Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Up on the roof

I found these images on the camera disk today. It appears that my husband has been up on the roof again. To get to the roof here at the manor house on the hill, you have to go up to the third floor and put a ladder up to a small entrance that’s in the hallway ceiling. From there, you’ll climb through the rafters straight up to an opening in the floor of the widow’s walk.

It’s not for the faint of heart.

I can tell that he had the zoom lens on the camera. For a wider angle of our view from the widow’s walk, you can visit here:

A rooftop view in Autumn


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The driveway as it turns into the woods.


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From the garden, we’re enjoying cucumbers and peppers. Soon the tomatoes will come and I’ll be making fresh Pico de Gallo, which I could eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I love it on scrambled eggs.


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The seven black walnut trees in the yard. If you only see six, it’s because all that’s left of the seventh one is a stump full of poison ivy.

You can see it on the right of the trees. I dislike that poison ivy ‘tree’ a lot. And the path goes right under it, as you may be able to see.

The little circle that’s to the right of the center of the trees is Blue Girl’s grave. She was a beloved family pet that lived here for a long time.


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I took these last two photos late this afternoon. I can’t believe how high the corn is. My husband has different kinds of corn that he planted in phases. We have sweet corn to eat, and several ornamental types.


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My funky planter that I bought at church craft fair several years ago. I have it hanging from a limb under the dogwood tree.

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My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

Kate....YOU MADE MY DAY !!!!! i was kind of in a slump here all alone today...just Teddy and Me...and then i come here and see this...and my MOOD lifted to PURE HAPPINESS.....what lovely pictures...and you know me...Blue Girls grave brought tears to my eyes.....

growing up we had a treehouse in an old black walnut tree at grammy and grandpa's grandpa used to always say to us.."what's up black walnuts"...i still say it to Teddy...

thank you for the sweet memories and making me HAPPY

sending love, my friend

kary and teddy

Country Girl said...

I'm so glad then, Kary. Blue Girl's grave is right along the path that we walk every day. I respect the grave and the obvious love that the previous owners had for their dog.

~ C.G.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

oh kate...that is so sweet about that dog...a dog who was well loved.... doesn't get any better than that, my friend

K. and Teddy

Low Tide High Style said...

I enjoyed your husband's birds eye view of the property, and I'm so jealous of your garden! I love that funky planter and your pretty!

Kat :)

tj said...

...What an awesome post. And what an awesome place. And what an awesome person you are. ;o)

...Love the Blue Girl's grave. We have a cemetary out in the back in the 'meadow' and I replace the flowers on their graves every year or so.

...And I can't get over how well your garden is doing! Our cukes just came up last week and tomatoes are just making their debut as of recent. How does Country Boy do it? Does he start seeds indoors in late Winter? Do tell, please. :o)

...Okay, last but not least, the photo of your driveway - [singing the word] a-w-e-s-o-m-e... ;o)'s & blessings too... :o)

Reena said...

Such a great post today ... love the Drifters song. Brought a big ole smile! I love roof top views!!!

I hear you about the poison ivy ... have some along our fence line and I stay far away ... did you know it can linger on your gloves! Got the itch a year later on a pair of gloves when potting some plants! Ugh!

tj said...

...Oh and btw, I was listening to the music as I was typing my previous comment but I couldn't remember the words soooo, for you Kate & my fellow CG Peeps, here are the lyrics:

When this old world starts getting me down
And people are just too much for me to face
I climb way up to the top of the stairs
And all my cares just drift right into space
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be
And there the world below can't bother me
Let me tell you now

When I come home feelin' tired and beat
I go up where the air is fresh and sweet (up on the roof)
I get away from the hustling crowd
And all that rat-race noise down in the street (up on the roof)
On the roof, the only place I know
Where you just have to wish to make it so
Let's go up on the roof (up on the roof)

brief instrumental-chiefly strings

At night the stars put on a show for free
And, darling, you can share it all with me

I keep a-tellin' you

Right smack dab in the middle of town
I've found a paradise that's trouble proof (up on the roof)
And if this world starts getting you down
There's room enough for two
Up on the roof (up on the roof)
Up on the roo-oo-oof (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, baby (up on the roof)
Oh, come on, honey (up on the roof)


Everything is all right (up on the roof)

...Blessings... :o)

Bluebird49 said...

Man the garden looks great, doesn't it? I'd love it if Hubby would take the camera sometimes, and I'd find out later. I won't hold my breath!

Linda said...

Thank YOU, Kate (and Husband), for all the beautiful pictures and lovely descriptions. To you it may just be everyday stuff but to us it's awesome. Thanks.

Karen said...

I am lovin that funky planter. That's just awesomeness.

Michelle said...

Isn't it strange and wonderful how much joy we get from these internet friendships, from the points of view of our blogging buddies? Your husband's photos are lovely today; thank-you for sharing.

Country Girl said...

You are the best, all of you. I didn't think any of this was all that and a bag of chips, but thank you.
tj, thanks so much for the lyrics. And yes, he does start some of his seeds inside. The tomato and pepper plants he buys locally. The cucumber seeds went into the ground. He did plant early and kept things covered with a clever array of mini greenhouses from water bottles.

~ C.G.

TexWisGirl said...

love your garden plot - of course i'd need your hubby too to tend it... :)

deb said...

that view...swoon!!!! and your garden...omg I wanna come help you pulls weeds its so beautiful!!!!

Cat Soup said...

Wow. Widows walk, pico de gallo, lovely images...almost too much at once. Love this.

Hilary said...

What a fun and unique view of the property. I love that you mentioned the pet's grave. I would like knowing that someone acknowedged my cats like that had they come across the grave.

Cloudia said...

wonderful pics as usual - then THAT song that always takes me somewhere special! Thanks :)

Aloha from Honolulu :)

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Mary said...

So jealous of your garden, Kate!
Hugs to George

Anonymous said...

Ahhh, I could sit on any roof in the world if that song was playing. Isn't it just wonderful and mood lifting, but then so many songs from that era are.

So glad to see you here blogging tonite with the rest of us. Cheers!


Lisa said...

Kate this is such a beautiful view. I love your surroundings and how peaceful. Your unique hanger is a keeper. I like it.
Have a great night and thank you also Kate for all your visits.

mrs mediocrity said...

wow, what a garden! we have tiny little green tomatoes so far...

love your planter!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

I just truly enjoy my visits to your blog. Those photos are truly spectacular. I'm also a little jealous of the grass cutting job . . . nicely done! I also think that's the first time I've see walnut trees! Hoping you have a lovely weekend!

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Daryl said...

The corn is as high as an elephant's eye and it looks like its climbing clear up to the sky!!!!!!!!! OOOOOH....

Steph said...

I can't believe how tall your corn is either Kate!
I like the version of Up on the Roof that you've posted but I also adore James Taylor's cover too. Happy Thursday ;)

Mental P Mama said...

Wait. You have your own cornfield now?

A New England Life said...

The garden looks fabulous! It's obvious your husband has put an immense amount of time into it. Maybe one day we'll have a garden half as good!

Here's hoping you don't come home one day to find your husband on the ground ; )

Andi said...

LOVE the funky pot!

Deb said...

awesome photos...

The Weaver of Grass said...

What is pico de gallo please? I love scrambled eggs and want to try some on it.

Unknown said...

Oh isn't it wonderful to have a different perspective on things?....smiles.

The JR said...

Tell your man that his garden is so much prettier than ours!

Luv that funky planter.

Mary said...

Wow, the garden looks fabulous! I'm so jealous! :)

Patricia C said...

Just found my way here from Pioneer Woman. I love Pico de Gallo. I eat it almost every day on my salad.

sharon said...

very interesting hanging pot. love it! great pictures by the way!

Donna S. said...

Oh no, THANK YOU!!! :p

JaneK said...

one day I'll have a a nice roof to go up on :) like the Drifters, but I love my man James Taylor's version of it.

love the funky planter.....

Alli said...

Beautiful and I love the pictures of your garden (as a first time gardener myself now!). I love all the green in your pictures because it's just so summery!

homegrown countrygirl said...

I like to take pictures of my garden and the views around me every season... so I can go back and re-visit past seasons, even though sometimes changes happen that make those old seasons bittersweet. Thank you for posting your husband's rooftop pictures, they reminded me of some pictures that I have.

Gail said...

The view is breathtaking and so well-cared for, I wish my grounds looked that good!

I sooooooooooo want that flower pot, it's great.

Jan's camera said...

"Up on the Roof" is one of my favorite songs! Thanks for sharing. It just brings a smile to my face.

Anonymous said...

I love the picture of your garden and your photography is crisp and appealing. Thanks for an awesome blog! Sue

Lili said...

So glad your husband took an aerial view of the garden, it's so beautiful! I just knew it would be from the glimpses you have shown of it before. Love your wild and funky planter, very cool! ~Lili