiting. If you want to see skating on the canals and ditches, you can go back to my post of 5-1-2009. Which was titled:That's My World Skating.

  3. How gorgeous and serene it looks. You will have to share that 3rd floor balcony room with me.

  4. Great post, Patti... Sounds like that B&B has both the manicured (for stimulation) and the woodsy (for the calm) look JUST for you. Wonder what the B&B used to be?????? It is a gorgeous house. Did you get to take a tour???

    We have both calmness and stimulation in our yard.. We plant beautiful flowers including roses ---and yet, we have lots of wooded (natural) areas also.

    Have a wonderful day.

  5. Nitwit,

    It must have broken your heart to lose such old trees. All those years and one lousy ice storm killed them. I hope you saved some.

    Reader wil
    Ah the differences in posting of dates. I looked all over but there was no May 1 post. Then It dawned on me where you live and looked in the right spot, January
    5th. Loved the pics.

    That does look like the pick of the litter doesn't it? Must be a great view of the lake and oaks.

    You are so lucky to have a natural setting. Your place sounds like just the right balance.
    The B and B was a former farm house and the additional dwelling was a carriage house.

  6. Beautiful! I love that big old house and the carriage house isn't bad, either.

  7. Betty,
    It was completetey restored and so charming. I also wouldn't turn down the carriage house. I just loved it.

  8. It is so beautiful there. The serenity absolutely comes through these photos. I could see staying there for a night or two.

  9. robin
    This place was such a pleasant surprise for me. I had no idea it was even there. It would make a nice place to unwind if necessary.

  10. Wow. This is outstanding. I could spend the rest of my life in a place like this.

  11. Abe,
    Got to agree with you. The place was both tranquil and interesting. You would have loved all the birds.