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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

After the Storm, June 2015




These photos were taken right after the thunderstorm on June 23, 2015.
They were not photoshopped, filtered or altered in any way.
The sky really had an apocalyptic reddish glow and looked as if it was on fire.




Before the Storm, June 2015

Philadelphia experienced a rather violent thunderstorm on June 23, 2015.
Lots of wind and couple of inches of rain.
It was much less than what the same system brought to midwest and plains states earlier.







Plants at Hull, June 2015




Definitely a high point:
blooming of the native cactus Opuntia humisifolia.  Does not happen every year.
Each bloom lasts about a day.
Planter and cactus came with house.



Containers next to the fish pond, where gold fish are clamoring to be fed.













Lots of work to remove the weedy vines at the base of this Silver Maple.

Work on Hull; June 2015



 Alan in kitchen, pointing to where counter will be installed and cooktop (much later).  
 Tomato Red appliances from Big Chill can be seen, as well as cabinet that Alan made.





Below, Alan sits in half deconstructed bathroom.  1950's pink and black tiles came out.  Thick 1950's drywall came out in an effort to gain a few inches in small bathroom.  Fixtures will be replaced.


The following sequence shows removal of door molding.
First, adjacent doors, right with molding and left after molding removed.
Then, Alan adds joint compound to fill the gaps.
Lastly, door in utility room after molding removed and joints filled, but before painting.
Much cleaner and more streamlined look, but a lot of work!




CHFM Rain Garden, June 2015

 Plugs of 5 inch high grasses and flowers and 16 shrubs were put in the ground on April 25 at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting.
  May brought 5 weeks of drought and high temperatures.
  Thankfully, June was cooler and had generous rain.
  The plants are taking root.




Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scenes, May 2015

 Walking with Joe, hearing warblers along the Wissahickon:  spring leaf colors.


Even I can enjoy the colors of the azaleas above and fallen cherry blossoms to right. 
 So many rain clouds came to nothing in May:  lots of watering.
Philadelphia had almost 6 weeks with no appreciable rain.

Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting Grounds; May 2015

 Lawns have clover that looks like snow drifts; children love the sprinklers, below.

 Children planting above.  

Watering new rain garden at dusk below.

8400 Hull May 2015 Exterior





Fish Pond above and new garden bed below.


 Garage Workshop above and Carport (storage of trash) below.

Back of House:  needs work all over:  deck, downspouts, AC, etc.

May Painting, etc at 8400 Hull



 Living room and paint above,
Dining room with kitchen cabinets being assembled below.


Kitchen empty below.

Oven and Vent Pickup

Big Chill (BigChill.com) sells retro kitchen appliances.  They are a part of BlueStar Enterprises (Bluestarcooking.com), which has manufactured stoves in Reading PA for a century.

Same original building in Reading.
Nice to have a cargo van.