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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Bought at an estate sale of a wonderful old house in our old neighborhood and lovingly placed*, thanks to The Guy, in the yard at beach house. Just the perfect addition to the back driveway.
*Luckily the ideal spot for the shell was close to the garage, this garden ornament must weigh 100lb.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
|Ready to install|
Again. The front fence was a casualty of Superstorm Sandy. Thank goodness the east fence and the back fence made it through.
Next job is to stain the fences to match the house but that will be done next year in one mammoth house painting session. Looking forward to it.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
How fortuitous was it that we had the trees trimmed earlier this month? Hurricane, or by the time it hit us, superstorm Sandy blew in yesterday and when I opened the blinds this morning I was amazed and pleased that we had escaped relatively unscathed; no trees down, not even limbs. The property was full of leaves and twigs, on the steps lay the corpse of a woodpecker that had probably been blown into the siding and the front fence was down, but apart from being without power it looked as though we had suffered no real damage.
Going out to explore the neighborhood it soon became clear others were not so fortunate. The Incorporated Village was actually cut off for a few hours, tress blocked every road to town, one tree had taken out a neighbor's kitchen, another had ripped the electricity panel from a house, everywhere power lines were hanging loose or lying across the roads.
The moon had been full, the tide high when the storm stuck and the water rose up and over the seawall.
Tons of sand washed onto the beach huts, flooding the parking lot
and twisting the pier of its piles. A monster storm, a Frankenstorm that will takes weeks if it months to clear up but we were prudent to get the trees trimmed and lucky that we hadn't waited until next Spring to get it done. We will have a lot to be thankful for this November 22nd.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Wednesday, October 03, 2012
You probably wouldn't know it unless you live in the neighborhood and had to listen to the noise of the chainsaws for six hours, but we had the trees thinned this week. It's been five years since we did it last and they had really thickened up. I'd prefer not to have an oak or beech tree branch take out a wing of the house or the maples pull the power lines down during an ice storm. The LIPA tree guys were out in August clearing the lines on the road, which was a good reminder for us to trim on the rest of the property. The fantastic landscaper removed the hideous junipers from the back drive and pruned back anything ornamental, the professional tree guys took care of the tall trees including the damned linden, not to protect the house because that thing is balsa wood and limbs weigh the same as a bag of cotton wool balls but to protect ourselves from the rock hard seed balls that rain down on us from late April to June, the time when, obviously, we want to enjoy the outdoors and eat on the patio. I swear one year I'm gonna take a chainsaw to that tree just below its canopy...