The Burlap Project Begins!

Posted by F&S

We Frenchies put on some warm coats and went outdoors to play and explore.  We noticed that the bamboo framework for all of the bamboo covers for boxwood and other shrubs was in the process of being constructed.  What a job!

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Would you look at that!  It's the start of 'cover the farm in burlap season!'

1 Would you look at that! It's the start of 'cover the farm in burlap season!'

Well it makes sense.  I'm wearing a coat and I guess the boxwood should have one, too.  After all, heavy snow can damage them and icy winds can burn their foliage.

2 Well it makes sense. I'm wearing a coat and I guess the boxwood should have one, too. After all, heavy snow can damage them and icy winds can burn their foliage.

Chhewang, we see that all of the bamboo stakes have been taken out of storage for this rather massive project you're working on.

3 Chhewang, we see that all of the bamboo stakes have been taken out of storage for this rather massive project you're working on.

This boxwood allee is really long and requires a lot of bamboo to form the framework for the burlap.

4 This boxwood allee is really long and requires a lot of bamboo to form the framework for the burlap.

What is this giant looking nail?

5 What is this giant looking nail?

Franny, I've seen this thing used before.  It's a heavy pick that gets driven into the ground to make a hole.

6 Franny, I've seen this thing used before. It's a heavy pick that gets driven into the ground to make a hole.

You see, here's Phurba using one right now.  He forces the pointy end into the soil.

7 You see, here's Phurba using one right now. He forces the pointy end into the soil.

And then he forces the bamboo stake into the hole, anchoring it into the ground.  This is really important because it gets quite windy here and you don't want the burlap covered bamboo to blow away.

8 And then he forces the bamboo stake into the hole, anchoring it into the ground. This is really important because it gets quite windy here and you don't want the burlap covered bamboo to blow away.

Say, who just pulled up to the stable?  Let's go find out!

9 Say, who just pulled up to the stable? Let's go find out!

It's Linda, the farrier coming to put shoes on Sasa.  It's great to see you, Linda!

10 It's Linda, the farrier coming to put shoes on Sasa. It's great to see you, Linda!

Linda always has the best treats and we love her for that!

11 Linda always has the best treats and we love her for that!

Comments (14)

  • :-) gee it seems like it was just yesterday the burlap was being put up...and here we go again....oh where does the time go?
    Girls you look spiffy with those cute coats. :-) Does GK have a sweater or coat? Bet he doesn't need one with all that fur.
    Kitty is starting to grow her winter coat, her little paws have long hair between them , so cute.
    Everyone have a Hug,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Hello everyone,
    Does everyone in your area cover all the plants with bamboo? That is a lot of work but if your area gets a lot of harsh weather, I would see where something would have to be done to protect the plants and shrubs.
    Well, today Val's boys are one week old. In another week, their eyes will be open and they will be walking pretty good.
    Soooooooooo, what does everyone have planned for the weekend? Mammy Jean is taking Karen out for a nice meal cause she missed her birthday. That means I will be in charge and the biggest thing is I can hide my biscuits all over the place while they are gone. WAA HUU
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • It's Friday!!!!! Good morning Francesca, Sharkey, GK and Glue Squaders!
    First of all...love those coats on you girls. Every year when the great "cover the farm in burlap" begins, Mom shows Dad and tries to explain the reasoning. Dad makes a bee-line to the garage and doesn't come out for hours. hahahahaha
    A couple days ago, Martha, Miz Lu and Riley asked when the Glue Squad decorates for Christmas. Wellllll, that usually causes some..."discussion" around our house. Dad would love to have the lights blaring by the middle of November. Mom says not until after Thanksgiving. Dad has lights up all over the outside of the house. Plus he puts up a "gingerbread village" in the side yard. It takes him 2-3 days just to get everything hung and just right. Mom says our house would look like "Christmas Vacation" if she didn't stop him. hahahahah
    Anyways, the indoor tree goes up around the middle of December. And then everything comes down on the 1st of January. That is our tradition. And Mom likes her traditions. So that's our answer, Riley Boy. Hope it helps.
    Have a wonderful weekend, everyone.
    Pugs and kisses
    Brutus and Max

  • Good Morning F & S

    That time of year already that means snow is just around the corner. It's pretty to look at but I sure do hate walking in that stuff. I better go get the snow shovel and put it by the back door so when it does snow mom can clear a path for me to go do my poopa :)

    Friday - YAHOO!!!!! Mom will be home ALL weekend except for a trip to the grocery store. She needs to get ready for Thanksgiving and then wants to start wrapping presents. That woman has been an online shopping fool every day we get boxes delivered. She wants to have everything organized before she goes away.

    Brutus and Max my mom is going to start decorating this weekend. Dad wants her to wait until after Thanksgiving but she said it's a week later this year so she is missing a week of decorations. So tell your mom it's time :)

    Have a great weekend everyone!!!

    Zoe

  • Hi F,S,&GK+ Glue Squad, How fun to see you two sweet girls in your great outfits checking out that great work being done by Chhewang and Phurba to cover the boxwood and other plants for protection during the winter time! You sure had fun watching those products being added and then you were thrilled when Linda came by to put shoes on Sasa! What a sweetheart she was to hug you two and give you such nice treats! Was also fun to see all three of you F,S,&GK with Martha and Kevin visiting that Home Depot last Saturday in New Jersey! Hope you have a great weekend! Great to hear from Delia and Kitty, Maddox, Brutus and Max, and Zoe so far this morning! Everyone was so thankful commenting on Dr. Pia's blog yesterday and hope to hear from the rest of you great buddies! Have a great weekend! It's very cold here and Mom and I spend lots of time getting the wood ready to burn in her fire place to keep warm! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hello Girls and Glue Squad Buddies,
    TGIF, for sure this week!!!! You girls are looking mighty busy and so stylin'. I love these coats too. We are covering our young Blueberry and Blackberry bushes with burlap from coffee bags from a nearby shop. They have died off in the past, and so Dad read to do like you girls do with these type bushes. So we will see. We had our first snow yesterday, and my game is on to butt vroom in it. Love it, love it. And Riley, Miz Lu and Martha, we are putting up 2 trees before Thanksgiving, that can't be too visible to others and the family tree after Thanksgiving. The one going up today is the 12 foot Fisherman tree right beside my chair in our bedroom. Can hardly wait to see it. Then Mom is doing her Snowman tree and mine and then I have to start preparing my Christmas list. Yes, I have been good even though I got out of the yard-----I came back, and there has been no counter surfing since last Thanksgiving's dressing incident. I hear the sleigh bells and jingle bells ringing. Thank you all for seeing the wonderful photos yesterday of my Glue Squad buddies and the wonderful words. We are a stick together kind of bunch, huh? Hehehehehehe Have a GEM of a weekend all.
    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Good morning ladies,
    Our winters aren't so harsh so we don't do the burlap wrap on our bushes.
    I don't have much to write about today. This dark rainy weather has me sleeping away. Mimi left work early yesterday and did get the applesauce made yesterday, baked dinner rolls and worked on the grandkids fleece blankets. As I said, I slept.
    Tomorrow Mimi & Papa are going to shop for new outdoor Christmas lights. Mimi says new lights mean no grumbling from Papa. I don't know how Mimi is going to get lights all around the blue spruce, it grew so much since last year. I thing she'll need a ladder.
    Have a great weekend everybody.
    Your pal,
    Rebel

  • Morning Girls & GLue Squad Buddies - As Ruby said, TGIF..where did the week go. Girls, good job on the burlap project. Dad mentioned that maybe we should do it on some of our bushes in the front. They had a rough winter last winter with all the snow; but came back looking pretty good in the spring. We'll see if it gets done or not. Great to see some our of friends on yesterday's blog, although, I'm a day late, I'm grateful for my forever home, Mom & Dad, Auntie Annie, and everything I get everyday. Not much happening here today, it's raining and you know what that means, no deck time, soggy paws and no backyard patrol until it clears up. Guess I stay close to Dad and/or Mom today. Hope all my friends are doing well. Ruby, big weekend for our teams! Have a nice weekend.

    Till next time,
    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hello Francesca, Sharkey and my glue squad buddies,
    We love seeing winter preparations on the farm. Burlap seems a great invention to protect the trees and bushes from that inevitable snow and ice here in the East. I wonder why Mom's little live tree in the field is only green 2/3rds of the height. The bottom third does not get green, maybe critters are eating it.
    Maddox, happy one week birthday to the baby puppies. If you are the proud papa then congratulations. Dudley, hope you are keeping warm. Rebel, Mimi's applesauce sounds delicious! Kitty, we are thankful you shared your special rescue story yesterday. Ruby, hope you are having fun watching the trees being decorated. Zoe, Mom does not like driving in snow and she shovels a path in it for Abby to go outside on the grass too.
    Abby is dreaming of dog biscuits today. Mom worked double shifts on Wednesday. Today is craft day before she works tonight! Enjoy the weekend everyone.
    James Dean the persian cat boy

  • Hi Y'all,
    No need for burlap here Francesca and Sharkey unless it's on Fig trees or Gardenia Bushes. Most years we fair pretty well without it. But just as I say this, the weathermen are calling for some artic cold air to arrive tomorrow. Ok, OUR version of artic cold. I heard all the snickers from those of you in northern climes.
    To chime in on Christmas decorations, Mis says not before Thanksgiving. The tree up about a week before Christmas. The Moravian Star up December 1. We will likely only have the Bird Tree that sits on a table this year. George still has too much puppy in him to be trusted with the large tree. We like to celebrate the epiphany in January. It's a bit less hectic for us (our store stays open until afternoon Christmas Eve and opens back up at 9:00 the 26th. And it's all hands on deck from now until January 1.) and more enjoyable to have family over for a casual meal. That's kind of our tradition since we were teens. Christmas Day has become our day to relax and sit back. We cook a meal, watch a Christmas movie (you'll shoot your eye out!) but nothing fancy and it's just us siblings.
    Ruby, thanks for the card and have fun decorating and butt vrooming in the snow!
    Everyone, have a great weekend and stay safe.
    Dixie Boy

  • Hello Everyone: Its that time of year when all the burlap goes up, regular as clockwork. Makes very interesting silhouettes when it gets covered in snow. Thanks for all the GS input on the Xmas decorations debate - looks like everyone is at least thinking about it, if not already doing something about it. We are putting our tree up this weekend and Mom is plugging in the outside lights as well. Miz Lu and I have seen lots of Xmas trees, but Riley boy was only a few months old last year when the tree went up and it was downstairs, so I don't think he remembers it. This year will be a surprise for him, Mom says that Miz Lu and I will have to be explaining the rules about Xmas trees to him, no climbing, chasing cats in, around or under and definitely no taking ornaments off the tree! We'll take a picture of our tree and us and send it round the GS list so you all can see the results of our hard work. Well, gotta love ya and leave ya, have a great weekend everyone ... Martha, Miz Lu and Riley boy!

  • TGIF everybody!!
    Been a pretty quiet week at our house. Mom was pretty wiped out from her catering job over the weekend so we all just kind of layed around and cuddled in front of the TV....all except Sophie...it was too quiet for her so she had to create her own excitement...Mayer and I thought she was just being more obnoxious than usual...she did naughty things like jump off the furniture on me, which I did not think was "cute" in the least, so the second time she did it I made it perfectly clear to her I was not amused! She finally antagonized Mayer enough that he would chase her around the house playing doggy tag and that kept her entertained for a while. This weekend we are going to finish cleaning the house for the holidays and will start decorating the day after Thanksgiving. This is Mayer's 1st Christmas with us so we will see how he behaves with the tree. Personnly, I think he'll try and pee on it, but mom assures me her sweet little Mayer would never do such a thing. Remember, this comes from the woman who absolutely adores Sophie and thinks she does nothing wrong either! Her credibility is shot with me!
    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. It's supposed to be sunny and cold in the Pacific Northwest thru Thanksgiving so that means lots of outdoor time running around like wild things.
    Everyone take care and we'll catch up with you all on Monday.
    Chloe, The Queen Chiweenie

  • Gee, it's already burlap season? Boy, the year has flown by. What a big task to ensure all the plants stay protected. Good job fellas! :)

    Let's hope Mother Nature is gentle this Winter.

    Happy Weekend to all the gluey's! :)
    gail

  • Hi everybody..busy little Frenchies..it has been freezing here the last couple nites..so we have covered a couple plants..like Lynn, we use coffee bags from the the local coffee shop...lots of action here..on my walks I have been running into people out in the woods..hunters and fishermen..which would be okay if they asked permission and we just didn't come upon them..because I don't have very good social skills and am really protective of this wonderful place, the farm/ranch ..so I scare the day lites out of these people when I charge them... suppose a red heeler wearing a day-glo orange vest running full bore at you would be a little scary... and lucinda racing thur the trees yelling Chewy come back...never a dull moment...all my buddies have a great week-end..love, the Chewy and group

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