Site Project: Gravel Walkway
Wauchula, FL - Events of Wednesday, March 8 to Tuesday, March 14, 2017
It's been two weeks since our last post. We have been busy, but a lot of what we have been doing involves daily life here at the co-op and isn't very newsworthy.
We have gotten much more involved at the co-op than we ever did at Blueberry Hill. There are two reasons for that. First, Blueberry Hill has over 400 sites, and it was easy to be anonymous there. The co-op has only 126 member-owned sites, so everybody pretty much knows everybody else. Second, since we own a share of the co-op, we care about it. We want it to flourish and do well, so we have gotten drawn into attending meetings to keep abreast of what is going on and what changes are in the works.
One of the things that has been keeping Margery busy is the co-op newsletter. The person who was doing the newsletter decided to run for the Board of Directors at the annual meeting of the membership back in February (she won), so Margery volunteered to take over as editor. The newsletter editor is responsible for laying out the newsletter, printing it, and distributing email copies. She attends quite a few meetings of the various co-op committees to better understand what is being done by those committees so she can do a good job of editing newsletter articles.
Paul has been busy, too. He was already working on the Building and Improvements Committee when he was invited to a Landscape Committee meeting a few weeks ago. He ended up being elected co-chairman of the Landscape Committee. Most of the work of that committee is done for this year, but there are still a few things that need to be done in preparation for next fall. Paul has also been working on projects around our site. We have written about several in past posts, and there is another one described later in this post.
Another thing that occupies our time is running errands. Some are to pick up materials for projects, and some, like the one we took to Bradenton last Wednesday, are to shop for essentials. We stopped at Sam's Club in Bradenton to pick up a few grocery items then went a couple of exits north on I-75 to the Premium Outlet Ellenton to look for new shoes for both of us and for Margery to check out a couple of clothing stores. Anna Maria Oyster Bar is located on the other side of the interstate from the mall so we stopped for lupper after finishing our shopping.
Anna Maria Oyster Bar in Ellenton has outdoor seating, but we usually eat inside because it's usually either too cool, too windy, or both. The weather was very pleasant this time so we decided to eat outside. There is a medium sized lake behind the restaurant, and we have seen a 4 or 5-foot alligator along the bank before, and it was there again this time. There is a fence part way up the bank so the 'gator can't get up to the restaurant area.
Margery had a fried clam strip basket ($8.99) with cole slaw and onion straws ($1.50 additional) for her sides, and Paul had a fried fish basket with cole slaw and boiled red potatoes ($8.99). Since it was before 3:00, Paul could have had all-you-can-eat fish basket for $1 more, but the four pieces that came with the regular meal were plenty.
Paul started working on adding a gravel walkway in front of the shed shortly after we moved the RV over onto the new concrete several weeks ago. The first thing he did was to create a small pad in front of the step using some concrete pavers he found stashed under the old shed. Then a little over a week ago, he outlined the perimeter of the area with treated 2x4s.
When the 2x4 perimeter was complete, Paul sprayed the walkway area with Roundup to kill all the grass and weeds. On Monday, Paul raked out the remnants of the plant material.
On Tuesday, Paul ran up to Walmart in Wauchula and got 24 bags of pea gravel. After covering the walkway area with heavy-duty landscape fabric, he started spreading the gravel.
We also picked up some sod at a nursery over in Sebring. Paul used it to fill in along the edges of our new concrete and to patch some bare spots behind the rig adjacent to the new gravel walkway. We'll be watering the sod daily in the hope it will take hold by the time we leave in the spring and fill in even more over the summer.
It's nice to have clean gravel by the shed to walk on in place of the weeds and bare sand that used to get tracked everywhere. The gravel continues around the side and rear of the shed to provide a buffer to protect the lattice skirting from weed whackers and to prevent rain from splashing sand up onto the shed. The two uprights at the right side of the shed are treated 4x4s covered with PVC fence post material and are there to help protect the shed from the riding mowers. The one near the door is also provides a convenient place to attach a bungee to hold the door open when Paul is working outside.
With the gravel walkway complete, Paul moved on to yet another project. We'll tell you about it in our next post.