Saturday, August 2nd
Topsoil and sidewalk
We finally accepted the fact
that without Rick, we could not get enough topsoil
to finish backfilling the entry to our house (it had
settled over a foot during the
winter). So we called to have a large truckload
delivered. Poor Matthew ended up
spending his entire Saturday helping Fred and I spreading
and leveling all that
topsoil! Here he is using Kyle, perched on a tool (like a
potato masher) to tamp
down the soil before we set the stones for our walkway.
Next we had to (AGAIN) set the stones for the
sidewalk. This involved
removing all the stones, laying mulch film over the new
topsoil, laying a
bed of sand, collecting more stones, and placing them to
form a level,
wider and beautiful new walkway to our front door.
After consulting with Ellen, Rick's girlfriend and
master gardener, we decided
to plant clover to prevent erosion of our new topsoil,
giving us more time to
plan what to plant in the fall...a more advantageous time
to do a major planting.
In just a few days, the clover was already coming up!
This week Fred's sister and brother-in law, Peg and
Ray, came to visit
On Sunday, the entire family gathered to visit with Aunt
Peg and Uncle Ray.
Left to right:
Heather's friend, Miker, Heather,
Aunt Peg, Rene' and the back
of Stephanie's head.
Left to Right:
Heather, Aunt Peg, Rene', Matthew,
Trevor, Stephanie and Uncle Ray.
Aunt Peg, Ray, Nicole and
A perfect ending to the day.
Nothing special...just a beautiful moment as the sun
streamed into the Great Room.