Tuesday, September 30, 2008
This is where the hospitality starts. Our front door has a beautiful chime door bell. But our real hospitality starts at our kitchen door. Our close friends know which door to use. They use the hand and don't think of using the door bell. The kitchen door has a minor chime but only strangers use the door bell.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The palm house of yesterday has this in the front yard. It is a very slow growing palm. This one is at least 10 years. Don't expect any shade from this one. Here are some pictures, not all of the matured ones are good looking.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
I went to Paradise yesterday. This private garden produces most of the Victoria water Lily hybrids that are distributed in the USA. This swimming pool is in Cocoa Beach Florida. I have more pictures.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This sign has been there for three weeks, but for two of those weeks nothing was done except to cause a traffic headache. But last week the city started tearing up the road. We are going to have another roundabout. The best thing about the work is that it will finished by 12 25 08. Sure! Sure! Sure! The sign said it was.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I remember this tree since I was a youngster. It's now partly hidden by a hedge. You can still see the wide trunk. Google Image and you will see most of the pictures look like this one. Fairchild and the Kampong have Baobab trees the are much taller due to much fertilizer. The one in the Kampong fell over three years ago when Rita the hurricane came by. It is now up and healthy.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Early this morning a large group from Florida Power and Light and there trucks started out for Texas. Shortly after that our electricity failed. The first thought was if we had enough people to fix our problem. We were out of electricity for only two hours. The police can quickly and made the corner a four way stop. Many thanks to the Coral Gables Police.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
A few days ago this front yard was ripped up for a new septic system. Most septic systems were placed in the back yard because there is more space for the drain field. But it was often difficult to get the machinery to the back yard to service or repair the system. Now when the systems needs to be replaced it must be put in the front yard. For a week this house looked like it was building a pool in the front yard.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The high rise buildings park the cars within the building. The one story building never needed to worry about parking cars. A three story building can use the entire property for the building. The parking lot to the right of the building belong to a high rise building that is two blocks to the south. People can use the two parking places in front of this building. I think we are going to have a parking problem.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
The shutters went up on Friday. Since it was a city job it took 10 trucks to get all of the workers to do the work properly. To shutter my house it took one old man 4 hours. Just remember that the old man is me. The storm looks like it will miss us. If I put the shutters up when the storm is close and certain that it would strike use, it would be a very hard job to do.
See the Merrick house when it's open.
See the Merrick house when it's open.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
This is the variegated Ae Ae banana. It is very rare and thought to be hard to grow. I trimmed the leaves yesterday, thinking that a hurricane was coming straight for use. Now it looks like we will just have a tropical storm. Instead of shaving all the leaves, I just removed 75% of each leaf. With the trimmed leaves they should not fall over. Here are some pictures of the bananas in good times and bad.
Friday, September 5, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Yesterday I put up half of the shutters, just in case of a storm. I shuttered the more difficult areas and will do the rest when a storm gets closer. Today there are three storms and one depression out in the ocean to the east of us. While a hurricane can visit Florida any month of the year, this is the most likely week of the entire year. I have been in at least 12 hurricanes here in Coral Gables. The homes usually have very little damage but the repair of the outside is really a major problem.
This page of TOGs site will show some of the damage that Katrina (2005) did to my yard: