The uncharitable might consider it little more than practice for the chain gang, but I am prepared to see it as filial loyalty, and love of both hard work and the outdoors. Hansel and the Handsome Prince have spent this weekend digging two massive flowerbeds at the Blarney abode. The first is beside the new deck and involved lifting 12 square yards of sod, shovelling 12 square yards of dirt, and then planting. The second involved the construction of a 24 foot by 12 foot frame where the old driveway used to be, and shovelling another 12 square yards of dirt. On top of the heavy labor, they also planted all the patio pots. Hansel is particularly good at this, fingering the fragile baby annuals into the soil and tucking them in with care.
It is beautiful to watch the boys work. At least I find it so. Gretel has stormed off in a strop. For her, this is not the ideal way to spend a holiday weekend.
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