Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A junker gone & blooming blooms

Good afternoon Folks ~ We sure are enjoying the cooler weather with less humidity.  It is really wonderful.  I hope you are all enjoying autumn here in the US.

For the next six months or so we will be enjoying nice weather and will be able to get some outdoor projects done, we hope. Things have a way of popping up and changing plans.

Here are some blooms from the past day or two.

Don Juan.


Gaillardia or Indian Blanket flower, along with tarragon, and spiderwort, growing in my shed’s garden.


Louis Philippe or Florida Cracker rose, this is also in my shed’s garden.


‘Love’ rose.


Here is a piece of coral with some little baby Mom-of-millions growing in crevices.


The next few pictures are of ‘Penelope’ rose.


I didn’t see the spider until I was editing pictures.




Here we have another favorite bloomer growing here, Philippine Violet. They volunteer all over the property and are very hardy.




French Tarragon with spiderwort in the background.  I love cooking with fresh tarragon.


‘Chrysler Imperial’ rose and another heart sachet in the works.  I love embroidering. I read today that knitting, crocheting and stitching are good for our health.  Great news.


Now, here is where the ‘junker’ comes into the story.  This was my car up until a couple of years ago. We bought another one as this one had problems, and after getting the other car, this one croaked.  We were going to sell it, but have been thinking that it would cost too much to get it going again so it’s been sitting there.  I just never showed it in pictures.  We had concrete blocks and patio stones stacked in front of it, and a few things leaning up beside it.

Yesterday morning as we left the grocery store parking lot we saw a sign that said they buy junker cars for $400. We wrote down the number and DH called them when we got home.  Well, they said they could be here in about 30 minutes.  YIKES, we had to hustle the stuff away from the car, and check the inside too. We had no sooner finished when the guy pulled up. In about 20 minutes the car was out of here.  Hurray.


This was taken yesterday. I did some more clean up this morning as I wanted to figure out how much more picket fencing we had to go from the other side to about 3’ away from the Gypsy Shed. (Remember, we got this picket fencing in sections about 24”-30” wide when someone cut up their fencing to throw away.) We even have a gate with neat hinges, and a latch. I just had the idea to paint them the plum color. Smile I’m standing near the back of our property. We’ve got the little pile of junk (concrete blocks, etc.) to move yet.  DH sanded the spackled screw holes today and after he does a little more trim work on edges will probably be painting the wood on the shed. We put two ‘curbside shopped’ smoked windows over the original windows of the camper. He also caulked around those today too and some other areas that needed it.  This is a fun little project and once we’re all done, I’ll do a post of pictures from when it was a camper to what it will be.

It will be neat having the stove and sink, and little refrigerator back inside. When it was the ‘junker’ camper, we cooked in it for almost two weeks after losing electricity from hurricane Wilma. We have changed it’s look and will enjoy it as a little ‘get away’, now and then. Planted right here in our little haven.


There it goes! Yippee, the ‘junker’ is gone. Uh oh, I need to wash the lattice gates. With all the rain we’ve had, mold grew on them.


I mowed after the car left, as that had been my original plan, before we knew he was coming.

So, there’s the latest from Plum Cottage, maybe more than you wanted to hear or see.

I heard from my boss today and I’ll be working tomorrow through Friday.  He decided to go from the show in TX, to do a show in Atlanta, so will be back Sat. and will unload the truck and be at the shop that day.  I was going to the library tomorrow, but went after lunch today.

This probably is it from me for a few days.  I hope you all have a great week.



"The very essence of the creative is its novelty,

and hence we have no standard by which to judge it."

Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person


L. D. Burgus said...

Good bye junker. It is a good feeling to get rid of it and move on. Your photos or your flowers are wonderful. I enjoyed seeing all of them. The roses are doing well now down there.

Rebecca said...

Oh, the roses! And I can't wait to see more of your camper. My husband and I are keeping our eyes open for a tiny, "junker" camper that we can fix up & decorate....

Debi@7Gates said...

What a deal - $400 smackaroos richer! You are just full of ideas and projects this post. I can't imagine someone giving that fencing away. It looks in great shape. Can't wait to hear more about the camper project. The flowers are looking great. I know you're so glad for the break in the heat. Enjoy it and don't over-work yourself.

Becky said...

That's great that you were able to get a bit of money for something you were ready to part with. It sounds like you had a day of big accomplishments and as always the roses are amazing.

Susan Elliott said...

It looks like you live in paradise. Rainbows and roses...minus the junker...beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

What a great day! And I love the picture of the coral. . . and your roses of course.

tina said...

$400 for a junked car and they haul it away too? Great deal!! I have about five I could do that with if we had such an outfit here. Your roses are gorgeous. So glad you are enjoying the low humidity and nice autumn we are having. It's wonderful this time of the year.

Dirt Princess said...

Hey that is great...got rid of your junk and got paid. Can't beat it!!! This weather is sooo nice! I am really enjoying it!!! Love your backyard retreat. Have a good one

gld said...

I believe that is what you call serendipitous. You were in the right place and the right time to see that sign. Great! Not only is it gone, you got money. You can't beat that kind of deal.

The flowers are beautiful as always. I love the violet. Mine are quite different, but I let them roam where they will and love their blooms in spring.

gld said...

You have made me decide to grow tithonia again next year for the butterflies.

I had lots of Buckeyes last year but don't recall seeing a single one this year....strange.

Jillayne said...

Bet it felt good to see it roll away!
I love your heart you are embroidering - it looks so pretty and dainty; flowers seem to be everywhere for you, even your stitching.
Wishing you a happy, busy week...

HolleyGarden said...

Pretty blooms. And how wonderful to get money for something that will not be missed. Good going!

Darla said...

Love your roses! Don't you just love those jumk buying people? We have sold a couple of lemons like that too!

Darcie said...

Thank you for touching us with all the beauty that surronds you and your Plum Cottaage. Glad you are enjoying cooler weather...we warmed up a bit, but I know autumn temps will return shortly.

Jeri Landers said...

Good riddance to the junker and hello to more garden space!

Sandra said...

I love that coral, how pretty :)

Good to see you got rid of junk and got paid for it too, that's the best part :)

Lona said...

Your roses are so gorgeous. Love the Florida Cracker. My favorite bloom today is your Philippine Violet. How lovely.Speaking of green algae, the right side of the vinyl siding on my house is that color from this summers wet year. Time to get out the power washer I guess. I am always afraid of blowing off the siding. LOL! Have a wonderful weekend.

NellJean said...

He-who-mows wants to know how you have the camper secured to the ground? He thinks it is a great idea to have it when the power goes off in a hurricane.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, you sure have transformed that camper! I'm glad you found a solution to getting rid of your clunker.