Sunday, November 18, 2012

Welcome to The Compound

Am I the only one in blog land without a cute name for my home? It seems the internet is littered with Blessed Acres and Faithful Farms. I just made those up, don't hate me if that is what you call your little corner of the earth.

It never occurred to me to name our little farmette. Indeed, we don't run a business, so have no need to call our residence anything other than home. It has little distinctiveness, but no need for a corporate name. It's small, and mostly hidden. Which is why The Mister's brother calls it The Compound.

Let me explain.

One of the first major improvements I insisted on when we moved here was a fenced-in back yard. If I'm going to have dogs, this is a requirement. So the Mister built a six foot fence along the back property line, which took away some lovely scenery but serves us well. Did I mention the fence perimeter is further enforced by some thorny shrubbery that I can't stand? That's right. Don't even think of climbing over our fence.

While The Mister was building a humble wooden fence, I was devising plans for a sixty-foot stone wall and moat to protect the front of my castle. At the very least, it would stop trash thrown out of car windows from floating up to our front door. At the most, it would secure our fortress. The Mister then explained about zoning codes and township-enforced size limits on fences, then came up with another plan. Arborvitae. He could get them wholesale from a cousin who owns a nursery and would plant sixty-some of the tall shrubby trees to shield our estate on all sides not encumbered by a fence. Yea, it came to pass that a mighty wall of shrubbery was built, giving us the appearance of someone bedding down the hatches. Just in case someone was thinking of coming in and sneaking wood from our woodpile. 


The only leaves left are the gold ones. I love seeing this tree from our window on the west side.

Like all of The Mister's designs, the fortified perimeter is extremely functional and not very pretty.  It doesn't exactly scream "Welcome!" It barely whispers of the warm hospitality insidelo. It shields our construction debris, multiple vehicles, projects, animals, and yes, the woodpile, from intrusion. It causes my brother in law to call it The Compound.

The nickname suits my introverted personality and makes me laugh, so I'm okay with that. While I love to look at pictures of pretty houses that are up to their roofs in curb appeal. I also like to read the posts that rarely get written, the ones that make me say, that's like my house! My family! Me too! They say you should write the things that you would like to read yourself. Maybe this reminds you of some quirky area of your life, and makes you fell just a little more, well...welcome. 

11 comments:

  1. We only named our property because when we moved here, there were no street numbers so it was a way of distinguishing ourselves for visitors and the postman. Your tree looks magnificent in its autumnal garb.

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    1. Tracy, how did you come up with a name for it? I'm interested. :)

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    2. Couldn't help but think of "Mending Walls" by Robert Frost. Here in the North East we have lots of old stone walls. Our neighbor above us is clearing out the woods on his property to make pasture land. It's so strange to see all the trees go, but it will be nice to have the sun come in. There's a stone wall between us.

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  2. Beautiful! I remember when my grandparents built a new house, my grandfather planted arborvitae on three sides of the property. I interpreted it (in my 7-yr-old brain) as grandpa deciding to take up gardening. Who knew? It's all become clear now, thanks to your blog. He wanted separation and privacy from his neighbors, too. Those trees grew fast, quickly creating an impenetrable barrier. I do remember one summer, going to the nursery with my grandpa to get some spray, as the arborvitae had gotten an infestation of bagworms, I think it was, but he spray took care of them quickly. They were huge the last time I saw them.

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    1. They're very hearty and make a great fence! Of course we had to put in an irrigation system to get them started off right, but now with the training wheels off, the trees are doing well.

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  3. Beautiful pictures, and I did get a good chuckle from your quirkiness.. It is your home no matter the name..

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  4. "Yea, and it came to pass that a mighty wall of shrubbery was built..." Made me laugh. Which, of course, you're good at doing. That's not nothing. :D

    You're honesty is heartwarming and freeing. Thank you for sharing about your shrubs and your compound and your not-curb-appeal house.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    Rhonda

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    1. Thanks for the big compliment, Rhonda. If my honesty can give others a laugh, then it is worth it to wield a pen in truth. :) We here at The Compound wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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  5. I refer to our place as 'The Mess'. Always some sort of farm junk laying around.

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  6. Sorry, I wish I could relate ~ I have a moat and drawbridge around our castle. Now I want to name our house just for fun. I think I'll call it The Cuckoo's Nest.

    When we moved into our house a long time ago (we live on a court, or cul-de-sac as they now say) all of the neighbors kicked in and bought some kind of poplar trees to put at the end of the street. They blocked the view of the other side of the creek, which is a McDonald's parking lot. Fortunately poplars grow quickly and blocked the view but unfortunately they don't last long and died after several years. It was good while it lasted. Sounds like we should've invested in the Arborvitae. Plus, I just like saying it. :)

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  7. Love it Monica! Our house has the stairway to heaven. When we moved in it had this cement stairway going halfway up the back hill and it just stops. No pad on top or anything. We left it and use it to put potted plants on.

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