HOME TOUR The sliding door near the pergola leads to a wooden kitchen table.
The first eye-catching feature is the driveway. With rural properties, driveways are generally simple and can often lead through orchards over less-than-glamorous gravel. The grapevines that originally lined the property have been replaced with late-season plums, and on this spring day, the gorgeous greenery of the trees’ spring growth flanked the driveway, leading to a clear view of the home. At first glance, it’s easy to understand that the couple values their front yard as
an ideal gathering spot for themselves and guests, contrary to common design. All the outdoor visiting and relaxing takes place here, where wildlife viewing is best: A covey of quail meander under the plum tree canopies on the morning of this visit, and at night, the couple admits to keeping binoculars handy to watch a hawk who makes its home in a towering mulberry tree. The pergola, just steps from the front door (which, like many country homes, is rarely used) is the perfect spot to watch the day pass
by, whether it’s farming activity, listening to their four youngest granddaughters play in the fairy garden, which the couple built just for them — or visiting with friends over a cup of coffee. Judy, who takes the lead on the home and garden design, saved four of the original grapevines and planted them along the simple, see-through wooden fencing. The yard features a large grassy area where their Queensland Heelers have plenty of room to exercise and, when they’re out roaming the ranch,
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Lifestyle Magazine - June 2018