When I told William & Markus (my nephews) that all the ugly concrete was coming out of our yard William (above) said:
Even the driveway?
And the sidewalk?
‘Because we can’t take all the concrete out and leave the driveway and sidewalk, it’s old and cracked.’ I said.
‘Well then ours is coming out too, it’s all cracked just like yours’, he said.
Here it was last Monday afternoon while I was on a plane to Toronto to lead my workshop.
William and Markus came over to play in the sod pile that evening. I asked Terreeia to take photos of them and mud. Way more fun to look at than just piles of dirt all by itself.
First they had dinner.
Then they got dirty!
When my Brother-in-law Bill arrived, he (as well as all the neighbours) was just a little shocked at the separated piles of sod and concrete to go to the dump and he said “Most people do a little bit each year, this is HUGE”
And the problem is, there was no fixing this yard halfway. It was all just bad and needed to come out. If we had known how expensive it would be to take out the concrete alone, well we might have reconsidered the purchase price of the house last year.
Here it is now. All clean and ready for the driveway to be poured. Thank goodness I have Mary Anne White (My landscape designer doing the design long distance from New York) who assures me it will be a thing of beauty very soon.
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