|Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun' blooming despite lack of deadheading.|
Stay the course.
That's my motto. And an apt description of what it takes to finish courses of stonework. I'm not sure if I'm quoting this correctly, but in England, 14 pounds of weight are referred to as a stone. Either way I look at it, I have a whole lot of Stone Work to accomplish.
Since we don't have Joel here to help as much and we're both getting older, Carl decided to put the mixer up a little higher on cement blocks. We also decided to buy a new wheelbarrow that would be a little shorter than our other two with the idea we could roll the wheelbarrow under the mortar mixer and then cart the fresh mortar to Aaargh. So off to the big box store we went and home we came with a 'smaller' wheelbarrow. There it is in the picture, all shiny and red. And, come to find out, though the tray is smaller, it is still the exact same height as the wheelbarrows we already own. Funny, in the store it sure looked shorter. So, instead of taking it back, since we can always use another wheelbarrow anyway, Carl dug a hole under the mortar mixer for the wheel to go into making the front end low enough to clear the mixer.
|Add sand and mortar and water|
|Turn it on. (And keep hands out of pulleys and belts...no guards!)|
|Inside the mixer|
|Carl getting ready to dump the mortar out.|
First Carl tips the barrel down and then he turns the machine back on. He has to hang onto the lever so the barrel doesn't flip back up and over as the mortar plops out.
|Another course done.|
So, there you have it, the progress on Aaargh.
The garden is going downhill, slowly but surely, but it's the time of year. We have a wedding coming today for photography, and I wish it looked much better than it does, but hopefully they'll find some good shots.
|My old, wintered-over geraniums keep on flowering their hearts out.|
|Thunbergia alata climbing trellis stakes.|
|Purslane in planter...didn't do so well this year.|
I decided to yank out most of the Profusion zinnias. They were so tired looking.
|More rudbeckias bit the dust, too. It's that time of year.|
Stay the course.
Good advice for the newlyweds, don't you think? And for Carl and I, too.
Our anniversary is tomorrow. 34 years. Another stone in our lives; a milestone. We've stuck it out this long, even without mortar.
Grow old along with me;
The Best is Yet To Be.