Monthly Archives: July 2006

Trees (huge photos)

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Our trees do a lot of summer shading and add to overall attractiveness to the yard. The left photo is taken from the front steps and the right one from the corner of the backyard. Unlike some of the other outdoor photos I’ve posted which show the trees, these two thumbnails are linked to huge (2000 pixels wide) photos to give a better idea of their beauty.

Northfield links, photos

I’ve added a set of links to various Northfield websites on the lower right sidebar. I’ve taken a few thousand photos of Northfield and community activities and events over the past five years as a volunteer for Northfield.org. Many of those photos, as well as from other citizen-contributors, can be seen in the site’s Northfield photo gallery. Here are 5 downtown Northfield photos I’ve taken this summer, plus one winter photo from a couple years ago. Click to enlarge.

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Was a closet; now it’s an office

IMG_2634.JPGThe room behind the white doors next to the kitchen was a closet when we moved in. The doors are the actual original double entry doors. Notice the original bronze hinges, 3 to a door and the doorknob hardware, found throughout the house. We turned what the previous owners were using as a closet/pantry into an office/computer room. Very handy to have high-speed internet access adjacent to the kitchen and family room. Click to enlarge.

Room to play

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Our back yard has plenty of room for yard games. It’s well-shaded, as you can see from these midday photos (click to enlarge) from last week. We’ve trimmed back the tree branches over the years to enable hard core badminton competition. Bocce ball, croquet, frisbee, whiffle ball, dodgeball, kickball… our yard has seen it all since we arrived with four kids way back in 1989.

We never quite got into the manicured lawn bit. Environmentalists? Not really, though we never treated it with chemicals for weeds. We just thought it was fine as-is. The kids could do whatever they wanted on it and we didn’t fret. During drought years, it was hardier than many of the manicured lawns. Plus, I never loved mowing so why try to get it to grow faster? As long as we could go barefoot on it, that was fine with us.

The screen porch

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The large screened porch is on the north side of the house, well-shaded from the hot summer sun. We pretty much each dinner there every night, spring through fall. Robbie hung some colorful lights a couple of years ago for a festive touch. Click the photos to enlarge.