Pool is filling and other yard work

Yesterday we cleaned the pool. I really should have done before and after shoots, but a camera is the last thing you think of when you are standing in algae infested sludge while sweeping it to the pump that is draining it away. I didn’t actually get into the pool until it was nearly empty, and then it was to sweep it to Adie so she could fill the bucket with the pump. We have a weird system, but it works for us. It filled part of yesterday and most of today. We didn’t do over night so as not to annoy the renters. Here is what it looked like this afternoon. It is full and ready to hook up the pump now, but I will wait until Adie is ready to do it. That is one job not on my list of “is allowed to do.”

Pool filling with chlorine whale swimming around.

Pool filling with chlorine whale swimming around.

In the meantime of the pool filling, James and I did a bit more work around the yard. We have been unhappy with the way the strawberry tires turned out, so that had to change. We also want to eliminate the sandbox for the time being. It isn’t being used and is being beaten up by the weather. The sand was full of water when we opened it so we bailed it out, and used some of the sand around the concrete. I have been wanting to stabilize that for quite some time. I opened my bags of dirt and filled in the flower garden part, and James fixed the little white fence pieces so we could hold the dirt in. The pictures should explain it better.

Sandbox crab fill of water.

Sandbox crab fill of water.

Strawberries moved to a new home.

Strawberries moved to a new home.

James packing the last of the tires into place for the rest of the new strawberry setup.

James packing the last of the tires into place for the rest of the new strawberry setup.

 

Strawberries are ripening.

Strawberries are ripening.

 

The tires are all in place, just need so dirt and the runners redirected.

The tires are all in place, just need some dirt and the runners redirected.

 

A corner garden waiting for some seeds.

A corner garden waiting for some seeds.

 

The flower garden to the north of the concrete, finally filled in with good soil.

The flower garden to the north of the concrete, finally filled in with good soil.

 

James and I were glad to take a break for supper. With Paulina’s pool schedule, we are all on a pretty strict time schedule for eating. Perhaps that will be a good thing in the long run. We won’t be scrounging around for snacks all the time. This afternoon I even made a real meal for lunch, and I wasn’t in the fridge in two hours looking for something to snack on. Now, just so this plan lasts longer than one day. So, I will leave you with a few more pictures of the vegetable garden as it looks following James’ day of using the new cultivator toy. He is stiff from doing it, but I bet hoeing would have been worse.

The cleaned up garden.

The cleaned up garden.

Love that blue flax.

Love that blue flax.

 

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