My neighbours, Barbara, Kelly and their son, Stuart, have sold their lot—and their trailer. They’ll be leaving at the end of July. They are lovely people, and their dog is a dream, so it’s sad that they are leaving.
Alison and Peter came by just before 9:00 am yesterday morning. I drove them to the ferry terminal, and we talked about the storm—everyone has been talking about it. Once I dropped them off, Her Highness, looking resplendent in her now do by the way, and I went for our morning walk. It was chilly. I was up at 5:00 and it was 4°. But the afternoons are lovely and mild, and the rest of the week is predicted to be sunny and warm.
When I got home, I started cleaning up the yard. I had just finished raking and mowing all the lawns early yesterday, but now I’ve to start all over again. There are branches, twigs, and cones everywhere. I picked up five wheelbarrows full of crap in the morning. I’m rather desperate to get to work on the gardens, but it’s more waiting on that front until I finish with the lawns.
I worked all day. It was a lovely day—toasty warm when in the sunshine, but cool in the shade and with the wind. I enjoyed seeing things cleaned up; Pinecone Park looks much nicer now. When I look out my windows, I see a clear deck and courtyard. Plus, I raked everything off the driveway and that really makes the place look tidier.
Bonus! I was eternally bending today, picking up all the material I’d raked into piles. As I worked, I pulled the odd weed in a garden. I was picking up cones and the layer of needles on the top of the soil when I noticed something. I saw true sparkling. I found a teeny-weeny geode. It’s looks like black jade or obsidian. It could be obsidian; geodes are of volcanic in origin. But there’s no hollow core on this the one I found yesterday. There’s just a thick line of glittering crystals in its centre. It’s like looking at a finely faceted diamond line. It’s beautiful. It will have pride of place at Pinecone Park.
I just get so tired, so quickly now. When I think of how hard and how long I worked on the landscaping, it amazes me. I don’t know what’s changed, but I sure feel different. I am beat after a few hours of working and, even with breaks, I was done by 3:30. I chilled for a bit, took Her Highness for an afternoon sojourn, got into the spa, and then made dinner before hitting the couch for the night.
But before I ate, I went outside and took the photos below. In the photos, it looks like I have lawn, even here, if you go out on the courtyard, it looks like lawn. But there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of bald spots and a bazillion weeds. So, I’m adding shrubs each year where there’s sufficient sunshine for them. Remember, when you look at these photos, there was absolutely nothing here when I moved in. Not even soil.
It was years and years of built-up needles on top of the land, with weeds and vines rooted in the needle mass. And there was left over garbage, construction material, and a bad burn scar. I’ve noted the few growing things that I inherited in the footnotes to the photos. The Climbing Hydrangea on the trellis has really thrived.
|This is the courtyard. The Ivy has really done well to help give|
the fountain an aged look.
|Looking into the eastern part of the backyard.|
|This is the western part. Merrill's and Leo's house in the next|
yard. The Friendship Gate connects us.
|This is the front yard. The Paulownia Tree is just budding but|
it soon should be putting on a grand display. The Rhodo was
here when I moved in.
|Herb garden (front), 2 rows of Blueberry. Raspberry row.|
|This is the entrance to the backyard. I planted |
the Ivy growing up the wall of the shed.
|Garden between the trees; and below. You can see how spotty|
the lawn is in this photo.
|This is the Fern garden. The big clump in the middle was here,|
all the smaller ones are my plantings found on the property.
|The Ferns were here when I moved in. As was that huge bush|
leaning over the fence. It's Ocean Spray, a magnificently rich
fragrance fills our forest when it blooms.
|The plant's I've yet to put into the gardens today.|
|The deck where it all happens baby!|