This is what the area looked like before I mowed
I also painted all the shutters we are hanging on the house. Although very gingerbread looking, I think they are ideal for Catch Meadow Cottage. These lovely shutters have quite a colorful history. I was able to rescue them from demolition at the nearby Winery, almost two years ago. My son Tim is the property manager at the Winery and he called me one day to say that the old Winery farmhouse was being torn down to make way for the new event space they were building.
I knew that the farmhouse shutters were handmade by the previous owners of the Winery and I just couldn't let them get tossed away with the rubble. With the help of my son, I was able to pull all the shutters off the house. I've been saving them ever since.
The old shutter is on the left while the newly painted one is on the right. They are now an olive green color. We took the purple backing off the shutters and later, shortened each one up to fit the new windows.
magazine ad. If you look closely at the main house, you can see the green shutters I rescued.
Michael and Mark finished up the shingling this morning.
This is what the front of the house looked like this morning before we moved the two bushes.
Mark and I uprooted the first one. Rhododendrons have very shallow roots and are quite easy to
This one was huge!
And this is what it looks like today... just two months later!
There's so much more to do but we're very happy with the progress.