Cleaned the back yard yesterday.
The yard is not that big -- maybe 50 meters by 30? -- but it's well forested, with more than a dozen fruit trees: apples, cherries, a plum tree, a big old walnut. So, leaves everywhere, and lots of fruit on the ground.
My mother-in-law, A___, came over to help. Her idea. I think it was partly to hang with the grandchildren, partly to make sure the house wasn't falling down without Claudia here (Claude is in the States with the baby for a couple of weeks, did I mention that?) and partly because she just likes that sort of thing.
A___ is a ferociously energetic worker, so I was a little apprehensive. But it turned out fine. I did most of the raking, she picked up most of the apples. I broke down the kid's play set -- too cold now -- and stored the pieces in the shed and cleaned the sandbox and put the cover on it. She sorted the apples into three categories: rotten (goes to the local "green dump"), okay (goes to the local juicer, who'll juice them, keep the leftover dry paste for apple fodder, and give us a chit that can be used to buy juice or other stuff), and perfect (downstairs for eating through the winter). My father-in-law brought over the little trailer, and we filled it eight or ten times with leaves, dried grass, fallen twigs, and rotten apples. A___ came by at ten in the morning, and we worked at it on and off until six in the afternoon. The work still wasn't done -- the smaller front yard is hardly touched -- but the back yard looks fantastic.
Of course, there are still plenty of leaves on the trees, so I'll have to go out again for a couple of hours next weekend. Still! I'm really pleased with how this worked out. It helped that it was a beautiful day, clear and cool and crisp. (A bit unusual, that -- October around here tends to be foggy, especially in the mornings.)
Yes, this is a "daily minutia" post. But here's a thing! Come November, I'm going to try the post-every-day thing again. Did it last November, and that seemed to work okay. Maybe I'll eventually finish some of those threads I started back then, who knows.
Anyway, that was Saturday.