Glenn and Jackie have begun working on Wise Manor’s landscaping! Years of neglect, storms, ground shifts, and tree removals have all left their marks on the terrain around the house. We began by chopping down the boxwood and holly hedges at the front of the house (they are already leafing out again), then removed the old nandina bushes that had thrived but never filled in nicely. Jackie is cleaning out all the beds and moving the St. Augustine grass into the lawn where it belongs. Glenn is building a screen at the rear of the house to hide the AC mechanics and other stuff. Glenn has also planned the layout for the sprinkler system which he described to me while I stared blankly at him. We have plans to thin the magnificent amaryllis as there are gazillions of them; I’d like to see them all around the house in different beds. Glenn planted ferns and hostas in the shady moist space between the house and the carport; they should do well there. We are talking about some evergreens and hydrangeas where the nandinas once were. Very exciting stuff!
My last parlor chair has been returned from the upholsterer and it is my favorite of all three pieces I originally sent! The fabric is a burgundy on burgundy stripe and it made up very rich and Regency-looking. Would that I had had the courage to use it on the sofa! Ah, well, what’s done is perfectly lovely, fresh and comfy. I sent over two of the dining chairs that Moses the Cat had made his own. The petit point tapestry chair backs cannot be replaced (we bought them in Austria in the 1980’s), but Ballew’s can replace some of the shredded trim to make them more presentable. When these return, I’ll send two more so my guests will always have matched seating for breakfast.
Work on the exterior of the house continues, but the window over the stairs is not yet installed. My neighbors have been apprised of this installation, so I’m being asked every day when the window will be inserted. I have not yet passed the nagging along to Glenn, my carpenter, but may have to do so soon to stop the inquiries and keep the viewers entertained.
Saturday, Diann and I went shopping in Longview and I bought a wardrobe for my bedroom and one for the Ramsay Suite. This old house (1851) was built without closets and the existing ones have been installed in my lifetime. (I’m wondering where the family wardrobes have got to.) I have a pocket closet in my room, but not big enough for both current and seasonal clothes, so this will help. The wardrobe I purchased for the Ramsay Suite does not come close to matching any of the furnishings, but I’m just tired of seeing those disgusting “brass” coat racks substituting for closets. The wardrobe/armoire is smallish, but taller than I, and has a nice mirror on the door (something else the Suite has always needed), so I’m looking forward to delivery later this week.