Springtime cleaning...outside ~ Romancing Italy

Apr 10, 2010

Springtime cleaning...outside

I can tell spring is in the air, my eyes are starting to itch, along with my nose and throat. I'm not sure if I'm happy or not. It's time for the drugs.

I know a lot of the rest of the world is in bloom, but around here, apart from a few daffodils and four tulips, this is the only bit of striking color in my hood. Ha, this is more like my neck of the woods, almost literally.

Those trees are not dead in the background.

Well, considering the leaves have not come back in force and neither my allergies, I decided to pull out the brambles that had taken out the backyard. This is one part of the backyard.

It's near the doghouse, and continues to the left, not photographed. The entire slope, top and bottom, was covered and should be bramble free until, who knows, another week?

Here is the upper part, to where those stairs lead...I wanted to mow before it got too long and seeing A has time to cut it with the weedwhacker every two or three months or so, I decided the time was NOW.

The mound isn't cut grass though, it's the dry grass and sticks I raked out of the "lawn". I am yet to mow.

View from where I was working. Satisfying looking back on the work already done, but after working on this project for DAYS, I really wanted to finish.

You can see what I've already mowed...AND....

...this is my new friend.

Zeff ( the neighbor) came by and his first remark was, "E' piccola", (It's small). Tiny is more like it, especially when you consider all the work it has to do. But I can lift it to take it up and down the stairs. That was all that mattered to me.

In a short time, it should be completely green again, especially with the um, rain that is scheduled for next week.

Yes, this is what I've been doing with my free time.


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