Date archive for June, 2014
By David Gaines On Saturday, June 28th, 2014
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A Quick Visit to the National Museum of African Art

Fittingly, we took a break to escape the sun from the Smithsonian Folklife Festival by visiting the National Museum of African Art. Nomoli head by a Sopi artist from Sierre Leone Little is known about More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 28th, 2014
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Kenya Featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Najwa’s grandparents in Kenya sent her a Kenyan-made dress and when better to debut it than at the the SMithsonian Folklife Festival when Kenya was being featured! During our first visit to Kenya, More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
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DC Prep’s End of Year Awards

Najwa’s first year of school has come to an end and we, as parents, could not happier with DC Prep and Najwa’s teachers Ms. Small and Ms. Nwosu. That and Najwa receiving recognition for being More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 14th, 2014
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Third Time a Charm for the Rhododendron Plant?

The rhododendron didn’t do well in its new location either. Leaves were shriveling. So I dug it up once again, knowing it creates shock to the roots but it’s dying anyway. I put it in a temporary pot More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 14th, 2014
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Work Progressing on Pathway

Work continues on the side of the house. Got a little vision of how I want it to look. I build another planter box, this one wider than the corner one, for future plants.  More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 14th, 2014
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Building the Step to the Pathway

Maybe it’s the motivation of not having to strip 6 inches of ground for 30 feet, but I’m really on this step idea. I have some adjusting to do, but it’s starting to make sense of how to do it.  More...

By David Gaines On Saturday, June 7th, 2014
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Laying Flagstone, Building Corner Planter At Gate, Installing Drain Pipe

Change of plans of how the retainer wall will look. I thought I’d like the wavy look because it means I didn’t have to maintain straight lines, but I don’t like it. So in the corner, I constructed More...

By David Gaines On Friday, June 6th, 2014
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Najwa’s DC Prep Field Trip to Port Discovery in Baltimore

I’m not going to say anything about mommy taking a grand total of about five pictures, but I am thankful that she served as a chaperon with Najwa’s DC Prep class on a trip to Port Discovery More...

By David Gaines On Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
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Continuing Building Retainer Wall and Rehabbing on Side of House

So I did a lot of reading and think I want a flagstone entryway instead of the brick ensemble I pieced together the other day. Till the ground a bit, lay the anti-weed fabric, some gravel, tamp it down, some sand, More...



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