Sunday, August 30, 2015

Forty Years Ago

Recently we found some old photos that were taken 40+ years ago. . .

Before ripped jeans were in fashion

Early road trip

Working on our first Thanksgiving dinner 

Betty Crocker?

 Young Jake with the potter

Young Pete working the clay

 Carlena centering a pot

 Nice photo bomb, Jake

Taken six months before we got married.

We've come a long way!

Friday, August 21, 2015

What's Happening On Quincy Street

We've been busy working on the house, specifically getting it ready to paint. Many of the windows needed to be reglazed and repaired.

Through the looking glass. . .

 Prep work is always a chore that can't be ignored.

 Power washing the front

 Working on the west side of the house

Window boxes and shutters were repainted.

 The brass lights around our front door were dingy and tired looking so. . .

 We took them apart, cleaned off the varnish and painted them black.

 We really like the results.

 The dormers are next after the other light is finished and installed. Then we will continue to work around the house.

Meanwhile we purchased lots of peaches not only to eat but also to be put in the freezer. 

 Naked peaches before slicing and freezing

 A pretty good peach pie

Stay tuned!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

It Was A Good Year For Daylilies

Last year we tagged and mapped all our daylilies and were surprised to learn we had 52 different varieties.  It was quite a project but now we have a notebook with photos and locations. We hope to divide many of them as they are becoming overcrowded. Anyone want any daylilies?

 The flower bed by the street has the largest number of daylilies and they really put on a show!

Flower bed by the garage

Daylilies behind the house

 Greenhouse flowerbed

These are four of our favorites  . .

Gorgeous peach ruffled daylily

Ruffled cantaloupe daylily with a huge bloom

Our only double daylily

And probably our favorite of all is this orange daylily named Rocket City

They are just about finished blooming for the summer and we are looking forward to next June for a repeat performance!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

It's a Dilly Deli!

The other day in our herb garden we noticed a large number of caterpillars on the dill plants. It didn't take long for them to completely strip the plants of foliage but that's fine with us as we would rather have the resulting black swallowtail butterflies than a little bit of dill.

If you look closely, there are seven caterpillars feasting on the dill.

And the results are beautiful!