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Our Beloved Hamlet of Hillsdale, New York

20121015-081438.jpg It was such an treat to see the lovely article about Hillsdale in the current Martha Stewart Living magazine that arrived the other day. For any of you in the area or traveling this region of the Hudson River Valley, a stop into one of the shops mentioned or for a meal at the Crossroads Food Shop is a must. We will be back for a week in November to interview contractors for, fingers crossed, work to begin on our home in Hillsdale this Spring. It is such a charming area to putter about, with a walk around the national historic district becoming even more interesting with the addition of all these establishments.




An EastView Day

20120205-084947.jpg It was a gloriously sunny, cold and crisp day–perfect for the drive and for stomping around our property in upstate New York. I was a little nervous and apprehensive on the drive, as we were needing to make a critical decision today. When we bought the land years back, we had thought we had figured out exactly where the house would be set. TPS had made a trip back in the Fall and when he met with the gentleman who we chose to be the architect for the project, they walked the site and found another possible location. I had not seen that spot yet, so we knew yesterday was the day that we would make the final sighting decision.

20120205-085634.jpg While the initial location was beautiful, the spot about 30 feet higher up the slope ended up being even more beautiful.

20120205-085851.jpg The new spot allows for a view of the 150+ year old rock wall that is at the back of our property to be viewed from the back of the house. Something we never considered initially. The higher elevation also really cocoons the back of the house in forest, with the front of the house being all about the view.

20120205-090141.jpg Once the trees are lumbered, this will be part of the view from the front of the house. All the hills and dales that make up the area, and make the name of our hamlet, Hillsdale, so appropriate.

20120205-090346.jpg We meet with a forester early tomorrow morning, to go over what specific trees stay, and which need to be cleared. We hope to use some of the exceptional wood for part of the house as well as potential projects.

20120205-090715.jpg A very happy clan, with TPS with hat hair–but elated over our final decision and as happy as could be.



The Journey Continues

20111029-080554.jpg It is funny how you can plan for a certain thing, then life throws at you a bunch of other things, but you end up being right where you had hoped you would be. Such is the case with a lovely piece of property we bought in the Hudson River Valley, in New York, close to 6 years ago. Our plan was to build a house right out of the gate, and live there part time throughout the year. We were excited to get the ball rolling. But then life happens. You get busy and life hands you other opportunities and challenges. The very full years click by. You remind yourself how incredibly fortunate we are to even have this opportunity. Well, I am happy to say, the journey continues, and we just hired a NY state architect to take the design Mister Sive has so diligently been working on over the years and make it a reality. We are over the moon! I am so happy to share this journey and process with all of you. It will continue to be a fun ride, that I look forward to taking it together.

The above photo is the view that will be seen from the south of the house. Below is another view. We have named the house, EastView, as the main part of the house will be looking directly East. We will be back in January, so I will update you with photos taken in the snow. We can hardly wait.