We woke up this January morning to cool dry weather that was absolutely fantastic. No doubt about it we were going to get dressed, get the camera and go outside to play! One of the first things to capture Ed's attention was this temporary stone pile. It had developed a big bulge and a few stones had fallen out. Ed said "I can fix that! I'll go get my pry bar."
If some of the stones in this picture are a bit blurry it is because they are moving. In the contest between Ed and his pry bar and gravity, gravity was the big winner. Our morning was off to an exciting start. The loud grating noise of the falling stones was unforgettable. Ed still has those catlike reflexes when he needs them. Not a single stone touched him!
It was all over so fast! We both decided to let gravity work by itself on this stone pile. When spring comes Ed will be back! He has his eye on the big stone just to the right of the stone avalanche. It is a perfect stone for his rock garden project.
We walked the path up to the big hemlock tree. The best way to maintain a path is to walk on it. We each took our turn to relax against the big tree. Next Ed went to get a closer look at this red maple nearby. It's trunk has a great hollow to stand in so you can relax against the tree not unlike Ed's favorite old maple in the back.
A little moving of stones was necessary to make a really comfortable place to stand. From there we headed back to the garden.
Ed decided to cut back the October Sky asters that were blocking the path into the stone square. When it was blooming the billow of flowers was worth taking a detour. Now the dead stalks are just dropping their seeds in the path. By the Ed finished we both realized that it was time to head inside and have lunch. We had a fantastic morning playing outside together!