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33 When Eggbert gets freaked, he walks up the stairs, across the metal trusses, and sits on top of the masonry wall looking over the rest of the house.
32 The cat's not small -- the top of the wall is about 11 feet up.
91 Yacc, ever the graceful cat, sleeps on a pile of dried concrete, excess from when they poured the deck. It may be cool, but it's not soft nor smooth.
69 Arlington County delivered 5 cubic yards of leaf much, a full dump truck load. Only cost $25, a great deal.
76 It took well over 100 wheel-barrow loads to get it distributed into the yard.
72 We've had problems with drainage in the northeast corner so the workers dug it out, re-did the water barrier, then backfilled. Naturally, after the first rain, the soil compacted and created a depression which immediately filled with rain again -- and seeped into the basement.
76 We had some flagstone scraps from the back patio, so we arranged them for a path down the side yard. In the center background you can see the deck slab protruding beyond the wall of the house, then the patio.
82 On the side, we planted ferns and hosta, as it's usually shady there.
72 The deck was finally poured; of course, it's concrete and steel like the rest of the house. The middle step extends beyond the others, suitable for good-sized planters. The railings have yet to be done.
68 We spent two weekends hauling excess dirt from patio excavation to build a berm behind the knee wall bounding the patio.
78 The berm slopes away into the back yard. We planted mostly silver-gray plants including three varieties of Artemesia; unfortunately the mocking birds have been devouring them every morning! There are also blue, indigo, and purple plants in there too.
69 There are herbs for cooking right along the edge of the wall. It looks better now that it's mulched, see below.
71 We finally found some patio furniture that looked good with the house: sleek lines, no floral doo-dads. Got to chose the metal and fabric to match the stone of the patio, wall, and house. Now we can retire the decaying tile table we built years back, in the background.
92 After five days of back-breaking work, we shifted all the mulch into the garden. Just in time: it started raining and would have made the mulch much heavier.
72 Northest corner gets pampas grass and shorter bloodgrass to bound it; should be a good contrast in the fall, maroon against wheat color. The dirt patch is the re-worked sink-hole area with the drainage problem; we've seeded it and now need to let it grow.
73 Southeast corner gets porcupine grass (green with spots of wheat and rust).
82 That pink geranium needs to go -- it's the wrong color.
69 Per our builder David's suggestion, we introduced a sinuous curve into the side path. It makes it more comfortable and introduces opportunity for more plants on both sides. On the right, hosta, a lemon lime hosta, a couple intense tradescantia purple heart, and fern. We have to wait to plant under the deck until the steel railings are welded on.
93 Southwest corner, the hedge gets mulched.
93 Side path closeup of Salvia, spidery tradiscantia "Sweet Kate" with cool indigo flowers that only bloom in the mornings then close during the day; fern to the left in the background. There are 24 small clumps of mondo grass in the bed too, but they're rather dinky now.
91 Path again from the back, looking toward the porcupine grass in the front.
72 View of the side path from the deck, looking toward the front of the house.
74 Chris washes in the sand into which we set the flagstones.
62 Irene surfs the web with a 802.11b wireless-connected handheld PDA. (A Zaurus 5500 which runs embedded Linux, using a D-Link CF WiFi card, if you must know :-).

Chris Shenton