Sherry's had a landscaping project in mind for the boys for some time, and so this weekend became a home improvement project. When I used to visit Mom and Ron in Blowing Rock, my stepfather would plan work for me to do when I went up there. In retrospect, I understand that it was meant out of a sincere desire to spend some manly time with me working on household projects, but at the time I felt put upon because I'd gone up there to have some relaxation in the mountains. I assured Joey and Jake that they did not have to work, but that we would be glad to pay them to do so. They took the money.
The project involved digging a bed along the front of the house, and digging out a boxwood that died over the past several weeks, as well as a burning bush that was poorly placed and being crowded out by the surviving boxwood. They planted several new boxwoods along the front of the house, and used monkey grass from the back yard as a border for the bed. The red mulch looks nice against our white house.
Peery's Mill to swim and clean off in the Little River in Walland. The boys loved the rope swing, and Jake did a back flip off of it, much to the delight of the young kids who got there as we were winding down our time there.