Last Saturday, I went on a York, Maine, Master Gardener sponsored garden tour.
When we parked in Kittery Point, we needed to go left to the house on the tour, but one lady thought it was the Lady Pepperell house across the street.
But there was no flag, no table, no docent – it was screaming private residence. I couldn’t deflect them from walking down the driveway even when I stayed at the entrance.
A car pulls up next to me, the window goes down, and this gentleman says ‘can I help you.’ Well…my friends thought this was the house on the garden tour. He smiles nicely and says ‘uh, no, this is my house, and it isn’t on the tour.’
He glances at my Master Gardener name tag and asks if we are all Master Gardeners, and I say, ‘yes.’ Then he invites us in to see the gardens and talk with him and his partner because they would like to redo the gardens to match the 1760 period of the house.
While my two companions are waxing poetic about plantings, I’m trying to capture a photo of the front and side doors without being too obvious.
The owners are a lawyer and an antiques dealer, they live in Boston, and this is their summer weekend home.
This mansion is a summer weekend home – really? Wow!
Next year, behind the carriage house they are hoping to build a two-story glass conservatory where they can entertain. 🙂
This year their big project was to redo the stone wall surrounding their entire back yard. Is this gorgeous or what? Look at the detail work.
I was so far out of my comfort zone, it was funny. I guess this is how the 1% lives, and I’m definitely part of the 99% who admire how the 1% lives. 🙂
Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors – July 30, 2015.