Chicago, Illinois, US
October 15
I enjoy riding my bike around Chicago in my free time, perusing art and gardens, enjoying good beer, and musing on the wackiness of life.


SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 6:42PM

digging and thumping

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Back in July, I mentioned that I've been a bit overwhelmed this summer with our big landscape overhaul.  We're getting a lot closer to done, and I'm almost ready to celebrate.

Today I spent most of the day digging and thumping - or as my husband understands it, moving dirt and sending thumping sounds through the house. He got up early this morning and took advantage of the beautiful cool weather by taking a long motorcycle ride.  Now I don't have to worry about driving him nuts with the thumping all day.

This has been a long process, and I'm glad it's nearly done.  I move soil from this pile (which is much smaller now than it was in the morning).


I distribute soil over a larger area.


I cover loose soil with a piece of cardboard, thump the tamper down a few times to compact the soil, then repeat in the next spot.


Then it looks like this - much smoother and firmer.


After doing that for a while, I take a break for lunch - mini pretzel baguettes with provolone, rosemary ham and pesto - yum!


Then I go back and do it for a few more hours, until my body says "ENOUGH!!!!"  And I finish off by planting another small area in hostas and wild ginger.


Now it's time for a beer, a shower and a nap. While I'm on the patio enjoying that beer, I also get to enjoy  these - planted several weeks ago.


Until tomorrow....

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Wonderful! The sandwiches looked great too!
Thank you! The sandwiches were a nice intermission during all that hard work. It feels so good to be this close to finishing the whole project.