Contributed by Marian Fuchs
There’s been plenty of infrastructure work at Collington this year – new road, new HVAC, new roofing. Somewhat less visibly, we also got a new bridge over the Collington Pond. Here are some pictures, tracing its construction, which took a couple of weeks, with rain checks. One neat new feature is the addition of little lights along the bridge rails.
For many months members of the Weed Warriors (previously “Lakes and Trails”) have been requesting repairs to the trail leading to the grave-sites that has become rutted over the years. Finally, a crew from Ruppert Landscape, guided by Kyle Olson, a recent addition to the Collington Staff, has now constructed new runners and gravel leveling at critical points. Many thanks are due to Jacob Kijne, who provided expert advise for the placement of runners to divert water runoff. Weed Warriors have since then covered particularly muddy spots with hay matting. Hopefully the trail will remain easy to tread even after rainy days. The final leg of the project awaits the completion of the Landing, our new restaurant, at which time tailings from the construction road will be reutilized to cover the remaining problematic areas.
Click here for a PowerPoint Guide of the complete trail, courtesy of Dorothy Yuan.
By Marian Fuchs
Saturday evening saw another delightful “Bond” cocktail hour. There was music with a beat and swing, there was delicious (and free) beer and cider brewed by the dynamic duo of Chris Ramsey and Denny Klass assisted by Peggy Latimer and Lois Brown. Delicious finger food was prepared by Exec Chef Stephanie Tolson.
Here are pictures of just four of the many people whose talent and charm made the happy hour in the new-and-improved courtyard so enjoyable.
By Marian Fuchs, photo editor
It’s been sad to see the leaves turning so early this year. But Collington still has plenty of flower viewing left for you to enjoy. Here are some examples from the Hilltop Garden, which you can visit for yourselves, ideally in the early morning of a sunny day.
In addition to the marigolds, cosmos, asters and daisies, there are still a few sunflowers, and lots of zinnias in full bloom. Below are a few samples.
And some other close-up blooms…
There are still multi-colored morning glories along the garden fence…
And a number of flowers whose names I do not know…
Many thanks once again to our talented photo editor and to our amazing gardeners! Our community is more beautiful because of your efforts.
Our photo editor Marian Fuchs writes:
The other day I took a few pictures at the Lake, after the construction of the barrier. I think these pictures show that the recent construction will not significantly detract from our enjoyment of the Lake — in fact, the gabions look rather attractive. The third picture shows the mesh that the crew have spread over the areas of grass that they damaged; in time the seed in the mesh will sprout and make the grassy area whole again. The two shadows are Jacob and me.
I look forward to the lake filling up again soon.