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Friday, May 27, 2011

Oh, Spring!

Is any season more fun than Spring?
First of all, there's no snow.
Instead, the whole world is having babies.

 Grape Babies!
 They are a little hard to spot in the tangle of the grape vines,
but they are there, and growing daily.
 And so begins our summer-long vigil of watching the
ancient tangled grape vines at That Old House:

So that in the Fall, we can make this:

 In bigger jars.  Live and learn.
Also producing offspring -- finally! in this cold and wet Spring -- are the Iris plants:
 One of the apricot-colored iris bloomed, but it was almost immediately felled by a heavy storm
and is no longer picture-worthy.  It's up to the more common purple cousins to pose for the camera.

Iris are not shy about their beauty; they flaunt it.  Good for them.
Some of our iris are gone for good, I'm afraid, victims of the vicious winter of 2010-11.

And a totally random shot for today, of our upstairs hallway.
As I write this post on Friday morning, my two daughters are still sleeping
behind a couple of those doors.
 See that teeny tiny step partway down the hall?
That's where the old house (1832) meets up with the new house (1880s).

With two staircases leading off this hallway, and given my worry-wart personality,
we keep a nightlight burning there all the time to prevent (we hope) trippings and tumblings.

So when you come to visit and have to get up in the middle of the night
to wander down the hall to the necessary room, you have been warned.

Why do I have a picture of our upstairs hallway on the blog today?
Probably because it is the only place not cluttered  or in disarray right now at That Old House!

Happy Friday; I hope your weekend is just what you want it to be.  -- Cass

 Glenda at Tootsie Time hosts Fertilizer Fridays . . . go get inspired!  Click here!
Sherry at The Charm of Home is host to Home Sweet Home Friday.  Click here!
And at My Romantic Home, Cindy is hosting Show and Tell Friday.  Click here!


  1. Hello Cass:
    We cannot imagine for one moment that your house would be untidy - certainly no sign of disorder on the landing!

    How wonderful to have your own vines which, as you show, are just starting to fruit. We assume that they now want a great deal of sunshine to ripen as you would wish.

    The irises are lovely. Surely one of the aristocrats of the garden.

  2. Grape babies are very exciting indeed! Happy Memorial Day Weekend-enjoy:@)

  3. We keep nightlights in strategic locations in our old house, too! It's really dark out here in the country, and it's a long way down if one were to trip on the stairs in the dark.

  4. Good Morning,
    Oh, the Iris is my most favorite spring flower.

    Have a fabulous Friday and a wonderful holiday weekend. ~Natalie

  5. Grape babies, cute! Beautiful Irises...something about the early morning hours when everyone else is still sleeping peacefully isn't there...Nice hallway.

  6. Your grapes and iris are wonderful. I love the hallway also. Such a great house. Hugs, Marty

  7. my mom used to make the best grape jelly. I want some!!! We had some grape vines along or fench row and the neighbor decided to clean his side . Well, he cut or grape vine right in half. I was a little mad. It once covered the whole fench row but not now. It has to start all over again. Or spring is wet , stormy and cold. I am ready for summer. Have a great long weekend. I love you Hallway . It is so pretty.

  8. Our stairway at the lakehouse is curves twice. I need a flashlight!


  9. Hope you have a super weekend!


  10. Hi Cass... I love all the seasons..they are as life.... always!!!

    And I really even like that teeny tiny step... it's old house story!!! Hugs and have a wonderful Memorial weekend, ciao Flavia xoxoxo

  11. Cass those grapes look lovely. Do you ever use the grape leaves? They are wonderful for stuffed grape leaves.

    I think those steps going down look rather steep, that is what would worry me.

    I love that you called it the Necessary ;)

  12. Beautiful Iris photos! I just love your old house! I like the way the stairway meets up. It's so neat that you have a home that old and it's so beautifully taken care of.


  13. Look at those baby grapes!! How exciting. I just love the history of old h ouses

  14. Don't you love all the oddities of those old houses? It is one of the most endearing things about them. Love your hallway..AND your grapes...and your irises! Hugs-- Diana

  15. Hi Jersey Girl!

    I love the iris but the jelly is to die for.
    Your hallway is priceless. Beautiful rug ....
    I would be the one to fall. At least you have a nice soft rug to brake my fall. :-)

    Have a great weekend.

  16. Your jelly looks wonderful! We went by a local vineyard yesterday and the vines looked full! My house stays in a mess a lot that why only snippets on my blog. LOL Thanks for linking it up at HSH!

  17. New public follower here from Tootsie Time’s Flower Flaunting Gardens Blog Hop. Nice blog. Love the grape babies. Love your house, it's gorgeous. I would appreciate you following back I would also appreciate if you would like me in facebook and in twitter @DeniseLillaRose. I always follow back. Just leave me a note so I know you stopped by.


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