You always feel cozy standing beneath this sheltering tree.
Birds love the tree, too. But who can resist this colorful condo?
The upper meadow has plenty of juicy grass.
The far meadow, that borders The Princess Bay Marina, is a popular spot.
A cluck of George Burke's tongue brought Raisin over to say hello.
George Burke pointed out the prolific daisies that line the path to the gate.
We head for the pedestrian gate, graced with pineapples, an early American colonial symbol of hospitality, past fallen early Autumn leaves.
This window in the bar/pantry, just inside the back entrance to The House, looks out on green grass and trees through a snowflake -- a harbinger of the winter season to come.
The same window, from the outside, sports bright red flowers and the reflection of a tropical potted plant in contrast to the snowflake within.
As we emerge from The House, the landscape is lush with moisture. The horse in the distant riding ring checks the wet ground as he proceeds.
Seven peacocks preen and fluff their wet feathers to dry out.
The last roses of summer enjoy refreshing beads of rainwater.
After spending a rainy afternoon at The Seguine the weather cleared, so we decided to visit St. Andrew's Cemetery to look for the graves of Joseph H. and Ellen Seguine. Joseph H.'s grandfather, James, is listed in April 1787 as a supporter of the church.
As the sun lowered, Chris searched among the stones engraved with so many of the familiar names of Staten Island history -- including Poillon, Guyon, Perrine, and LaTourette.
Joseph H. and Ellen Cadmus repose under matching tombstones. Note the small stone to Joseph's left. This marks the grave of their infant, lost to the historical records. There appears to be something carved on this small stone, but we could not decipher it that day. Their stones are surrounded by stones of members of the large, extended Seguine family.
JOSEPH H SEGUINE
OCTOBER 21 1856
AGED 56 YEARS 3 MONTHS
Joseph was born on July 13, 1801 so he also lived 8 days but no number appears to have been carved in front of "DAYS."
Joseph H. Seguine
December 8, 1875
AGED 65 YEARS 6 MONTHS
AND 17 DAYS
Ellen outlived Joseph by 19 years.
Lenny Tyrell, Christina Mantz and George Burke
toast the perfect Autumn late afternoon.
As always, Rusty stays near George.
A peacock can not resist eavesdropping on the human conversation.
George shows off a display of photos of The House to give future visitors an idea of the work that has been done, and continues to this day.
Lenny designed and custom-built the easel.
The Seguine family mansion in Rossville in its glory around 1829.
The Joseph H. Seguine House was just the family "farmhouse."
The Seguine family mansion around 1935. It was demolished shortly after, but, thanks to fate and George Burke, the farmhouse endures.