When the Tree Falls…..

The good, the bad, and the ugly! The good: We had some trees that needed to come down. Not an emergency, but something that has been put on the back burner. The guy that I found was reasonable, and smart. He looked around as we walked the property and talked about all of the trees. […] Read More

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Blue Ridge Vacation

Blue Ridge Sunset

Another great vacation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I love it more every time we go. Note to self: never, ever travel on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. OMG, this was the worst traffic that we have ever been in. A 4 1/2 hour trip took 7 hours! We were exhausted by the time we finally […] Read More

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Results of Overwintering Banana Tree

Overwintering Banana Results

So 6 days ago I was battening down the hatches for a storm. As I was coming around the pool deck I noticed a familiar sight. The beginnings of a bunch of bananas! I pretty much knew that this was going to happen after the tree started from about 4 feet tall. But it was […] Read More

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Results of Overwintering the Banana Tree

So it has been a couple of months since I unwrapped the banana tree. There were a couple of threats of frost, so I put a 5 gallon bucket over it for protection. I may have left the bucket on too long. It was smashing the top of the banana tree. This made the first […] Read More

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Myrtle Beach Vacation

Myrtle Beach

After the wind disaster we were definitely ready for a vacation. And while we got off to a late start, it was soon forgotten when we arrived. We stayed at the Regency Towers for the first time. It was centrally located at 2511 S Ocean Blvd. Very close to Broadway at the Beach, which we like. […] Read More

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Windy Disaster

Storm Remnants

Yesterday we had some REALLY strong winds, rain, and hail. This was not good as we were to leave for Myrtle Beach this morning. I knew that the gazebo was destroyed, but had no idea that we lost a whole tree.       But, there is some good news. The tree was half dead […] Read More

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Unwrapping the Banana Tree

Overwintering Banana Tree

I unwrapped the banana tree. It is still stiff, which I think is a good sign. I pulled back some of the top and it was very wet inside. Not sure how it will do, but I am thinking that maybe it needed some air. For this winter I may make a wire cage or […] Read More

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Close Encounter

We had very hard winds the other night. Margo looks out the bathroom window and says "Your chair by the fish pond blew over". When I looked out the window I saw something completely different. I saw that a HUGE pine tree had broken and fallen over. The good news is that it fell away […] Read More

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Overwintering the Banana Tree

Overwintering Banana Tree

Back in 2012 I had bananas on 2 of my banana trees. It was a mild winter and the overhanging branches from the tree line probably protected them from the frost. I have been doing some research, but it is hard to find. I did find a few people who tried to overwinter them, but […] Read More

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Eagles on Chipmans Pond

My neighbor calls me, and I her, whenever something spectacular is happening on the pond. Well, she called me two days in a row and I am GLAD she did. We talked later and we both said that we have never seen this many eagles at one time since we have been here. I moved […] Read More

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