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House burbling
Sasha Blaze
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At long last--I've only been calling frantically around a three-county area for six weeks--I think I have a mason coming to repair the falling blocks of stone around my front door. He's going to stop by this evening as he and his wife return from the state fair; I'll wait to exhale until he says for sure that he can and will do the job, and gives me a firm date, but I do feel less panicky than I did. There's nothing like opening your front door and having a block of stone crash and break in two right in front of your feet . . .

tubbysnuggles asked what my house looks like, so here it is. The shrubs looked better before I trimmed them, but they'll grow back soon enough. Once the repairs are done, I'm going to treat myself to a nicer porch light; I've hated this dinky plastic one ever since I bought the house, but never quite got around to replacing it. The house was built in 1958 of local stone; I have a triple-width and double-depth lot, as do all the houses on this street. The extra elbow room is a great luxury, and believe me, I do know that--so when I whine about the impending retirement-complex construction, you should probably take it with several grains of your favorite seasoning.





For my own reference, more than anyone else's entertainment, here are "before" pictures of my back yard--looking across the open space where the retirement complex will go. The foreground and middle-ground oak trees are mine; you can see the doomed cedars beyond them. My property line runs straight across, about a foot in front of the cedars.

Looking northwest:


Looking north-northeast:


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Love your house. Here we call that Tennasee cut stone.
What a great backyard! You should be be planting now so it will be a screen before they start building

The only thing holding me back on planting right now is that the development will run *right* to my property line--I don't trust the construction company enough to risk losing expensive new plants to a careless dozer operator.

*more grrrrrrr*

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