I got back to work on the yard in earnest on Monday. I started early and the weather was ideal—sunshine with clouds and not too hot.
Section three is huge and in the middle of it there’s a circular brick “patio “that the previous owner used to host a fire pit. The bricks were laid on gravel and the people who built it spread the excess gravel in the yard. The worst part of the day was discovering five wheelbarrows full of gravel under the surface of the weeds and Fir needles where I want grass to grow.
I dug all the gravel out and schlepped it to the driveway; the loads were so heavy I could hardly push the wheelbarrow. But when I was done, the section I worked on had a lovely smooth rolling surface that really pleased me—as with other sections I’ve done.
Monday night ended early as my days always do after many hours of physical labour..
|This plant is a stunner. I have two of them.|
Look at those leaves!
Tuesday also dawned beautifully. I took Her Highness for a short walk and then got back to work on the yard before heading into the village to have my teeth cleaned and shop. When I got home, it was time to water all the gardens and my reward was discovering that my Peas are blooming and that my (few) Cherries will soon be ready to eat.
Today’s another lovely day so I’ll get lots more yard work done.
It’s going to take me for f’ing ever to finish section three. I figure I’ve done maybe 20% of it after four days of work. But when I look at the yard and see all I’ve done—sections one and two finished and a great start on section three—I realize I took on a huge project. At my current pace, it could take me three more weeks to finish this final section.
Today will start with a community dog walk and it’ll end with dinner at Jay’s with François and Eoin and all our dogs.
I heard Hozier’s song, Almost (Sweet Music), so many times on the CBC, it’s grown on me. Now I watch it on YouTube every day. The dancing in it, referencing the early days of Jazz, is spellbinding (especially the unmatchable young couple dancing in their apartment!). I’ve become a massive fan of the Irish troubadour. See the video here.