This is section two, all ready for some surface soil and lawn seed.
Oh, my Lord, it was hard, hot and dusty work yesterday. But I finished section two and can relax today.
I took ten wheelbarrows full (!) of dead Fir needles off section two … and rocks (tons of ‘em), gravel, old pieces of concrete and more and more rocks. Using the tool I have—a kind of rake/pitchfork combo—was difficult because there are so many roots.
Compared to stacking wood, this work is easy peasy—there’s far, far less bending—but it took a lot longer than I thought to finish section two. And it’s hard on the wrist. I started at 9:00 am and worked diligently without a meal break until 3:00. I was exhausted when I quit cookies and a spa!
My lawns are dying and giving my yard the tan and brown of summer. Apparently, it comes back in the Fall.
I’ll do some corrective work to section one today, and I’m going to plant more lettuce. Later, I’ll likely shop for picnic type food for Edwin’s visit. He’s here until Wednesday morning and then I get started on section three. Hooray!
Edwin is a great friend. I met him in Nice when I moved there for a year to study French and teach there. I had many guests. That’s what happens when you move to the Riviera and have an apartment just a few blocks from the beach.
I arrived home, one day, to find a giant blond man in my garden. I’d never met him before; he introduced himself as a friend of a friend of mine. That was in 1974 and we’ve been friends ever since.