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August, 2001 - Issue #3

 

BOB AND CAMILLE AT HOME ON MAUI

 

BETTER HOME AND GARDENS - BEFORE AND AFTER

 

We've come a long way in a year.  Bob took this picture of the house from the garden and then another just 20 feet over where the weed bank still grows strong and thick, like a great wave of destruction, smothering everything in it's path.  Last August, every view looked like this one.  That pretty little tree in the middle of the garden is a ylang ylang that had been buried under the wave.  Bob nearly ended it's life with a machete stroke.  He also uncovered artichokes, peppers, oregano, tarragon and lemon grass.  All have come back to flourish in our great, fertile climate.  After mowing the weeds for a few months, it all turned into lawn.

 

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE HOUSE

The removal of a weed hedge between our garden and Duke's opened things up and send us around to the other side of the property.  We have since created this new parking spot for the BioPod.  The advantage is that it is level and not beneath any sap-yielding trees.  The Secret Garden is hiding just beyond the car.

We spent several hours reclaiming space in our laundry shed after Theresa's boys removed the last of their wood pile.  Now Bob has a work bench and we were able to get out our tool dresser and fill it with tools from the house.  It is great to have the extra space in the house and a nice place to work outside.

 

CYNTHIA RIDES AGAIN

 

Behind every good rider is a good groom or two.  Bob and I took turns this August 25th babysitting Pele while she adjusted to the grounds at Pi'iholo Stables.  She still managed to booger at the far end of the arena and it cost Cynthia her usual good score.  Cynthia tells us that we are responsible for her earning the high point at three shows in a row.  We do it because it is relaxing and fun to spend a few hours palling around with our horse buddies.

This stable is only a 15 minute walk from our house and the owner, Jillian is a very nice lady.  She has 65 students and gives 125 lessons a week out of her barn in everything from vaulting to dressage to polo.  She also offers Summer Horsemanship Day Camp for kids on summer vacation.

 

ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE - GIANTS IN THE GARDEN

 

Bob set the camera on the ground and took these pictures just for fun.  Most of our days end right here in the garden at sunset.  What a great life! (August 19)

Evening in the garden - August 14

 

HOME IMPROVEMENTS

On the weekend of Aug 12, we worked around the grounds as usual and uncovered a nice, new staging place for our compost pile.  It took us hours.  Camille is pointing out her "Fern River" which pours from the house through the vinca.

 

OUR LAST HURRAH BEFORE AMY HEADED HOME WAS A TRIP TO KAUAI

   

We stayed at the Hyatt for two nights (August 8 and 9) and made good use of the Regency Club's breakfast and 5:00 pupus.

The hotel is beautifully landscaped with ponds, pools, lagoons and gardens.  Here, Camille and Amy are dressed in their welcome leis to go to the Regency Club and have "dinner."  It was wonderful to relax and not worry about the dishes!

 

The next morning, we went for a hike along the nearby cliffs.  This part of Kauai was used in the filming of the movie "The Lost World" which was the sequel to "Jurassic Park."  It DOES have a prehistoric feel to it; but not to the degree I felt in Hana.  It rained during our hike but we had a lovely time anyway.  Amy was trying to demonstrate the degree to which these cliffs hung out into thin air but it didn't come across in this photo.  We had been standing on the ledge behind Amy and feeling very safe until we walked further down and saw just how thin it looked from 50 feet away.

  

A sunset stroll along the beach in front of the hotel was our after dinner treat.  We watched locals jump off this rock into the water during the day.  They had to time it just right in order to catch a wave coming in to make the water deep enough.  The surf here was a bit too much for body surfing but we enjoyed watching the surfers tackle it.

 

Most of our time was spent in the pools.  We made this little cove our home base.  There were all kinds of caves and waterfalls connected by a long system of pools and lagoons.  We enjoyed the water slide and played Volleyball and Basketball.

 

A TRIP TO THE GREENHOUSE

On Your Mark, Get Ready, GO!  Gentlemen, grab your machetes!  We decided to share the experience of making it to the greenhouse with Amy on August 5th.  There it is in the background, hidden behind cane grass and other noxious weeds.  The first challenge is to find the door.  The next challenge is to get up to it.  Fortunately, we knew where the door was already.

 

Amy shows just how tight the passage is.  One must kneel, reach up and push in order to break on through to the other side.  And what do we find inside this cleverly disguised building?  More cane grass, old plastic pots and wasps.

 

THE BEGINNINGS OF A SECRET GARDEN

 

It doesn't look like much but, this will be a little place to plant things or sit and read some day soon.  To the left is a long path winding back around the cane grass behind the laundry shed which Bob spent hours making.  The buckets are temporary seating in the garden itself which stopped growing in square footage when Bob ran into yet, another pile of rubbish.

Yes, this is the man I love.  Here he has been captured at Amy's eye level.

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