First of course we had to let the sheep out. They had a very leisurely stroll out into the pasture.
Returning home we still had a few hours of daylight and it was just too nice to work indoors so I finally got back to finishing the rock wall and flower bed on the front of the house. A
couple of years ago while ago we pulled out the ancient evergreens that were supposed to be a hedge. They had matured to the point that they couldn't be trimmed back to size anymore - they were just thick stumps with no branches if they were cut to fit under the windows - so Andy pulled them out with the tractor and my plan was to put in a nice bed of hostas and other shade loving plants (it's the north face of the house). Of course a flower bed needs an edge or border of some kind and we do have a lot of rocks........hmmmm.
Earlier this year dear Andy took my request with good graces and we went to the woods and wrestled rocks OUT of the piles they had been dumped in after being picked out of the field. He said he had thought when they were dumped that he'd never have to handle them again let alone lug them home. They joined the load of screened topsoil that we had delivered. A couple of them were
freakin' huge very large ones that I wanted to use to give extra interest to the wall and we needed the tractor and front end loader to pick them out of the pile and put on the wagon.
Wrestling the big ones into place involved both of us, a lot of pushing and a good bit of patience on his part as I waffled over how to best set the big ones into the trench so they'd "look best". I think at that point Andy thought they'd look best back out in the woods. But we persevered and got them settled. Then I started in laying the flat rocks which was actually a lot of fun. It was like working a jigsaw puzzle with a side of architecture thrown in. I worked at laying the stones in the evening (when evening lasted till 9 PM) and then things got busy and the project stalled.
Now, in October, on a lovely sunny day we got it finished! Stay tuned - pics to come!