Never thought I would blog about machines and trucks,
but these represent something near to my heart.
They were needed
to make the ground level for my art.
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THE RANDOM: With all the work below, we still took out time,
shooting flowers in the backyard (below) and sunsets,
did go out to eat occasionally:) – where I included myself
THE GOOD – the beginning for
the mold of the concrete wall behind the fence. The fence and gates are gone. This account is for posterity – the BEFORE pic.
At the end of this post, the soil has come to the top of this wooden wall
The gas tank got a new concrete platform , more out of the way. Sadly,
these trees were all cut (below)
As a layman, I had no idea what it took to build a retaining
wall, so in exasperation that the (mold) form took so long,
“Needs to build a mold, but he’s building a castle!”
Hubby in blue sweater pours concrete for the retaining wall
– which is a wall to hold the soil in place
(only half of the mold here).
Taken by hubby – Catch the Light
Step 2: left this dangerous job to a professional who had first
his own company – now works for the state of CA.
He climbed the trunks (with braces on his pants with a spike
on inside at height of ankle)
to cut off the 10 feet crown of the trees.
Then went to work and cut seven 40 feet trunks plus about 10 feet
branches and leaves of the California (black?) oak.
on how he picks up the trunk it’s easy to see how wide these trunks are-
roped them to his truck to get them out of the way ! Hubby already cut them up
to xeric (dry) for fire wood.
Looking down from the balcony I see branches and leaves being cut up
with this wood chipper. Talking about noise! Glad hubby (left) has his earphones on.
One trunk was so massive a root grinding machine had to remove the roots.
the concrete retaining wall on the right
Step 3: twenty-two loads of dirt dumped and compacted. The owner of the truck -also previously owned a company – did this as a side job – took about 2 1/2 weeks because the tractor to scoop the soil into the truck broke down twice
This was an eye-opener jolting me into the reality of this area. Unemployment has remained. To make ends meet, adults are doing jobs like sweeping up dirt, etc. -something 15 year olds used to do after school.
When hubby told me that the house
of the person who pointed out where the truck owner lived was the size of our garage, I was shocked, “Life is not fair.” (our house is an average middle class – 3 bedroom size).
These guys are amazing and workaholics (worse than hubby), working 7 days a week.
That’s why these weeks was one time we couldn’t use the rain!
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THE FUN: Why they worked so hard and all these machines were necessary,
it was for making the ground level, for a concrete floor
to put on … a barn or whatever you call it…where I can paint ….clean my brushes… make a mess:)
Phew, now we need a Rest!
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