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Swash Manor

Built in 1926

It’s 2017 and we have our newest group of back yard chickens, got them free off Craigslist, some apartments dweller realized that 6 chickens grow up, and are not fluffy yellow balls forever.

Hen Manor

Our main chicken house, the herbs that are drying are for the nesting boxes, mints,  chamomile, sage, cat nip, rosemary, bee balm, and lemon grass, it keeps the box fresh, and acts as a repellent against insects and pest.

Herbs dry for the nesting box

And here are the girls we hope, but I’m afraid we got a rooster or two……you know what Granddaddy Kemp Tyler said,  the best way to stop a rooster from crowing , is to put on a pot of rice!

The Girls


Our dog Ninja loves them thinks they are her babies…

Ninja dog and “Her Babies” She is protective of them when the cats come around…

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Well our oven finally just stopped working, i think it was the control board, too costly to repair, so i got a brand new one, i know its rare i ge a new anything, but let me tell you what, it is super nice!
Gas Range with Convection, 5.8 cubic feet of oven space, it features fan convection for faster, more even cooking. The cooktop offers five specialized burners for the ultimate in flexibility. It also includes a stovetop griddle customized to fit the center oval burner.

 I’m sure it’s like the gas range my Grandmother’s cooked on…..  

Fronie Ray Tyler Horry South Carolina, circa 1950’s?

UPDATE ON STOVE…Turns out every thing aboutbthis thing is great well built, except the one thing that moves, and a thing that is touched … often. The knobs, of all things to fail it’s the part that goes from knob to stove control, the knob is all metal except this one part it’s plastic, again weak point of failure in the damn knob. So I called and after a lot of back and forth…turns out can’t just send the knobs, must refund, and send a brand new stove….. no other option,!  So I had to unhook old one bring it outside, and hook up the new one….

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Garden at Swash Manor

Garden at Swash Manor

I know its cold, but the sun was so warm Sunday i was able to get out in the garden and do some much needed prep work, i repaired some of the wood on the raised beds, replaced bad wood with cedar wood.  an area by the fence has taken me 2 years to get under control, its ready to be transformed into some new raised beds, i added the wood frames, now ill empty two of the compost bins into this area. i think i want to elevate my drip irrigation system off the ground, i started this project but i need more support system to attach it to.swashchickensgp15 (4)

This is the time of the year i invite the Back Yard chickens into the garden, i protect the wildflower bed, the asparagus beds, and the herb garden, so they can not get into those areas, and i try to make the walkways cluttered so they are encouraged to scratch only in the raised beds, they eat those swashchickensgp15 (3)nasty grubs, and hopefully squash worm borers, i don’t think they hurt the earthworms because they are deeper this time of the year, they also till and fertilize all at the same time.




2015 garden plan

2015 garden plan

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darbyMy housemates Patrick’s cat darby, has/had feline urinary tract obstruction.

He came tumbling down the stairs the other night, like he was chasing a moth or lizard, he stopped and just sat there with his head down, we thought he had caught something, we looked and he just toppled over and started making noises, bad noises like the im about to lose my kitty noises, he seemed to be having a seizure or was he poisoned a thousand things race in my mind as i try to figure out how to save the cat, check air way, its good, quick paw check in case he got hit by a car, no sign of that, spine in-tack no swelling, and the cat cant stand just makes awful noises……..we rush to the After hours Animal Emergency Hospital of the Strand, on Grissom and 501, thank God for them! They are open when all the other Vets are closed, and are great!

Vet comes in does a quick check checks his penis and found blood, she knew instantly it was feline urinary tract obstruction, they start the emergency medical care needed to get Darby the Cat back on his feet, they keep him all night, in the AM he has to be picked up and taken to a “normal” vet.

Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach, on 21st Ave N. is a “new” Vet, we chose for pure convenience, but we were glad we did, they were super awsome! After a few days of expert care, he was ready to come home.  we were told to use UTI CAT FOOD from now on to prevent this in the future. He is upstairs recovering now, we hope he is back to his cat self in a week or so!

In retrospect we search for signs we may have missed, a few days ago he was in Patricks lap and was growling and hissing if you petted his back side but we checked his tail and did not notice any thing so we just thought he was being dumb.





It’s July and Darby is back to his old self!

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IMAG5839_1 Sunday we rode to Charleston with a friend “Scott from NC” we stopped at Hampton Plantation, and had lunch at Jacks Cosmic Dogs, then watched the sunset from the battery,  IMAG5854 when i got home i was craving Chex snack mix….so i went on that internet…………..


My main inspiration came from a recipe from Here #GIMMESOMEOVEN for Chex style snack mix made in a slow cooker, or crock pot! With that as my guide i came up with the following. Here is how i made mine. IMAG5863

its #frontporchapproved



Perfect day trip from Myrtle Beach to Charleston SC




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March 12, 2009 — You aren’t likely to see the chemicals formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxane listed on the labels of baby bath products, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t there, a consumer group is warning.

More than half of children’s bath soaps, shampoos, lotions, and other personal care products tested by the group Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) were found to contain 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, according to a report released today.

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