Sunday, April 4, 2010

Photo tour

The property just along the road was inherited by a man who merely rents out the land and, according to neighbors, "hasn't been near the place in five years." Cattle are pastured there and often surround the abandoned house. Daffodils grow in the yard and haven't been stomped by the cattle.

This swath of daffodils in a nearby field is typical of their abundance, seemingly growing wild.

Our bedroom is still rather impersonal, the walls wearing the clean white paint applied before we purchased.
We wonder if our huge log-pole pine bedstead will look appropriate in the little cottage.
The cats are not concerned with the lack of embellishments in the room.
We are happy that they have settled in and emerged from under the bed.

J. found a plank in one of the old barns, cut pieces to size and then sliced them  lengthwise to make two bluebird houses.
This one he hung on the north-west side of the house, well away from the old one in the apple tree.

The second of his birdhouses has been placed in the "pussywillow tree" below the east-facing front porch.
We'll be watching to see if any of several hovering bluebird couples are impressed with the new accomodations.

Patches of violets have flowered under the clothesline and in the grass along the side of the house and garage.

The ancient pear tree burst into fragrant bloom today. I found remnants of last autumn's pears in the grass beneath the tree. They were shriveled and leathery, but smelled richly of dried fruit.
I also found a tiny-leaved straggly rosebush beneath the pear tree.
I'm wondering if it is the white flowered "Scotch briar rose" or perhaps a yellow flowered one I recall as "Father Hugo". I need to locate the boxes full of gardening books and refresh my mind.  Surely identification will be easier when the rose blossoms.

I  think that the pear tree may predate the cottage, which was built in 1980. There is a hollow in the trunk at the point where it begins to branch, which suggests that it is an elderly tree. A previous house stood for many years on the farm, which was known as Mosslands, named for the Moss family who have been in the neighborhood since pre Civil War times.

A clump of hollyhock, rather oddly placed at the edge of a small grassy bed which contains iris.

Too fine a day to stuff laundry in the dryer.
Pebbles the Horse is currently pastured just beyond the clothesline, in an electric-fenced area which extends past the back of the garage. She makes note of all our activity in the dooryard and frequently reminds us that she is a poor starving and neglected horse.
When an Amish buggy trundles by on the road, Pebbles flicks her tail, frisks about her pasture and whickers a greeting .

This vine is straggling up a makeshift trellis. In looking at the bits of gone-to-seed blooms from the past year, I'm guessing it could be a clemetis.
I've identified the two dogwoods we were told are planted north of the house.  Other shrubs which are showing new leaves are not familiar from my years of gardening in New England.
I may be consulting gardening books or posting photos with a plea for help in identifying.


  1. Love the tour ...what a wonderful home you now have ... as do the blue tits lol.
    Maybe you could look up the Moss Family on the 1930 census and then go back that tree could tell some tales.
    I too think that is a Clematus ....I wonder what it will look like?

    Loved the kissing cats ...I enjoy having a closeup look at your photos glad to see them distressed ....hope you can use your pine bed. xx

  2. Wild daffodils and violets no less!
    What a great photo that is of all eight cats in the bedroom. Love it. Our news about Bailey is not so good, but the lady who sold him to us seven years ago has a clause in the agreement that she would take him back. So that's the way we are heading. Can't tell you how worrying it is to keep having to watching him all the time. But such a beautiful cat...

  3. The cats made me laugh! They have their priorities sorted out! I am sure your pine bed will look fine - houses tend to take on the ambience of what goes IN them. I loved the swathes of daffodils, and the wild violets. It "feels" to be a good place you've found.

  4. Thank you for the wonderful tour! It's lovely to see all those naturalized daffodils...the field full of them makes me wonder if someone had a bulb farm there at one time? I *love* the picture of the 8 gorgeous cats on your bed, especially the two who are smooching together. I think your lodgepole bed will add character to the room! I agree about the age of the pear tree...that's an old tree. And for sure that is a clematis...those fat buds are distinctive. It'll be fun to see what the blooms look like! You haven't posted any pictures of hydrangea or lilac yet, but i bet they're around your place, too, given the other lovely traditional plantings. Lucky birds to have new houses!'s already late for bluebirds having their first clutch, but they might very well be scouting for a second home.