Monthly Archive for August, 2009

Local "Attractions"

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Today was a beautiful day for a ride- we took out with no real destination in mind, but ended up stopping to see two area “attractions”. Hooker Falls, a 20 ft falls along the Little River in North Carolina. (The best part about the falls is the fact it makes for a nice swimming hole.) We also stopped at Bald Rock in South Carolina. The View from Bald Rock is quite awesome. to the left you can see Paris Mountain, which is near Travelers Rest, SC and to the right you can see Table Rock State Park.
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Nothing much…

Nothing much...Not much new going on around here. The last few days Jan and I have both been worn out from our work outside. The work itself wouldn’t be so bad- but with the heat and humidity it sure wears you out. Stubby will turn 4 this week. Hard to believe. He has really become a confident little dude- for those of you that have met him, you know that he use to be very skittish and shy. Earlier this week, Jan and I spread the rest of the mulch we had. We put it in an area in the backyard. We had to go get another truckload so later we can finish it up. We also transplanted a few Mountain Laurels. Originally there were some railroad ties that were used as a boundary for the “flower bed”. We’ve moved those and under one we found an Eastern Mud Salamander. It was such an awesome color.

I apologize in advance!

I apologize in advance!

I know, I know… you guys are probably getting tired of seeing photos of our yard. But hey… We are quite proud and happy with the way the grass is growing. The places that are kind of “lifted” up, is where the straw is sticking up. The grass is really filling in nicely. It will undoubtedly need to be reseeded to finish out the lawn, but we (along with everyone else in our neighborhood) are quite impressed! The top picture is the front yard and the bottom is the back yard. You can see the unfinished area in the middle of the back yard. Today I cleared it out from last years leaves and got it ready to plant some monkey grass, replace the rotted railroad ties and then we will put down some mulch as well. Jan spent her afternoon mowing along the lake and on the hill headed to the lake (which was quite harrowing since the mower doesn’t have brakes!
I apologize in advance!

Starting to look finished…

Starting to look finished...
Well.. I think we are officially done with the front yard. We have placed just over 2 ton of Rock- and put down some mulch. Other than helping the grass grow, theres not a lot more to be down out front. We have 2 big areas in the back yard that we still need to clear out and put mulch and a few plants. We’ve got enough mulch for one of the areas I think- so that will be tackled sometime in the near future. We also invested in some automatic sprinkler timers- so most of the yard will get watered automatically. We only have to worry about 2 small areas that will need to be done manually. It sure beats having to run outside every 20 minutes or so to move sprinklers. As I said before, we still need to figure out something to finish off the block wall, but at least it’s all starting to look fiWell.. I think we are officially done with the front yard. We have placed just over 2 ton of Rock- and put down some mulch. Other than helping the grass grow, theres not a lot more to be down out front. We have 2 big areas in the back yard that we still need to clear out and put mulch and a few plants. We’ve got enough mulch for one of the areas I think- so that will be tackled sometime in the near future. We also invested in some automatic sprinkler timers- so most of the yard will get watered automatically. We only have to worry about 2 small areas that will need to be done manually. It sure beats having to run outside every 20 minutes or so to move sprinklers. As I said before, we still need to figure out something to finish off the block wall, but at least it’s all starting to look finished!

Starting to look finished...

Sitting down on the job…

Sitting down on the job...
Jan caught me sitting down on the job today… literally! We got a second load of river rock to place along the wall at the driveway.
Sitting down on the job...
About a year and a half ago, Jan and I had our driveway widened, and put up a cinder block wall to help keep all the red mud where it belong (which is NOT in the driveway) We planted a couple of Roses, Indian Hawthorne bushes and some Juniper Rug along the top of the wall and we finally getting around to putting some of the “finishing touches” to the project. Last spring we did put down some mulch- but I think the river rock will make a nice border. We are gonna go get a load of black mulch to fill in the area directly around the plants. At some point down the road we need to get some flat blocks to lay along the top of the cinder blocks to finish it off as well.
Sitting down on the job...
Sitting down on the job...Here’s an odd looking mushroom I found in the plants today. I’m not sure what kind it is- but I thought it was pretty cool! I found another surprise while picking up little sticks and such… a snake! It was just a black snake- and I could have probably let him be- but Jan is scared of snakes (who can blame her) so I killed it… As I was scooping it up with the hoe to throw off into the ditch, the neighbor dog, Bonnie, started growling and carrying on and barking (which she never does unless there is a good reason) Jan went over to see what was up, and Bonnie had found a Copperhead! By the time I got over there with the hoe to kill it, the snake had already coiled up and was ready to strike at Bonnie. Thank goodness she alerted us to the “danger”! Good dog Bonnie- I think we ought to call her Lassie!

Need I say more?

Need I say more?

A Rocky Day…

A Rocky Day...
Jan and I went and got a ton of river rock today- the point of it is to hopefully keep the rain water from washing out the soil in front of our porch. We don’t have gutters on the porch, so it creates somewhat of a river out front. You can see in the left photo how bad the soil was getting eroded. And then on the right you can see our finished project. It took us about 2.5 hours to unload and place all the stones. We covered about 210 sq ft… It sure feels good doing things like this!

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Green eggs and ham…
Ok, it's only grass!

Our grass has taken off like crazy. When we got home from our trip to TN we could hardly believe our eyes when we pulled up to the driveway. This is the first time I’ve seen this much green in the yard!
Green eggs and ham... Ok, it's only grass!It’s even growing places you wouldn’t expect… like in the gutter splash block. When the landscapers spread the topsoil and seed, apparently some of it landed in the grooves of it- and here’s the end result! It makes me happy to see how well the root system is holding the soil in place.
Green eggs and ham... Ok, it's only grass!

GSM time…

Jan and I spent some time in the Great Smoky Mountains- to be more specific, just outside of Townsend, TN. We rented a cabin for the weekend and spent some time just relaxing, checking out some crafts & antique stores and cruising through Cades Cove. The cabin was located just off the “Little River” We didn’t have direct river access since we were on a bluff, but we could listen to the water rush by while kicking back on the porch.
GSM time...
GSM time...
One of our favorite things about the GSM is Cades Cove. It’s an 11-mile one-way loop that tours a historic settlement. One of the neatest things about Cades Cove is the wildlife. This trip we saw about 2 dozen turkey, half a dozen deer and a bear. I’m kicking myself for not having a tripod- I wasn’t able to get a clear shot of the bear- but you get the idea anyhow. The cove is now a free access National Park.

GSM time...