Saturday, May 20, 2017

Tar and Gravel Road Repairs

It's time to repair our long driveway again.....

A couple of days ago, Duane and I did just a little repair on our own part of the driveway -  some spots have lost their "chip and tar" coating over the years.  First we use the leaf blower to blow all the pea-gravel away and expose the bare hard-packed dirt.

Then we apply layers of hot tar and sprinkle new pea gravel over the tar.  That's it - simple process.

Here's a closeup with a little tar showing thru.  As we drive on it, the gravel will "sink" into the tar a bit to make a smooth surface.

Then this morning we and the neighbors got up early to tackle the "shared" driveway.

Duane's "new" tar-wagon is working great!  Much easier than gravity feeding out of a 55 gallon barrel like we did the previous times!

Fun, fun....just kidding - it's a lot of work!!  Glad we only do it every few years.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Last of the amaryllis

The last amaryllis that I have planted outside is in full bloom now....and I noticed a few days ago that it has sent up an additional flower shoot!  I've never seen one do that before.  Funny how they all bloomed weeks apart even though they are planted just a few feet apart....

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wedding at the airport

Neighbor Gretchen's niece Katie got married Saturday.

We were invited to the celebration at Gretchen's hangar.

Pretty bride and handsome groom!

Sister (Little) Gretchen handing out the champagne for the toast.

The groomsmen doing their funny toast speeches.

And sweet serving of the wedding cake.

This is from the "photo booth" -  hard to see my pink "fairy" wings...good fun!

Thursday, May 11, 2017


The grass at Oriental had grown quite a bit....

Just an hour of push-mowing ...and it's all nice and tidy again!  Ready for some hammock time!

Friday, May 05, 2017


Since we had a huge storm coming thru last night, I decided to take a bunch of my iris blooms inside.  I figured that the winds and torrential rains might do them in anyway.....I love the smell when I walk in the room!

And this is what Duane's been working on for the past's a tar-spreader!  We need to do some repairs to our tar & gravel road.  This should make it much easier than what we've done in the past - gravity draining the tar from a 55 gallon drum.   Oh, what fun!

Thursday, May 04, 2017

More flowers

Well, we're just doing chores around the house, nothing much interesting to post about unless you think cleaning out the gutters is interesting!

I did have another amaryllis open - a couple of days ago -

Today -

And my rose bush is full of lovely but un-scented flowers.

And the iris blooms are staying pretty for an unusually long time this year!

All the neighbors helped Pat unload his new aerobatic plane the other day - and he's re-assembling it now.  Gonna be nice!

Friday, April 28, 2017


My spring flowers seem to be lasting a long time this year!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


If you didn't see the photos on Facebook - I'll repeat them here....

Weekend trip to Oriental to celebrate Richard's birthday....(this was the first time we could all get together)

Nice fish!!  A red drum.  The only other "fish" caught was a cool skate.  Forgot to take a photo of it...was released, of course.

It had been 87 degrees the day before....but Sunday was quite chilly.   The cozy couple had to nap...

More shenanigans....

Robert and Stephie were there also - somehow didn't manage to get a photo of them either.  Oh well, I'll do better next time!

Monday, April 17, 2017

More Flowers

Well, what can I's spring and the flowers are just lovely!

Love it that most of my plants have a "history"....a friend gave me several Lily of the Valley shoots last year - they are lovely little plants.  Hard to get my camera to focus on the little bell-shaped flowers though....

My pink rose bush doesn't have a "friend" history, but it does have a bit of local history since we've moved it to three different locations around the house trying to find the right one.  It's pretty happy where it is now - lots and lots of buds.

One of my many amaryllis bulbs from Grandma Hall - this one has been in the ground for a year.  There is another one in the background - but it hasn't sent up it's shoot yet. 

I expect to see a beautiful flower maybe tomorrow.

And this one, I have no idea where it came from - looks like some sort of day-lily.  It's under a tree out away from any of my other flowers. 

A real puzzler since this is the first year I've seen it and we've been here over 20 years now.  Pretty though!

And finally, all the wild dogwoods are in full bloom right now....pretty!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Spring flowers

We came home to lovely flowers!  They were just buds when we left to go to Oriental.

My one and only yellow bearded iris!

And my hostas are is full swing.   Nice that the deer were not too bad this year!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Shoreline bulkhead progress

We ran out of time this this is what the shoreline looks like now.  A vast improvement, to be sure and should withstand stormy seas.

Unfortunately, the red arrow indicates our more loads of rip-rap and fill dirt are in order for future work-days!

Beautiful but bumpy flight home!  Fun, fulfilling week!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Very Hard Day of Work Repairing Shoreline Bulkhead

Aren't we supposed to be having "fun"????

OK, sometimes work is fun!

This is a photo from last year showing our shoreline.  Note that it's pretty sad looking - all the "rip-rap" stones have fallen into the water and the shoreline is no longer protected from storm surges.

 So, of course we had to remedy that situation.  We bought material made for this process - it's a woven mesh that's 12' wide.  We anchored it to the shoreline with the existing stones.

And we hired a dump truck to deliver 15 tons each of rip-rap and soil.  Note that we will personally handle each and every one of those stones!!

We fill in the banks with the soil to make it all even.

Then  we pulled up the material and started placing all the stones to protect it.

And this is what we accomplished today.  I'm tired.....