On our way to the grocery store.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Walter picked out this bear statue at Lowes last Fall. He usually gives it a kiss as he's passing by. It had been sitting across from the container house under a small oak tree, but after we completed the landscape we thought it would look cute closer to be house. We decided to move it to the steps.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Our 10 acre slice of paradise has been called "the ranch", "the farm", but so far nothing is sticking for a real name. We planted 20 grapevines a couple of weeks ago, and I have been thinking about really having a go at the vineyard thing. We want to add an olive tree orchard as well.
I remember taking evening strolls through the small Italian community where my sister, Robin, lived near Ortona in the Abruzzi region of central Italy. Everybody had a little bit of everything Italian: artichokes, grapes, olive trees, tomatoes. Most of the homes had less than an acre of land, but they crammed a lot of vegetation into what small bit of soil they did have. It was lovely! I think central Texas weather is so similar and I really want to grow these same items at our property in the Hill Country.
We plan to run our place off solar power, and so far we can watch TV, charge our cell phones, have lights and power the mini fridge, etc. And that's just with the set up seen here. (above photo) We have about ten more panels, batteriesm and a larger power system in production this week. We run a pump off the solar power to water the vines with a hose from the pond to the vineyard which is planted along our fenceline. We plan to plant 20 more vines in the coming weeks, and I'm researching olive trees as well.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
Our landscaping turned out amazing! Dale did such a great job. We found these corkscrew grass and pansy container garden "fillers" on clearance at the Bastrop, TX Lowe's for only $5 each, so we got eight of them. There are five on the right of the stairs and three more on the left. Walter added his little baby bunny metal yard art to the right side. It kept blowing over in its previous location under the little oak trees across from the container home, so this is a much more appropriate spot. I think some seasonal kale plants would look really awesome near the bunny too!
I decided to go with cedar instead of pine fencing boards to build the skirt around the deck. For now, it is very aromatic when we pump water from the pond to water the plants because it's fresh. There is plenty of cedar on the property to keep that aroma going! I also told Dale to place the cedar boards horizontal rather then vertical for the deck skirt. This adds a much more interesting and modern feel to the deck. We spread rye grass seed all around the container home so hopefully it will be sprouting up in the next 10 days or so. And have I mentioned the vineyard in the back along the property line? Dale planted twenty vines of black marukka grapes! Grape stomp next Fall!!!