My Favorite Spot Not In the House

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Real Estate Agent with Solid Source Realty GA 320764

My favorite spot not in the house.

 

When I began to think about what makes my home “sweet” home, my two favorite spots to work came instantly to mind.

 

At first I thought my favorite thing might be my back patio.

That’s my preferred place to work, weather permitting. And Georgia’s mild climate kindly permits me to grab my laptop and work out there in the fresh air quite often, serenaded by the songs, sightings and sounds of nature all around me.

 

A close runner up would be my home office

because it’s right above my patio, and the desk is placed so I can gaze right out of the window and into the tree tops to be entertained by the bright flash of birds flitting about and squirrels leaping from limb to limb while I work.

 

But drilling down to the common denominator, I realize, my exact favorite thing about the house that I would not change is not in the house or on the patio.  

 

My favorite spot not in the house is out at the end of that Georgia back yard. It’s that weathered old fence, that creates a perfect venue for every kind of native and migrating bird and butterfly and affords me a never-ending nature show. I know you can’t see them in the pictures I snapped this afternoon, but trust me when I tell you the denizens of the woods are there, in force.

 Georgia back yard fence

It’s actually the location of the back yard that drew me to this place, pushing as it does right up against this small stand of Georgia woods -- tall pines swaying in the wind, interspersed amidst a thick and unruly tumble of deciduous trees and wild flowering bushes, Texas rose, honeysuckle, columbines, scuppernong vines, wild white lilac and more.

 

You see, that weathered old fence separates the lawn from the woods and that strip of brush, undergrowth, scrub and fallen leaves running along its edge creates a year-round smorgsbord for small creatures. Especially my beloved birds. They all come to that fence -- the jays, robins, chickadees, cardinals, catbirds, towhees, mockingbirds, flycatchers, redwings, cedar waxings, crows, hawks, falcons, hummingbirds, owls, bluebirds, woodpeckers, even the turkey buzzards and geese have stopped by for a visit.

 

Georgia back yard trees

 

And that’s JUST the birds! There are dragonflies, butterflies, anoles, tree frogs -- all kinds of things that fly, hop and scamper, show up at that fence from time to time throughout the day.

 

Just the opposite of manicured, the woods my old fence harnesses and holds in check is a wild and wonderful mess of color and life, with blooms in the spring and berries in the fall that attract every kind of bird or butterfly that passes this way.

 

Georgia back yard trees

 

And, oh what a show in autumn, when leaves burst into flames of hot color -- one final spectacular show before they fall away and permit me an unobstructed view of beautiful, bare trunks and branches reaching upward against winter’s grey sky among the evergreen pines laden with cones. That's when I get to see the birds in their full glory.

 

It's not cute nor cultivated, but it's beautiful, and is my favorite feature of the property.

 

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Nancy Conner
Olympia, WA
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I love how your words & pictures transport me right into that little slice of nature's beauty in your yard!
Oct 24, 2013 01:53 PM #1
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Than Maynard
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You have to go where you are comfortable. Glad you found your place.

Oct 24, 2013 10:12 PM #2
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Nancy, it is a little slice indeed. But so full of life. I'm glad to be able to share it with you through my writing.

Oct 26, 2013 08:24 AM #3
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Thanks, Than. For the time being, it suits me just fine.

Oct 26, 2013 08:26 AM #4
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Liz Wallace
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  You can't put a price on a view like that.  The real estate mantra, "location, location, location".  Thanks so much for posting to the contest.

Oct 27, 2013 04:56 AM #5
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Liz, it was interesting to think and write about what I love about my house. But, yes, the location won.

Oct 27, 2013 08:53 AM #6
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DeeDee Riley
Lyon Real Estate - El Dorado Hills CA - El Dorado Hills, CA
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Elva,

I would like that too!  I love hearing the sounds of birds!!

Thanks for sharing,

DeeDee

Oct 27, 2013 02:30 PM #7
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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What a gorgeous place to work, Elva!  Love that backyard - and I know you are probably now seeing such a show of beautiful fall colors!

Oct 28, 2013 08:00 AM #8
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Yes, Debe. A little more color every day! It really is a pretty little woods. When nothing else is going quite as I might wish, I can always look to my back fence to remind me life goes on, and for a guaranteed smile. That's something.

Oct 29, 2013 01:58 AM #9
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Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
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Elva:

If I had your backyard, I would be working there too.  I become too easily distracted when I go out side to work.  Birds keep flying by and I want to identify them and study them and loose all sight of my work.

Oct 29, 2013 08:13 AM #10
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Lottie Kendall
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I love your woodsy views, Elva. Not-too-tamed is my favorite type of outdoor space- the mind can enjoy imaginary adventures in a woods like yours.

Oct 30, 2013 09:09 AM #11
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

Evelyn, I'll admit that I often succumb to just that....watching and identifying, I often have my field guide and binoculars right beside me. Oh well, it's a small price to pay for the freedom to work practically in the woods. 

 

Oct 30, 2013 10:54 AM #12
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Elva Branson-Lee
Solid Source Realty GA - Atlanta, GA
CDPE - Atlanta Real Estate & Short Sale Agent

DeeDee and Lottie, we must be kindred spirits.

 

Oct 30, 2013 10:56 AM #13
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Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
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Elva, your setting sounds so wonderful. I love the way you describe it. Unfortunately, I have a computer virus and can't view photos on any post right now. I am bookmarking this to come back to because your descriptions sound so wonderful! Glad to hear you are so happy with your home!

Nov 13, 2013 11:26 AM #14
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