Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Life is really Good!

Do you have any idea how sweet all of you are? I miss posting once on Sunday and I started to receive all kinds of emails to see if I was all right. Yep, better then all right just got a little busy with the great outdoors. Seems like we were hit with spring and summer all at once and around our home that means plenty of outside work to be done.

That is unless you’re this character who prefers to roll around in dirt and hang out in the shade. No I don’t worry about the dirt because as soon as Dylan dries off it all falls out of his hair hopefully outside. Besides he’s a dog, he likes being in dirt!

Last weekend was one of those fifty center days, that’s the best kind of day in New England that you don’t pass on by staying inside.

I kept telling Debra over at 5th and State that I would send her pictures of our property and I got to thinking maybe you guys might like to see as well. You see all that grass it all gets mowed by yours truly! Saturday was absolutely gorgeous out and I did it all in one day and ended up a little crispy but it was so worth it to be back outside in shorts with the feel of the sun on my face.

 With every turn of the tractor the scent of wild honeysuckle was in the air!

We’re fortunate enough to have wild honeysuckle in both pink and white and it’s everywhere on our property welcoming in the hummingbirds with its sweet scent.

To mow this entire place it takes anywhere from 6 – 10 hours depending on how fast you’re going. Funny but the pace always picks up the longer you’ve been at it.

Since our property is big and can be overwhelming I break the yard up into what I call rooms rather then trying to do the whole thing at once.

This place has to be mowed almost twice a week and I can run out and hop on our tractor for an hour and get at least two “rooms” mowed. Believe it or not it’s very relaxing it's a chance to clear your head.

Out yonder is my garden room I’m working on, it’s a work in progress!

Most of our property is forested and extremely hilly. Sorry our house looks crooked in most of the pictures must have been the way I was sitting on the tractor, trust me our home sits straight.

After mowing several acres at the end of the day there’s nothing I would rather be doing then what this guy is doing, enjoying a nap in the shade, time to get our hammock up!

So there’s part of our property and I hope you’ll understand during the summer if I don’t always have time to post life is extra busy around here. But never fear I’ll always be about leaving comments!

I hope you all have a really wonderful Memorial Day weekend and be safe!



Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

What a fabulou piece of property! I love your idea of rooms, that is perfect. I am looking forward to seeing what your garden looks like!

I am sure that is is relaxing out there is the sun with the humming birds and the bees buzzing around, the beauful scent of the honeysuckle and all of the beautiful property.

Your pup is so cute! I agree, I feel like I could lay down next to him too!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend. I would love to know your recipe for potato salad if want to share.

Take care, Elizabeth

Decor de Provence said...

Oh Debra!!!! I can't tell you how much I LOVE your property and your charming home nestled amongst all those trees... sigh
I would be taking it all in as well... if only our new home sat in such an area! Thanks for always bringing such beauty and inspiration into my life!


YONKS said...

Your home looks wonderful! The grass is lush, you have a long haired dog and I'm wondering if you get ticks there? My in-laws live in Missouri and the ticks were awful. I know we have them in the UK but I have never seen one here.

Phyllis Trevor Higgerson, Henhurst said...

Hi Debra, I love these photos. I hosed off our yellow lab today. We are in Vermont near Dartmouth College with a muddy stream running through the back yard. Though sometimes exasperating, I can't imagine life without the dogs. Your land is beautiful. All best, Phyllis

Woodside Park said...

Hello, Debra - Dylan is looking forward to relaxing this Memorial Day weekend. And, Panda and Mocha want to visit him :-) Your property is so beautiful and peaceful. I love all the mature trees....looks like an arboretum. Good job on all the mowing!! Thanks for sharing the photos. Cheers from DC!

Boxwood Terrace said...

Hi Debra - What a happy Dylan! He has perfected the art of relaxation. Wasn't it great to have such good weather this weekend? We deserve it after all the rain. Your property is beautiful--so lush with all that green. Have a great Memorial Day Weekend,

Unknown said...

Kindred sister, I too live on a large parcel of land that requires much mowing, and gardens to be tended; but that is all part of the luxury that we enjoy! I do not have wild honesuckle (lucky you!), but you are so right when you say that the fragrance of your surroundings adds to the delight of tending to our spaces. Love to see your Dylan, our "Cally" is a yellow lab and enjoys the river and creeks that run through...Thank you for sharing your home today:) B

michele said...

oh the property and the lawn look incredible! and sleeping Dylan! my heart skipped a beat.

what a woman you are on your tractor. i think i might be fortunate all 3 men around here like to ride our 1.5 acres to mow, but i know exactly what you mean about clearing your head. that's how i feel when i pull weeds.

smiles and hugs to you.


debra @ 5th and state said...

finally and it is so lovely girlfriend, just as i had imagined, no make it better!
love an all white farmhouse, that land, stone walls and your darling dylan dog. bonus points; you get to live in new england..sigh........
how many acres or is that a horrible question? once asked an elderly friend when we went to her ranch in new mexico, how many acres (she owned a few mountains too) and she eyed me suspiciously saying "why my dear, if i tell you that it would be like telling you how much money i had in the bank!" well, i was subdued, but here i go asking again.
mr. 5th also loves climbing on the mower and claims "it relaxes me....." for me it takes a comfy chair and a cocktail

Heather Robinson said...

Wow!! Oh this is so great, now I can happily picture you there--well, up on your mower but you know what I mean! ;) Your home is so gorgeous too--that porch! I love all of it and know how much work it is to keep up--not that I have the least bit of that to do these days but having grown up on horse farms in Ohio, I do remember! And DD is just so funny. Pure Golden, that one.

Gros bisous!
PS. I disactivated my word verification and so far, no spam--something to think about!
PPS. If you want me to talk you through how to reframe your photos in Photoshop (if you have it) so they are straight just drop me a line and will do.

Room Seventeen said...

Wow Debra! This is your property?
Can we change??? ;-))
Absolutely fabulous!

Victoria said...

Your property is beautiful Debra, but what a ton of work to keep it looking that way. Dylan is the best garden ornament ever.

The enchanted home said...

Debra, your property is breathtaking and I woke up feeling a little anxious and pent up over the crazy busy day I have ahead of me but instantly feel like I have decompressed looking at your post, it was like a natural sedative, lol. Soooo peaceful, I can hear the birds chirping, no one around for miles...what a wonderful life!
And then Dylan, who you are right looks so much like little Teddy and they both go through life with that same laid back "life is about relaxtaion" mindset...gotta love it. Too cute for words!!!
Enjoy your day, your mowing and don't work too hard!

Anonymous said...

What a precious, muddy dog! How cute!!!

Pura Vida said...

I would love to mow that place...on a tractor for 10 hours with the fragrance of cut grass surrounded by green? Heaven!

Barbara Bussey {The Treasured Home} said...

Great property and beautiful day! We have honey suckle along our fence and it smells wonderful! A beautiful scent! I just took a peek at your shop again and find it so hard that fabric will hold up so beautifully for hundreds of years!! And yes, PLEASE turn off the word verification for commenters. Thanks!!

Splendid Sass said...

Seeing the honeysuckle brings back childhood memories!
Your gardens are so pretty! You are just so fortunate to have so much land.
Happy Thursday.

Leslie said...


Dylan is so darn cute :) Don't you wish we could all roll around in the dirt and sleep all day?

Your property is stunning and how fortunate you are to have wild honeysuckle growing!! As we tackle our property (not nearly as large of a space!) I can imagine the workout you must be getting!

Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week.


Sharon Lee Johnson said...

Your garden is wonderful. All that space and so green. My boys would kill for a lawn area that big! I visited New England about 15 years ago and always remember it to be such a beautiful part of the world. You are blessed! x Sharon

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

Your property is beautiful. I saw your link on another blog and saw the picture of that dirty golden retriever. Had to click it! As a golden owner, too, I had to see what your pup was up to. So glad I stopped by!

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

Your property is just gorgeous--so green and lush! It's making me want to leave my city-digs, chuck it all and head to the country. Thanks for sharing!


Paula said...

How fabulous! What an amazing property you have - it makes me want to run around it with my arms flung wide singing " The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Music!!!" just like Maria!
Paula x
p.s. By the way - Dylan is one of the happiest looking dogs that I've ever seen - it's a pleasure to see his happy grin!

Barbara@HausDesign said...

I have been wondering where you are! Sorry I wasn't one that sent you an email though - should have. Your property looks amazing - I can see why it would take you away from the computer - rightly so!

Thoughts on Design said...

While all Sally and I have is one "room" to mow, I love getting out there. There's something about the hum and vibration of the lawn mower that is relaxing to me. When the job is done, I feel tired, yet refreshed... (Maybe it takes me back to the days of mowing hay when as a kid I worked on my neighbor's farm. They were wonderful times...)

I keep telling Sally that some day, I want to own 40 acres with a house in the middle. ( and maybe a trout stream running though it.) Baring that, I will be more than satisfied to enjoy reading/seeing your tales/stories and pictures.


I Dream Of said...

Debra, your land is absolutely dreamy. I can smell the honeysuckle from here. And all that verdant green, it's gorgeous but I can see that it would be a lot of work. Clearly it's good to be Dylan dog! He's got quite the life. Enjoy the weekend. Hope there is sun and a little hammock time for you! XOXO

Unknown said...

What an incredibly verdant, spacious property! I'm so happy to see your outdoor "rooms"!

Your description of mowing reminded me of my grandfather, a physician, but a man who loved nothing more than getting on his riding lawnmower to take care of his yard....their home was set in the midst of a orange and grapefruit grove. I didn't appreciate it as a child as much as I do today!

Glad all is well in your world!

xoxo Elizabeth

Garden, Home and Party said...

Your property is wonderful...I hope you have a rider mower. It's also fortunate you have such a wonderful "watch dog"...he looks very comfortable. :-)
I love the pink honeysicle. We have the white but I've never seen the pink. So pretty.

Fashion-isha said...

I love that you only post when it's good for you and you don't let blogging control your life! It's a lesson to learn, to make sure you have time to get outside and enjoy the world.
Have an amazing weekend!

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Debra, your gardens are beautiful. It looks like a gorgeous park.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

Debra...your property is amazing. I can't wait to see your garden room progress. Looks like you need to join precious Dylan for a nap. Happy Holiday weekend. XO, Mona

La Dolfina said...

Gosh Debra, thank you for letting us hop on the back of your tractor! That was fun.
Your property is breathtaking!
I would love to know how you came to purchase it... I am sure there is quite a story to tell. It is a commitment but one you obviously enjoy. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. It is certainly a piece of Paradise!!!
Happy Memorial Day to you and your pack!!!

Eddie Ross said...

These photos are amazing! What a spectacular property.
xo E + J

cindy hattersley design said...

What a beautiful swath of land! Love the pictures of your pup!

designchic said...

What an absolute dream home with gorgeous land. I can't believe you mow this whole property yourself, but love the idea of doing it in "rooms". Hope you're having a great Monday!

pve design said...

Dylan and your lovely property need to be sketched by inspiring, grass, stones and all!
Enjoy your Memorial Day~

Mary Ann Pickett said...

This is amazing! Lucky dog :)

Calypso In The Country said...

What a beautiful place! I just love your property and your dog is darling. We have a 5 month old golden who I just adore so I really enjoyed your pictures - especially the last one. I am glad I found your blog! Happy Memorial Day to you!

Anonymous said...

Your grounds are amazing. I must say your dog has the life!! I am so excited that you have Nantucket scheduled!! I hope you share some photos with us. xo


Whoa...that is some land girl! And I just want to snuggle up to Dylan....he looks so happy in the dirt :)



Splendid Willow said...

Derbra, I want your life! (And your property and your... - good thing I am not the jealous kind).

Hopping on a tractor! You rock!

Warm hugs to you,


P.S Sorry I have been such a bad blog friend lately. My blogging energy is slowly coming back. Perhaps I need to invest in a tractor... (:

Stacy CUrran said...

WOW! It is absolutely stunning but I can't believe you do it! I would SO have hired someone - That's a lot of work!! But really, it is just gorgeous

BetsyV said...

wow Deb I didn't know you had a blog!

property looks great; Dylan is adorable

busana muslimah said...

woww great post good luck

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Debra, your property is beautiful. I know I've mentioned it before but every spring and summer I get so homesick for New England and Upstate NY and all the lush green beauty. I often think of moving back because no other area has the charm of that area. I know exactly what you mean about mowing the lawn. Your remarks reminded me of my dad because he always said it cleared his head too. I can almost smell your fresh cut grass and honeysuckle right through the computer screen. Dylan looks absolutely wonderful and content. All dogs should be able to roll in the dirt, it's one of the best privileges of being a dog!
Get your hammock out and take a nap. Thanks for sharing the beauty of your property. XS

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Hello Debra,

I hope you had a great Memorial Day weekend!

I cannot remember if I wrote to tell you we made your potato salad and it was FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

Have a great week! Elizabeth

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...


I thought you might find this interesting.

Hope you are having a great day, Elizabeth

A room with a view said...

That is some property! 6-10 hours to mow - wow! You are certainly doing a great job - it looks immaculate. So beautiful and yes, the weather was gorgeous last weekend although it got a little too hot towards the end.

Unknown said...

Our properties are so similar! WE have 6 acres, and have always had Goldens, though sadly not at the moment. I love to mow the grass is grounding- pun intended! Hope you have a lovely weekend and that the weather continues!

the designers muse said...

Last weekend was spectacular in New England, wasn't it? What a lovely place you have. My golden is definitely a kindred spirit to Dylan. Nothing she likes better than getting into the mud! Glad I found your blog.

Karena said...

Debra the totes are from a London Company of luxury goods called Plumo. They have a cool site!

Art by Karena

Fashion-isha said...

Hi Debra!
Are you sure you weren't talking about the mocha frappaccinos???

How can a tall cafe mocha have 600 calories? Its one cup of 2% milk (120 calories), 3 pumps of chocolate syrup (50 calories), one shot of espresso (0 calories) and if I get whip I only get a little (30-50 calories).

Would love to hear your thoughts!
Have a great weekend!

Divine Theatre said...

All that talk of mowing seems to have made Dylan dog sleepy! LOL! I was laughing as I pictured you on your mower taking photos!
I am envious, that is for certain. We have 1/4 acre in the city. :( I still love you, though!

Kisses to Dylan and Kitty!

Ivy Clad said...

Your place looks so wonderful-- so quiet and just like something I would love-- despite the hours of mowing! I love honeysuckle, especially the pink!


for the love of a house said...

It looks beautiful Debra! Wish we had some of that sunshine this weekend... I'm dying to get out and do yardwork!
happy weekend to you three!

cotedetexas said...

cAN NOT IMAGINE! HOW GORGEOUS~!!!! can you read an ipad while you mow? I would. i read mine while i drive, so....

send in your kitchen for sure!!!

can't get over how gorgeous your property is.

carolyn bradford said...

So glad I got to see this! It is truly beautiful! I can't say that I would mow that much grass myself but it's only because I would probably kill myself on a tractor! But my sweet husband could do it! I love your white farmhouse and love the serenity of your land! Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Greet Lefèvre said...

Your property is really beautiful! Oh dear! Such a gorgeous pictures! Your dog is a cutie!!Oohh!!!

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