Apple blossom in one of the two beautiful old, craggy apple trees in the front yard.
White Pine, Sugar Maple (in the rear), and Apple tree in bloom, behind the house.
The front door has an interesting fan-shaped window over the door which was typical for the Federalist period.
The cosy back parlor area looks out over the back yard.
A comfy reading corner in the front parlor. The dining room table (not shown) is to the right.
The kitchen, in the ell of the house, with all new cabinets and appliances
The first-floor bedroom is the largest. It was probably the receiving room for guests in the original house, and had the most complex molding trim.
This large bedroom has a queen bed with two side tables and reading lamps, a dresser with mirror, a small closet, a writing table, easy chair, bookshelves, Turkish rugs, ceiling fan, and a bathroom. Its 3 windows face east (toward the church next door) and south (towards the front yard.) You can see the original wood floor, with wide boards.
The first floor has a large bathroom with oversized tiled bathtub, large counter & mirror, plenty of towels, and windows looking east (on right) and north, looking out onto the back yard (not shown). Original wood floor with wide pine boards.
Our house has a laundry room with washer and dryer. Detergent provided! The laundry room also has a half bath with new toilet and new sink. The small window looks out onto the back yard. There’s also a small box with a few simple first-aid things, and a few spare toothbrushes, if you forgot one.
Our house has a spacious library in the ell, next to the kitchen (K. is through the door in center of photo.) This photo shows a reading chair, next to 3 south-facing windows, which look out onto the front yard. To the left (not shown) is the back door to the house, leading onto a small porch. Behind me, not shown, are the bookshelves, which have lots of books, some good magazines, a screen for watching movies, drawers of games (chess, board games, cards), some jigsaws, some wood blocks, crayons and paper. There’s also a large work table to the left (edge of chair is visible), and we have fairly reliable wifi. The floor is all-new, wide pine boards from a local specialty mill.
We love our amazing 200-year-old staircase and banisters! They are impressively well-built and attractive. This photo is taken from right inside the entrance.
This 2nd floor bedroom has 2 windows that face east and get lovely morning light. They look out onto a large aged sugar maple, and beyond it, the church grounds on the adjacent property. This is a queen bed, with reading tables and lamps on both sides.
The second floor bedroom on the east side also has a comfy sitting/reading area, next to the old mantel. The door is original to the house, and is beautifully hand-planed.
This modestly-sized bedroom has a double bed and two west-facing windows that get bright afternoon sun.
This bedroom has a beautiful old mirror (to left, not shown), some space to hang clothes, an ottoman with extra blankets inside, and also that you can set your suitcase on, turkish rug (not shown) and bed-side tables with reading lamps.
The all-new second floor bathroom is under the eaves, but what beautiful original beams! (Watch your head…) There is a nice shower on the left rear of the photo, near the small casement window. The floor is wonderful Marmoleum – real linoleum. There’s a small oak cabinet and sink.
The bathroom has a full length mirror. And we have plenty of towels.
Also on the second floor (not shown) is a sitting area with a reading chair, and a table and extra chairs for reading, morning coffee or tea. The area has a large counter with a spacious sink, and a large mirror. (not shown) We will have a coffee maker and an electric tea kettle as well.
The 4th and smallest bedroom in our house is under the eaves on the 2nd floor. It has 2 single futons set on a quilt, and also has a luggage rack, small tables, lots of pillows & blankets, a floor lamp, small tables, and a nice west-facing casement window, for good light and breezes. And along with the wide pine floorboards, another great 200 year old hand-planed door.
This large apple tree in the backyard is so enjoyable and usually full of birds. This late-May morning photograph also shows the 200-year-old barn to the left, with the propane tanks (for heat, cooking) just barely visible behind the barn.
Late may, 2014 – some flower bulbs, muscari and small species tulips, in bloom
There are two large gangly gnarly old apple trees in the front yard. They host so many birds, in all seasons, and are also beautiful just in their leaves, blooms, bark, and branches. This was taken in a late-May afternoon, 2014.
I was thrilled to find this fine striped Trillium in the backyard. Late May
We found this great rhubarb plant by the back door, and promptly made pies and custards with it last year. I made the pie with rhubarb & blueberries, not strawberries. YUM!!! If you’re there at rhubarb time, please try it.
Out and about in the area……
I love seeing these cows out grazing, in their field along the Sandy River (visible in center right). Their farm is along the road into Farmington, and i always look for them when I’m driving by.
Mount Blue is a big presence in the local landscape. This a great view of it, seen from the parking lot of the Sandy River Farm Market, on the Farmington Road. Photo taken in late morning, mid-April 2014.
Mount Blue again, with yummy layered sunset colors, around 8 PM in early May 2014.
This friendly towering snow figure, made from bales of hay, was in a winter field near Farmington, early April 2014.