Jenn's basic philosophy, with regards to floral design is, let nature help compose the creation. She uses locally grown, in season flowers. But she doesn't limit her designs to flowers. A week before the wedding, which was to be held less than two miles from the old farmhouse, she called me and asked whether I had wild grapevine in my woods. Do I have it? I have in in ABUNDANCE!
|First Van Load of Grapevine|
|Talice -- Taking a Nap|
|Jenn Pulling Grapevine From the Trees|
|Dragging the Grapevine to the Van|
|Van Load #2|
|Picking Fiddleheads for the Boquets|
|Hanging the Grapevine|
|With the Lanterns|
|Would have loved to see it at night!|
|Locally Grown - In Season Flowers|
|Centerpieces and Bouquets|
|Centerpieces -- about 80 table centerpieces|
|Building the Arch|
|Arch Building, 101|
|Just One More Stick....|
From what I hear, the wedding went well, with, of course, the typical stresses of trying to be both a guest at the event and a provider for the event. By Sunday, Jenn was tired and ready to pick up Talice, and make the three hour drive back to their place near Charlottesville, VA. Meanwhile, I spent Easter Sunday, playing and singing in the Easter morning service, and then helping Joe with the trenching.....
Yes, indeedy, Joe had decided THIS was the weekend to tackle the MANY trenches he wanted to dig on the property. He had ideas for trenches for water lines, trenches for electrical lines, trenches for drainage, and trenches just for good measure! So off he went to rent the trencher. He did NOT get the one he wanted...the one with the tracks. No, he ended up with the one with tires. With the very first trial trench, the trencher got stuck in the soft ground.... it did not bode well for the weekend.
Nevertheless, Joe was determined to get his money's worth out of the trencher, and he pushed forward, using the tractor to pull it out when it got stuck. He did not complete ALL of the trenches he would have liked to, but he got enough that we literally look like we have trenches running everywhere. I suspect the low-flying helicopters that buzz our tree lines daily have a pretty funny view of the property, significantly trenched. When we returned the trencher today, it was with 16 hours more than when we rented it. That's a WHOLE lot of trenching when you consider the work involved getting that thing around this land. The one with the tracks would DEFINITELY have been the better choice.
|Trenches Everywhere You Look|
Yep, at 9 PM on Sunday, we began the emergency repair of the 1 inch PVC pipe from the well to the pump house. It seems that hard root was the water line... the water line that was NOT where the plat shows it. It took a little doing, working by lights hanging off the tractor, finding parts out of buckets of odds and ends, but, just at midnight, Joe restored water, and we were able to finish watering the seedlings.... and finally head indoors to make some supper... doesn't EVERYONE eat supper at midnight?
|Damaged Water Line|
|Midnight Watering Seedlings|