Construction, with pictures!
It's construction season in Canada. Since our viable summer is about 12 minutes long, we need to make the most of it when it arrives. This year, my street is slated for "Water and Sewer Renewal". Judging from the state of the old pipes that have come up out of those trenches they're digging, it was not a moment too soon. It's made for a dusty, noisy, and very exciting summer for the kids. Here are a few views: This is us getting ready for an outing. See how organized we are?? Here you can see, from the rear seat, and going clockwise: Zach in the red shirt, baby Alice in the front seat, George in the yellow shirt, Thomas on the porch, Harry in the red shirt, and Darcy in the striped shirt. Note the four-seater stroller (!), my pride and joy and sanity-saver. Note also the clear hoses on the sidewalk in front of Alice: one of these brings all the water for our entire house. And we have lots. How can that teeny hose do that? Note also the bricks piled to the right, upon which George is sitting. These used to run along the front of our lot, but had to be removed so that the trench holding those tiny white hoses could be dug... This, so I am told, is called a high-hoe. This has the inevitable effect of calling Disney tunes to mind, and so we head off burbling like the seven dwarves... which isn't too inappropriate, now that I think on it. This was the hoe making the initial pass, ripping up the asphalt surface. It will be back twice more, woo-hoo. The road surface removed, the sand underneath is then carted away. It's astonishing how delicate those giant buckets can be: there are gas lines down there, which look just like bright yellow garden hoses. They run across the street, from side to side, and somehow survive the digging intact! I'm so impressed! See that fellow coming up out of the hole? He's had quite the climb. Once at the bottom, he's about six feet below the surface of the road. And sometimes, folks, sometimes when they break through the old sewer mains, there are rats down there. Yes, indeed. Sewer rats are a fact. (But this nice man isn't one of them...) All in all, it's an enthralling summer. I'm enjoying it almost as much as the children. However, I do take time away from the big-screen television set that is my front door long enough to prepare a meal or write a post - unlike little Mia here.