How does YOUR garden grow?

August 1, 2008 at 12:01 am 36 comments


by Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com
IF YOU CLICK ON THE PICTURES YOU CAN SEE THEM A LITTLE LARGER AND IN FULL

the fence is  gone!

the fence is gone!

It was just a few months ago when falling trees, wind and weather caused mayhem in my garden ( back yard for the Yanks) remember this



For what seemed like months ( but it was just weeks ) we had to work to get the way clear to see the damage!


The bottom pond was destroyed!
But with a lot of hard work by “He who thinks he should be obeyed”
I now have this !
The bottom pond and waterfall are back with the fish having a great time and Misty is fenced OUT!!!!
She has a “mulched area for her absolutions!





Now Misty ( who if you look closely at doorways can be seen making nose prints on the window) can no longer take her morning dip in the pond and the fish are contented once again –

but we have to take her to the bigger pond to the north

And what would an English Garden be without a Garden Gnomeeee

Entry filed under: Brit take, everything else.

Accounting- Enron or Gov-enron VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!!!!

36 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Paula  |  August 1, 2008 at 1:26 am

    Retirement has been the best thing. For You!

    When is Ernie going to go into landscape business?

    It’s beautiful, enjoy!

    Ernie, winter brings the basement…..

  • 2. Tony  |  August 1, 2008 at 5:52 am

    Hi,
    it looks brilliant. But very soon you will all be in the Garden of England as the County of Kent is known.

  • 3. thatwoman  |  August 1, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Tony I can hardly wait… sausages and real sparkling cider and the roundabout at Pratts Bottom πŸ™‚

  • 4. thatwoman  |  August 1, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Paula you know what they say behined every good man is a woman πŸ™‚ Actually I have despaired of him in this heat but he has carried on like a trooper…. I think when you can see a difference in the job of work you are doing it is half the battle….

  • 5. denise caruloff  |  August 1, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Great Pictures!!!!

    I liked the little hidden gnome…does he protect or bring you good luck. I know they thend to be mischievious:)

  • 6. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  August 1, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    I was walking the dogs by your house yesterday and all looks great!

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 1, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    Denise you may not know this but there are very few gnomes in the US -unlike Europe and they tend to stay well hidden . However there are a few colonies that had come over in the 17th century with their “host human families” and we are actually lucky enough to have a colony around the great lakes.but not being popular and loved – no saucers of milk or whiskey ( for the Irish and Scots gnomes) left out by the door of a nightime so my little gnome is a little sign that this is a gnome friendly house and they will be protected even from Misty Loraine

  • 8. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 1, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Kelly you should stop in I have pleanty of milk and whiskey πŸ™‚

  • 9. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  August 1, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    A party at Loraine’s house!!!

  • 10. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 1, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    hmmmmmmmmm there is a thought gnomees and old wombats πŸ™‚

  • 11. Kaye Coller  |  August 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • 12. Henery  |  August 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    As I told you before Loraine, your backyard is the closest thing to Shangri-La that I’ve ever seen. The little waterfall, the quiet, the green, the shade, all it needs is a hammock low enough to reach a cooler full of ice-cold bottled liquids and a good book.

    And me in the hammock, of course.

    Great pics, by the way!!

  • 13. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Henery I have the hammock !!!! on the 2nd story balcony (which is 24 by 14 it is there ready and waiting , a little cooler for beverages, in the What is left of the tree tops.. an umbrella table and 4 chairs that rock and more plants that perfume the air. and an outlook that at this time of year is nothing but green…. and in the evening the fireflies and the the mosquitoes tend to stay low….. can’t be bad for living in the “hood”

  • 14. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  August 1, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    I like fireflies, hate mosquitoes.

  • 15. thatwoman  |  August 1, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    well with two ponds and three fountains you really have to watch the mosquitos population the fish in the big pond take care of a great deal of them and the water is running as well as the top pond and is filtered….( just looking at the little puckwudget next door stretched out in the shade ( waddles a bit like me come to think of it) she is looking longingly at the ornamental fountain they have….
    The other fountains I have put in “donuts” which treat the mosquito situation….and the bats also were good deterents unfortunately losing the two big trees the bats lost their home and the pnd although we were able to save the fish we lost the frogs ( anyone have a spare frog ( or a prince for that matter πŸ™‚ they were terrific at keeping down not only mosquitos but flys as well…….

  • 16. Brian Hazelett  |  August 1, 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Loraine,
    Your back yard is absolutely beautiful and all of the hard work shows. I found this great tool last week for getting weeds out of one of our overgrown flower beds…

    a lawn mover.

  • 17. Brian Hazelett  |  August 1, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    oops, lawn mower

  • 18. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 1, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    I like weeds in lawns , clover and granny’s toenails and dandelions the bunnies and puckwudgets love to eat them and leave my flowers to me πŸ™‚ glad you enjoyed the respite this morning…. even if NO COFFEE FOR YOU!!!!! πŸ™‚

  • 19. renee dore  |  August 2, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    So pretty Loraine!!!– didn’t Charleston Village have a landscape competition (more than) a few years ago? I can’t recall. For certain you’d get the blue ribbon for all of your hard work and gargen care!! Renee

  • 20. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 2, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Yes we did and on a couple of instances “rentals and landlords won” and I do remember Keith Jones who ran for 2nd ward also won one year as well as the Porter House …but the judges who were from the old garden club has passed away …..and I haven’t time to get that back on track.I went by those damned ore piles again they are getting higher and higher……. I am getting more than peeved at that…. Loraine

  • 21. Carolyn Sipkovsky  |  August 3, 2008 at 2:07 am

    Your garden is gorgeous. When do you have time for all this or is it Ernie’s project?

  • 22. renee dore  |  August 3, 2008 at 5:44 am

    We had more people to help then_ I can’t handle a judged garden competition either- and yes why do those piles have to be right there and why are so high? There’s plenty of other sections all along Oberlin north of 2nd st. those could have been put- I wonder what those who donated hundreds of dollars for the carvings think about this- that was supposed to help the look of 2nd st – it looks worse now. I am getting very frustrated and wonder why we try so hard to help make things better- Granted the sewer project needs completed but they saw what we were doing on that corner and could have relocated the dirt. No wonder we volunteers get burned out and back off. The project has definately lost momentum- no wonder and I am upset. Renee

  • 23. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 3, 2008 at 10:23 am

    IIt is all my husband although I wents nuts with pots and hanging baskets until the flower beds get re-established.however the will ow tree is hinding a multitude of sins…. behind her flowing branches there are still piles of wood and dirt that he is now working on clearing…… πŸ™‚

  • 24. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 3, 2008 at 10:24 am

    I kow Renee I have written and nagged …. and this project should have been done my June…….. I too and very angry and “no respect” comes to mind….. Loraine

  • 25. Brian Hazelett  |  August 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    Another year is wasted…

    I wonder who we should “thank” for that…

  • 26. Brian Hazelett  |  August 3, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I meant on the cemetary and carvings/ reflection space.

  • 27. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 3, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Well Brian .NOT the volunteers.not the people who donated.. not city council .. not the parks dept not the street dept . so that only leaves both the previous administration and this one …sorry but they can’t say they haven’t been informed I am tired of nagging to get anywhere………….I am certainly NOT going after more donations until due respect is shown to those who have already put their money and energy where their mouths are!!!!

  • 28. Brian  |  August 3, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Loraine,
    Don’t the Parks and Streets deparments both report to the Administration and also doesn’t the “projects” benefit the public and the respective departments?

    In all the years that I have been involved with community projects, and a few of them have been in the City of Lorain, why is it that the left hand doesn’t want to work with the right hand?

    These projects are not overly complex in means of scope, but full of community spirit and hometown pride. The city should be begging for people to get involved, not the other way around.

  • 29. muley  |  August 3, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    ….oh but they do Brian, but only at their suggestion.

  • 30. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 4, 2008 at 10:43 am

    The parks and streets follow the orders from “above” and I guess in ghe general scheme of things this isn’t a priority ….. the scuptures we are not asking for any money or even for workers to do it I had volunteers lined up , plants , etc…

    The cemetery well that fence was supposed to be up 2 months before the bicentennial which was a year ago …. that event was all volunteer too and had the co-operation of the ciity and it worked I believe.

  • 31. Rich Robbin  |  August 4, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    IT IS AWESOME! You all need to see it live! I go there whenever I get a chance to escape and i only live 4 doors down.
    Anyone up for some cooking recipes? I think I’m ready….working on my own website … urplanner.com …will have stuff there soon.
    Just give me a hollar (richrob@roadrunner.com)…..I can plan things for anywhere from 2 people to 500 … just ask Loraine, Renee and anyone who has seen my work in action πŸ™‚

    I truly miss the planning …and gala events. Unfortunately, we don’t have a population in our city that would support that kind of business. Anyone need a personal chef on a weekend? Romantic Italian dinner for 2 to 20? We could always work out a price! ALL HOMEMADE too.

  • 32. thatwoman  |  August 5, 2008 at 2:01 am

    I will be doing a feature on Rich soon.for those that remember those wonderful Vermilion High School prom nights .this was “the” man!!! and his recipes from France and Italy are literally to die for!!! Loraine

  • 33. Rich Robbin  |  August 5, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Oh come on now Loraine… I’m not that good… I guess the whole thing is just the time and allowing your creativity to flow…YOU SHOULD KNOW that by now πŸ™‚
    But thanks anyway.

  • 34. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 5, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    Now you know in CVSI we are a mutual admiration society πŸ™‚
    but we have so much talent within our neighborhood….
    I believe that the reason artist etc may be leary of coming to an art show here is the perception we aren’t an “arts community” and yet we are and when we had he kick off for the Lorain Arts Council ( Palma Stipe was also the “Chair” at the Palace and we combined, visual , performing arts over 2,000 people attended ….the place was jumping!

  • 35. Loraine Ritchey  |  August 5, 2008 at 12:32 pm

    well I have been reliably informed that the ore pile ( aggregate really) have now been lowered by about 2/3 rds….. thank you whomever….

  • 36. Paula Tobias  |  August 5, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    Speaking of “Chair” maybe Henery can bring Chair to an Art Show in Lorain. Maybe a meet the Bloggers Art Show….but who will organize???
    I vote for Brian.

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