It’s rare that I don’t use my weekends to the fullest, and this last one was no exception. I am TIRED, and I don’t think it has much to do with daylight saving time. But the yard looks great. 😉 Between making scones on Saturday morning and tapioca pudding on Sunday night (with eggbeaters) I raked out the rock garden, porch, and path, raked out the front berm, went to a home improvement store and bought six plants. Guy put the tree in the ground, and I planted the bushes. Some kind of sweet-smelling hedge plant that should be heaven when they get a little bigger. These are only little guys. But when I say I planted five bushes, it really doesn’t give you any idea of the labor involved.
I’ve been planting bushes in the south now for over a decade, and it is a completely different skill then where I grew up. You can’t just dig a hole and put the plant in the ground, give it a little water, and walk away. No-o-o-o-o. For my five plants, I had to rake back the mulch, spread a tarp to catch the “dirt”, bring back the wheelbarrow, and dig a six-foot trench, pulling out three wheelbarrows of clay, clay which I swear would be suitable for throwing a pot on a wheel. It’s beautiful clay, but lousy dirt. Dump clay, and replace it with three wheelbarrows of dirt. Now I can plant them. Give them a little water. Walk away happy. 😉
Guy helped with the carting away of clay and the bringing in of dirt. That’s when I cleaned up my fountain and got it running. I can hear it if I open my window. Too cold right now, but maybe later. The days are inching into the low 70s.
I got a lot done, but I needed to. The next couple of weekends are going to be spent on the road. This weekend, I’ll be in Charlottesville WV for the Virginia Festival of the Book. I’ve got a panel with David Edelman and Katherine Kurtz on Friday at 6:00 pm, and then a signing at B&N on Saturday at 10:00 am. Next weekend, I’ll be out in Portland and Seattle in conjunction with the National Public Library meeting. Can’t wait!
Hope to see some of you there!
PS Jemma has a petition going raise awareness at my publishers as to how many UK readers I have. -grin- http://kimhar.epetitions.net