Today marks six years since closing on Piney Green and starting our move-in. It is hard to believe that much time has passed! It is easy to forget how much progress we have made and how much has changed with our home over these years. Looking back through this blog and old photos results in several "oh wow, I forgot about that..." comments.
For 2017, aside from our landscape improvements in preparation for the Garden Tour, our biggest project was having new copper gutters installed. We had left most of the original gutters off after we re-roofed a few years ago, but we soon realized there were some issues with drainage that gutters could help solve, and the old ones were not in the best of shape to try to re-install. So Piney Green now sports new gutters along much of its perimeter, larger than the originals but well suited to the home. We still have a small run of the originals next to the master bedroom for some added character.
Hurricane Irma ravaged almost all of Florida in September, but we were blessed that the house had no significant damage, we never lost power, and damage to the landscape was relatively minor. The storm did strip off branches from one side of the oldest and tallest norfolk island pine next to the garage... I haven't decided for sure yet whether it should stay or go, but our newer norfolks are growing quickly, so regardless we will still have a "pine" presence.
More adventures to come in 2018, but for now Happy Holidays from Piney Green!