And wouldn't you know it??? Springtime snow storm. Good for the gardens at the Jenks Mansion and at the Gibson Mansion. Should have planted those flower seeds. hmmm.
I have never been a fan of washing windows. Steve my gardener indicated that he used to wash windows with his previous garden/lawn maintenance business, when he was younger. My ears immediately perked up. Could this really be too good to be true???
Yes... yes it really is true. My gardener can do windows. What girl wouldn't jump at the opportunity to get out of window washing??? Well, let me tell you.....
The Jenks Mansion has been vacant for 34 years. One could pretty much assume that these windows haven't been washed in at least 40 years. Maybe 50. It is one thing to wash windows, you know, that have sort of been washed every year. That is a daunting task in itself, in my opinion. Now, multiply that by 40 or 50 years and you can imagine how long it could take to wash each large window in this abandoned old lady.
Today the window washing began. 3 windows took almost a day, using a very strong commercial window cleaner. I have to say that Steve my gardener is a trooper. I also have to say that to see clearly through the old mansion's window is nothing short of fantastic. What a difference. Thank you Steve. I believe this old mansion thanks you too. I am sure there is a huge sigh of relief for this grand old lady. Yes..... restoration is fast approaching. Yes, Virginia there really is a Santa Claus.
Hooray!! It's finally springtime in Montana.
We have resumed clean up work at the Jenks Mansion. My gardener Steve has miraculously spent days and days cleaning up the yard. Not certain the 50 years of neglect could be ever reversed, Steve managed to prove me wrong.
Day in and day out he tirelessly kept at it. He filled a 30 yard dumpster with .... well.... I don't actually know .... Steve trimmed the hundreds of feet of hedges and trimmed and pruned the bushes. To my astonishment, He managed to find the old stone pathway that leads one from the front of the house to the back. It is really lovely, and care must have gone into its creation many years ago. There are bulbs peaking out all around the path. It must have been glorious it its day. I hope they bloom this year, but just to see they are alive and well at this point will suffice.
Kelly Parks is the Mansion Girl, restoring historic homes in Great Falls, Montana. Some girls collect shoes, Kelly collects historic Mansions.
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