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Until they can get back to hosting friends and family, the Francinis spend a lot of time together with newly adopted puppy, Heidi, in their backyard paradise.
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chapter of the National Audubon Society, to build eco-friendly water features that support native species. This time of year the family often encounters bluebirds, cardinals, hummingbirds, green anole, five-lined skinks, swallowtail butterflies, dragonflies, frogs, toads, box turtles and deer. Poultry Villa Landscaping and Supplies delivered pebbles and organic mushroom soil for the raised beds directly to their home. All the additions ensure maximum outdoor enjoyment for the family, whether it’s in a hammock under the stars, a rocking chair on the covered porch or simply lounging poolside. “A treasured memory is from Mother’s Day this year with my parents and brother’s family,” Laura says. “We ordered Oakleaf takeout and shared brunch together on socially distanced tables set up on each level of decking. And an ice-cream party celebrating the first week of school last year was a blast.” The Francinis look forward to hosting more family and friends at their home as soon as possible. Their yard even features a tribute to family in the forsythia that line the south side of the home, grown from clippings passed down two generations from Laura’s grandfather’s bush in his Southwest Virginia garden. “Knowing that nothing is permanent, we enjoy it while we can,” Laura says. – by Marie Muir
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