I can tell you with authority that it takes 13 pitchforks of mulch to fill a wheelbarrow and 18 pitchforks to fill my Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof’s inspired weed cart.
But on Saturday afternoon into evening as I was trudging from the mulch pile in the driveway to the garden at the opposite end of the house I wasn’t singing “If I Were a Rich Man” though I suppose that would have been appropriate. If I were rich I’d hire someone else to do this!
Instead I was channeling Jean Valjean from Les Mis. You know the opening scene where all the prisoners are pulling on ropes and singing “Look down, look down, don’t look ’em in the eye. Look down, look down, you’re here until you die.” Well, that was going through my head. It was about the right tempo and I was feeling some of their pain and I hauled wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow around the house.
We finished moving this latest 10 yards tonight after spending most of this hot afternoon avoiding the project. The good part about stalling was that, though it was still hot when we began, part of the garden was in the shade!
Sure…I was still hauling mulch around the house…but the end was in sight., so there was less depressing singing in my head. And it sure looks good when it’s done.
Don’t you agree?