Posts Tagged ‘pickax’

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Hot and sunny … way to go!  Spent a few hours this morning digging away at the remainder of the gravel section!  More positive comments from neighbours passing by, so that feels good.

Stopped for a few minutes to watch the neighbours cats playing away .. chasing leaves that bounced along the roadway.   Hadn’t noticed the tabby was sitting close by until I stood up and (s)he raced across the road.

Tranquil moments, playing with the gravel sifting the stones from the soil that had gathered around it for the past 20 years.   Rejuvenation!

Time disappeared as I worked with the pickax to loosen another section and shovelled some scoops onto the sifting stand.  Starting to look good!  And I’ve filled a number of Rubbermaid containers with this sifted soil and will spread over the grassy section, where I scattered the grass seed.  Will be interesting to see if this seed grows .. I found the store receipt from 1996!!

This work is always so conducive to a freeing up of energy.  I get caught up in the  monotony of the repeated work .. which frees up my mind and I relax into a meditative type of state.  Very relaxing.   And very creative.

I enjoy these mornings, working away in the newness of the day.  Listening to the chirps of the birds as they go about their days.

I wonder if they sit down and have regular Monday morning meetings, agendas all drawn up.  Time lines listed on charts.   Each taking their turn to pompously stand up and list their achievements, past and present.

Nah, birds would never do that.  They are free spirits.  Existing in the now (as Cesar often says!)  Flying here and there.  Singing.  Enjoying every second of life and the beauty that is in their worlds.

Ok .. lunch done & tea finished . .time to go outside for the final chapter on the gravel.


Worked diligently during the hot afternoon and slowly made progress with the soil/weed encrusted gravel.

Eventually I reached the point where sufficient gravel had been dug up, and sifted!  Time to move the soil to the grassy area & the gravel to the parking area.  Then all that was left to do was tidy up, fold the tarp.  Move the sifting station and the parking area was all neat and tidy.

I managed to obtain a large amount of soil from the sifted gravel and most of this I moved to the area where I’d planted the grass seed yesterday.  Tomorrow I’ll spread the soil around and give the area a little water.  And then wait to see if the seed will grow.

Then I decided to water the freshly weeded garden area by the parking area.   Surprised to see that the watering wand wouldn’t shut off.  Oh, no .. this is my first replacement of the Lee Valley variable watering guide, long-handled, watering wand.

I’d originally purchased the original one a year ago.  It worked fine till about a month ago, when the spring activated handle refused to cooperate.  So I returned to LV for a replacement.  And today, all of a sudden, the same problem.

So I returned to LV .. and exchanged this wand for an aluminum/brass one, just a few dollars more.   No adjustable watering choices, but it is very light and does a wonderful job of watering.   And very easy to turn on and off, via a loopy switch on the handle.  This wand came with a 1″ watering rose and I purchased the 2″ rose for the wider watering purposes.

I’m really quite pleased with this wand and tried it out as soon as I came back home.  My newest gardening tool and I love it to bits!!  If I want a jet stream to clear out some soil on the concrete, I’ll just quickly change the head and use the brass adjustable waterer.  thingy.  whatever!  Names!

I’m very pleased with my progress today!  Lots of hard work and just wonderful results!

Tomorrow I’ll visit Dakota Cafe and will do a quick clip of some of the plants and a thorough watering.   And thinking of new plants to add!!

Then, home and playing around in the garden.

What a marvellous life!!  I feel so very fortunate to be living my dream of gardening every single day!


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Thursday, August 18, 2011

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Still enjoying the lovely hot sunny days of summer.   And how am I celebrating these days?  By continuing to dig away at that weedy gravel.  Hip Hip Hurray .. I have nearly finished.  There is just one tiny area to finish and that is currently occupied by a vehicle.  So I have a few days grace.

I’ve spent about 6 hours or so, digging away with the pickax, shovelling the weedy gravel onto the sorter and removing the grassy bits.  What at first seemed overwhelming is now nearly finished.  Now I’m shovelling the surplus gravel from my “gravel mountain” onto the front parking area.  When that is done, I’ll attack the balance of my side gravel path!!

Neighbours have been commenting favourably on the result, so that makes me feel good.   And the front does, all of a sudden, seem tidy in a wild and natural garden way.   I’d moved the large rocks back a few feet, and added yards of that lovely magic mulch everywhere and watered well.   Now the area around the trees is feeling like a quiet little mini-forest.

So I’m taking a little break with my friend Canada Dry  . .hmm, it used to read “the champagne of gingerales” but I guess the marketing mavens didn’t want any reference to the bubbly stuff.   Now they are focusing on the naturalness of the product, thus “made from Real Ginger”is written below the logo.

All of this hard work is very therapeutic and I feel so relaxed.  So just a little break and back outside again.  The sooner I distribute the balance of the gravel, the sooner I can order more magic mulch.

Now, that is incentive!

A few days ago, dh discovered a wasp nest by the (new) front stairs!  These wasps were very stealthy, as we had tried to see if there were any flying to a nest and didn’t see a one!   This was after I’d received a nasty bite to my hand  when I’d been trimming the ivy, weeks ago.  We’d been watching this area very closely and couldn’t see any at all!  So it was a relief that he found this nest.

He was very successful at removing this nest, using the shop vacuum.   He placed the vacuum wand near the nest and one by one, the wasps were drawn into the hose.  He has done this before and has studied their behaviour and hours of return and when most of them were gone, he simply broke up the nest and vacuumed that also.  Very neat and tidy and no chemicals involved.  And he stuffed a paper towel into the hose opening, so that none could escape.

And so I find myself relaxing more in the garden .. and really have only seen the occasional wasp since the obliteration of that nest!

Happy days! … well, outside shortly .. back to work with me!


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