Thursday, March 31, 2011

March's exit....

Happy last day of March to all.
















I don' t know about you, but the first day of April is when spring really starts to feel "real" to me.  All of the bulbs planted so carefully in the fall... the tulips, daffodils, grape and regular hyacinths all bloom.  Right now my purple hyacinths are in their full, fantastic glory.  The smell is unbelievable.  Just walking around the house, you can smell their heady scent.

The pink ones aren't quite so full.... but their smell is intoxicating as well.  Leaves on trees are starting to show, even from a distance.  And soon my magnolia will be in bloom, even if it is for just a day or two.  Just thinking about the upcoming spring and summer seasons makes me smile.

Now, to totally jump around... the baby shower I hosted was this past week.  Much to my surprise, I found out that some of the guests read my blog.  They had never been to Red Gate Farm but had seen many of my photos from around the house and gardens.  Since it's hard to "see" the layout I thought I'd try to show you all what Red Gate Farm looks like, courtesy of Google maps. 

In the first photo I've outlined Red Gate Farm in yellow.... although it is more or less centered.  You can see the farmed field and how the place is situated towards the road.  You may notice that the house and buildings are all tucked into the front left hand (or west) corner.  A good farmer wouldn't want to waste his farm able crop land by plunking a house in the middle.  Our place is fairly close to the road, not uncommon in the 20's when needed to run electrical lines. You can also get an impression of the area around us.  Still mostly parcels of farm land that isn't developed.  Below our place in the photo is a creek as well as the home of the family we purchased Red Gate Farm from.  That home site is older than ours, from before the turn of the 19th century.


This second photo is a closer up shot.  I've taken time to label buildings and a few other things I've posted about.  The front of the house faces South, towards the road.  Of course like many old farm homes, the main front entrance isn't used... the back porch faces West and is entrance used by all.  The house really isn't that close to the road but when you have a really big yard, it appears that way.  Our road also has very little traffic... except for during the raspberry harvest.

If you look closely you will notice green "dots" above the coop... those are the fruit trees we planted six years ago.  Apples, plums, pears and even a nectarine.  This photo appears to have been taken in the summer of 2008 since the chicken and dog run on the back of the coop isn't there... it was built in the spring of 2009. 
























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15 comments:

  1. Fun to see your home from the air! Boy you have a lot of land to maintain, just your yard alone looks like a lot. Please tell me what you grow in your crops? So curious....xoox, Tracie

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  2. How fun to see your house, what a nice piece of land and the area around is also nice. Thanks for giving us a tour.

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  3. How neat to see your whole layout there. Don't you look google maps?

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  4. Great aril shot, We had one of our farm when I was a kid but since have lost it. Wonderful size land you have. Have a great day !

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  5. Great tour of your farm...thanks for sharing!

    Cindy

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  6. You have some great garden photos here and I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to link in with some photos...either current or past (during the dormant seasons) to Flaunt Your Flowers on Friday with me. Many absolutely gorgeous gardens participate in this party, and yours would be a welcome visit for them all to make!
    I have enjoyed my visit here today...I am your newest follower! happy gardening!
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  7. Beautiful!You are blessed with all that land!
    Loved the tour! Thanks for hopping with farm friends today!
    Deb

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  8. I love your pink/purple Hyacinths...I can almost smell them....one of my favorite aromas! Mine haven't even peeked through the mud and snow yet. Soon! I hope.

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  9. I think that is so much fun that you had guests that read your blog but you didn't know about it! It must have been so exciting for them to attend and look around and pick out everything that was familiar to them. I do hope you'll post some shower pictures b/c I would love to see them as I know how much work you put into it! Ahhhh, your first flowers of Spring and they are lovely! Here, nothing yet, still snow on top of my soil :( Happy April! xox

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  10. As happy as I am that it is April, I'm sick of the jokes already!

    But it's another day closer to being home... :)

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  11. I love the view of your farm it is a real nice piece of property. It is nice you can see all your hard work from the air. B

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  12. How funny Chris, I was just on bingo maps last night doing a bird’s eye view of my place. It was so cool. I love how you did this. What an amazing farm field you have--it is HUGE. I love Red Gate Farm--I wish I could see your beautiful spring flowers. I bet it smells and looks fabulous. Missed you lately-I’ve been taken over by my work and can’t seem to get my head above water.
    Hugs, Amy

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  13. How cool to share the pictures of your farm from the sky!

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  14. Calling by from Fishtail Cottage as participating in Flora Thursday and really enjoying meeting everyone else. What a great idea to share your home with us via Google photos.

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