Fact: There is a Village Called Dull. Dull is in Perthshire, Scotland, and to be honest, it does sound quite, er, dull. There’s only one street of houses and a church! Slightly less dull is the fact that it’s twinned with Boring, USA, and Bland Australia. At least they have a sense of humor about it!
The neighborhood roosters called the cops on us for waking them up early with all the splish-splashing we were doing in the swim spa. That was a fine way to start the day. When the cops showed up with the complaint, we explained what happened, and they departed in the direction of the hen house. The pesky roosters may end up as fried chicken!
We took Scout The Wonder Dog for a walk doing about 0.75 miles. We dropped him off and did another 0.5 miles around the neighborhood.
We worked in the garden for a good hour, with Mary deadheading the flowers and me doing some strategic watering and cleaning up the workbench; it was loaded with the results of several projects I did over the last week.
When I was a kid, I used to make loads of money clearing leaves from gardens. I was raking it in!
We decided we needed another wheelbarrow for the guys to move the dirt this Friday, so off to Home Depot with the van we went.
Did You Know? According to the history book The Records of the Three Kingdoms, by the ancient historian Chen Shou, the single-wheeled cart today known as a wheelbarrow was invented by the prime minister of Shu Han, Zhuge Liang, in 231 A.D. Liang called his device a “wooden ox.” The handles of the cart faced forward (so that it was pulled), and it was used to carry men and material in battle.
But the archaeological record bears out devices older than the “wooden ox” in China. (By contrast, the wheelbarrow seems to arrive in Europe sometime between 1170 and 1250 A.D.) Paintings of men using wheelbarrows were found in tombs in Sichuan, China, that dated to 118 A.D.
It was on sale, so we decided that was what we needed; the two wheels make it a) easy to roll and b) easy to balance. Plus, the wheels are solid, which means no flats!!
While working in the yard, Mary found the long brown beans called Red Noodle Yard Long Beans.
We will cook these up tomorrow and see what we get; we thoughts they were green beans!
At 3:00 PM, we departed and did a fly-by at Dianne’s, providing her some tomato pie and other goodies, which she is recuperating from her lousy cold while in Oregon.
We also had some pie for Bob Z. We called him at 4:00 PM and said we were dropping it by, plus taking him to dinner since Donna was working until 7:30 PM this evening. Bob thought that was a great idea.
The trouble with eating Italian food is that five or six days later, you’re hungry again.
Returning home, I looked at the progress being made, which was considerable. We are attempting to establish the height of the walls, so tomorrow, we will sit Dr. Mary down and see what the correct height is.
The stacks gets smaller every day.
After dark, we went to the hot tub (swim spa) to soak out our pains and then sat by the firepit for a lengthy conversation about everything under the sun.
The fire was terrific; we felt like two moths drawn to the light! Fortunately, we did not get burnt.
We crashed soon after that, but we read for a while. We now have matching readers and read the same things.