March 12, 2013

Out here in the hills

Filed under: General,◦Country Living,◦Vintage — sharon @ 2:03 pm

One of the reasons we’ve waited so long to do a blog is that we are old fashioned. We live in rural Berks County, PA, and have only been able to get a high speed connection in the last two months. It’s hard enough keeping a website updated on dial-up, without trying to do a blog, too!
I’ve lived here since 1969 in a house that was built as a summer home in 1905, on a beautiful property with wooded hillsides, an orchard, meadow and farm fields. The house is in Adirondack style with lots of arts and crafts touches: heavy oak doors, slate mantle, open beam ceilings and hammered metal lamp fixtures. The landscaping was originally done by a professional from Germany, waaay back in the 20’s or so, and is now quite overgrown – giving it the air of a forgotten hide-away.
My favorite building on the property is the gazebo – 32 feet across with a stone foundation/basement, flagstone patio and hillside view.The gazebo

Bill and I spend almost all of our time here, because there’s no place we’d rather be.

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