Saturday, June 20, 2009


Zion of the Shenandoah!

All of our hard work painting the front porch pays big dividends! I should have taken a before picture so you can see the dramatic transformation. Also notice the new rock to each side of the driveway, which had to be put down after a 25 minute downpour during the Tuesday evening thunderstorm which washed part of their bank down across their driveway. We also had to take time out from painting to put mulch down to help keep the soil in place for all those future thunderstorms to come this summer.

Their beautiful view from the front porch looking to the west. This was taken when the humidity wasn't as high and you could actually see the Blue Ridge.

Swinging to the left and facing Southwest.

Across the street facing south are a couple of empty lots and an old house with trees and neatly mown lawn, which of course you don't have to water in Virginia because of summer rain. During the time we were there, there were thunderstorms and heavy rain almost every afternoon and evening, and sometimes all night, but the next day would be in the 80's, very muggy, but with a nice breeze on the porch.
This is the view from the back of their house. It's nicely wooded with honeysuckle growing up several of the trees. I loved waking up each morning to the sound of the birds happily singing outside our guest room window which faces these trees. Just a little plug for those of you who would like to visit Jess and Drew. You'll even have your own bathroom!


Blogger Aly sun said...

So glad to see pictures. I am sure you put in tons of work, but it is always fun when you are together.

Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 12:49:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Andee said...

Thank you for the pictures! What a beautiful view.

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 8:58:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Cathy said...

Ahh, I was wondering if you were going to take a trip that way...and I was also wondering what was happening with the house since Jess hasn't posted anything since the roof! :-) Torture for us bloggers, you know! What a beautiful place. Have fun!

Monday, June 22, 2009 at 4:27:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Marci said...

In Jess' defense, Drew was in Iraq and she was doing all the choosing of light fixtures, faucets, tile, the list goes on and on, and then she painted the interior walls of the major rooms all by herself. They still have the den, 2 bedrooms and the 2 story entry hall to paint. Drew got home in time to help get the inside stairs stained and varnished. They match their wood floor perfectly and did a great job!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 at 2:24:00 PM PDT  

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