Pecan Grove ( Pecan Grove and Senior Residence

May 23, 2009

May 2009

Filed under: Pecan Grove,Rosamond Residence,Senior Residence — knewman @ 12:59 pm

It’s hard to believe that more than a month has passed since the last posting, and that this is memorial day weekend already!  It seems 2009 just started!  Things are going very well at Pecan Grove.  The grass was just planted, all the paths are in, and the fountain is working in the lake.  The pecan trees are flourishing, though this year probably won’t be as good as last year would have been without hurricane Ike, because pecan trees are “alternate bearing” which means they bear more pecans one year and then take a year off.  We continue to have lots of visitors and are enjoying gospel meetings at the residence on Sunday afternoons.  The workers (Joyce and Andrea) have cooked a few meals and done some cleaning, great to have them around.

Residence from dam

Residence viewed from the dam

Horse watering pond as seen from the dam.                                                 Deck and fountain

Fountain at night                                                                                              Lily pads in lake

The half mile trail around the lake is finished and the grass is planted.           Front of residence

Installing new irrigation piping                                                                         Kenny playing at computer nook

Huge apple pies by Mae Nelson                                                                       Worker Cooks!

Rosamonds are now living in their new home


August 24, 2008

Lots of Progress

Filed under: Pecan Farming,Pecan Grove,Rosamond Residence,Senior Residence — knewman @ 6:25 pm

We returned from Paris yesterday and went out to see the progress at the pecan grove this afternoon.  Most of the plywood is on the roof of the Sr. residence, and all the studs are up.


Mike and Ronda’s house is coming along well.  It’s “dried in” now, and is scheduled to be done in October.

Many of the pecan trees are loaded with pecans.  The photo below shows a cluster of 7 pecans.  Some of the trees are breaking due to the heavy load of fruit.  One tree, show below, has split so bad it will need to be cut off and grafted again, so only the strong root will be saved. 

Some of the trees have grown slowly and have no fruit.  Mike pulled some of these up and found that their tap root was growing in circles (see below).  Young trees are started in buckets and the tap root is forced to grow in a circle.  When the tree is removed from the bucket and planted, this root must be cut and the little that remains will usually straighten and go straight down.  Evidently when these trees were planted this wasn’t done, so they have no depth of root, and cumber the ground.  Unfortunately, we have quite a few trees that will have to be cut down… no amount of digging around them and fertilizing them would help.



June 30, 2008

Rosamond House

Filed under: Rosamond Residence — knewman @ 9:48 am

Mike and Ronda Rosamond’s house – pics will be added to each group as progress is made.  The groups are by cardinal direction from the photographer’s perspective. 

Southward – The corner of the house with the fireplace; front porch on left and deck on right.


Westward – The corner with the bedrooms; front porch on right and balcony on left.


Front porch –


Balcony –


Northward – Carport on left and house on right.


Eastward – Carport on right and deck on left.


Driveway from road –

Driveway from house –


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