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Monday, October 7, 2013

Now you see it, now you don't




The Main house on the right 
Now you see it,






Now you don't.
When we built our house, 20 years ago, we tucked it in between existing trees.  





More than one hundred year old trees needed to be trimmed. 
Major branches were breaking threatening the house and roof. 
The bucket crew did most of the work.






The climbing crew was called upon when heavy equipment would have destroyed the lawn.





Our fruit trees are still growing.




The guests house has just enough young trees for plenty of privacy.

Have a wonderful week my dear 
Blogging Friends, 

Gina





18 comments:

  1. Interesting, Gina. When I started reading today's text/photos, I was pondering, "Is this another new software she's found to remove/restore the background when one wants to remove something from the picture?"

    The workers had a big job, it appears!

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    1. Hi Mary, No, didn't use magic software. It was done by a crew of very hardworking young men. Never seen a crew work better and more efficiently. I didn't have to worry about my trees. They were true artists.

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  2. Dear Gina, these lovely buildings are so well placed and surrounded by a great variety of trees. I always enjoy looking at your photos of them
    and find them beautiful with their magnificent backdrop. The crew really seems to have done a fantastic job and I like when trees are trimmed
    high. You will have quite a bit more light in your home now, especially the golden light of fall. I can just imagine it, Sieglinde

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    1. Dear Sieglinde, I'm still getting used to the new "look" of our severely cut trees. I loved the idea of being hidden from the world. The buildings were built at different times, each 2 years apart. A large courtyard with a large water basin in the center completes the design.

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  3. I had a crew like that at my house last year — it was fascinating to watch the exactness of all their maneuvering!

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    1. Dear Mark, For 5 days I watched these wonderful workmen. They did not mind that I was concerned about our trees. I soon realized that they were the experts.

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  4. Hi Gina, Our house is also surrounded by tall trees so I know what a delicate structural and emotional operation it is to prune any of them. But, as always, your home looks magnificent and I'm glad it turned out to be a positive experience for you. I know I've said it so many times but such an amazing property you have!

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    1. Dear Georgianna, How nice of you to stop by. Your chalkboard rose photographs from your last post are sensational. Have a wonderful week. ox, Gina

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  5. Its a sad thing, when we have to cut down trees. But sometimes as you say..necessary.
    I think your garden looks lovely still.. and your home can be seen a little more.. its so beautiful..why not.
    I will be pruning my olive trees this end november.
    happy week Gina.. I would love to know the name of the mountain range at the back of your home!
    love val x x x

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    1. Dear Val, The mountain range behind our house is called "Horseshoe Mountain" . To reach it one can drive along a most scenic road called "Skyline Drive".
      The tree surgeons did a fine job. We didn't have to take down any trees, just needed a thorough cleaning up. Good luck with your olive grove. ox, Gina

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  6. Hi Gina, Your home is gorgeous and what an amazing view!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home at the Open House party.
    xx,
    Sherry

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    1. Hello Sherry, How nice of you to give us an opportunity to meet other bloggers. Thank you for hosting. It is very much appreciated. ox, Gina

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  7. Super pictures, espescialy the first two.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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    1. Greetings to you Filip, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I am delighted that you like my photographs.

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  8. Enviable...what a beautiful mansion and the view. Everything looks so harmonious and serene

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    1. Hello Mumbai and welcome. How nice of you to leave such a lovely comment.

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  9. I'm late with a comment here Gina - but did sigh over your amazing property when I viewed it earlier in Budapest!
    Wow, you certainly did Palladio proud - such an awesome home and you definitely brought a little bit of Italy to Utah's alfalfa fields!!!!!
    Love the exterior colors, the windows, stone balustrades and posts, and the bell towers(?). Thank goodness you had a great team of tree guys and now you'll feel much safer when the winds pick up. We've had serious damage to our roof twice - and once I lost my car in the driveway when a tree crashed through it - all this in Hurricane Fran and Hurricane Floyd some years ago. We've had all the tall pines removed, and trimmed the oaks including cabling one bifurcated trunk, but we may need to do more soon as they are getting so big.

    Oh, the scenery is awesome too - what a wonderful, stunning homestead.

    Hugs Mary

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    1. Dear Mary, Welcome home. Winds can be quite destructive and they play havoc with older trees. That would be a terrible surprise to go out to your driveway and see your car destroyed.
      We have spent a lot of time around the Vicenza area visiting Palladio's country houses. I could have picked any one of them to bring home. Palladio's houses lend themselves to such easy and practical living. Wouldn't it be nice to live 6 months over there and 6 months here. Have a wonderful week. ox, Gina

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