Pictures of Melrose, FL

We have been very busy settling into our new home. It took us less than a week to get all unloaded and just two weeks to get mostly unpacked. Everything is out of boxes except the tapes and DVDs and we are not sure what we will do with those. Most of the movies we watch now you can get of the TV and Landen even taught me how to get them whenever I want to watch a movie. I refuse to pay for a movie so if it isn’t free I will wait until it is or dig it out of the boxes I brought with me. I only like the old pictures anyways.

This is an old world setting with the beautiful Live Oak trees dripping with Spanish Moss.

Favorite tree

This is the front of the house. That is the 31st Way that loops around and comes back up. The water meter is just beyond this big oak tree up next to the road. I took this picture before we found the meter. Now the “grass” is pulled back and the meter is exposed so we can easily turn the water off when needed. The palmetto bushes you see on the left have been thinned out and cut back. They are now growing back and will be kept under control so that the snakes don’t have a place to hid. That isn’t really grass it is more of a ground cover. There is so little sun to come in here grass has a hard time growing but was we have trimmed the bushes and raked the leaves we should get more grass growing . You can see the big old trees lining the road way on both sides of the street. All of the homes on this street are large and beautiful and so well maintained. They are all happy to have the renters gone as they just don’t maintain a place as a owner does. This front area was mowed by a neighbor for the last 6 years so the street would look nice as you drive by.

This is the same area only a little more to the left so you can see the house next door. They have two lots and a big house with a pool in the back yard. They have three dogs out Otis and Sally love to visit through the fence with, two small ones and a lab. Every house is set back behind the old growth trees a typical old south community. So quiet and peaceful. I will have to get some new pictures soon. As I don’t have any of the front of the house and that is a story book picture in itself.

Looking at the front of the house there on the lower right you see just the corner of the walk to the front door. This area is on the right as you walk out of the door and needs some work. Holly keeps the weeds out of this area but she wants one inviting blooming flowers in here for color and interest. Probably a spring project as we have so many others that need attention first.

On the left as you come out of the front door is this area. It is about 10′ by 10′ and had vines growing in here in a tangled mess. Many of the vines were growing up the brick wall on the right which we pulled out as those will eat away the mortar between the bricks and destroy the side of the garage. I think originally this area had a wood floor but many of the boards have now rotted away. we still have some roots to pull out so they don’t go under the foundation and cause trouble. Also not on the back wall this is where the water comes into the house and the roots could become a problem with the pips or the electric power that comes into the house. So we will finish cleaning out the plants that were recently put in here, put a barrier down to stop any weeds or vines from coming up and then put down an astro turf type of carpet here. Then with a bistro set and stands for plants it will become our orchid growing tea time area. Later I will get pictures of the whole front area for you to see.

For now that is all I have on the front of the house. Later I will also show you the back of the house and the inside. I have a few pictures anyways. But if I don’t get to work I will have wasted the whole morning.. Landen is busy raking a burning leaves and trash in the back yard right now so I will go out with him for a short time and help. Have a good day, will talk to you all later.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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1 Response to Pictures of Melrose, FL

  1. Rosemary Rafuse says:

    Carol, your pictures are lovely!

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