As you know, every year I try to work on cleaning up our garden so that in the rare occurrence of a day or evening with bearable temperatures, we can actually enjoy being out there. A couple of weeks ago, I'd started with the back area, which is not that difficult, not being covered with as many leaves, twigs, etc. Then last weekend we were gone, so yesterday I decided to get an early start and see what I could accomplish.
I had my work cut out for me, because with all of the rain we had over the winter and recently, tons of leaves and twigs had been sitting there and in some cases, were "glued" to the cement or bricks. Fortunately I had help - well, let's not get carried away, more like I had company in the garden, in the form of Hamlet and Jack. Now Hamlet does fine, in that he just enjoys being where you are. So he will just lie and provide his support. Jack, though is a different story. God forbid he not check out everything you do, play attack games, and take random "rests" in that piles of leaves you have created.
That's about 4 layers (smelly ones!) of leaves, etc.
Inspector Jack begins his rounds.
It took me about 2 hours of work, but I managed to get things to the point where the occasional sweep will keep things cleaned up. I had 4 huge bags of leaves and such that I collected! I just hope that now we will have enough nice weather to take advantage of this lovely outdoor space. It's so nice to sit there and read or knit or whatever - you're outside, but not on display.
Everyone was quite worn out afterwards, which meant that the rest of the day was pretty quiet and calm. At one point, I did look over and see Jack cuddled up with Hamlet, but I knew if I moved to take a photo, the moment would pass quickly.
And so now, we are as ready as we can be for summer. I'm really hoping that it will be one where we can spend time in the garden more often than not.
Jack hopes so, too. I mean, there are all kinds of bugs to get up close and personal with ...
And nothing says "covered by random stuff" like a good roll around on the bricks.
You really can't pay for this kind of help. (Thank God!)
In other news, today I am home because I have an appt for a chest x-ray in a while, to see if the continuing saga of my cold/allergies/whatever is something more serious. I'm hoping that whatever is or is not found, I can get some help with this crud. I haven't had a good nights' sleep in three weeks, and my cough is killing my vocal chords (which I think The Tim finds to be a relief in all honesty). Here's hoping that soon I can return to my usual dulcet tones ... ;-)