Sunday, February 22, 2009

Yesterday afternoon, we headed over to Mom & Dad's house--to move around some huge concrete chunks that we've been saving... These usually end up in the landfill, & we rescue them from time to time, to use in projects. Mom has been eyeing a few of them to use in her yard; there is a huge area on the side of the house that they want to convert to garden space: rip out the lawn, put in some raised beds, etc & these big chunks of concrete are perfect! One is intended for a raised vegetable garden, & 2 others we put together to make a table/bench with a planter area.... After bouncing through the sand & almost getting stuck, here we are ready to start unloading...



Thanks goodness for the old International & the crane! This chunk weighs a lot!
Tipping over.....
And there it is!! We will stain & seal it before planting; to make sure stuff won't leach out of the concrete. Right now it kinda looks like a crypt....
Don't get any ideas, Mom; his life insurance isn't that great....
Lifting the table-top piece into place: lovely sunset :)
And, we made another crypt... Too funny; actually, this will make a lovely seating area, & there are berry bushes planted already that will grow up through the void. I may add a few sculptural touches too, since there are threaded holes in the top. After staining, & when the rest of the plantings grow up a bit, it's going to make a lovely bench area :)
It was good to get the crane truck out; it's been a couple months since we've done much with it. Always lots of fun & lots of work--these pieces of concrete are unbelievably heavy; the big ones are over 1000 lbs! It take a lot of rigging & hooking & unhooking & chains & checking to get them moved--takes a lot of time; we were at it from about 4:30 until 7. But, the time & effort will be worth it when the garden comes to life & I know we saved a bunch of concrete from going to the landfill :) I can't wait to get them all stained & planted; will post more pics of the garden transformation throughout the spring....