Thursday, May 12, 2011

Taking the Summer 'Off'

"The dream is in the mind, the realization in the hands." --Louis L'amour


Bright and balmy.  Finally.  And we have begun to tackle the tangled, starved, overgrown sink-hole that is our yard.  With a brisk breeze constantly blowing (with just a touch of winter coolness still in it), birds and squirrels chattering, and our wind-chimes put up again to serenade us, we have been:

  • digging up the sod in the front yard to make way for raised veggie beds
  • arranging those strips of sod upside-down in neat stacks for composting
  • ordering and receiving shipments of soil and pea gravel (Seth loves the dumptrucks!)
  • using a sledge-hammer on the padlock that former owners had used to secure a bbq to the (rotting) deck
  • spraying weeds with vinegar (will it work?)
  • wheel-barrowing pea gravel and spreading it under a shade tree in the back yard
  • scraping down high-spots and filling in low spots
  • pruning everything
  • using broken (and smashing more- fun!) old pavers to create new walk-ways
  • setting out seedlings to harden off in the sun and wind
  • dividing and moving perennials

This summer is going to be completely packed with this kind of work, and I'm thrilled!  This is the stuff I love to do most; though most of the heavy labor is being done by my hard-working man (I like watching!).  Most summers I let the housework go, except for cooking and laundry from which there is no escape, so that I can spend every bit of time outside.  

So... I've decided to take a vacation from blogging, both reading and writing.  I plan to be back in this space in the fall.  May you all enjoy a delightful and energetic summer, with time to bike-ride, camp, swim, read, garden, and eat green things from your garden and/or your local Farmer's Market!  Those are my plans!
See you in a few months!

4 comments:

  1. Sorry to see you go, would love to see the progress of the boxes take place.
    Oh Well! good luck and happy gardening..

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  2. Happy Summer! Enjoy more than Work:)

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  3. Can't wait to see the finished product! May your veggie boxes overflow with goodness:)

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  4. Summer technically starts June 21st. When is your "summer" starting? Have you had a shnook lately that's got you all warm and fuzzy? Please send your warm weather our way - where the Grouse Grizzlies have had their longest hibernation in many years.
    http://www.vancouversun.com/technology/Grouse+grizzlies+finally+wake+from+five+month+snooze/4792624/story.html

    Hugs for you all! (I'll miss you on your blog!)

    Sandra

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