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May 2017: rock dust applied on pathways

Above: Rock dust being applied on the cobblestone pathways -- in the pouring rain!

April 2017: rustic fence

Above: a rustic semicurcular fence (the trelliswork made from the branches of hazelnut-bushes destroyed in a windstorm) to provide both a visual screen and noise barrier at the foot of the garden. Hop vines will soon be disguising the posts.

March 2017: new garden gates

Above left: revamped garden gates, east side. Right: a gate across the garden path to prevent Toby from wandering.

December 2016: a winter wonderland

Above: The weight of frozen snow bends a 15 foot viburnum down to the ground.

Above: Apparently hoping for more of the white stuff . . .

September 2016: the root of the problem

Above left: surface roots from cottonwood trees which damage cobblestone pathways have to be dug up and the paths relaid. Right: cottonwood roots which spread out into lawn areas also have to be pulled up.

February 2016: walk home, fly home

Above left: pathway being made to the front door, from scraps of Turkish marble. Right: a chickadee condominium.

January 2016: 'Timber!'

Above: My brother Doug and his son in-law Dave help remove dead and damaged broad-leaf maple trees.

December 2015: bridge over troubled waters

Above left: creating a trough for a waterfall, west side. Muddy work! Right: A wooden bridge near the head of the waterfall.

November 2015: activity overhead -- and underground

Above left: A violent windstorm damages several trees. Lots of clean-up! Right: heavy-grade plastic piping protecting electrical wiring for waterfall.

October 2015: retaining walls, steps

Above left: Boulder, dragged up from the bottom of east side ravine, being rolled across the sundeck into position to form part of a retaining wall on the garden's west side. Right: Completed retaining wall.

Above: Chunks of Turkish marble (rejects from a stone company) form new steps alongside waterfall. Right: Some local boulders are pale blue in colour, unlike the more common brown variety.

September 2015: bricks, rocks

Above left: Z-bricks taken up from front yard are laid out to form edging for grass pathways. Right: Rock from ravine being slowly hand-winched uphill.

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