Since being unsuccessful with our grant, things are moving a bit more slowly around the Masser House/White House. Gardening has continued, with new plants planted, perennials tended and compost made. Clean-up inside is mostly complete, with a few days spent removing lath and debris. Mainly though, this has been the Summer of Concrete. Sidewalks and slabs had to be removed in order to access the existing mud-sill foundation and build a stronger, permanent foundation.
How does one remove concrete the likes of which we’ve never encountered? We started with a jackhammer. Breaking up the freakishly thick concrete and hauling it to a pile with a wheel barrow. Check out the bottom of the five to six inch thick concrete. It’s not gravel as you might expect, but large river-rock-sized chunks!
For weeks, Billy and Michael slaved and slaved with jackhammer and wheelbarrow. And then! Bill and Donna’s neighbor Harold, who owes the skidster came to the rescue! He did what we were not able to do with a jackhammer and wheel barrow, and in only a few hours! Bill was able to borrow a dump truck from Bookcliff Gardens, where he works when he isn’t working on The House. Magic happened. The concrete…disappeared!
Winter approaches, and as always, a few more bandaid-type repairs need to be be made to help The House make it through. Stop on by and see how beautiful Donna has made the gardens in the back, and stay tuned for fundraisers!