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Revitalized Magic Shade Garden

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Last fall Hurricane Irene and then an October blizzard devastated the magic shade garden. Many shrubs and a pear tree were lost. Work to revitalize the garden is finally finished! Between things that needed to be done for a few years and the damage from last fall’s storms there was a lot to do. We’ve add more varieties of hostas and ferns and replaced a couple of hydrangeas with a rose and butterfly bush where the sun now shines.

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Eerie Morning Light

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The days have been damp and gloomy with never-ending rain. But suddenly there was a brightening. Investigating the bright glow in the sky, something eerie this way I surely did spy. What lied beyond the fence was a Halloween graveyard with a spirit glowing bright.

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Getting a New Roof

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We put off getting a new roof far too long. We knew it was going to be a big project with lots of trouble and it did not disappoint. The project began just as Hurricane Irene was ready to pounce. We made it through with minimal damage but once the old roofing materials were removed, much was revealed.

The roof was completely replaced in the 1980s when it was switched from slate to asphalt shingles. What we did not know was the inferior work that was done. Incorrect placement of the sheathing gave explanation to a number of interior problems we faced over the years that were a mystery. Sheets of plywood should be staggered, unlike what we found, including a huge gap that ran up the entire rear roof.

The sheathing had to be completely replaced. An older part of the roof was also nothing more than wood planks (the same that are on some of our floors) that were very rotten. We opted for the Timberline HD line of shingles in barkwood brown to give the appearance of cedar shakes and to make the house blend more with the natural landscape and the surrounding woodland.

The shingles are designed with Advanced Protection® technology, to minimize the use of natural resources and provide superior protection. The green technology combined with a new attic venting system has made the new roof significantly more efficient, stronger and environmentally friendly than the old one.

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August Morning

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There’s something extra special about the light on an August morning when the garden is abuzz with bees and butterflies darting about and chipmunks scurrying along the paths carrying twigs and leaves to their homes.

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May Day Garden 2011

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After a long, hard winter and cold rainy spring, it finally feels and looks like springtime as the garden has come alive on May Day with a riot of color.

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