Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Progress on the wall

I am finally able to report that Ricky and Brandon have made quite a bit of progress on the driveway drainage project, and that Terry and Kyle have begun work on the retaining walls.

Hard to remember that snow was still on the ground
when Terry and Kyle came to lay out the location of the retaining walls

Ricky and Brandon did the site work and prepared
the base for the lower of the two planned retaining walls

This is where all the water is supposed to go
at the bottom of the driveway (as opposed to
washing the driveway into the street!)

Trench across the driveway: connecting one catch
basin to another

Catch basin number 1

Terry & Kyle arrive with their equipment.
 Lots of earth-movers now on site!

The first stone of the lower retaining wall

Placing the second stone

Of course, everything is still a mess in the front, but at least it is moving along. Will it take 2 weeks or 2 months to complete?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Nature, then Culture

Today is one of those days that reminds me why I moved to the Berkshires: a walk on the Appalachian Trail in the morning and a concert at Music Mountain in the afternoon!

This morning I took the trail from Rte 20 in Becket, crossed the Mass Pike, and rewarded Laika with a swim in Upper Goose Pond. I wanted to see if the mountain laurel was in bloom and I was not disappointed.
We're about to cross the pedestrian bridge
 over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Mountain Laurel blooming along the Appalachian Trail

Laika's reward:  a swim in Upper Goose Pond
I'm only sorry Laika is not much of a music aficionado and has to spend the afternoon at home instead of enjoying the Borromeo Quartet with me.