The Pour

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The concrete started flowing at 7:50 am, and they were done and cleaning up at 8:37.  Here it is common to use a concrete pump to move the liquid concrete via a very heavy hose from the truck to the application.  The Pumpmeister has a control box on his belt that can remotely start or stop the flow of concrete.  The concrete truck guy is responsible for attending to the level of concrete in the pump hopper, and he must stop his flow if the Pumpmeister stops his.  
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The guys used a 2x4 piece of lumber to shape the wet concrete.
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Looks a little like a skateboard park.
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To make up for the excitement of concrete pouring, a few flowers.  The Hymocallis is always photogenic. 
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The rose 'Jacsegra' is sometimes photogenic, too.  
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The neighbor's Arbutus unedo with its ornamental fruit.  I thought long and hard about Arbutus, because the neighbor's trees are lovely, but chose instead Lagerstroemia for Cercis replacements because squashed-fruit-on-pavement doesn't work.  Also the branching of Lagerstroemia is so much more graceful.  It wasn't at all about the flowers.
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Speaking of fruit, almost time for figs..
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Mr. Lizard survived The Pour.
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Less fortunate was the bottom of one of the kitchen chairs.  Boris and Natasha, I'm looking at you...
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  1. Looking good. I missed the part why you are creating a trench, for water run off I'm assuming. Do you have a wide angle photo of the area? Love the swirling inner petals of that rose. That Arbutus is lovely. Great color for the fruit.

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  3. The water comes from the slopes and homes up above us on the hill, and rushes down all along the north side of our property. None of the water is from our yard--it is all just passing through, and the purpose of the culvert is to keep it from starting a mudslide here. I'll try to add a couple of photos to show it better, thanks for the suggestion!

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    1. Thanks for the explanation.... I sort of figured it had to do with run off but also figured it must be major for that kind of construction

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  4. Yea for concrete! Does that mean that the job is finished and you finally have your garden back?
    About the chair. It could have been a woodchuck that got into your house. Maybe carpenter ants? Well, o.k. maybe not but it's on the floor so it must be a chew toy, right?

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    1. Garden all mine again! And yes, exactly: if it is on the floor, it is a chew toy. Or on the counter where it can be grabbed. Or connected to the floor, as walls and baseboards are. This ain't 'Nam, this is puppyhood: there are rules.

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  5. What a lot you've been up to! I think I'm now caught up with Boris' chewed-upon ear courtesy of Natasha, the great culvert project, masses of tomatoes. Loved the visit to UCI too.

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