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Monday, April 25, 2016

A Weekend Of This &That


We had a lovely weekend being busy outside . Papa his dad and I were trimming down the cedar hedges on Saturday a big job that is  very tedious  and tiring for the arms, legs and back  , Papa tied down the ladder in his dads old truck whilst his dad drove slowly as Papa was able to trim and cut the cedars  , I popped around to take photos then of I went to help and guide them along .

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            I did say this is the red neck way of doing this  but when you don't have the right equipment to reach well you've  got to improvise but safely and that Papa is all about safety thank goodness cause I really cant take him up on ladders  I shudder every time .

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So this took most of the morning and Papa arms and back were sore afterwards but it is mostly done now but he now has to cut about 2 to 3 feet from the top soon as they have grown way to tall  that will be another weekends work .

Whilst Papa rested  I cut the grass with my old girl Betsy who we just got back form our small engines mechanic who replaced the parts in the back end, but then when we started it she was smoking  from the engine some where so Papa and I took part of the front the  heat shields off  and found all kinds of gunk  trapped in it    this must of been years of it , so we gave her a good cleaning Papa air cleaned it all to with his  air compressor just to make sure no pieces were left  put it back together  and off I went and no more smoke was to be had ,  this tractor is new last year to me but really she is 20 years old and one of the well build ones actually this type of tractor gets muscled up and raced all over the world  , she boogies but I just cut the grass with her and pull my garden trailer about when I do yard work,  every now and then I kick it up a notch and let her go full out for a bit of fun lol !

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Papa got sneaky again and took photos , I had no idea till I was done cutting the grass then went to use my camera and saw them on it lol !

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                                                                              I love my little tractor  we fit lol !

We puttered for the rest of the day   as it was soo nice then Sunday as the sun was rising again in hopes of another nice day  but then the clouds rolled in and it got down right chilly but we still did some yard work . Papas mom had all kinds of  perennial plants that I have been wanting to get  so she divided the ones she had  and gave them to me ,  so for now they are in pots and I am figuring out where to plant them  based on how much sun they need and so on . 

Papa did the trimming around the gardens as well and I tended to the chiminea , it was a good day to have a fire going  took the chill away and smells soo good to .

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That morning as the sun was rising just before the clouds rolled in I was taking photos of shadows the sun left behind as it shines in the front of the house .

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                                                              I know I sometimes take photos of weird things lol

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                                                                                My bakers from my kitchen curtains .

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                                                                                   Then the actual sun rise !

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                                                            Just as the clouds rolled in and was hiding the sun !

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The sun did pop out every now and then through out the day but the clouds stuck around more then I would of liked , then that evening  I saw the sun trying to break through the clouds as it was setting .

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                                                                            I do like dramatic looking clouds .

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But the clouds won as the sun went down ,  the dampness crept over the land  the peepers started to sing in the marsh by the river  the birds were mostly tucked into bed except for a few who were like kids and chatting very quietly in the hedge as the Robin sang his evening lullaby   the geese took their last flight for the day over head  , Miggs and I went in   , Papa and I had a cup of  tea Miggs had a treat  and that was our weekend done as it was 8pm .

Today  is cloudy with sunny periods for now but rain and possible thunder storms  later this afternoon  and for tomorrow to . April showers bring May flowers  , I cant believe it is the last week of April already  WOW ! time fly's !

Birds are leaving whilst others are arriving now , just waiting for the Humming birds and Oriels to show up  they usually come in on the spring storms so maybe after these two story days they will arrive  and their feeders are up full and waiting for them .  We are also  still  waiting  for  the return of  Brown Thrashers , Oven Birds , Warblers, House Wren , Eastern King bird, Barn and Tree swallows  and sometimes we get other breeds that don't stay here  but they usually stop off on their migration for a rest for a day or two so that's  a treat  to see and hear them and  hoping I can get a photo or two of them  before they leave for the rest of their journey to their  destination .

                                                                               Until next time .

                                                                         Country Gal


carolann said...

What a smart idea. My relative has those trees but unfortunately the pool is located too snug so not a truck will fit.

Your lucky to do this.

Have a great day. Looks like soon your place will be perfect maintenance done. Then comes gardening next.

Owning a house one is never sitting. It is on going and even cottages. I am glad we are in the apt. To be honest. Now we can walk the park and admire the maintenance and the lakes and surroundings. Our choice. To each there own.

zAzA said...

Phew what a weekend you had!! It is a lot of work but certainly worth it in the end. I love taking pics of shadows too. My family thought it odd at first but now they just go along with it. Sometimes even pointing interesting ones out. We certainly influence those around us :-)
Have a great week CG ...

Terra Hangen said...

That is an incredible cedar hedge and trim project. I like how the ladder is rigged up in the truck, very clever. I bet that hedge shelters lots of songbirds.

William Kendall said...

Trimming that hedge really is serious work!

eileeninmd said...

Hello, I like your stove! Cool shadow shots! The sunrise is lovely. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Brave Papa up that ladder. We had snow flurries, rain and sleet this afternoon and it was quite cool. We haven't cut the grass yet, perhaps later this week if it warms up. Sounds like you had a busy but productive weekend.

Henny Penny said...

That cedar hedge is beautiful. I can't imagine climbing up that high and trimming too! That looks tiring! That little tractor looks like it was made for you. I like the pictures of you.

The Furry Gnome said...

Nice to see you working so hard! Looks the same as my lawn tractor. I like all those pix of the sun behind the clouds.

Margaret Adamson said...

Now that hedge is TOO high it would be much better and SAFER if if had 6 feet off it adn it still would be high! Love your moody shots at the end of the post.

Gail said...

What a very productive day. Things are looking trimmed and pretty. I fear I would have to cut the hedge much lower cause you could not pay me to climb that ladder in the back of a truck!

Have a wonderful day.

Amy at love made my home said...

Sounds like a busy weekend! Glad you enjoyed it. I take photos of the sorts of things you do too, so not weird at all!