"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Monday, October 12, 2015

New Back Porch





 Here are a few pics I took this weekend at the new city house.  Remember I had a list of things I could not abide, but all those wants and not went right out the window and mainly for these reasons.  The back of the house is all windows looking out onto this large covered porch and...


my view from there.  I called it a jewel box, planted with flowers everywhere and backing right up to a pond.  It took my breath away.



There are all different areas of gardens.  I love this little bricked in seating area.


In one location, we have our own little deck dock.  I'll have to put a couple of chairs out on it.  I am told the pond is stocked with fish.  There are eight houses that surround the pond.



Lots of wildlife too.


This is looking down from the porch.  I've never seen anything like it as there is about a 6 foot drop off from the porch to a small lawn down the stairs, but mostly flower beds and plantings.


Of course there has to be something for Miss Worrywort to worry about.  Can you imagine going over to meet the new neighbors and telling them, please don't try to pet the red weenie because she will bite you...
I really am nervous about doing that.  With this kind of fence, Sister can't get through it, but she can sure get her head through it and she will bite strangers that try to pet her.  Hmmm....

25 comments:

  1. There's always something unpleasant in Paradise.

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    1. Yes, I just hope it doesn't involve Sister. She's my baby and I don't want any problems with the neighbors.

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  2. It all looks really lovely Donna.

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    1. Thank you Elaine. I got my country house in the city.

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  3. First of all..I would overlook the must haves for thsi view.
    Truly..a view to me is worth..a lot..
    as for Sister..Sistah:) Go tell them..
    Now.



    And all will be well.
    Why is it..that we cannot just be honest about certain things..

    Hmm..bring a pie over too..one of your famous pies.
    I love windows..water..and truth.
    And pies...to offer.

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    1. Monique, we think alike. I thought of the very same thing. Hope it works. Plan B is to get chicken wire and put it along the fences which will look ugly but solve the problem. For some reason, when you tell people your dog will bite, they try to pet them anyway. Don't know why that is. Living out in the country has kept it from being too big of a problem.

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  4. I think you hit the jackpot, with a covered porch, too.

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    1. I've always wanted a covered porch Joanne. I really prefer outside to inside, so I hope to be able to put some furniture out there with blankets for cold times. Right now, I have one folding chair for furniture. And that includes inside. It's been brutal, but the movers are to be there in a week.

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  5. This looks quite lovely to me. It will all work out for the best.

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    1. Thank you Michelle. I feel very lucky in finding this place in the city. Guess you can't take the country out of a girl.

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  6. Oh my oh my! I can see why you fell head-over-hills for this place. I whould have too. Good luck with the movers and of course Sister.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. As I said there were many things I did not like (all the wall to wall carpet which I can't stand and cannot afford to replace right now). But, I realized I would have a hard time finding another house in the city with a pond in the back yard. There is also a goldfish pond out back. Lots of things I love about the place.

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  7. Deer fencing might be a better idea than chicken wire. I do like the covered porch and the view to a pond – super! My view to a pond is from the eleventh floor.

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    1. Blue I have just about convinced myself to put some fencing up to Sister's height to head off any problems. One side of neighbors have small children and I don't think Sister would bite a child, but don't want to take a chance. Sister is ten, diabetic and after her eye surgeries can see, but not well. And, she is my child and I love her dearly even though I have no control over her whatsoever. I have found something she is afraid of. I got this new tennis racket looking bug zapper and the pop when a bug hits it scares Sister to death. I might just have to take it up there and when she sees me get it out she goes running with her tail between her legs.

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  8. I just read a few of your posts..and I admire you..

    xoxo
    T.D

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    1. Well thank you Dutchess. I just love your blog.

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  9. Absolutely worth bidding, waiting, and speaking UP for! No wonder you were on pins and needles and carpentry nails while you awaited the verdict.

    It's simply charming---all over, with all those flowers and each view a perfect vignette. You and your Sweetie can simply DWELL on that gorgeous porch (in the RAIN, even), with bankies and books and long, happy conversations.

    Not envying you all the unpacking, but there's nothing I've ever liked better (except the above book-on-a-porch-in-the-rain) than putting a home together with all the familiar touches and groupings and colours I love.

    Happy New Home!!

    rachel

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    1. Thank you dear Rachel. The painters are done and just awaiting all the other things like ADT, Dish etc. Even the move won't be as bad as the last time. I am going to take it slowly as my brain is still foggy, but I so look forward to settling in with everything done.

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  10. What a beautiful garden Donna - and all that wildlife on the water. As for the neighbours and the biting issue - I would take a bottle of good wine and just say plainly that it is best not to try to pet her as she is an elderly lady and has had eye surgery. She is best left alone, or perhaps just spoken to from a distance. Wine is always good at breaking the ice.

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    1. Thank you Pat and your advice is wise and I will try that. I'll let you know how it went. I go back up there next Monday.

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  11. IT REALLY IS MARVELOUS! Having a pond right off the porch, plenty of garden areas for you to indulge in and a little deck, it is just perfect. So glad you found it.Now, if your little wienie gal will just keep a civil tongue, all will be well.

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    1. Yes, Jeri. We'll still have the farm for a while, but I am ready to live the city life more often. Sister is uncontrollable - doesn't listen to me at all. I have found something she is afraid of that might work. I got this tennis racket bug zapper and I can't even use it because she is so afraid of the sound it makes. I might have to get it out if she starts barking at the neighbors, or worse.

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  12. Oh Donna - this looks like such a gorgeous spot. I can see that I would be spending a lot of time out there on the back porch drinking coffee and enjoying the pond. Hoping your hubby is doing better. I have been spending some time "looking up" for both of you. So glad you shared your new place. Take care friend. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much Debbie. He is better and gaining weight. Still weak but definitely better. His impetus for getting better is hunting season is nigh - his favorite thing in the world. Going back in a few weeks for a new feeding tube. The one he has is about two feet long and the new one will be a button flat against his body. Should be more manageable. I'll be moving next week at the city house and so ready for that.

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  13. Your new home looks so lovely, I can see why it just felt right the first time you stepped through the door. Sorry to hear about your husband's health. I hope the new views will make him feel stronger. Sarah x

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