Christina Mantz and George Burke relax under the recently created canopy, a short walk from the side of the house. Burke has been dining there nightly.
The tree just beyond the canopy is like a huge umbrella. The vine around its trunk is almost 200 years old. And, of course, there is a birdhouse.
At the edge of the tree's shade two peacocks forage. The paddock is busy with a Seguine Equestrian Center Summer Camp activity.
A garden cherub riding a fish is seen in the right foreground, in the deep shade created by one of the two huge oaks that straddle the lawn. It evokes The Seguine's historic relationship with the sea. Beyond, two horses peacefully graze while savoring the sun on their backs.
Beyond a glimpse of the cherub, left foreground, the paddock is busy with Summer Camp riding training. There is yet another birdhouse just above and behind the cherub.
This gorgeous horse finds a twig from a treetop, with its juicy leaves still attached. It had been blown to the ground by a storm with fierce winds that passed through the previous afternoon.
Chomp, chomp, delicious.
Back to nibbling grass.
A mini-flock of fat robbins enjoys foraging in the shade.
Tiger lilies thrive along the balustrades that edge the upper lawn, in the generous shade on one of two huge oaks. The Seguine is glorious with dappled light in the late afternoon.
Flowers are everywhere, lining the walkways, and in urns and pots sitting on, or hanging from every available surface.
An urn with colorful flowers and leafy plants punctuates a thin line of stones defining the right edge of the upper lawn.
The raised flower bed in the center of the upper lawn is edged with fencing to keep the peacocks from helping themselves to the tasty petals.
View from the second floor verandah of the white gates which can close across the driveway between the House's grounds and the vehicle entrance and entry to the stables.
A close look at the iron gates. These gates were unearthed by a piece of heavy equipment during grounds work. The pattern makes George Burke think there must have been a foundry at The Seguine.
Detail of gate. Burke thinks the cutout shapes were bolted together to make pairs of pliers which would have been used to pull the nails out of horse hooves when changing shoes.
We got into this discussion as we were leaving. There is so much to be discovered about The Seguine.