February 03, 2009

Sixth of the Sixth

A meme.

Karine tagged me to find the sixth photo in my sixth folder and share a bit about it. (Looks like we're both showing off the area where we used to live...)


This is our former backyard in Silverton, Oregon. Very green, very lush. See the corner of the potting shed? Mark built it after salvaging the boards from an old building on his sister's property. I found old, square paned windows to use to let in light.

The second photo shows the water feature Mark built and the brick patio we both worked on (after our nephew and I hauled home a half ton of used brick from the local convent that was torn down....my back was sore for days....)

Living in the desert, as we do now, is quite a change.

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Bonbon Oiseau
is having a Valentine recession special sale and is offering this Papillon en Rouge necklace in a generous giveaway celebrating Valentine's Day and her new spring jewelry collection.


Find all the info here.

32 comments:

Golden West said...

What a beautiful hideaway - I love all the gray toned foliage mixed with the green, aged bricks and the water feature - awesome! An oasis! You managed to make the water feature look very natural, how it curves into the patio.

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

They look like photos from a landscaping article....gorgeous!

Sweet Repose said...

Funny how we can leave beauty behind and move on to beauty beyond. I'm with ya on the sore back, finally finished after tearing my daughter's store inside out...argh...

The poem below is wonderful, was up till midnight last night playing with mine, funny how a little snow can lead to wistful thoughts.

Please stop sending it East...ha!

Haute Country Vintage Co. said...

Gorgeous!! makes me wanna run barefoot thru the grass :)
How I long for spring........

Hey Harriet said...

Very pretty. And yes, vastly different to your current location. These are funny tags. I was tagged to post the 4th photo from my 4th folder. I think that was it. I'd better check before playing along. Not that anyone would know the difference if I goofed anyway :)

shiborigirl said...

Oh, yes... When you arrive to partake of my turkey chili simmering on the stove, I would ask you to do something like this in my yard.

I do not possess a Green Thumb.

Beautiful shots...

Kate

willow said...

These pix from your former place are gorgeous! I love that you used the weathered wood for the shed and old bricks for the patio. Wow!

Amy P. said...

What beautiful garden! I can imagine what a change the desert climate must have been! I bet it has it's own kind of magic though... I'm sitting here looking at the snow while flipping through plant catalogs and dreaming of spring!

littlebyrd said...

It is beautiful there! I love lush and green. It just looks like the perfect spot to take a book and nice cool drink and spend a few hours, (or all day!) relaxing.

jewelstreet said...

That is a gorgeous backyard. Love it! I wish I had your design skills. Do you ever get around to Maryland? :)

nuvonova said...

Oh my god wow!

It looks like something you see in those special effects high budget martial arts films where the actors are walking on water and such!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

just gorgeous charmaine!!! i want to come and sit with you and sip a lemonade!
and thank you thank you thank you(!) for mentioning the giveaway--you are such a doll!

please sir said...

Love your photos and thanks for the giveaway alert! I love her jewelry.

Ed and Carolyn Sunday said...

Good Lord what a beautiful garden!
Now I have the gardening itch and there is still a foot and a half of snow on the ground!

Cynthia said...

What a dream yard, Charmaine! Now you have a more wild yard dream, right? Every place has its own beauty. I had the hardest time letting go of California and embracing Puerto Rico. That yard must have been part of your creative expression at the time...it is lovely.

T.Allen-Mercado said...

Oh I love all the green! I kill everything and what I don't kill the sun fries...desert landscaping is an undertaking-I'm so with you on the new challenge!

Jenn said...

So pretty both the amazing landscape you & Mark created as well as the necklace Bonbon is giving away!

I do recall you having another similar rock hauling experience in this home not too long ago!

Star of the East said...

Wow! Your old place is gorgeous, love all the greeness!!

[J] said...

Your yard is one to be envied!!

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Seems that everything you do, whether indoors or out, comes out so beautifully. What a lovely yard you had, and great photos of it!
The necklace is gorgeous - thanks for sharing.
Peace, Judi

Victoria said...

So lush and green, looks like a perfect place to kick back and relax. I can only imagine what a change the desert must be, but I think you are very fortunate to get to experience such diversity!

Lisa B. said...

Gosh your old gardens and patio are beautiful! You did a lot of work!! I bet that was hard to leave behind...even tho your new place is just as lovely in a different way.

Two Dog Pond said...

Amazing escape! No doubt your new place is just as beautiful.

Jennifer Juniper said...

I love you more now that I've seen your beautiful garden! It's right out of my dreams :) Thanks for the heads up about the "bon bons", too! Jen

Nancy said...

Sigh...I love your blog. I could get lost here.

Karine said...

How interesting that both of us had photos from previous "home"! Thanks for joining the fun.

Yes, I think Salida looks a lot like some of the photos you've posted of your high desert. It is high desert there, too. I have found JT to be much, much drier.

Mélanie said...

I love your former garden. living in the desert may have been a big change

Cicada Studio said...

It must've been difficult to leave the garden behind.

moxylyn said...

What a gorgeous yard!

fly tie said...

how i'd love to spend my days in that lush greenery. beautiful!

RocketScienceShop said...

That patio is gorgeous!

robin bird said...

i love seeing the old garden!! what a wonderful creation! it is so inviting! i bet you miss that.
xo i would