balcony of the coupleís studio is just one spot to sit and
enjoy the view. A flagstone path leads to the front porch of
the home. The couple chose to install a soft path for playing
yard games with their family and friends. Melody Narrís
cottage garden surrounding the white picket fence lends a
sense of whimsy to the area. "Itís my baby," she
says with a smile. The "living retaining wall" in
the foreground abuts the driveway. "We didnít want a
stark retaining wall, but rather something living with color.
Itís filled with surprises through the year as to what will
start growing next," says Tim Narr.
A sense of calm
seems to take over when you head up the steep, winding drive to Moon
Valley Farm. At the top of the hill is Melody and Tim Narrís home,
with a breath-taking view of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. The
first thing you want to do is plop down in one of the Adirondack
chairs and put your boots up. Itís the perfect place to watch the
sunrise and, later, the moon, peeking over the horizon.
the moon rise. We can see it come up over the valley," says
Melody Narr. "We sit out on the Adirondacks and watch it."
property is a small slice of heaven in the town of Erin. "We
always wanted to live near Holy Hill," says Narr. The couple
moved into the home in 2000, after the previous homeowner contacted
them to see if they would be interested in purchasing the place.
"The property found us, we didnít find the property," says
LandWorks Landscape Services in Sussex, the Narrs went to work on the
property, adding a koi pond, two waterfalls, several gardens and a
chicken coop. Underbrush and invasive species such as mustard garlic,
buckthorn and honeysuckle were cleared away to make room for native
plants and flowers.
field is adjacent to the property with a mowed path around the
perimeter for early morning walks with the dog. A fire pit was
constructed in the backyard near the vegetable garden amongst the tall
trees. "Thatís where you really catch the sunsets," says
quickly turned into hobby farm starting with a stray cat finding a new
home. That led to chickens and ducks and, for a while, a pot-bellied
pig. The Narrs constructed a chicken coop for their new pets along
with a fenced-in area to keep out the predators.
"I like the
open spaces and fresh air, the peaceful sounds of nature living on a
hill," he says.
"We love to
watch the seasons, thereís always something changing. Itís full of
surprises," adds Melody.
Moon Garden in the foreground was named for the white and pastel
plants that glimmer in the evening. The perfectly round patio
was constructed with Tumbled Valders stone and resembles a full
moon. The Narrs constructed the small house in the background
that is currently used as a potting shed with plans to convert
it into a summer bedroom.
Adirondack chairs provide the perfect place to watch the sun or
moon rise. Native Black-eyed Susans surround the open space,
staying in bloom for six-to-eight weeks. The Narrs also planted
ornamental grasses and Viburnum in the area to help hold the
slope just beyond the open space.
Oconomowoc River can also be seen from the hilltop.
feels like youíre in a fairy tale when you walk through the
garden gate adorned with Morning Glory and Cosmic Melody
Clematis. "Itís a functional and ornamental garden with
cutting flowers and vegetables," says Melody Narr. The
Zinnias planted around the perimeter attracts butterflies to the
koi pond off the porch was a labor of love for Tim Narr. The
area consists of two waterfalls connected by a creek to the koi
pond. "We often call the patio Ďthe islandí because
water encompasses it on three sides," he says. "We
love to eat out there. Itís one of our favorite places to
enjoy dinner in the summer," adds Melody Narr.