|This was hard work, involving jackhammers as well as shovels. The temperature outside reached 95F by mid-day.|
|The biggest hole, dug until they reached bedrock, was 5.5 feet in depth (shown here with the geologist in an orange shirt standing in it)|
|They took soil samples from each hole. In general terms, our soil is classified as volcanic basalt.|
Digging the holes, data collection, and restoring the area took 5 hours. The diggers worked incredibly hard. It was all the more impressive as we're in the middle of yet another heatwave. The off-the-cuff comments were positive. As the crew reached bedrock between 3.5 and 5. 5 feet in all 3 cases, the foundation for our kitchen extension doesn't present any obvious issues, although it'll be weeks yet before we get the formal report. Then we have to submit it to the city with a good-sized check for review. If approved, we then have to fit our project into the contractor's and designer's schedules. Fun. This adventure represents my Wednesday Vignette. For more, visit Anna at Flutter & Hum.
In addition to the holes dug into our patio and garden, I faced another hazard this week: the heat. After the damage done by the early July heatwave, I'm gun-shy and I've gone to great lengths to protect my garden from further heat damage. I spent a good part of last weekend deep watering selected areas and spreading more mulch. My husband and I also erected shade covers of various sorts.
|Covering a big area of my succulent bed on the south side may seem odd but, in the middle there is my Metrosideros 'Springfire'. After July 6th's 110F temperature, it's barely hanging on so I'm doing everything I can to baby it.|
|I've been waiting for the green blooms of the Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) in this bed for months now. The plants were scorched in the last heatwave so I purchased a beach umbrella to protect it this time.|
|The lath house may look the same at first glance but emergency measures have been taken there too as the structure didn't protect all the plants inside during the last heat blast|
|Until we can construct more attractive shade covers for use during the summer season, we tacked up an old sheet in the roof rafters. I moved most of the plants on the upper shelves to the floor too.|
|I also brought out a broken umbrella to provide additional shade for the Fatsia japonica and other plants|
The heatwave is expected to peak today with the temperature here approaching the century mark but, oddly, we awoke to fog blowing in.
|It feels a little like an episode of the Twilight Zone. The world around us has suddenly disappeared. Even the harbor seems strangely quiet this morning. Not that I'm complaining! The weather forecasters are continuing to tell us it's going to be hot, Hot, HOT!|
All hazards pose challenges. Some are easier to tackle on one's own than others. My fingers are crossed that we'll successfully work our way through both of the challenges addressed in this post.
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