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Friday, July 28, 2023


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This continues to be amazing to watch, and gosh, I hope I never have to go through it!!

Linda Brazill

KRISTIN - It really is amazing. They are starting to put in the new storm sewer pipes which are the biggest I've ever seen. Luckily they just go in the street and no more digging into the garden. Really glad that we put in all those Geranium macrorrhizums just in case something like this happened. Should be easy to fill the area back in with plants growing nearby.


Gosh, you seem to be handling all the excitement and disturbances very well. I find it rather stressful and it's not even my street! It may be a comfort to see highly skilled and very thoughtful laborers in action.
The photos documenting the process will be fun to look at and reminisce once the ordeal is behind you. Soon.


What the others said. And wow, what a big job. Thanks for sharing the story. I'll look forward to seeing all the stages, and the finished project/road/replacement of plants.

danger garden

That last photo is incredible, the worker so small in the huge hole.

Linda Brazill

BETH — O​ur house was built in 1954 and that's the age of what they're replacing. So messy but necessary.

Linda Brazill

DANGER — These holes are massive in some cases. The depth changes depending on where on the hilly street they're digging. They dug a 22 foot hole at one point in front of our house. Pretty astounding to watch.

Linda Brazill

CHAVLI— My husband is working on a book that he will self-publish on Blurb and it's fun to see what images catch his eye for that project.

Kris P

I'd be a nervous wreck over this project but you and Mark are handling it like pros. I've no doubt that the time you've taken to get to know the workers as you've done has paid dividends. So good of that workman to help with replanting the massive clump of Geranium!


That IS so thoughtful to replant the clump of geranium. The hole is so large it looks like you're digging a swimming pool or pond. How long will this project take?

Linda Brazill

TRACY — Initially their finish date was Nov. 4th but it looks like it will now be earlier than that. The drought has meant that they've lost very few days to rain or weather issues. Bad weather for farmers; good for construction workers.

Susie at pbmGarden

Oh my goodness! I could feel my heart beat faster as I scrolled down through your images, Linda! Hope you get your peaceful garden back soon.


I knew it was a big job, but these pictures show just how big. How on earth do you and your neighbors get to your respective homes, assuming you can leave them? Your road is one gigantic impassable dirt path! You seem to have the most considerate construction workers on the planet. Very nice. That would help make this monster job a lot easier to bear.

Barbara H.

I'm so behind in reading but I'm so glad I'm taking the time to catch up. What a complex, multifaceted job! Mark's photos, to me, capture the essence and the souls of the workers pictured. Outstanding! Just blew me away as I clicked to enlarge each picture.

Linda Brazill

BARBARA — If Mark wasn't taking photos and meeting the crew so we really see what the job entails I think we would be very frustrated.

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