Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Finally done landscaping!

Finally.....after 3 1/2 weeks, we have finished our landscaping on our RV lot.  As my son has said, you would have thought we were landscaping several acres instead of our small piece of paradise!  So, what all did we do?  Well.....we shoveled over 5 tons of rock, planted 21 trees/shrubs, concreted and grouted 50 16 x 16 patio pavers, and laid down 170 feet of split drain pipe for edging.  Oh yeah - we planted grass seed and fertilized the lawn too!

We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies after this outing to gather supplies!

The first load of rock was 3.8 tons! Thanks to Dave and June for letting us borrow their trailer and wheelbarrow! 

Getting ready to make the patio!

Hard and dirty work

Lots of scrub palmettos around the pine trees...they needed a good trimming!

"Before" picture

Another "before" picture - notice the piles of debris near the saw palmettos 
"After" picture looking from the driveway

Pindo Palms (front and back of RV) and small saw palmettos

Pindo Palm, Sago palm and trimmed saw palmettos.  There is a winged elm in there too!

Patio view from the driveway

Patio area with pavers; winged elm in right foreground of picture

View from the back corner of our lot

We have had a few days of "down time" to enjoy the sunsets here.  The colors of the sky and the clouds never cease to amaze me.  I'm not exactly sure what makes them so beautiful...maybe it's the proximity of the sea but boy are they something to see.....
Sunset from the Cedar Key pier

Sunset from Dock Street in Cedar Key

Sunset from our lot

Our good friends Gin and Syl had made plans to surprise us with a visit and, although I ended up knowing a few days in advance of their arrival, they were able to surprise Dan.  It was very cool to see the expression on his face.  They have graciously helped us with our landscaping (shoveling rock!) and we are so appreciative of everything that they did to make our place "purdy"!!

We also got to celebrate Dan's birthday together by having dinner at The Pickled Pelican!

We're not the Three Stooges but the Four Pelicans!
We've been having a great time catching up and this little garden sign that they gave us sums it up quite nicely....
Great times and great friends make great memories!

 Life is good!


Brandon and Amanda said...

Finally a new blog update ;-) You guys sure did a lot for your site - it looks great! Can't wait to see it in person one day!

Dave and Maxine- Wandering Wingers said...

Looks amazing! You guy's have indeed found your paradise. Happy Birthday to Dan

Gin and Syl said...

The pictures really don't do it justice. It's prettier in person. Glad we could help with the last little bit. The sunsets are beautiful here.
Syl and Gin

Ceal said...

Your hard work has paid off. Everything looks great. Now maybe you can relax a little.

Cathy said...

Wow! That looks awesome! I'm glad you two are enjoying paradise. We'll have to visit sometime. I just wish you were closer. :)

Steve and Joan said...

The place looks great! Will you be there in January? We will be home for a month. We'll have to get together! Happy Birthday Dan! - Joan

Gail Houle said...

Beautiful landscaping, beautiful sunsets and beautiful friends! What more could you ask for???

Nancy and Bill said...

It sure is Purdy;o)) Really, nice job you two!!

Glad all the Pelicans got together and did some work and had some fun!! Can't wait to see you guys and your beautiful place in paradise.

Sherry said...

WOW that's a lot of work. Glad you had those 4 extra hands to help you out. Happy late birthday Dan! A man with 3 women to help him celebrate must be doing something right. :-))

Catherine, Jo Beth and Grace said...

That looks fantastic. Enjoy your slice of paradise :)

Neil and Nancy said...

That looks lovely, happy birthday to Dan!

Elaine said...

Wow is all I can say - all of your hard work has produced a BEAUTIFUL home base for your RV! XOXO

Barbara said...

Guess you can add landscaper to your resumes now, not that you two need resumes! Love the lot. Happy Belated Birthday to Dan! The Big 5-0!

Colleen C said...

Absolutely Beautiful!!! But what else could we expect when you two are working on a project! Hope to see it someday.....Happpy B-Day Dan:)

Anonymous said...

Love the landscaping, just beautiful! Happy Belated Birthday to Dan. How cool that Gin and Syl were able to join you. Looking forward to seeing all of you in a couple of weeks!

Bruce and Laura

Steve Conrad said...

Glad you kept your promise with photos of your great Florida RV home. Lots of hard work but a place you will really enjoy for years to come. See you in a few weeks at the Carolina Clan Rally.

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