Finally, a three day stretch of beautiful weather. Our neighbours had been circulating a petition, asking us not to come up on the weekend, as it rained every time we visited! (I think that they were joking!)
I made a list, and checked it twice, all week in Toronto, had a huge number of plans to check off. Did I do them…….
Well, the beach interfered (but only once)
and the porch interfered (but only two or three times)
and the beer interfered (many, many times!)
But, I did get some things accomplished.
First on the list, was cutting the hay field lawn, that took a lovely and fun-filled 3 1/2 hours. OK, beer break.
Sunday, we got up, full of determination to cut up the pile of logs from our beloved old maple that had been piled in our driveway.
We went merrily along with our 14″ electric chainsaw that we had purchased the year before, we bought it thinking this is ideal, we can cut up any branches that fall.
Only, that didn’t quite work out the way we had planned. As you can see from the above picture, this branch is a bit thicker than 14″. Even if you cut in 14″ from each side, it is thicker than 28″. So we are inviting my dad up next weekend with his 18″ gas powered chainsaw. Lets hope that makes short work of this big boy.
OK, let’s go to the beach.
I got up early on Monday and started cleaning the garlic bulbs that I had dug up the previous weekend and had been drying in the garage all week.
I brushed the dirty outer layer of skin off.
Finished! I think that I might need to plant twice as much this autumn.
But, because I am a bit of a size queen.
Whew! I’m exhausted. I better have a little sit down on the porch with a beer.(Now, I don’t want you to think that I am an alcoholic, I just have a half, lager and lime, all you Brits out there will now what that is!)
When I had posted the pictures about the Flora Glade, I noticed that the beds seem to blur into the path. At the time, I thought that it was because they were mulched in the same material. Like everything, you only notice something when it is new and fresh. I had walked through this garden a million times and had stopped noticing this….
Yes that’s right, the brick edging that I had originally set on top of newspaper covered grass, had sunk, some of it a couple of inches below ground level. You wouldn’t think that rock-hard soil, with no digging, would soften up enough over a couple of years, that the bricks would just sink into the ground. I had walked past them frequently and had not noticed that they were getting lower and lower, until you couldn’t even see over 75% off them.
Well, I had to go around the whole of the Flora Glade with a trowel, prying them up, scraping some mulch under them to bring them back up to ground level. It looks so much better, now that there is a more definite edge to the borders, however, I am sure it will happen again, and I will need to repeat the exercise.
OK, Who wants a beer?