Birthday and Yard Work

Location: Our RV Lot at Deer Creek RV Golf and Country Club

Dates: Oct. 6 to 12, 2017

This past week has been filled with “yard work” – upgrades to landscape, etc. Here are a few projects we’ve done around the place.

Along the back of our property is a fairly wide drainage area. Most folks down our street have put various fences, walls and/or plants along the drainage area. Our lot had some dead bushes along the back side of our property. We cut those out some time back and decided we would put in something that will grow up and out to provide some privacy and shade to the back of our lot.

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The first of many trips to Lowe’s

We bought several Areca palms to plant along the back. The irrigation system already had small sprinklers for the previous bushes, so Malcolm extended and/or moved those to provide water to the new palms.

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Here is the view from down in the drainage area, looking at the back of our lot. The Areca palms are supposed to grow up to 10 feet tall and 10 feet around, so we hope they’ll eventually bush out and provide a nice screen along the back.

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Along one side of our property there were a couple spots in the landscaping where the previous owners had put some pavers down in the rocks so that one could walk more easily between our site and our neighbor’s site. Makes sense in a way, as they were both good friends. We decided to pull the pavers out (not that we don’t like our neighbors, be we don’t see ourselves cutting across to their site that much).

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Pavers removed

The two palms on either side of this spot are further apart than the others down this side. To keep that area from looking so open, we planted another palm cluster in the middle of that area.

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Because all the other trees were being watered by the irrigation system, but the new one was not, Malcolm dug up the irrigation feeder line and added a tee into it. From the tee, he ran a feeder up to the base of the tree and attached a bubbler similar to how all the other trees are watered.

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After a quick test for any leaks, everything was covered up with a couple bags of new rocks to build the area up.

Another area we changed up a bit was the area behind the trailer next to the white shed. There was one small piece of artificial turf in this one spot that seemed a bit out of place.

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The area in question with one small piece of “grass”

Malcolm pulled up the grass and put down a few pavers that we had removed from the other side.

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Pavers in place, ready for rocks

With the pavers in place, Malcolm started pouring rocks in the voids around them, filling the area in.

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The rocks will blend in with the existing rocks after a few rains wash all the dirt off of them.

A few other random projects included buying a couple outdoor rugs (on clearance) and making a nice seating area near the sheds. We’ve found that parking the truck in front of the trailer and parking the car next to it at the end of the drive really opens up this area for better use.

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On one of our Lowe’s runs, we found a second flamingo to go with the one we already had. (The shepherd’s crook is for another project).

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We also purchased this deck box to put near the door of the trailer to toss stuff in. We also put a little sign on it to tell delivery folks to put deliveries inside the box. We’ve come home a couple times to wet Amazon boxes.

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Aside from all this “yard work”, we managed to relax and head to Magic Kingdom on Tuesday for Val’s birthday. We took costumes with us and stayed for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

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Following the crowd

The party is an additional paid event that starts at 7:00 PM at Magic Kingdom. If you haven’t paid for it, you have to leave the park by 7:00. Though costumes are not mandatory, they are encouraged. We went as Woody (from Toy Story) and Minnie.

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A lot of the rides are open and waits were pretty much non-existent. There are also several places where you can “trick or treat” and stock up on candy. We hit several of those sites and ended up with quite a haul of treats. All in all, it was a fun day, but we were definitely tired and left before the park closed (at midnight).

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Other than yard work and birthdays, Malcolm was not selected for jury duty, which allowed us to spend more time at Disney World on Tuesday. Malcolm has been working normal hours since Tuesday. Val’s been working on various projects.

We’ll be here about another two weeks before heading up to Wetumpka, Alabama to volunteer for Frontier Days at Fort Toulouse. We’ll bring our golf cart down to Florida after that trip.

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