Friday, March 27, 2009

The Crocus are Blooming

We had some lovely Spring weather today, so I took the opportunity to stroll around the grounds and found the crocus were in bloom!

This means the tulips won't be far behind!

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Irish March in Greenville

The annual St Patrick's Day parade was held this passed Saturday. It seemed like the biggest one we've see to-date -- at least the area fire departments were well represented.

This is the start of parade.

Wouldn't be a parade without the bagpipes!

The parade marches right in front of our inn so we get a front row seat.

The high-stepping Irish dancers put on a good show.

The lone green-dressing dog in the parade was with the Greenville Democrats Club

Here is a high school marching band. We always appreciate these bands because our daughter was part of the flag team on her high school marching band so we know how hard they work to put on these performances.

Some more Irish spirt!

Here is part of the line up of Fire Equipment. Lots of trucks, engines, pumpers, and rescue.

Greenville has some nice shiny equipment! Now they just need a Dalmatian.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Signs of Spring

It was a beautiful Spring day today. Around 50 degrees - perfect for working in the garden.

I spent most of the day working outside. It felt wonderful to be out in the fresh air.

I trimmed the front fence line, cleaned up the flower beds getting them ready for mulching, and started a major trimming job.

As I worked on one of the flower beds I found lots of signs of Spring, like this Lamb's Ears. I love Lamb's Ears - so velvety soft and calm.

There are hedges all the way around the pool area and they have been growing like wild for the last several years. I tried to hire a local company that had been highly recommended to trim them, but after accepting the job, they never showed up! So I've started doing it myself. It may take a while, but I'll get it done. Here is the before picture with the first bush trimmed.

And here is some of what is left to do!

I spent maybe 30 - 45 minutes on the project today and here is how it looks so far.

Sort of hard to see as the light was going fast.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

New Mugs Just Came In

We just got our new shipment of mugs for this year. Great new colors and shapes.

These mugs are hand-made by Deneen Pottery. I always like to try new colors each year. If you have a favorite from the past and would like to see it again, just let me know.