Two weeks ago today our daughter and her family began the process of moving their worldly goods from our garage to their newly purchased home a mere country mile along the road.
Matt and Devin have ferried furniture and boxes [oh, the boxes and bins!] carefully by the pickup load.
The house was not left as clean as it should have been, so Gina has spent exhausting hours scrubbing every cupboard and surface, scouring the bathtub/shower/sinks and the fridge before unpacking.
M. gives up at a sensible hour and finds a place to sleep, while G. and D.--the confirmed night owls--shove furniture, paw through boxes, and contemplate alternate arrangements into the wee hours.
G. has a great flair for decorating. Each time we stop by I am called to witness a cunning nook of furnishings and accessories--only to find by the next visit that it has been changed!
The cottage sits well back from the road in the deep shade of maples. Walnut and chestnut trees rim the back yard. The former owner did some rather formal landscaping around the house: hollies; knock-out roses, juniper, ornamental grasses and daylilies. G. is torn between the neccesity of settling the house and spending time weeding in the plantings and considering where she will set out her hoarded perennials.
The lilies in the landscaped areas include the common orange daylily which the former owner transplanted from a huge spread of them just along the road; I recognize Stella d'Oro and a lovely citron-shaded one which I beleive is Hyperion.
This charmer opened this week--the double trinity of petals is distinctive
and the "monkey face" makes us smile.
The south-facing covered porch is perhaps G.'s favorite spot--a real selling point when they viewed the home.
She has arranged "the wicker" so happily acquired at a yard sale; potted plants are placed to advantage.
The lineup of perennials at the edge of the porch are awaiting the planned garden spot. Preparing that is on Matt's list!
Viewing the porch from the side toward the back yard.
You can see the Hyperion lilies at the left edge of the photo.
Jinka, the idiosyncratic white cat, peers over her shoulder, ever alert to the possibility of T-Baby charging from the shrubbery.
G. didn't feel quite ready for a full house tour, but the kitchen is cleaned, sorted, and in working order.
As you can see, it is a galley arrangement. The oak cabinetry was made by a local craftsman and is well done. G. prefers white painted cabinets and woodwork so the predominance of dark-stained oak in this house is taking some mental adjustment. When feeling stressed and cross through-out the moving process she threatens to buy gallons of white gloss paint and slather it over the oak.
None of us are taking the threat seriously!
The little window tucked at the end of the counter looks out to the north. Eventually the proposed flower garden will be situated in a splash of sunlight and will be visible through this window.
Tarbaby the Cat has decided that he likes to parade the length of the countertop and station himself at the window to watch "birdies."
[G. declares that he NEVER walked on counters until he peeked in the windows during his two month stay with us and saw our resident felines making free with counters and table-tops. A likely tale!]
It was overcast yesterday when I took these hasty photos of the dining room so this corner doesn't show to good advantage. G. collects vintage trunks, two of which are stacked in front of the window. Her 'Wardian case' holds potted gerbera daisies.
A close up of the window arrangement with a bamboo stand to the right.
M. purchased this sturdy oak hutch several years ago at an auction in Lander, WY. G. wasn't sure she liked it then, but is pleased to find that it matches the oak cabinetry of this house and is a fine gathering spot for
some of her cherished vintage pantryware and linens.
I think she has a flair for eye-catching arrangements--surely worthy of any glossy decorating magazine!