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February 2016:

Below left: laying a pathway made of scraps of Turkish marble supplied by my nephew. Below right: a newly-built chickadee motel is ready for new customers.

January 2016: 'Timber!'

Below: Ted's brother Doug (back to camera) and his son-in-law Dave Orr kindly came over to help with (safely) taking out dead and damaged broad-leaf maple trees on the edge of the ravine, managing to successfully drop the tall trunks where the least amount of damage would be done. Sad to lose them, but too much danger from falling branches made the operation necessary.

December 2015: waterfall and bridge take shape

Below left: water will pour from the well alongside Becky the statuette and follow the path of a trench (to be lined with rubberized sheeting and filled with river rocks) down to a plastic barrel dug deep into the ground, containing a submersible electric pump, and be recirculated. Right: Ted built this little wooden bridge to cross the ditch near the head of the waterfall. Hopefully it will look more picturesque in the spring and summertime, and the sound of cascading water should help cover the ever-present ambient noise of road and train traffic.

November 2015: activity overhead -- and underground

Below left: Another in a series of violent windstorms snapped the trunks of several trees in the lower part of the garden. Right: heavy-grade plastic piping being laid to protect electrical wiring for waterfall and fountain.

October 2015: new steps, retaining walls

Below left: Boulder to form part of a curving retaining wall is rolled into position (second last on right).

Below: Slabs of Turkish marble (rejects from a stone company) are being fashioned into a set of new steps. When wet, the coloration is very attractive, mostly being brown with white streaks, rather like 'streaky bacon.' Although found locally, the boulders featured in the retaining wall are somewhat different from the common type of brown-cast 'field-stone,' being a nice shade of pale blue, veined with splotches of emerald-green.

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