Caroline is on the way to the airport, I ran a few errands and just returned from my manicure. It is kind of a lazy, Saturday afternoon and I decided to see what James has been up to outside for the last few weeks. I brought my camera along to share. I have been so busy preparing lessons and we have had wonderful overnight guests twice this past week so I have not had a minute to go check out his current project. He's really been bustin' a move up there since I last checked. First, if you haven't seen the road he and Dave built a few months ago here is Via Tasso: It's named for Jim's ancestors' village in the Province of Genoa, Italy. When you build a road it requires a fitting name, don't you agree?
This is a picture of the back, back 40 where the orchard was years ago. Now is is the most open space on our property. I seriously have not set foot on that part of the yard in years (pathetic, I know). But I will more now that the activity for Jim will be centered out here a lot more.
This area is north east of the barn and just due east of the projected sight of the new workshop. This area originally had a horseshoe pit and this is going back to that at some point. You may not know this but Jim's paternal grandparents lived just two doors away from here back in the mid 40's until about 1964. During Jim's childhood he and his brother played here with the two boys that lived here then. So he is very familiar with the way it was in the old days. There is a bit of a restoration going on here.
He would always tell me about this house when we were young and daydreaming of owning our own home one day. We got very beyond lucky and were able to buy it 34 years ago and his dream became his reality. So he has deep ties to this land. After 34 years, we both do.
This is our pond. Jim put the bubbler in it a couple of years ago so we can always hear the water. That is a real relaxer when all the windows are open. It also has a beautiful waterfall but we need a new pump that doesn't cost a fortune to run (think spa or hot tub costs). We mostly only turn that on when we have parties outside. I love our Venus, she watches over the pond for us. This is about half of the pond that is visible in the photo. Our friend and Landscape Designer Extraordinaire, Larry, built this beautiful pond for us for the cost of the materials. What a beautiful guy. He passed away a few years back~it broke our hearts. Such a wonderful, generous man and not even approaching old age when he left us. This has happened way too many times among our good friends. We call this pond, Larry's Monument.
Love you, each and every one of you, but then you knew that...Bon :-)