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Alice Wachenheim in her Rose Garden. Early 1960s.
Thanks, everyone, for the birthday wishes. A big one (70!) it was, and my wife had planned (for weeks) a wonderful surprise gathering, a catered feast attended by so many old friends. I was so gratified and humbled. I really did think that my own pie after a quiet dinner out was going to be the extent of our celebration--which would have been just fine, of course. So we never did get to the pie until yesterday. The last slice:
Don, it sounds like you had a happy birthday. Nice that your birthday happens at the best time of the year.
Thomas, you are correct on all accounts. That stump was once a willow tree, ant infested and scraggly. I also had a catalpa tree on the other side of the house cut down (last year). This photo was taken in March--no tree leaves.
When I moved in 40 years ago (1977), I did find a few "antiques", mostly in the basement. A water boiler is too mammoth to remove. No photos-yet.
The house interior is wood framed with pocket doors, etc. It even had a "dumb-waiter" in the kitchen. I've made many changes over the years, but kept the integrity.
Now, back to garden related topics!
I agree with Daniel..... it is a beautiful house. I see a stump in your front yard. And it looks recently cut down tree. From the size of the stump it must have been a huge old tree.
I used to do work on older homes (just general handyman stuff) and will find old newspapers, old coins, real wood ( the woods were actually 2" by 4 " not 1.5" x 3.5"), even old bones.
So you ever get a chance to find treasures in the old house?
Happy Birthday , Don
Many happy harvesting to come!
In keeping with the pie theme, here's a blueberry-raspberry I made yesterday in recognition of my birthday. Our cultivated berries are coming in like gangbusters, and the wild blackberries are just about to start. Not to mention the beans, zukes, broccoli, basil, tomatoes, and lettuces! Best time of the year . . .
Thomas, I'll see what I can find. Under the porch is a fruit cellar which is pretty neat. The porch is crumbling, however, and in need of repair. Up to this point, I've just "band-aided" it.
That is a beautiful porch. Is it too much to ask if you can snap pictures the whole outside house and post it?
I love older houses. It is like living in a museum.
What a gardner, and what a cook, is that Daniel W!
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