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Sam Hatfield Realty April 2009 Newsletter

 

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Sam Hatfield
Owner / Broker
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NEWSLETTER OF

SAM HATFIELD REALTY, INC.

4470 Mansford Road Winchester, TN 37398

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REAL ESTATE SALES, LAKE PROPERTY MANAGEMENT. LAKE VACATION RENTALS

April 2009


Featured Home

 

MLS #1062854

133 Coopers Cove 

$1,795,000

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Executive Tims Ford Lake Home with boat dock and hydraulic lift, paved road to dock. 2 kitchens, 2 master suites, 2 garages, Anderson windows, granite, marble, 3 fireplaces, security system, sunroom that views the lake. Too many amenities to mention!
 


Real Estate Update

LAKE PROPERTIES FOR SALE 2009
     TOTAL LAKE HOMES FOR SALE -
62

     TOTAL LAKE HOMES LISTED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH - 12
     TOTAL LAKE LOTS FOR SALE - 92
     TOTAL LAKE LOTS LISTED FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH - 8
LAKE PROPERTIES SOLD FOR THE MONTH OF MARCH
      TOTAL LAKE HOMES SOLD - 1
      TOTAL LAKE LOTS SOLD - 0


March New Listings


MLS #1061707  971 Dripping Springs Road  $324,900
Beautiful lakefront home in Dripping Springs Subdivision. 3 bedrooms 3 baths, Hickory cabinets, boat house and floating dock. Covered back deck perfect for sitting outside and enjoying the view of the lake.
 


 

TIMS FORD LAKE TRIVIA

 

Q: How does TVA improve the quality of aquatic life below the dam?

 

A: TVA runs air compressors that add oxygen to the water.

 

Watch for more Tims Ford Lake trivia in next month's newsletter.  If there are any questions that you would like to have the answer featured on the newsletters please e-mail me at Lindsay.kendrick@samhatfield.com

 


April Calendar of Events

 

April 5 – Palm Sunday
April 9 – Passover
April 10 – Good Friday
April 12 – Easter

April 13 - Tims Ford Council - 2nd membership meeting 2009

3rd weekend in April - High on the Hog
April 22 – Administrative Professionals Day

1st weekend in May - Dogwood Festival


Gardening Tips for the month of April


For an active gardener each month of the year comes with specific tasks. Several activities including the new ones will have to be accomplished in that particular month.  Here are some of the home gardening tips which will certainly be helpful for you.

·         April is the month when you must prune the spring flowering shrubs as soon as they are finished up with blooming.

·         First fortnight of this month is very much appropriate for sowing the seeds of Bush, Lima, and Pole Beans, Pumpkins, Radish, and Squash. You should ensure at the same time that the planting beds are sufficiently moist facilitating good germinating conditions for the seeds.

·         Closely related crops or the same crops should not be repeated in the same place in your garden. Plants and crops belonging to the same family should also be avoided as far as possible. For instance, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, Radishes, and Turnips all belong to the same family. Instead, you should opt for different crops that are not related with each other in any way. You may try Radishes in the place you grew Black-Eyed Peas last year.

·         The Gladiolus plant comes every week during April and May months. You can also plan out a succession of summer blooms in your garden with these plants.

·         This is the best month for sowing certain specific plants and crops. Some of them include Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Mustard, Okra, Sweet Corn, Black-Eyed Peas, Pepper, and Watermelon seeds. Sweet Potatoes could also be sowed in the month of April.

·         In case you observe black spots on your roses then treat the plant and flowers immediately with baking soda spray.

·         If you have Azaleas in your garden then fertilize them during April because it is the time when they will finish blooming. Select an organic flower food or a suitable chemical fertilizer which is fit for Azalea. Ensure proper water subsequent to fertilizing the plants.

·         If you have an inclination for growing herbs in your garden then April is ideal for some of them. Plant herbs like Dill, Spearmint, Italian Oregano, French Tarragon, Sweet Basil, Rosemary, Sage, and Thyme.

For growing herbs bright sunlight exposed locations are more appropriate. You should learn growing herbs well in advance so that you can avoid committing common mistakes. For instance, some of the mints are good looking and beneficial as well but they are invasive. So if you are planting such mint plants then better confine them to a pot or wide-spreading space so that its invasion doesn’t affect other plants.

·         During April weeds and other undesirable plants grow as well. It is the favorite season for them as well. You should keep a constant vigil on the vegetable and flower beds in your garden and pull immediately the weeds so that they do not grow further.

Desirable plants in your garden thus would get sufficient water, nutrients, sunlight, and proper space to grow

·         You must also consider planting the container-roses, perennial flowers, warm season flowers like celosia, Impatiens, Periwinkles, Portulaca, and Zinnia in this month.

·         You must take care of aphids during April. Be cautious particularly in the tender new growth. Better use water for blasting the little pests off in order to safeguard your plants.

·         For all the landscape beds and vegetable beds it is the most appropriate month for adding compost. Addition of compost will enrich the quality of soil further. Mulching of beds also becomes very pertinent during this month. Mulching with compost or any suitable organic material will ensure maintaining moisture.

·         If your houseplants have overgrown then better re-pot them. Select an inch larger pot which is also an inch more in diameter than to the previous one. While transferring the plant to the new container, you must ensure that the depth of the soil is one-inch below the container-rim. Keep the same depth while re-planting them also.

·         Clean your houseplants with spray, cloth, water, or a hand held shower. Be gentle to the leaves while cleaning them.

·         Birds in your garden always make the surrounding pleasant. You may like to leave a couple of feeders open and filled with a variety of foods. Create an additional pond or bird bath with a defined shelter with bird houses or trees and shrubs. Birds not only please you mood but also eat the insects feeding on plants. So love plants and birds equally.

·                     When the April month approaches an end you should start planting warm weather grass like Bermuda in an open space of your garden. It will always remind you of the April pleasures.

 

The Traditions of Easter
As with most all “Christian” holidays, Easter had been secularized and commercialized. The dichotomous nature of Easter and its symbols, however, is not necessarily a modern fabrication. Since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century, Easter has had its non religious side. In fact, Easter was originally a pagan festival. The ancient Saxons celebrated the return of Spring with an uproarious festival commemorating their goddess of offspring and of springtime, Estre. When the second-century Christian missionaries encountered the tribes of the north with their pagan celebrations, they attempted to convert them to Christianity. They did so, however, in clandestine manner.  It would have been suicide for the very early Christian converts to celebrate their holy days with observances that did not coincide with celebrations that already existed. To save lives, the missionaries cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate pagan feasts, but do so in a Christian manner.  As it happened, the pagan festival of Eastre occurred at the same time of year as the Christian observance of the Resurrection of Christ. It made sense, therefore, to alter the festival itself, to make it a Christian celebration as converts were slowly won over. The early name, Eastre, was eventually changed to the modern spelling, Easter.

The Date of Easter
Prior to A.D. 325, Easter was variously celebrated on different days of the week, including Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In that year, the Council of Nicaea was convened by emperor Constantine. It issued the Easter Rule which states that Easter shall be celebrated on the first Sunday that occurs after the first full moon on or after the vernal equinox. However, a caveat must be introduced here. The “full moon” in the rule is the ecclesiastical full moon, which is defined as the fourteenth day of a tabular lunation, where day 1 corresponds to the ecclesiastical New Moon. It does not always occurred on the same dates as the astronomical full moon. The ecclesiastical “vernal equinox” is always on March 21.  Therefore, Easter must be celebrated on a Sunday between the dates of March 22 and April 25.

The Lenten Season
Lent is the forty-six day period just prior to Easter Sunday. It begins on Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras (French for “Fat Tuesday”) is a celebration, sometimes called “Carnival,” practiced around the world, on the Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday. It was designed as a way to  “get it all out” before the sacrifices for Lent began. New Orleans is the focal point of Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S. Read about the religious meanings of the Lenten Season.

The Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny is not a modern invention. The symbol originated with the pagan festival of Eastre. The goddess, Eastre, was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons through her earthly symbol, the rabbit. The Germans brought the symbol of the Easter Rabbit to America. It was widely ignored by other Christians until shortly after the Civil War. In fact, Easter itself was not widely celebrated in America until after that time.

The Easter Egg
As with the Easter Bunny and the holiday itself, the Easter Egg predates the Christian holiday of Easter. The exchange of eggs in the springtime is a custom that was centuries old when Easter was first celebrated by Christians. From the earliest times, the egg was a symbol of rebirth in most cultures. Eggs were often wrapped in gold leaf or , if you were a peasant, colored brightly by boiling them with the leaves or petals of certain flowers. Today children hunt colored eggs and place them in Easter baskets along with the modern version of real Easter eggs – those made of plastic or chocolate candy.

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THE LAKE LEVEL FOR TIMS FORD LAKE CURRENTLY AS OF April 1, 2009:

LAKE LEVEL IS: 882.1

 

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