Wednesday, June 13, 2012

busier and busier

    We are in exam time for the older two kids.  New York state has a series of Regents exams - required for graduation.  No other state in the country cares what you got on your Regents, no college  gives two toots - except those in NY.  sigh.  It is a lot of extra pressure for the kids - they start studying and being taught for the tests about a month and a half before they  take them.  So we are all in study mode as we quiz both of our HS students on Earth Science, Global Studies, etc.
    On top of this we are having the water drainage problem around our foundation fixed.  We are having the  foundation re-surfaced since much of the old surface cement was dropping off.  The retaining wall along the driveway is also being replaced.  Lots of work, one pick up, a dump truck and a backhoe are all in the yard - as well as LOTS OF MUD. (Oh, did I forget to mention that, per Murphy's Law, as soon as the work began so has the rain? ) We have moved some shrubs, removed others, and, oh joy! oh elation, finally gotten all the nasty, deer-chewed yews out of the front beds.  They were ratty looking and planted, not as a grouping for a border or hedge, but as specimens.  Sorry folks, but no yew is that pretty.
  Here are a few before and, well, not after, but shall we say, during photos so you can follow the progress.

Trimming the  evergreens  so we could move/burlap the roots more easily

Where do you store plants that have no home?  Why the wheelbarrow, of course!
The front shrubs all in their temporary holding space
Trenching the front of the house.  Gravel and perforated pvc,  and so far, even with all the rain, the basement is dry!

What the retaining wall and the foundation looked like

Close up
What the corner looked like.  The guys assure me this is nothing and they have seen worse - I have to trust them.
The same corner by this afternoon - we are getting there!

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