Bird is my little shadow, never far away.
I am so in love with my beautiful, sweet dog, Bean.
It had a certain charm but was expensive to maintain and only pleasant to use for about three months here in Maine. It needed extensive repairs that were estimated to cost about $20,000. So, we decided to fill it in.
First they used a jack hammer to break holes in the bottom of the pool. This keeps the water pressure from heaving the pool out of the ground.
The backhoe operator beat the concrete deck to bits and pushed it into the pool. It looked like an uncomfortable job! It was very loud! He was very good and didn’t hurt the plants at the edge of the concrete at all. Then he bashed in the top of the pool and pulled it into the hole.
They brought in trucks of sand to fill in the hole. Then they brought in soil to cover the sand. The soil is about four inches deep. If I had directed that they go forth and find the most crab grass seed filled soil on the face of this planet, I do not think they could have done a better job!
Here is my little garden project. I am planting roses and lavender.
Love to bake these crispy, flavorful crackers. They are made of yeast dough from a recipe by Martha Stewart in her Baking Handbook. I find that I need to let the dough come to room temperature when it’s removed from the fridge or it will spring back too much to roll. They need to be rolled very thin to be crisp enough. Everyone loves them!
Just picked and none the worse for the extreme heat we have had. I shall top it with grilled skirt steak, whip up a balsamic vinaigrette and my husband will eat it happily.
The lilacs were gorgeous this year and the scent drifted into the house through the windows.