Thursday, February 12, 2015

One Good Fence . . .

 It has been almost impossible in the past few weeks
for me to find fences to photograph for Good Fences.
Snow, wind, bitter subzero temperatures
and top that off with icy walks and roadways, have meant
"no fence pictures to snap!"
I had boasted about all my walking on one of my recent posts
and the next day a winter snow monster popped up
and cramped my walking plans in the dust, (snow!)
The photo above is from my neighborhood walk a few days ago. 
So since I am pretty much "fence photo less"
 I am taking this opportunity to tell you a bit about how
Irish Garden House got its name.
In case you haven't read about it above.
(check out the about)
The house above is where my husband and I slept
on our first night on our first trip to Ireland.
The garden house sits in front of the main cottage. 
Bantry Bay is in the blue
and the Atlantic ocean is just a short distance away
So charming . . . the farm tools were in the lower level of the GH 
and up the stairway was a bedroom with a window overlooking Bantry Bay.
Friends of ours were in the main house. 
On other trips to Ireland, we stayed in the main house
but staying in this garden house was such a treat
and became my inspiration for my blog. 

A few years after out first visit to Ireland
my husband had a replica of the garden house
in Ireland built near our home in Michigan.
So now I have my own personal irish garden house.

I had always wanted a garden house
and thought one day I would build one out of tree rounds.
The stone ruled out though, it really seemed more like the house in Ireland.
My hubs had the frame work built
and a friend and I laid the stone on the house.
We brought a few stones back from Ireland
and they are placed in amongst the cultured stone. 
Favorite stones from some of the grandchildren
are also placed amongst the stone walls.
As long as we are looking at houses
here is one my mother painted many years ago.
I think it was someone's birth place.
I am so lucky to have some of my mother's paintings.
Until next time,
Love, Lynne 


TexWisGirl said...

i like your almost-snow-buried fence and always enjoy seeing the irish garden houses. :) lovely painting by your mother, too.

Art and Sand said...

That little house you stayed in on your first visit to Ireland is wonderful.

Barbara Lilian said...

Brilliant memories of Ireland for you. Such a pretty little house . I have a feeling you might be painting your own little garden house soon !!
Enjoy your weekend.

Margaret Adamson said...

So you have a little bit of Ireland at your home. How lovely. Love the first fence shot.

eileeninmd said...

Lynne, if you have any more snow the fences will be buried.. I love the story about the Irish cottage..Your hubby is the best.. I love your mother's painting. You should do a painting of your Irish garden house.. Have a happy weekend!

Knipsa Passtscho said...

The fence picture is fine :)
But I love the story of your garden house. And I like that you added some personal stones, that makes it very unique :))
Have a fine day

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh your husband built you the replica that is so sweet. Your painting is awesome. Keep warm Hug B

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Love learning about your relationship with Irish Garden Houses, Lynne! What a wonderful story. Brrrr... looks VERY cold! Stay warm... you know spring has to be just around the corner! blessings ~ tanna
ps now I see where you get your artistic skills!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I really enjoyed this post and seeing the first garden house you stayed in. Love that your hubby built a replica. Your mother's painting is very pretty!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

what a delightful story, behind the name of your blog.

and delightful photos, also. your mother's painting is precious.

ahhhhh yes, the best intentions of walking, can be blown away, by old man winter. ,-)

happy Valentine's Day!

Missy George said...

What a sweet post..Lovely story..It looks like a bigger (not much) version of a spring house we used to have at my grandparents farm..They used it as a tool/work house..It had a big walk in fireplace...It never got cleaned..Thanks for sharing..

Ruth Kelly said...

Ireland is inspiring. Lovely photos!

Pamela Gordon said...

Snow buried fences are the norm here these days too. I love the garden house in Ireland and also your own. I think it is very special that you have a beautiful stone garden house. I can see where you get your artistic taken from Lynne. Your mother's painting is sweet. Happy heart weekend to you and your sweetheart.

amanda | wildly simple said...

Love the Irish Garden House story!
I'm smitten for stone structures, I just love it, and I love that you created one of your own at home in Michigan.
We got some nice fresh snow accumulation at last.. kids are reveling in it!
Lovely painting by your mom, too - a treasure.

Kim said...

Lynne, I did not know the story of your Irish Garden House. I loved reading about it and think it is perfectly appropriate for Valentine's Day. Having that garden house built for you is just about the most romantic thing I have ever heard! :) Your mother was quite an artist!

Ida said...

Well a snowy fence is just as nice as any other but I know you are probably tired of all that snow.

Loved hearing about how your blog got it's name and that you have your own little Irish stone house now. That is cool.