I know, it seems there’s not much in the way of BOOKS or REVIEWS going on here lately. I don’t like it either. There’s good news, though. I think pretty soon now I’ll be able to concentrate more on reading and less on the landscaping project and construction of the new deck.
Deck: the deck is 95% finished, all that’s left is the filling of nail holes, sanding of railings, and the staining. That has to be done when the deck is dry and will be dry for a few days afterward. Too bad we’ve now entered the rainy season, which will last about 8 months, so unless we get a nice long dry spell, that final bit could take months. Blame the scheduling of the deck company and the one man crew they assigned to the large two level deck. Anyway, the sawing, banging, tapping and all the other noises are over, and that’s a very good thing indeed.
Landscaping: that’s also at about 90-95%, there is one more section of the irrigation to be finished, a fence and gate to be installed, the mulch to be blown in, a few final small jobs. All the plants are in, and now that the deck guy is gone, with his boards, saws and cords, we can see what the whole thing looks like. I’ll try to get some “after” photos, but it’s supposed to rain all week, so we’ll see.
The five week job will end up taking 8.5 weeks, mostly because they didn’t realize the amount of work needed for the retaining walls. Unfortunately, instead of having the last month of summer to enjoy the new outdoor space, we’ll have to look out at it in the rain – barring an Indian Summer – until late next spring when the weather warms up and dries out. Ah well, such is Portland.
Phots coming as soon as I can, then we’ll get back to books. As soon as I get some read.