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  1. Oh, Harters, that's lovely!

    My kitchen window is actually behind my work area, and faces the front door. The kitchen is quite literally the centre of our house, so not much in the way of a view.

    1. Beautiful, Harters! What are the red flowers? Daylilies of some sort?

      Here's my view earlier in the spring, before our newly planted pine trees recovered from the brutal winter we had. They are doing much better now.

       
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      1. re: TorontoJo

        Those flowers are crocosmia, I believe

        1. re: TorontoJo

          Crocosmia "Lucifer".

          There are two day lilies in those beds but out of sight from that angle, one yellow the other red.

          I grow some grasses in there as well, TJ - as a counter balance to all the hot colours. One is chasmanthium latifolium which I first saw and admired at the Niagara Botanical Gardens. Thank you, Canada.

          1. re: Harters

            I love flowers, but am not an avid gardener, so we planted mostly grasses everywhere (love the Karl Foerster reed grass!). We get our splashes of colour mostly from foliage: Japanese blood grass, dragon's blood sedum, staghorn sumac (which are beautiful in the fall), autumn joy sedum. I am always a little envious when I see gardens overflowing with blooms, but I know that I don't have it in me to do that myself! :0)

            1. re: alkapal

              Thank you! It's wonderful on nice days when we can open them up completely, as in the photo.

              1. re: TorontoJo

                Wow.....awesome space, very contemporary I really like that. Is that a golf course your property backs up to? The patio is yours? Beautiful view.

                1. re: jrvedivici

                  Thanks, jr! We actually back onto a farmer's field. Out of range of the photo is a vineyard to the left and a peach orchard to the right. The patio is ours -- the property runs a fair way back (to behind the tree that you can glimpse through the pines). I'm quite obviously no longer "TorontoJo"...I'm more like "1.5HoursFromTorontoJo" now. We traded our little city house for four acres almost two years ago. :0)

                    1. re: nothingswrong

                      Thanks NW -- we're pretty happy with the trade!

                      I'll cheat a little bit: this is the view across the street to 30 acres of peach orchards on a day when we had the most remarkable double rainbow. This *would* be the view from our South-facing kitchen windows, if the windows weren't clerestory and too high to see out of. :)

                       
                2. re: TorontoJo

                  nice Gehry footstool/end table Jo. DWR?

                  1. re: hill food

                    Good eye, hill food! We love all the hot colors -- got a mix of four. I think I got them through yliving.com rather than DWR.

                3. Beautiful! Looks very relaxing and peaceful.

                    1. re: small h

                      Regardless of the spectrum, a view is a view and that is a hell of a view too!

                      1. re: jrvedivici

                        Thanks! It's even better from the living room, because we can see the river. And we could REALLY see the river during Hurricane Sandy, because the river came right up to the building.

                        1. re: small h

                          Yikes, Sandy was a scary thing. The building housing the NY offices for the corporation I worked for had to close down. (Located on Water Street - oh, the irony.)

                          1. re: breadchick

                            We were lucky. The other building in my picture sits about 10' lower than ours. The river came right into its lobby and flooded the elevator shaft. Still, compared to what some people went through, we really can't complain.

                      2. re: small h

                        Great, great view! I'm jealous:)

                      3. gorgeous!!!

                        my view is a bunch of construction material debris these days. LOL.

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                        1. re: alkapal

                          Mine too! But it's from atop a newly installed cedar deck, so that's a big step in the right direction :-).

                        2. Here's mine...working class small-town suburban Spring. (So not today's view)
                          All that grass and the rock-pile are my neighbor's property.

                           
                          1. Unfortunately, to see the garden you have to stand in the bathroom since it is the only room with a window facing the back yard.

                            From the kitchen you get the driveway.

                            ETA: the plants on the right are zucchini so I guess it kind of counts as garden-ish....

                             
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                              1. re: alkapal

                                HA! wonder if the man will find that as funny as I do (It's one of his cars.)

                              2. re: weezieduzzit

                                Wow. Now that's what I call a car.

                                1. re: Harters

                                  If you look up the driveway the other direction you get this.

                                   
                                  1. re: weezieduzzit

                                    Is that a Studebaker? I used to double date in something that looked like that.

                                    1. re: Berheenia

                                      Its a 49 Hudson Club Coupe (heavily customized, of course.)

                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                        I think it was a Hudson! We got stuck in the back seat and it was like being in a coffin!

                                    2. re: weezieduzzit

                                      As a guy I like that view just as much as any of the others! Nice street rod.

                                      1. re: weezieduzzit

                                        Very botanical and soothing, I can imagine just sitting out there and enjoying all that nature has to offer. Beautiful Harters.

                                          1. re: budlit

                                            Beautiful, budlit! We only get racoons, skunks, possums and coyotes. Meh.

                                            1. re: budlit

                                              That is what I often see in my back yard. Then on Fri P.M. there was a coyote on the street in front.

                                              1. re: budlit

                                                Love that! We regularly have deer and coyotes passing through our property. We also have at least one bobcat, but he's pretty sneaky and we've only ever caught a glimpse. He did kill and eat our cat, though. :(

                                                  1. re: John E.

                                                    Wow! All we get around here are possums and stray cats.

                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                      I've gotten photos of coyotes and raccoons and a red-tailed hawk, but no possums yet. Our backyard is adjacent to a 3,000 acre wildlife preserve, and we live about 20 minutes from both downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul, if there is no traffic (ha).

                                                      1. re: John E.

                                                        Ugh, I love living in the city, have been here all my life, but our cousins and grandparents on the North Shore of Chicago all had wildlife preserves as their backyards. I often wonder how different my childhood would have been living there. We had so much fun during our summer trips, running around in the trees. I remember sitting in awe watching the deer walk down the road late at night. And the fireflies buzzing around... Nothing is more magical for a child! Here in L.A., we weren't even allowed to play in the front yard without a chaperone (and we were in Beverly Hills).

                                                        1. re: nothingswrong

                                                          Things sure have changed since I was a kid. We could leave the house in the morning and not have to show up at home until suppertime. Of course this was in the 70s in a small farm town in rural Minnesota.

                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                            Well, I am almost 30, so I'm talking the late 80s/early 90s. Times certainly have changed, and probably even more so these days. Granted, my mother was more paranoid and anxious than most of my friends' mothers.

                                                            My boyfriend grew up on a farm in VERY rural Oregon which I have visited. There is a good few miles between each home, with farmland, vineyards, and forests between. He tells me stories of his youth and it baffles me... He once took his mom's station wagon for a joy ride around age 12, going 60 MPH down a dirt road with every cop in town chasing after him. Once they caught him 30 minutes later, they just told him to drive home slowly and tell his parents what he'd done.

                                                            That would never fly around here!

                                                            1. re: John E.

                                                              Same here on Long Island, no worries.

                                                        2. re: nothingswrong

                                                          Wow, indeed. Our wildlife are birds, squirrels and the all to frequent visitation from rats.

                                                          1. re: Harters

                                                            Rats! Glad I've never seen any around here. But we have birds for days. Luckily they leave my vegetable garden alone. We have tons of hummingbirds, which I love.

                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                              Seems that about twice a year we need to get the local council to come round and lay bait. They must visit the neighbours as well, as I found a couple of dead rats in the garden a couple of weeks back.

                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                I've seen rats crawling in and out of the sewer drains downtown in the middle of the day. I repeat: Glad I've never seen any around here. Makes me shudder a bit!

                                                                Do you have a cat? I'm sure they would be endlessly amused in the backyard.

                                                                1. re: Harters

                                                                  I hope it's not a poisonous rodenticide that other animals may die from after eating the dead rats. Here in the Santa Monica mountains it's a terrible problem. The owls eat the dead rats, suffer and die. Same thing with pets. Coyotes get terrible mange from the poisoned, dead rats.
                                                                  In reply to nothingswrong

                                                                  1. re: budlit

                                                                    Harters is in an urban neighborhood, not a wildlife area...and he said he found a couple of dead rats...so apparently nothing's eating them.

                                                                    1. re: sunshine842

                                                                      Oops, my reply above was actually meant for harters

                                                                    2. re: budlit

                                                                      My parents are on the west side and they've had random rats come up through the basement. I remember as kid, they set out some of those glue traps. Caught one, and dad (ever the humanitarian) took it to the golf course and released it back to the wild.

                                                                      Then our family terrier sat down in one and had to have SURGERY to have it removed. The glue had seeped through her fur into her skin. So she had this awful raw patch on her behind for like a year after that.

                                                                      Not sure why I shared that, but I'm known to over share.

                                                          2. re: budlit

                                                            Forgot to add, this is the view from my kitchen window

                                                            1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                              oh, so peaceful! lovely! i adore fuchsias!

                                                              (and i just realized i am overdoing the "!").

                                                              really, i'm not that excitable...or...am i?

                                                                1. re: BeefeaterRocks

                                                                  I'm trying to decide if that's a Japanese maple, or a big marijuana plant. You don't have to divulge, I don't think it's legal down there yet.
                                                                  Beautiful garden!

                                                                  1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                    Very funny, unfortunately it is a Japanese maple. We are legal for medical but not recreational. And thanks everyone for the compliments.

                                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                      Do marijuana plants look like that? I thought they were more straight up. I haven't ever seen one in person, so it's not like I'd really know...

                                                                      1. re: LMAshton

                                                                        Ha! No idea, my impression was only from something on DVD, the series Weeds, I think? But Google image search certainly comes up with some similar plants.
                                                                        http://megamarijuana.com/wp-content/u...

                                                                        1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                          my aunt used to work at our botanical garden and reports the staff had to regularly replace the plants bearing a very close resemblance. an immature Australian Silk Oak for instance (hope the kids didn't try smoking it as it gives of hydrogen cyanide and causes contact dermatitis)

                                                                  2. That's a beautiful picture. My view consists mostly of blinds-I live in a desert and my kitchen faces west, so it is astonishingly bright around the time you want to make dinner. We planted orange and grapefruit trees so hopefully in a decade or so I'll have something nicer to document.

                                                                    1. Taken a couple years ago. Not visible to the right is a smallish garden with tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, cukes.

                                                                      My goal is to someday cut back to just one job, because I love working in the yard and don't have time to do all I'd like (ditto for the interior of the house and the house itself.

                                                                       
                                                                      1. A golf course. Good old suburbia. However, I get to look at all that lovely grass and don't have to water it, so that's a blessing at least (we took out all grass 5 years ago and did only flowering natives with xeriscaping--in drought stricken S. Cal). So, no cactus or all-rocks, but everything that hums and orioles love.

                                                                        1. View from the kitchen sink and looking at it from the outside. We are enjoying our first real summer here but have herbs!

                                                                           
                                                                           
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                                                                          1. re: Berheenia

                                                                            I love this. Love the color of your home and the well-worn steps too.

                                                                            1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                              Hooray for sedums! So marvellously architectural.

                                                                          2. LOVE THIS! Great usage of the new format, Mr. H.

                                                                            my kitchen window view is not photoworthy, alas... it looks out into the core of the building.

                                                                            1. I LOVE it, Harters. I have so many books on English gardening and herb gardens - your garden reminds me of them.

                                                                              My pic is from several years ago, I've since added a few more gardens and pavers/walkways. From the kitchen window, through the porch. Not the best picture in the world, but it does provide a broad view from one side of the property.

                                                                               
                                                                              1. Ummm, I don't have a kitchen window, so that won't work.

                                                                                And I have no "garden" pictures. Just pictures of blizzards outside my front door or the deck. Oh well.

                                                                                Either way - this is a GORGEOUS garden, Harters!

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                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                  My condolences on having no kitchen window. As to the blizzard photos, I almost posted one. New Jersey got hit so hard last winter, but who wants to be reminded of that!

                                                                                  On the flip side - if, instead of a moderate summer, we were in the midst of a three-week long heatwave with no end in sight, I might've posted the snow photos anyhow.;)

                                                                                  1. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                    Yikes, please don't remind me of how bad last winter was! Good grief, we haven't seen snow like that in upstate NY in such a long time. We had to dig paths and create small cul-de-sacs for the corgis to do their business!

                                                                                    I will be happy to go back to the mild winters we were getting used to. Some of my herbs were actually wintering over in our zone 5. So nice to have fresh sage at Thanksgiving!

                                                                                    1. re: breadchick

                                                                                      It was sometimes even dangerous to go outside in my neighborhood last winter.

                                                                                       
                                                                                          1. re: John E.

                                                                                            Wow! Did someone actually sculpt that? Or is it an inflatable just covered in snow and paint?

                                                                                            If it's the former, this is some serious talent on that block!

                                                                                            1. re: breadchick

                                                                                              Off topic but about sage. There was a sage bush in our herb garden when we bought the place last year and it took over the entire bed so it had to be taken out this spring and we are in zone 5. I want sage just not so much of it! Any hints!

                                                                                              1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                Sage responds well to pruning, so long as it's not too severe. I don't use sage that often but regard it as a nice plant to have around - I grow my herbs in amongst the more ornamental plants rather than having a dedicated herb bed. I give it a trim a couple of times of year to keep it in check.

                                                                                                1. re: Berheenia

                                                                                                  i grow my sage in a large container. it shares space well enough with other herbs. a half whisky barrel is nice...or a large terra cotta.

                                                                                              2. re: mcsheridan

                                                                                                It's a galley kitchen, with doorway openings into the living room on one side and dining room on the other. So I can still see the outdoors while in the kitchen.

                                                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                  Well thank goodness for that! I'm recalling one of my apartments in Manhattan that had a kitchen window that overlooked the air shaft.

                                                                                              3. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                don't feel bad, Linda -- I don't have a kitchen window to speak of, either -- I do, at least, have a goodly dose of natural light.

                                                                                                (because of the layout of the kitchen, the sink and the work areas all face walls)

                                                                                                1. I'm so jealous I could spit.

                                                                                                  But I won't.

                                                                                                  (my view is of stacked/salvaged brick and rock...from a long-ago started remodeling project---at least I have lovely leaded-glass windows)

                                                                                                          1. re: sparrowgrass

                                                                                                            Times Union blogger Herb Terns claimed Pilot Knob to be a great hike that he hopes to keep to himself.

                                                                                                            You've got a beautiful view!

                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                Oh, I love it too. My house was built in 1872, but I always say it was custom made for me.

                                                                                                                My house overlooks the Fort Davidson Historical site, home of an important Civil War battle. We will be having the 150th anniversary reenactment the third weekend in September.

                                                                                                                Come visit--the Arcadia Valley in the Missouri Ozarks is a wonderful place full of history and natural beauty.

                                                                                                                1. re: sparrowgrass

                                                                                                                  Oh, good, it is THAT Pilot Knob. Is that what we always called Shepherd's Mountain? I grew up in St. Francois County!

                                                                                                                  1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                    No, Ironton is built at the base of Shepherd Mountain, Pilot Knob town is at the base of Pilot Knob mountain. I have to look out the front window to see Shepherd Mountain.

                                                                                                                  2. re: sparrowgrass

                                                                                                                    Oops - we have a Pilot Knob in upstate NY/Lake George area: thought you meant that one!

                                                                                                                    1. re: breadchick

                                                                                                                      No, sorry. There are any number of Pilot Knobs. Back in the days of poor maps and no roads, any hill or mountain with a distinctive shape might be called Pilot Knob.

                                                                                                                      1. re: sparrowgrass

                                                                                                                        A mountain guaranteed to generate a chuckle from any Briton for whom "knob" is slang for penis. We had great fun driving the Blue Ridge Highway last year - giggled so much I thought I was ten again.

                                                                                                                        1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                          My favorite line in "Love, Actually" is:

                                                                                                                          "America, watch out, here comes Colin Frissell! ... and he's got a big knob!"

                                                                                                                          LOL

                                                                                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                                                                            OMG, Linda! I thought the same thing when Harters made that reference! (Hey, Colin was quite the success. And, "he's a Christian!" LOL)

                                                                                                                            Already a Christmas movie classic at our house.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                            but yet the UK is home to a large online seller of door hardware (door knobs, door knockers, door bells, hinges, house numbers, etc.) call Knobs and Knockers, which sends me into 6-year-old giggles every time.

                                                                                                                            It took every bit of my self-control to talk to one of their buyers at a trade show without snickering.

                                                                                                                            1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                              I'm sure the company name must have been deliberately chosen. As you will know, not only is "knob" slang but "knockers" is slang for breasts.

                                                                                                                              1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                                of course. We use both term in the US, as well -- knockers is probably the more common of the two.

                                                                                                                                It's actually quite a nice resource for door hardware and related bits and bobs.

                                                                                                                            2. re: Harters

                                                                                                                              And we giggle - at least those of us of a certain age - when the British phrase "knocked up" comes around. Means pregnant, usually unexpectedly, at least where I grew up.

                                                                                                                              1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                                Indeed, lemons. I've fallen foul of that on the What's For Dinner thread when I have "knocked up dinner from leftovers".

                                                                                                                                1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                                  It was the theme for a commercial, but I really did see this happen in person in a London hotel:

                                                                                                                                  Young American woman checking into the hotel (no, it wasn't me) -- as she's checking in, the young man behind the counter asks "and what time would like for me to arrange to knock you up in the morning?"

                                                                                                                                  He MEANT "for what time should I schedule a wake-up call for you in the morning", as this was before everyone carried a phone that did alarm-clock duty.

                                                                                                                                  But that's really, really not what she understood him to have said.

                                                                                                                                  In between fits of laughter, I managed to intervene and get her calmed down (she was ready to go over the counter to throttle him) and point out to him (quite new on the job, obviously) that he really shouldn't use those words as the chances of being misunderstood were quite high.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                    Sunshine, that is one of your best stories and I literally laughed out loud. Thanks for sharing.

                                                                                                                    2. We have 3 windows in our kitchen. From the photo's it doesn't take a genius to realise we live in a ground floor flat in London. Luckily one of them looks out onto the garden.

                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                      1. Things have changed a little since these photos were taken but basically this is our side sunken garden. I'm on the driveway, house behind, barn to my left, path leading into garden on right, stairs leading down on my left. This was taken early June a couple of years ago. Early vegetables in the pots, herbs in the half barrel, white pelagoniums in the urns; various vegetable, herb and flower starts in the island garden.

                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        1. Your garden show quite a lot of work, Harters. Looks wonderful.

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                                                                                                                          1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                            Yours too, Gio. I like the pots and other containers. Great patio area.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Harters

                                                                                                                              Thank you. I love working in the garden.

                                                                                                                          2. Different windows, different views. This is facing south. The people are not my family, this was taken when our house was rented to shoot a movie in 2009

                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                            1. Beautiful garden Harters! And a great idea for a thread; I love seeing everyone's view. Like a few others here, my kitchen view frequently has wildlife. This was taken from the window over the kitchen sink.

                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                              1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                WOW, just like the British Monarch, you have your own game park and supply of venison

                                                                                                                                1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                  That's great LN! We had deer frequently in Vermont, but not in suburban Melrose. Every other creature though, just not deer.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Gio

                                                                                                                                    Thanks Gio! I still get excited when I see them out the window, which is nearly every day!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: L.Nightshade

                                                                                                                                      ahhh..i love that view... usually seen with a cocktail in hand... sigh....

                                                                                                                                      1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                        Ah, yes. Even better when I remember to put a little alcohol in that cocktail!

                                                                                                                                        1. I have a small urban back yard -I put a full glass door and a regular window in to get some light before that it was a solid door and tiny bathroom size window up high so you could not see out at all - now, a developer is cramming a 1400 sf house onto a 600 sf lot behind me and all I will see is a giant wall of stucco (cracking stucco based on the framing job) - thank God for vines.

                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                          1. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                            Ugh, that's horrible!
                                                                                                                                            What an unsightly monolith.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: monavano

                                                                                                                                              It is horrid - thankfully my front yard is pleasant - it was never very nice back there anyway but at least I could see sky. I can practically reach out and touch that thing. Se la vie.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: JTPhilly

                                                                                                                                              My total sympathy to you. Is there a privacy fence 'twixt you and the monolith?

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                                                                                                                                                you can see the top of my grape vine and the stockade fence in the pic its just over 6' tall - I cannot build a taller fence legally but I am thinking of building an arbor over the yard so at least in summer when I look up I would see green.

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                                                                                                                                                  That sounds like a nice solution! And good for some privacy.

                                                                                                                                                  The lot across the street from me was bought and bulldozed (it was fairly large with a tiny little house in the middle) and they are building a 4-unit apartment complex on it now. They've just laid the foundation. The bf and I are scrambling to find a new rental ASAP. Don't understand building these beasts on quiet streets with only single family homes...

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                                                                                                                                                    bonus points if you can find a way to paint something like a hand with an extended middle finger, or a goatse rendition on the top of the arbor so that the residents of that ugly-ass building are the only ones who can see it.

                                                                                                                                              2. This is our current view from our kitchen window, the deck area anyway. Behind our happy lemon tree is a mum that will just not die. We put it in for fall color last year and apparently it's here to stay.
                                                                                                                                                The play structure and colored pads are our new reality, much to Henry the Cat's dismay.

                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                1. Well, if everyone is showing the wildlife we Hounds live with: I have Bambi, his mom, and Tom turkey visiting on a regular basis. Usually early in the morning when I'm getting a cup of coffee. (The deer photo is fuzzy because I had to take it through a screen.) Surprisingly, I don't have that many deer, considering my house is near a state park. Which is fine with me, I don't get many nibbles on the plantings!

                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nothingswrong

                                                                                                                                                      My parents have a flock of turkeys in their neighborhood. We always joke about thanksgiving, but all their neighbors are actually really solicitous-you'll see people patiently puttering along at 7 mph while they wander up the middle of the road. Cute little buggers, but not the sharpest tools in the shed.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: ErnieD

                                                                                                                                                          Funny! I've only encountered a wild turkey once and it was immediately apparent that it wasn't the brightest creature.

                                                                                                                                                          ETA: They are mighty tasty though.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: ola

                                                                                                                                                        nice. i used to live in Kensington and had much that same view. with the attendant deer, squirrels, raccoons, etc. loved it up there.

                                                                                                                                                      2. This is the view out my patio door, next to the kitchen. Believe it or not, these were both taken the same day. And both are color photos. The icy one was first thing in the morning, the other was a few hours later.
                                                                                                                                                        We live in Georgia - this was not a normal winter for us.

                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                                          Pretty both ways, but I'll take the sunshine and blue sky! :)

                                                                                                                                                        2. Partial window view, and bottle of dishwashing liquid. And out the 2nd window. Lucky enough to have 2 in my kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                                                              Thank you :) I joked when we first moved in that the window view might persuade me actually to do dishes. But it hasn't. I cook, he does pots/pans. But it makes his job nicer!

                                                                                                                                                              In the side yard pic, there is a deer lying in the shade. We have them aplenty too. I noticed upthread people's love of their yard deer. Not me. They were a cool novelty at first and made me feel like I lived in a lovely quiet hamlet. But after picking up their droppings all over the yard pretty much bimonthly, I am over them.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sasha1

                                                                                                                                                                and here I'd be all happy at the thought of all that free compost....

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                  It's not compost until you process it as such. Which we don't do. So it's just poop. Lots and lots of it.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: sasha1

                                                                                                                                                                    I know..but lots and lots of herbivore manure, all there for the taking.

                                                                                                                                                                    (yeah, gardeners are freaks like that)

                                                                                                                                                          1. You can see why I don't mind spending time in the kitchen!

                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                            1. Harters, I love your patio view. Wow.
                                                                                                                                                              Gives me inspiration!

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                                                                                                                                                Thanks,kgg. The patio area at the back of the garden catches the evening sun (on the rare occasions there is such a thing in north west England), so is great for dinner. And the patio area near the house catches it from about 9am until after lunch. I love looking through the kitchen window when I'm prepping food - I've often said that, if ever we moved and that's all the garden space we had, then that's exactly how I'd design it. As it is, about two thirds of the garden is out of view, off to the right - a good size in British terms but tiny in comparison with many north American plots.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Here's a panoramic view in 2 pictures. We basically live in a forest.

                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                1. This is a couple years old, but mom use to love to come over to stay during the gorgeous NJ summer nights.

                                                                                                                                                                  Hahahahahahahaha........

                                                                                                                                                                  No actually it's a little more boring than that. Not a great pic but our large deck for entertaining, elevated about 10 feet off the ground. There is a portable bar, grill, 8 person table and extra seating. Landscaping peering up behind the rail, then the yard which is more than ample, then nothing but dozens upon dozens of preserved land. Nice and quiet for central NJ. We only have a neighbor on one side so we are fairly private yard.

                                                                                                                                                                  Edit*** Sorry for the varying sizes of the pic, I downloaded the joke one and I don't know how to shrink it or enlarge the legit one.

                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                    LOL! You can edit the pictures' placement, jr. And I LOVE the size of your deck!

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                                                                                                                                                                      Sometimes I really wonder what is wrong with me, for whatever reason when I first read this, I translated it to my "kitchen sink" window. I'm looking at all this pictures of these grand landscapes outside all these big beautiful window's and saying to myself; "wow I have a shitty kitchen window view". lol

                                                                                                                                                                      That's the whole reason for the joke picture, I had kitchen window view envy! I was like; "look at everyone's awesome view from their kitchen sink.....I need something better than just my deck".

                                                                                                                                                                      Now I have to take a picture from my sliders where you get a much better view of things. Awwwww look at my rinky dinky kitchen sink window view!!! hahahahaha

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                        Well, FWIW, mine is from the sink window - which is why only part of the yard can be seen! Since I don't have a dishwasher in this house yet, it does make it pleasant to gaze out at least.

                                                                                                                                                                        I thought your picture was a riot.

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                                                                                                                                                                          I don't have a kitchen sink window. So the view I posted is the view that's to the left of me as I stand at the sink. Close enough!

                                                                                                                                                                      2. My window is in serious need of cleaning so here's what I see every afternoon outside my back door. Little Man, we named him, has an affinity for our cherry tomatoes. Steals them from the garden and eats them on the deck. Sometimes he just lays there after eating, bloated belly, surveying his domain like Simba on Pride Rock.

                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                                          That's funny we have a chipmunk too that does the same thing. Eat's the cherry tomatoes out of the garden then leaves the remnants on the stairs leading to the garden to show off his feast.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                            I think that's his cousin from the other side of town, jr.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                              Chipmunks know. The seeds and skin suck.

                                                                                                                                                                            2. This is mine 9 months out of the year (the joys of living in Maine's Great North Woods).

                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: EatFoodGetMoney

                                                                                                                                                                                  It is and I am spoiled to having bears, moose, and deer come walking through our back yard.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: PotatoHouse

                                                                                                                                                                                  I live on the NH border of MA, so I'm giving you thumbs up from a non-tropical clime. There is something so beautiful about the starkness of this photo.

                                                                                                                                                                                3. What a lovely view, you've inspired me to plant more on my side yard where my window faces, but it's in total shade against a fence, though we did plant some vines recently I'll wait until the blooms open to show you all.

                                                                                                                                                                                  But this is a pic out of my back door.....

                                                                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                                                                                                                                                      Two great views, Dirty. Big views. Really big views. I'm envious.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          Hahaha, I think she might be..... You in the FLA area?

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                        Don't. What makes the kitchen truly beautiful is a joyful cook. Then, even a millionaire on 15 acres would look IN at your kitchen and envy the view.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: pinehurst

                                                                                                                                                                                          Nicely put, pinehurst. I actually LOVE my townhouse's galley kitchen. Easy to move about, although perhaps not quite enough counter space (but there would be if I removed paperwork and "stuff" that doesn't need to be there! LOL) I enjoy working in there - much more so than any other kitchen I've been in in many apartments throughout the years.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Just post photos of your friends' and family's kitchens' views. You wouldn't be the first one.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Just one more, as this is my sister's view in SE CT and maybe my most favorite....

                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Beautiful garden! I live out in the country, so what I see when I look out the kitchen window is the goats that live next door. If I turn my head to the left, you'll see my garden (next pic). Last week, I was in Corolla cooking for a group of people, the pic of the wild horses is what I saw when I looked out of that house's kitchen window (amazing that they came right up to the door) but truthfully, I think I love the view from my daughter's kitchen in Phoenix the best (last pic)

                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                My husband would never come in the house if there were goats next door. Especially screaming or fainting goats. He's obsessed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Jerseygirl111

                                                                                                                                                                                                  These goats are my next door neighbor's goats and their property is separated from mine by a fence. Never seen one faint (lol) but they do scream at times...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Gosh, I love goats. There's an apple orchard nearby and they have Scottish Highland cattle, goats, sheep, etc. I have to visit the goats. Some of them are very small, even as adults. So darn cute!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Next month, cider doughnuts and so many kinds of apples - yay!

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: breadchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They can be really cute; the brown one in my pic was bottle fed by the owner when it was born and she actually kept it in the house with a diaper on because it was runt and wasn't nursing from it's mother. Plus, they make good composters; I give them all the overgrown veggies and scraps from my garden.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm with you bc, I love them so much too...

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                          DING DING DING DING - YOU WIN!!! GOATS!!! this is my favorite!!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Did'ja ever think it, earlier this week, that you'd be sending in goat pics? :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: breadchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                No..lol! But sometimes when I'm in my garden, they'll come up to the fence and I'll give them veggies so when they see me coming, they think I've always got a treat! Easy to get a good pic of them then.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love that you give them veggies. If I had goats in proximity, I'd be out there all day feeding them bits and bobs and photographing them to death.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Do you ever sneak over to milk them? Not daddy, I get that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  These goats don't get milked. They are raised for meat, I'm assuming. Once a year, the owner will load up half of his stock and off they go and never come back so I pretty much think they go to market...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mariacarmen

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I think they have the prettiest eyes...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. re: Cherylptw

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I love goats. They're rather... entertaining. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, except when the males have zeroed in a female in heat (or are the males in heat?) then I feel sorry for the females cause all the males old enough to be interested will chase her down all day long, climbing all over her as she fights them off. I think to myself, damn! It has to be exhausting...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Um, yeah, best keep out of their way...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. I live in a townhouse and the kitchen is at the front just off the entry hall. It was a big westward facing bay window and gets quite hot. So the blinds are always down. Not much of a view though - just a patch of grass and the parking lot.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My prep area and sink face the living room and there is a pass through to give a "view" of the rest of the lower level.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Initially I wasn't keen about the lack of a work view. Now it doesn't bother me since the kitchen is such a dream to work in after years dealing with small poorly designed areas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  This is fun seeing the wide variety of views! I have garden envy now. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Just wanted to say thank you, Harters, for starting this thread. I've loved the little glimpses into everyone's surrounds!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My view left/right from window over the sink. The rhubarb patch is at the base of the trees, and the right includes one corner of the deck railing, lined with flowering planters that are all visible from the dining area.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The view from my kitchen is...another kitchen! Having the outdoor kitchen so close to the indoor one, makes things waaaay easier to manage. This is the view from where I stand to cook at my range. There are windows surrounding me everywhere in the kitchen, some floor to ceiling, with views of the gardens. I live on acreage and there are many gardens! Love them and so glad I get to see them from inside.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. This is the view from my "second" home in Paris. My Frenchman's aunt's kitchen. I do a lot of cooking there and never tire of the rooftops.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My own view. It overlooks our deck. I would rather view the Paris rooftops!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jarona

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            everyone's is so beautiful, but I may be more jealous of your aunt's kitchen than any so far... if only there were goats, too....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL. She has this "box" that hangs from one of the windows. My hand to god--there is a box with a pig's leg..ie. cured ham.. Un-freakin-believeable. I'm in awe. complete awe!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Thank you, Harters, for this very lovely post and to all the subsequent comments. I will echo others stating that it's wonderful to see where some of our fellow Hounds call kitchen and home!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Ok, my view. This is from the kitchen door as the kitchen window is covered by a screen that is....not immaculate. The shot is to the left out the door. I live in a low rise urban setting and brick structure is a commercial building (yellow habaneros are visible in a pot on the deck). The view is west facing - normally you'd see a pretty sunset but it is overcast this evening.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What is on (or under) the table, in front of the chair, left of the umbrella base - looks like a mouse on first-glance!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Good eye! It is a rubber rat that we tease the terrier with. And to scare visitors!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. I could envision someone in a garden chair, reading a book, looks very peaceful.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. The view from my kitchen here in Malaysia isn't worth posting - it's the "yard" which is really a sort of open-air bit of space where the 20-year old air conditioners and my washing machine sit with open cement bricks through which we can see some of Johor Bahru. Really not worth celebrating.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        However, the view from my kitchen in Sri Lanka was fun. So there was the wall separating our property from the next door property, but there was also the jambu fruit tree and lime tree along with some of the local wildlife. Over the 8 years we lived there, I saw rat snakes, squirrels, loads of chameleons and other smaller lizards, and a dozen different kinds of birds. (First four pictures)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        In one house we lived in, we had a family of monitor lizards (3' to 5' long) living on our roof. Occasionally, one fell into our very small backyard and had to find a way back to the roof. (Fifth picture)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Singapore apartment had floor to ceiling windows that looked over a park and the city. We had some pretty good sunsets there. (Last picture)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          there's more of that "different perspective" I was talkng about -- very cool, with the critters! (I could handle all of them except the monitor...I'd have to think about that one...I have anoles in my yard, but they're finger-sized. I do have 6-foot (2m) black racer snakes, though - -does that count?)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The monitors mainly eat insects and small rodents. They've come in contact with my cat many times and, other than being wary of each other, left each other completely alone. So there are benefits...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Black racer snakes? Are they poisonous? Sri Lanka has some of the world's deadliest snakes (the huge rat snake being one exception), so the general rule there is that if you see a snake, get very very far away.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              that's the nice part -- they're not poisonous, and they're very shy, and very, very fast -- fast enough to leave you wondering if you really saw something or your eyes were playing tricks on you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              One of "mine" actually zoomed across my foot when I'd accidentally cornered him in the garden.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              They have a voracious appetite for small rodents, though, so they're welcome to hang in my garden any time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: sunshine842

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                The rat snakes hang out to eat the birds which land in our jambu tree, specifically the tailor bird that's the third picture I posted. One day, while cooking, I watched that snake for a good half hour chasing the tailor birds in that tree, but those tailor birds are twitchy like they're on meth, so they don't stick around anywhere long enough to get eaten.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Marvelous photos of the wildlife! You've got a good eye, lots of patience, and some fairly good equipment, it seems!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lemons

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thanks! Photography is one of my hobbies. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. re: LMAshton

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Neat! I don't mind small lizards and snakes but a 3 to 5 foot monitor would give me pause.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tcamp

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                As long as you don't block its only way to escape, you're fine. They only attack if they're threatened. But they can break an adult's leg with a good swift swish of the tail, so yeah, just get out of their way and you're fine.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the monitor lizards, after falling into our yard, entered our house by an open back door and fled behind our washing machine, then tried escaping through a closed door (claw marks reached five or six feet high on the door). We, and by we I really mean my husband, had to open another door for it to escape since it wasn't cluing into the fact that it could escape where it came from.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Man, I'm annoyed when the "master cat" scratches the woodwork. Can't imagine a lizard in the house. Good grief!!!!!!!!! (Sorry, but that's my panic level.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think it's all about what we get used to in our lives. I deal with chipmunks from hell. Your lizards would probably take care of my chipmunk problem.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LOL.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: breadchick

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The husband is Sri Lankan, so he grew up with all this stuff, so I let him deal with it all since he knows what to do. Yeah, the huge claw marks on the door were annoying, but what can you do?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As for chipmunks? Yep, I'm pretty sure these monitors would take care of them pretty darn quick. :) And they'd be fat and happy. :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and if not, boy would those be some seriously badass chipmunks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            3. Our kitchen juts out in the back of the house, so it has windows on 3 sides. This is the best view. Too bad there is no audio or you would hear the clucking of our neighbor's chickens. The coop is hidden from view by the trees.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: masha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That sounds lovely; wish there was audio. Lucky you for having 3 windows in the kitchen!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Thanks. Actually 6 windows in the kitchen: a triple window above and to the sides of the sink on the north, both a window and a back door with a window to the east, and one window to the south, which is the view pictured above. And that does not count the window in the butler's pantry adjacent to the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      No brag, just facts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The house is over 100 years old. The outer footprint of the kitchen is original but we did a complete gut of the interior when we moved in, which included replacing all of the windows. With exception of the back door, which had been solid, all of the current windows replace windows that were present in the original. But they were all different sizes originally. Indeed the window to the east, had obviously originally been intended for delivery of the ice for the ice box as it was large and low to the ground, in a space walled off as a pantry.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: masha

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        How interesting about the delivery window. My parents' house was built in 1918 and my father has a photocopy of the original real estate listing (complete with detailed drawing of the house's exterior!). I loved the details built into that home, which had only had a handful of owners prior to my parents purchasing it in 1990. There was a bar/game room complete with built-in liquor shelves and sink, black-and-white checkered tile, wood paneling, and dark green glass Tiffany lamps. Poker table, fancy chess boards, etc. Looked like a speakeasy.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Old windows had to go though.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        My house was built in 1956 and is all functionality; no charm.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. It doesn't compare to any of these, but I sorta love it anyway, especially at 3 pm when the sunlight floods the whole place. Small price to pay for living in the heart of Chelsea, Manhattan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: charmedgirl

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I gave both you and tcamp "hearts" (or whatever) for your posts.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It's easy to see the "wow" in kitchen-view shots of rugged coastlines, glassy water, snow-peaked mountain ranges, idyllic meadows and woods (bonus points for cute wildlife!)...but the city-shots really get me.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I currently live in a small town in flat Midwest USA and I LOVE seeing what humans carve out in major cities. Perhaps this is a case of "the grass is always greener"?. I'm guessing you can get to a 3-star restaurant without losing a day at work. *sigh*.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nothing wrong with that at all! I don't get down to the city often enough. Thanks for the reminder.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the lighting is really kinda magical -- I like it!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks everyone! I feel pretty lucky to be where I am, but I am loving seeing everyone else's views. What a great idea for a thread.