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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 10, 2018 12:13 PM CST
I am guessing the horse was buried long before your house was built. Now I would love to dig up bones, but that was my "skill" in archaeology. And yes Lilli - I did use a trowel Hilarious! , but no brush as it was quite muddy. She got a bath in the kitchen sink!

Got up this morning and the road was clear. Took my shower and by the time I was out it was snowing heavily, then we got some sleet for the fun of it, then snow agin, and now - finally! - sun! Hurray! Think I will attempt to get to work (always an iffy proposition after snow down here in the south - no plows, and no one knows how to drive in snow).

Casey - I hear you about no insulation in the walls of your house. Mine was built in 1930 so doesn't have any either. It does have radiators though so it can get quite toasty in here.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Dec 10, 2018 3:28 PM CST
yikes is right! i have other questions, but i won't go there. i'll just imagine Big Grin Hilarious!

stay safe everyone. i worry about driving in heavy downpour. i can't imagine how it is to drive and see during heavy snow or sleet conditions.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Dec 10, 2018 4:04 PM CST
hope all the people stay safe. mud doesn't help either. Luckily irises are tough plants & survive snow. Not sure about mud.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Dec 10, 2018 6:29 PM CST
shizen said:
stay safe everyone. i worry about driving in heavy downpour. i can't imagine how it is to drive and see during heavy snow or sleet conditions.


I lived in New England for a few years. Driving in snow was terrifying. I had no control over the car. I braked, but the car didn't stop, turned the wheel, but the car didn't turn, tried to drive up hill, but the car slid downhill. Hit black ice and the car spun around several times. Also drove off the road during a snowstorm.
Fun times.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Dec 10, 2018 6:36 PM CST
that does sound extremely terrifying, andrea. i'm so thankful i don't have to drive in those conditions. only have had residences in 2 states, california and the one west of here. Big Grin
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 10, 2018 7:21 PM CST
I learned to drive in Western Michigan where we had tons of lake effect snow off of Lake Michigan. I can rock a car out of a snow bank, drive in snow fall, scrape windows, use a broom to clear a foot of snow off a car, shovel the plow "snow boulders" out of the way and be off. Unfortunately I find that drivers in NC have none of these skills. I actually think I have the only snow shovel in the neighborhood. Gads.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Will Currie
Hoke co NC (Zone 8a)
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UncleWill
Dec 10, 2018 10:42 PM CST
The rain has turned to sleet and now snow. I don't think it's going to amount to much. Hopefully it kills some mosquitoes.

It's true we southerners can't drive in snow, we never get any practice. I spent one winter in New England and was baffled by the concept of a snow lane. I decided quickly I was only hardy to zone 7a. Hilarious!
Name: Will Currie
Hoke co NC (Zone 8a)
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UncleWill
Dec 10, 2018 11:23 PM CST
Thought I'd missed the snow. The weather wizards said the storm was over but it's snowing here for the first time during all this mess. I don't think it will amount to much. There's been some minor flooding and it's going to make it hard for any snow to stick.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 11, 2018 1:03 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!
UncleWill said:...I decided quickly I was only hardy to zone 7a. Hilarious!


It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Dec 11, 2018 2:37 AM CST
Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious!

We have had no snow so far this season, which is fine as I don't like planting in snow. Big Grin

Leslie, our house is from around 1800, so I think it might have been here before the horse. Fortunately, I don't need to dig any more deep planting holes in that part of the bed, so the poor horse can now rest in peace.

I hope you will share pictures of your find! Crossing Fingers!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Dec 11, 2018 1:37 PM CST
Why would they have ever buried the horse so close to the house? That would have been quite an undertaking too.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Dec 11, 2018 3:10 PM CST
Maybe that's where the horse died. Moving a dead horse without a tractor would be quite the undertaking. It doesn't sound like the horse was buried very deep. I'm wondering about the smell too!
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
Oops. The weeds took over!
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UndyingLight
Dec 11, 2018 3:36 PM CST
Maybe the horse was buried there, and then the house was placed really close to it. And also, ew! Dead horse!
What a beautiful sunset!
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Dec 12, 2018 2:48 AM CST
I think the soil was moved around, when the former owners made the patio, so I don't know where that horse was buried originally. I hope I do not find the rest of it elsewhere. Big Grin
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Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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greenappleagnes
Dec 12, 2018 6:23 AM CST
Barbara - That's what I was about to say! We have a piece of property and were chatting with our neighbor (who we bought the property from) about the location of the septic field. She looked concerned and asked, "Where will it go?" We pointed to the area and she said, "Okay, I don't think that's where the horse is buried." That's when we learned where the horse dies is where it is buried. (We bought the piece of property that included the barn and pasture, and there's have been many horses!)

Lilli - Oh my! Thank you for sharing. Great story!!

Uncle Will - Hardy to zone 7a. That's hysterical!

Leslie - We love our old house, chill factor and all!

Coming from Texas, I am definitely one of those who can't drive it. Freaks me out. If I need to get anywhere (like work), Greg takes me. He has 4WD and is way more comfortable driving in it. I've been fortunate over the last 12+ years to work less than three miles from the office and the City of Concord has awesome services during storms. We live on a main road which gets plowed multiple times a day, but our drive is on a side street that doesn't. We did get more snow Monday, but it got warm enough that most melted off the streets so driving wasn't bad at all. (Though I did not drive Monday!)
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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greenappleagnes
Dec 12, 2018 7:00 AM CST
In case anyone was interested, here are a few pics of the horses on our property. We lease the barn and pasture to someone who has horses. Which is awesome, we get to enjoy them but don't have to take care of them. Smiling

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Dec 12, 2018 9:54 AM CST
Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Lilli
Lundby, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
Dec 12, 2018 10:34 AM CST
Live horses! Hurray!
One of our neighbours has horses and we can see them from the house and from the back yard, so we get to enjoy them without the hassle of taking care of them too. Such a neat arrangement! Thumbs up
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Dec 12, 2018 1:13 PM CST
Not to gross you all out, but I have a story about a buried animal.

When I was a child, my older sister was walking through the field by the barn down the street from us. (That area is now full of new houses) When all of a sudden the ground beneath her caved in and she ended up inside of a rotting cow carcass. There were maggots everywhere and the smell...oh the smell. Now, it's a story we can all laugh at, but it wasn't then. Then again, I was her little brother, so of course I laughed at it then too. Sticking tongue out

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Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
Dec 12, 2018 1:16 PM CST
Rob ~ YUCK! Thumbs down
Naughty brother!
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold, when it is summer in the light and winter in the shade.” ~Charles Dickens
(This seems to apply to May as well!)

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