Sunday, May 6, 2007

The View

There's lots of talk about Rosie and the View, but that's not the view I'm talking about today. No, Vicki over at Catching Light has requested a view from the front door. And, just because she's nosy, from the back door as well. It is obviously not enough for Vicki to see breathtaking photos of slug weddings, dogs eating horse poop and super creepy things from Brigget's barn loft. She wants to know what's outside my doors.

Well, be prepared to be shocked...

...because everything here is normal. Peaceful. Tranquil. A place where one may come to relax and enjoy all of God's creation. It's spring, maple trees are full of new leaf, the apple trees heavy with blossoms. Fragrant spring bulbs have worked their way up (finally) after a long, winter's slumber.



Apple blossoms have a light, sweet fragrance.



Open the front door, and this is what you see. The porch, a small red maple, and my driveway.




Step out onto the porch and peek around the railing. There are my daylilies, not quite ready to bloom. City Boy has just mown the yard; doesn't it look good? Off in the distance is the pasture, and across the road one of the many small foot hills that separate us from Mount Baker.



Uh...this is Darling, wearing her pink poodle pajama bottoms and her mother's sweatshirt. Yes, the little shoe thief has taken to stealing my clothes these days. She also seems to think it funny to jump out in front of the camera lens unexpectedly. I shall count this as my cardio-vascular exercise for the day.


Let's step out back, shall we? My father built Little Hitler and I the loveliest arbors! Originally we'd hoped to have a small stream trickling underneath it, but that hasn't happened. I'd like to plant a climbing rose over it, but City Boy isn't fond of the thought of getting scratched up while mowing.



Carpenter Creek is just beyond those trees, and it is this direction that our Homeland Security team spends most of it's time patrolling. It's coyote season right now, so the dogs are constantly on guard.



Chief of Security, Rufus, sits on the patio. Like the rest of his team, he's always on guard. Beyond the patio, to the north, sits my pick up. You can see just a hint of the barn and paddock.


Er...speaking of Homeland Security...seems Tait has found a predator in the bottom of a plastic bag. No wonder Rufus appears so disgusted in the above photo!



Yes, things are pretty peaceful here at Carpenter Creek, as long as you don't mind the 2 am rooster crow...



Or The Screamer insisting that it's feeding time as soon as she sees you walk out of the house (I do believe she picked up the tax cries from the sheep!)...



Yes, tranquil, peaceful, relaxing...nothing odd or out of place around here. Nothing creepy...nothing weird. Bet you didn't expect that, did you?

What's that?

Oh, sure! Bring that up, why don't you! Yeah, yeah...there's a skull hanging outside my back door. But, hey, it's a good fifteen feet from the house. And you can only see it from the sliding door in the rec room. Vicki never said which back door the view had to be from...


22 comments:

ChrisB said...

I have just enjoyed the views around your lovely garden. It does look very tanquil and I can only imagine relaxing in such a beautiful garden. I love all the animal photos- poor Tait having to forage!!

Beach Girl said...

Beautiful views; thaank you for sharing it with us.

Vanessa

The Raw & The Cooked said...

Truly beautiful. I live on 4.5 acres and wish I was on more land.
The title of your website makes me think of Laura Ingalls Wilder's book "By the Shores of Silver Lake" and "On the Banks of Plum Creek". :-)

Dixie said...

Beautiful photos! Have I said before that I want to come live with you? Because if I haven't, I will now.

I want to come live with you!

Tracey said...

Chris...yes, poor Tait. Poor, abused little Tait. No one loves her here =)

I'm glad you're all enjoying my view. Raw & Cooked, we really only have about the same amount of space as you. Wish it were more!

Dix...there's a special project that Brigget and I are working on... =)

Karmyn R said...

Knowing that you live close to Mt. Baker - I now know about where you live and YES - it is gorgeous up there. Just lovely.

(My dad has a house on Lummi Island - so maybe a bit further North than you?)

Alpicks Treasures said...

And a very nice view at that. Your rooster looks like mine. Have a great week,

Dianne said...

Beautiful, wonderful! You have your own haven, don't you?

I love all of your critters, being a big animal lover myself.

Thank you for sharing your life with your pictures.

Tracey said...

Karymn, Lummi is actually due west. Somewhere, buried deep down in the files here, there is a photo taken from Larabee out over the water towards Lummi. Do you ever come up this way? You'll need to stop and say hi. It'll drive Dixie mad, of course =)

Stephanie said...

Oh how LOVELY!!

And the skull is totally not weird. Nope.

Beccy said...

Your garden is a wonderful place for you and your family to enjoy...not forgetting all your animals as well.

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

How beautiful! Thanks for sharing your home with us.

Robin said...

WOW! GREAT pics and a fun running commentary :). I'd have to say you had the most i n t e r e s t i n g ending photo...it's not every day I see a skull hangin' around!

BOSSY said...

Very niiiiice. Bossy has a hanging skull too. Oh wait, that's just a bird house from Pier One.

Tracey said...

LOL, Bossy! Well, never know. Perhaps a bird will want to live in the horse skull?

Stephanie, you don't find the skull weird? You're my kinda girl!

Happy that you're all enjoying the photos; thanks for the kind words. Wish they'd come up with scratch and sniff screens for the blossoms and fresh spring air!

willowtree said...

This post was a real treat. I just loved the photos and the narrative. Two of those dogs look like a Border Collie and a Cattle Dog, the other one just looks like a lot of fun.

Paul said...

Ah, nice. You're blessed.

But what about the guest room when we all come to visit? You didn't show the view from 'our' room.

Tracey said...

Paul, you'll need to take a peek at my response to Dixie...there's a special project on the way! Please do stay tuned =)

Pamela said...

I thought Pacific NW when I saw the pictures... and then I looked at your blog profile.

Lovely spring view.

Do you ever wonder what if we would get tired of it if it was purple .. ha (:

wolfbaby said...

You have a beatiful home!!

~~Mikki Jo said...

So beautiful, love the colorful blooms. Thanks for sharing Tracey!

Chimera said...

'wonderful' is all that manages to escape my lips after seeing these pictures and i love those apple blossoms.