Friday, April 17, 2015

This is a Construction Zone!

   We've been in our house for 8 years in September.  How we have loved living here. Our house was built in the 1920's as we have been told.  It was very rural here with cotton being grown in this part of South Carolina.  Every town had it's own cotton mill, or at least some form of employment associated with the cotton industry.

Our house was just a small farmhouse, with four rooms.  Maybe an upstairs. We don't know much more except that it was the scene of  two unfortunate murders.  Rather morbid isn't it?  Fortunately, we are not the least superstitious and are not bothered by it.  The past is in the past.

In the 80's and 90's, two master gardeners lived here and updated and improved the house.  They added on three very large rooms onto the back of the house.  They had an herb farm here, all in raised beds.  The Wilsons were very community minded and did much to improve their town.  Mr. Wilson hosted "The Victory Garden" during those years, and they tell me some of the filming took place here.  I have not seen any of the old episodes, but would love to see them.

We got the place in 2007 and hit the ground running!  We haven't slowed down since.  Shortly after we moved in, we added on some more to the back part.  Now it is one good-sized house.  BUT!  the flow of the house was terrible.  It felt like two separate houses.  I became so disturbed by the lack of unity in the place, that something just had to be done!  So we are doing something about it.

We are involved in "phase one" of three phases to convert the house over to a unified whole, and make it what it is crying out to be.  We are changing very little on the outside; it will still look like a little old farm house on the outside, but inside, we hope it to be a place for gracious living from days gone by.

Let me take you on a tour of what we have done so far.

This  is taken from the far door of the dining room looking across the floor to the back entry.
Trevor and Resendo remove the back door.
New double windows are put in the place where the door was.  Here are my eldest and youngest sons.
Now the framing goes up.  This wall divides the old dining room in half.  The new kitchen is on the other side and on this side is the new playroom-central passageway.
This is still from the far dining-room door looking straight ahead.  This is the new wall for the Butler's Pantry.
Outside, you are looking at a new door-opening put into the side of the old pantry.  Where they are all standing is where the new porch will be.  It will extend down to the corner of the house, where you see the gutter and the crepe myrtle.
Unfortunately, we will have to loose this lovely old crepe myrtle.  Trevor cut it so I can still have the trunk for some kind of yard use.  I'll talk to my neighbor because she has lots of great ideas!
Here it is down.
A lot happened at once  The hardwood floors went down over the old heart of pine, trim work was done, painting done in a day and now .......
You can't believe what these four fellows went through to get the sink in place.
Isn't it exciting!???
My son, Trevor is our contractor.  He has been building a good reputation for himself in the Greenville area for a few years now.  We have been so pleased with the sub-contractors he has been using, as they have all been expert and clean with what they do.  The workers have been very nice,  hard-working men.
Trevor's contracting business is Premier Builders SC

Monday, April 13, 2015

A Most Lovely Spring

This has been a gloriously gorgeous Spring.  I always look forward to the blooming of the old pear tree in the front yard.

Lenten Rose

I love Violets!

Pear blossoms.

Fragrant White Violets along with Blue.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Summer Garden

This spring, my husband and I decided we were going to try a "no-till" method on our large summer vegetable garden.  We watched a video called "Back To Eden" and were pretty amazed!
We decided not to plow or till.  He would only mow the cover crop and any grass that was there.  Then he started making trips to the dump to get trailer-full after trailer-full of this wonderful stuff!  I believe her got at lest 6-7 loads and started spreading.

After planting my seedlings which I had started earlier, we put them in the ground and gave them some water.  Nothing much else.
Here is what it looks like today.

We've actually had a hot, dry summer so far, with some rain last week.

Lots and lots of blossoms on the squash.

Patty-pan squash can be eaten as summer squash, or later left on the plant to get big for use as winter squash.

Notice the nice, soft, CLEAN, squishy bed that squash lays on!  

I have yet so see any squash bugs.  That doesn't mean I won't.

My husband has weeded twice.  Each time it took no more that 10 minutes.  Really!  Did I mention we haven't watered? 

See the video here.

The tomato plants look very good, although they have some sort of a leaf curl.  It doesn't seem to have much affect on them, although they are not as pretty.  There is just a tiny bit of blossom end rot on the tomato I picked this morning.  The rest of them look great!
We haven't put any green beans in the ground yet.  Maybe there will be time for a fall crop.  We got it all in very, very late.

I hope you will see the video.  It takes over an hour to view it all, but you will be pretty amazed!  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Orchid Fully Bloomed

Two years ago my husband gave me this beautiful orchid for my birthday.  It was pretty then.  It is spectacular now!  It has been in bloom for a month.

Ashley had great success with orchids when she was home.  She knows lots about them, so I always call her when I have questions.  

"My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever."

Monday, June 23, 2014

A Few Recent Pictures

Here are just a few updates.

Elvira is a Mama again.  Strange.  This is her second  flock of chicks this year.  The first flock had  about 5 or 6 chicks.   They disappeared.

Now she has another family.  There are five.  Maybe some more will hatch.  

Tom is really pretty.  

Here is my honey and Daniel.  They are pals.

Sawyer took part is singing camp.

This was taken on "Little Girl Day".  Isabella and Uncle Hamlin.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Hens and Chicks

You have to have a sense of humor when you live around here.  

A few weeks ago, Sayre had a broody hen.  He just so happened to also have some bantam eggs, and I had some duck eggs.  So we put all our assets together and you can see what we came up with.

Just so you can get an  idea of the variety of "objects" Mother Fluff-Ruffle had to sit upon for three weeks, you can see the brown egg at the top is a large chicken egg.  The little ones are bantam eggs.

 Bantams are just miniature chickens; usually very brightly colored and the roosters think they are hot stuff....  The bantam roosters are usually the first ones to begin crowing in the morning, and their cah-cu-doodle-doo would register in the high soprano range.  
The large eggs are from ducks.  They are nice to bake with. 

 Mother Fluff-Ruffle is real proud of her little brood.  You have to wonder what she thinks about her progeny.

Here's Tom.  He spends the whole day strutting.  He is really friendly.  He is a heritage breed Bourbon Red turkey.  I'm hoping for "turkeyettes" in the spring~~and Thanksgiving dinner in November.  Of course, we will not be eating Tom.  Or his two hens for that matter.  Just the kids.  That sounds terrible.