Friday, December 30, 2016

December 30, 2016

Check out the post from
December 29, 2015
for our annual Seasonal Pictorial

H A P P Y   N E W   Y E A R  !

Wishing and Hoping....

Farm House Lane January 2016

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Day, December 25, 2016

M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S
 R A M S A Y

The Winter months at Ramsay provide a much-anticipated
 respite from the rigorous pace of the long, warm weather seasons
 that provide an endless "To Do" list for those who manage 
and maintain a small country estate. We are very grateful!

St. Francis in the Carriage House Garden

North Portico Entrance

Mud Room Porch

Christmas Eve Service - Charlottesville

Obie & Buster awaiting Christmas morning!

Mother Nature's "Good Night!"

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Fall arrives at Ramsay in full glory!

Our three able assistants: Obie, Laddie, and Buster!


This week marks the 4th anniversary of our move to Ramsay and we remain extremely grateful! We feel honored and blessed to have the privilege and responsibility of overseeing this beautiful estate, and we have daily reminders of what a special place this is. S&S

In the next few weeks we will have a summary post
 of the busy summer we had here at Ramsay.

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The formal parterre garden east of the main residence is a focal point
 of the estate house grounds, and has provided a beautiful and
 peaceful space since it was redone in 2013.

Unfortunately, the beautiful green "grass panel" became devastated by a fungus this
 past summer, and rigorous professional treatment was unsuccessful. The decision
 was made to completely remove the infected stand of bent grass, including several
inches of the underlying soil. The project was scheduled for late fall and was
 completed at the end of October.

Any major project of this type must take into consideration the impact on the
 adjacent grounds. Moving equipment and materials across the east lawn would
 have done extensive damage to the healthy stand of grass there. To avoid that,
 we constructed a temporary plywood highway.

The damaged sod and soil was completely removed...

...and 3"- 4" of topsoil was removed as well.

Next, we ordered a special manufactured sand with a heavy 
granulated composition specifically designed to drain (perk) water.

The material was installed, rolled, and groomed, 
and allowed to settle for 48 hours.

The landscape contractor hand-selected the 
sod and delivered it to the estate.

As usual, the proper preparation and foundation 
work constituted the bulk of the project,

and the new sod was installed in less than two hours.

The late fall installation on such a good foundation will allow the
 sod to settle evenly, and enjoy being undisturbed during the
 winter months while establishing a strong root system.

And....  our plywood highway saved the day!

The east lawn following the parterre garden project.