Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Trees Throw Off Leaves

A bit of a strange header today, I know, but it’s standing for what we did yesterday. RAKING LEAVES! Many places Florida is like a jungle. And right here, all we need is screamin’ monkeys jumping in the trees. The trees, water oaks, hickory trees, magnolias are huge. Unlike in the north, Florida does not have a real fall season with much fall colours. Most trees are staying green but throwing off a few leaves here and there, replacing them with new ones. That is an ongoing process through all 12 months. And since Florida is flat like a pancake, there are no variations due to elevation.
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So we took a good hold on our rakes and cleaned walkways, and lawn of leaves.
Bea made use of an old tarp and we dragged the whole heap over to a large bin which by now is full to the brim.

It gave us a work-out and it was fun to be out in the warm sun.

Speaking of which: We have a very bright sunny day today again, but contrary to yesterday morning temps were below the freeze mark. Brrr….

We also went shopping, filled up on propane, checked the air pressure on our van tires and ordered a new break-away cable for the trailer.

DSC_0044You have probably seen or tried those automated air-vac columns at gas stations. Yup, you drop 4 quarters into it and a compressor starts running. Then you have to hurry up as you got about 4 minutes to do what you need to do. That makes a Dollar every 4 minutes. That would be all fine and dandy if those things would work. The first we tried, had a faulty valve at the end of the air hose. The next one we tried stopped after 2 tires and would not start again with all the money in the world. The third one had a valve which needed to be pressed so hard to the tire’s stem valve that my hand was hurting after less than a minute. My advice: go to a tire place and let them do it, or get yourself a portable compressor. 

We are still waiting to get a final confirmation on volunteering in Arizona, but we seem to be in the loop of things there.

Thanks for popping by!


  1. That's a lot of leaves. And a positive from a negative is you had a workout and got to be out in the sun for a few hours!

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

  2. What type of volunteer work would you do in Arizona? My husband and I are interested in buying an RV and possibly volunteering or workamping when he retires. :)

    1. It's volunteering in a National Wildlife Refuge. There are volunteering positions in State and National Parks and even County Parks. Just have to look for it on the Internet.

  3. Now you talking Ariozna is the place to be and you know it. Hope it works out for you.

    1. We would enjoy to get out of this area and to Arizona, for sure.

  4. It's hard to imagine raking leaves again. That's something we try to avoid. So far, we've been lucky and we don't even have a rake.


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