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.
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.
Oh, so happy tomorrow is Friday!
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