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This weekend was a busy one as seems to be the norm now that Spring is officially in full swing.

The PM was like a woman possessed. She has decided to do a kill mulch in the middle of part of the berm as the shrubs are being choked by grass and thistles run wild. She was ready for step one, laying down of cardboard when she noticed how overgrown the Sumac were getting. They had even grown through two dwarf pine and they were dying. Before we could blink an eye, the PM was ripping out trees and cutting branches. I love our Sumac and was upset to see so many go. The PM reassured me that the original trees are fine but all the off shoots had to go.

Our Sumac are the Staghorn variety so our lawn looked like an unearthed Megoloceros burial ground. They were prehistoric deer with HUGE antlers.




The PM was on a roll and took the loppers to a lot of trees. Apparently two inch thorns at wee one eye height was bothering her. Very tricky pruning an overgrown hawthorn grove.

I would have gladly helped in the work or at least snoopervised from a safe distance, but our red friend was by everyday and we are still under house arrest.



Banshee and I did get out for a few moments this weekend. We have been taking private escaping lessons from our friend and super escapista Siena and they are really paying off. We attempted the tag team move with partial success. You wait by the screen door until someone goes to open it then decides not to and walks away. The wee lass was heading inside for something, she had the door open about an inch, the PM told her to wait a couple of minutes so she shut the door. The important part was that she didn't push it shut so it had not clicked. So Banshee and I both put our front paws on the door and pushed!!! It opened a bit and Banshee ran out. Of course I couldn't open it by myself so I just had to watch in envy as Banshee nibbled on some fresh grass.

The PM was walking through the yard with a peony in her arms that she was transplanting when she saw Banshee. Banshee was so preoccupied with the new grass that the PM was able to walk over and pick her up. She then saw my pathetic face in the doorway and decided to take me out as she put Banshee in. I was only allowed out for 10 minutes with the PM walking beside me. That was better than nothing.



I spent the rest of the weekend reclining.

23 comments:

Tracey and Huffle said...

Did you get treats for all your snoopervising from inside? What hard work!

Huffle Mawson

Luna said...

Wow, you have huge garden. Lot of work for the humans. And it also looks like you can have many adventures there. Hopefully not with the scary fox !

Banshee, we are impressed you learned fast about escape from Siena!!!
We are glad you are allowed to go out too, Goldie. We wish you all can go out again soon!
purrs
Luna, Luzie and Olli

The Island Cats said...

The PM sure is doing a lot of work!! We bet it will all look really good when she is done!

We're surprised that your red friend comes so close...mom told us that foxes usually don't come close to humans.

Good job on the tag team escape plan! Sounds like the wee lass had a hand in it too!

quiltcat said...

The PM has sure been working hard! Meowmy has been doing some tree trimming too but not as ambitious as the PM. You guys are great in your tag team escape...Siena is a great teacher, isn't she?! Goldie, you look great relaxing on your footstool...a perfect place to relax and snoopervise at the same time.

The Taylor CatSSSSS said...

Goodness....the PM is definitely working too hard....time for a cat nap!

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Put on your leash and khome take a walk with me!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

The Creek Cats said...

We have a new red friend too!! The beans think he comes on our front porch everynight!

Cat with a garden said...

I am so happy that the lessons are paying off! So proud of you two, especially of Banshee. The picture of the fox is really scary, he/she is so close. Mom has seen a Sumac and his suckers in a park closeby - a lot of work! Make sure that she relaxes with you from time to time...
Purrs, Siena

Tiggie FOC said...

Does a good dose of Mancat spray around the perimeter have any affect on keeping that no-good red fox away? Maybe if you and the rest of the manly folks team up...it could be a Garden Pee Party!

pughy said...

So glad that you got to get a little break outside. You are though safer inside while that big red one is around, his teeth are not to be messed with.

Hugs GJ xx

LizzyBean said...

That looks like some heavy duty yard work! GREAT pic of the fox! At least you got a little outside time....will you be allowed out if/when Mr. Fox moves on? Little ones are great allies in escapism, tho they are generally unaware of their help!

Sunny's Mommy said...

Wow. Your PM was very busy!

I know you're proud of working on your escape skills and want to try them out, but you really should only go outside with the PM.

Eric and Flynn said...

That is a huge garden and must take a lot of work! No wonder you had to rest afterwards.

The Monkeys said...

Sounds like a very busy weekend and at least you got outside for a little bit!

Hansel said...

glad you got to go out, even if it was only for 10 minutes!

Tristan and Crikey said...

You have a beautiful yard! I would love to roll around and play in the grass:) Fanks for the birthday wishes, furriend!

Cory said...

Whoa, Jonesie is in awe of what the PM has accomplished! We think it's a good idea for you to be on house arrest with the red creature lurking about!

Reese =^..^= said...

What a beautiful place! You have the best view....from inside!

Sweet Praline said...

I think it's a good idea that you are under house arrest with that wild red woofie loose!

Fin said...

Some cats have spring fever!

meemsnyc said...

Ooooh, a Fox!!! Scary.

VampyVictor said...

Oh Goldie you and little Banshee are for sure so very cheeky!! did you knot think your momma kept you inside for a reason??? Pretty cool move though *whisper*
haha Momma was oo'ing over the pretty fox..does it get close enough for your momma to pet it? how cool... can you tell we don't know much about foxies hehe
V-V

Grrreta said...

We are very impressed by your tag-team escape plan. We can't believe you two opened the door on your own. We are definitely going to try that here.

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