Thursday, May 10, 2007

Escargo-away

Our sunny streak took a temporary break this morning with some showers and a bit of thunder. That's OK because we needed just a wee bit of moisture to keep our clay-based dirt from turning to concrete.

When the showers stopped, my front walk was just covered with snails. At least their shells make them more attractive than their cousins, slugs. There are seven of the darn things in this picture. You'd think that with that high a snail population, that I would have a real problem with them damaging plants, but either they don't eat much or I'm not that fussy a gardener (probably both).

It seemed like it was time to open up the pool for the summer. This year, I managed it all by myself as DH is out of town for a few days. Setting up the pump, filter and chlorinator was quite a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. There are a couple of minor leaks, but nothing to be overly concerned about. We may or may not fix them this year. What I'm even more pleased about is putting in the pavers you see here. I have been annoyed at having the hoses dragging in the grass since we put the pool in. Most years I just ignore it; this year, I got busy and put in the pavers that were released from their temporary duty in another project.

The pool still needs a serious vacuuming, but other than that, it's open for business. Bear in mind, though, that the water is a balmy 60 degrees. Thank goodness for solar covers; I'll get that out tomorrow.

I started a new sock, but am not sure if I'm happy with it. It's the Pomatomus sock from Knitty. I like the pattern, but I'm having trouble with it, probably due to yarn choice. I think I'll just choose another pattern for this yarn and go stash-diving to find something lighter weight for the Pomatomus socks.

1 comment:

Denise said...

Hey Diane!

Nice blog! Your pictures are fabulous but not too many with all of your fabulous yarn and knitting!

I am going to steal your paver idea; love it!