Saturday, June 03, 2006
When we first bought this property in the mid '80's, we didn't have a clue as to how we would actually get here before we were too old to enjoy it. (actually we must have had a clue or we wouldn't be here now, would we?)
Anyway, at first our visits were few and far between. We were in Savannah and then a transfer home to St. Auggie, but still not here. I would slip over here to put up fence whenever possible and it was on one of those trips that I met Mr. B.
Mr. B. was standing by the saggy field fence that delineated our northern, his southern boundary as I walked along exploring the new place. He was an older man with a huge old fashioned straw sun hat that shaded his face. He waved me over and greeted me with a smile. We talked about the place. He was naturally curious as to the new owners of the adjacent property. I explained to him that we wanted to get on the property, but had to work out the details (switch careers) to make it work.
Of course, we did get out here, and we did it within two years of that fence conversation. Through the years, we got to know Mr. and Mrs. B. better and they turned out to be the very best kind of neighbor. He was retired from the phone company and operated a small muscadine grape vineyard and a nursery. Every weekend he and his wife would load up their old truck with plants to take to the flea market. In the season, they would take fresh picked muscadines to sell. They worked hard and lived very simply in a tiny, old single wide trailer.
As he got older and his legs bothered him, he was a common site riding around on his red Murray lawn tractor with his huge sun hat. The kids took over cookies or cakes and came home carrying plants. When I went over to buy plants, I would come home with 3 or 4 freebies plus the one I had actually paid for. " Here, take this home and try it..." He would not take no for an answer and he would not take any more money...even though I know they could use every extra cent. Alot of freebies came over that fence.
It was from Mr. and Mrs. B that I got the fringe tree I posted about earlier as well as this gorgeous young magnolia that graces my front yard.
Mr. and Mrs. B are gone now, but I think of them every time these two trees bloom.
...Seems like they're still giving me freebies.
Posted by R.Powers at 8:22 AM