Update 1/24/14: One-year anniversary of the Surly. 6524 miles on the frame. Awesome!

1/16/13: In memoriam...

my '07 Kona Jake 'cross bike came up lame (see below) after 37,320 commuting miles. It's being taken to the bike shop to be euthanized. Fortunately, Jake is an organ donor and all of his components are healthy and will be used to build a sweet commuter bike on a Surly Cross Check frame. Stay tuned for details!
Here's Jake's fracture. Poor Jake. Still got me to school on a 19-degree morning, though. Ride was a bit wobbly:)

1/24/13: Update...the Surly has landed and we're back on the air. Yippee!

Here's the new Surly, built with Jake's innards (and out-ards too.) Here it is in my kitchen when I got it home...
And here it is, 16 miles later and about 12 pounds heavier after the first shakedown cruise. Sweet!
Here we have my two doggies, Reilly (the blue-eyed one) and Lulu (she's a little farm-bred Australian Shepherd and Reilly is some odd linear combination of Aussie and Australian Cattle Dog.) Here they are as they appeared in my rear-view mirror on a recent trip to the coast...
Here's Lulu, actually standing still for a change.
Chillin' on a warm summer evening...
Oops - sorry dude, didn't mean to wake you.
Just in case you didn't think Reilly really had blue eyes...
Queen Lulu giving us a profile...


How about a stroll through the garden?

pathway to the garden gate
The garden entrance...looking north towards the 'forest'. Oh, hi Reilly.
That's the gate we just entered...
Interesting Japanese maple in the courtyard...
The 'forested' area of my Japanese garden...
At the bottom of the dry streambed in the previous picture is a tsukubai and lantern...
Close-up of tsukubai and lantern...
From a little wider perspective...
Yotsume-gaki bamboo fence and the never-ending walkway project..
the never-ending walkway project...I'll have the stones leveled and set in sand by summer's end 2012.
August 2012: Never-ending walkway project is proceeding apace and is almost ending...
Labor Day weekend 2012. Fin.
Terrace to the left of the 'forest', July 2012. Look below for what this turned into...
Same terrace, August 2012. As these Japanese hollies grow they'll be pruned as karikomi...
Finally (9/12): where once there was an ugly (and rather large) stump...
There is now boxwood, which will be pruned as karikomi

Here's a page with the garden in April '12 as I was getting ready to plant new shrubs...

August 2013: New walkway project

The last untouched side yard of my garden. It's the 'utility' side of the garden and would get pretty muddy in the winter. I decided to make a walkway based on a design from a garden in a Japanese temple.
First, a trench 40 ft long by 3 feet wide by 6 inches deep was dug, graded, filled with 3 in of granite, compacted, and graded again...
After installing the stones on an inch of sand, levelling, and backfilling...
View looking the other way...wow, that's a lot of dirt to be moved and gotten rid of. That's something the DIY shows never seem to take into account. Two cubic yards of heavy clay soil takes a long time to move.
Labor day weekend: got all of the dirt moved and the project all cleaned up. Finishing walkways over Labor day seems be a disturbing trend.
Looking the other direction...Puppies seem to approve:)

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