LET BATTLE COMMENCE

….. and it didn’t rain overnight!!! …… well that’s a first in the current scheme of things, so there is a chance I might get something done today.

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Time to review the magnitude of the task so a run round with the camera for the “before and after” shots.  Plenty to do but first the grass …… need to strim the side where the debris had been stacked for the town’s collection day. Quick look shows a whole load of branches hiding in that lot so another wheelbarrow load pulled out and then refueling and strimming begins. I get carried away doing the edge of the main lawn and before I know it I end up strimming the entire thing!

All the way down 16th St and now time for a coffee … but flash, boom the storm arrives and I’m back inside watching the pouring rain for the next hour and a half. 1500 and out again to see just how wet it is………  OK, I’ll give it a go and manage to get the “Back 40” done just as the next thunderstorm arrives. Another coffee and watch the puddles become lakes …… I’m getting really tired of this! 1700 and out again, I will NOT be defeated. I only have the side of the property and “Shorty’s Meadow” left. 1830 and the task is done despite Mother Nature screwing with me.

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A  lot of strimming required on the Back 40

Tuesday and the first day of weeding which goes pretty well as the ground is soaked. The frontage area gets the attention and after a few side excursions for this and that the mission is completed along with the “cone bed” and all the long couch grass which for once came out nicely.

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Winter weeds!

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Wednesday, and the Cadi goes in to have the $1800 worth of Walmart damage repaired. Tasks today are repair an electric pedestal where the 30 amp socket is not working and then repair the men’s bathroom door where the hinge screws have ripped out  of the woodwork. Assuming that gets done  the “Rose Bed” and surround will be next for weeding. Also fit a new pump in the fountain.

The pedestal gets a new 30 amp socket as it looks like the previous redneck occupants broke it when they left. Luckily we had some spares thanks to a snow plow driver who managed to hit one.

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Rednecks have broken the 30 amp !

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In with the spare

The rose bed surrounds get a first going over but the “Jesus Nail” blister is back! Despite all the rain the ground in the driveway is as hard as concrete again but I did manage to weed the flagstone bed down the side of the building which was a bit easier on my damaged hand.

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What a mess!

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All gotta go

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The Weeder’s hand

Brenda is hard at it in the shade garden and fits all her jig-saw slabs in topsoil……. looks good, great work.

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General tidy up continues amid refreshing beverages and a first chance to sit in the garden with pleasant temps and no rain!

Still a lot to do for Thursday but weeding will have to be in something softer. Need to finish up down the side of the work shop, get that bathroom door fixed and then start on the main center bed which is usually a two day job. Sheer bloody mindedness and the rose bed surround gets finished!

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Rose Bed finished despite the pain

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Driveway done!

Friday and first on the list is collect the Cadi …… good job! Now return the fountain pump that we bought on Wednesday as it has started screaming. Short walk to MVD and get the Beemer tags, now off to see the welder with my dumb question of the day. We end up having a long chat on  Iraq and Gulf wars etc. He was Marine sniper and has some very interesting stories. A bit more asparagus hunting on the way home and then back the garden chores.

Rose bed complete, repair garden hose that went bang! Finally complete hanging the bathroom door and clean up the debris down the side of the workshop. End of week1.

 

TONY DOWN

 

 

 

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