As many of you may have astutely guessed from my rant about the phone company, I am moving. Or, more accurately, have moved. This is the first morning in the new house. Which means that the jasmine project has come to a close, because the jasmine stayed at the old house, and at the new house, my view is of some trees and a pasture, so I don’t have a pressing need to create an evergreen barrier.
I went outside early this morning to take some pictures; the light is not the best because the sun was just barely up, but you can get a sense of things, at least. (And I couldn’t wait around because I have a pile of work to do; all those little things you remember you have to acquire to get fully settled need to be acquired. Like, you know. Groceries.)
Because it’s coming on winter, gardening nerdery is pretty much not going to happen for a few months, except for planting some bulbs for spring. I’m going to get the lay of the land and when the weather starts to warm up, will start plotting more serious gardening activity. As I recently discussed, I’m going to be using native plants, and I have some ideas which will probably firm up as I get a sense of how the light works and all that good stuff. I am also scheming to put in vegetables, although I need to set up some deer security first, because deer do not make the best neighbours. And, of course, ornamental wise, no plant is deer-proof, or even ‘deer resistant,’ really, the little blighters will eat anything and everything that strikes their fancy, and nothing can stop them.
Taken through a window, since I was afraid I would spook him if I opened the door; this buck has been around a couple of times as I’ve been moving in, and I suspect I will be seeing more of him. Look at that insouciant tail. That tail says ‘I’ma gonna eat your lettuce, puny human!’
There are some established plants, notably by the front porch:
I’m excited, both about the new house itself and the plethora of gardening opportunities. There’s much more space here to sprawl out with a garden and much more room for imagination.
This picture was taken through a window in the living room; the blurs and smudges are caused by the glass, which dates to the 1940s and is subsequently a little wavy.
The phone company effectively left me without service for a week, which I did not appreciate in the slightest. I note that the gas company was extremely efficient and very helpful; locally-based Kemgas is very on it in terms of customer service and I have nothing but praise for them (for example, we ended up having to replace the tank, and they had a new tank out within 24 hours, before I’d even moved in!). Oddly enough, my PG&E transfer went very smoothly as well, so it’s really just the phone company I have reserved my ire for, in terms of utilities.
Someday, ATT. Someday, I’ll have my revenge.