For reasons I have now explained, I am not much help with the heavy work in our yard anymore.
It was time to trim the holly hedge and pillars in our yard. Last year Tom asked Isaac to help. This year Isaac has is own job, so Grandpa asked Irene to help.
I was a little worried about it, but Irene was willing. The job involves using a hedge shears to trim the walls and top of the hedge and several other trees and pillars. In some places it calls for a tall ladder, and sometimes a ladder holder is required. The trimmings are then pushed under the hedge or pillars. It is not a fun job, as I can personally attest.
Irene showed up early for the agreed upon 9:00 start. She was wearing long sleeves, but short shorts because it was supposed to get hot. Well, that wouldn't do, since, well, holly is sticky stuff. I found a pair of jeans of Tom's that she could wear, and a belt to cinch them up. She checked herself out and decided they would do. After all, she wasn't going to be in public. Sixteen-year-olds do care about such things.
She was also glad no one would see her floppy hat. That is the same hat I wore when I was holding the ladder in past years when holly trimmings would rain down on my head. It is good for keeping stuff from falling in your face or down the back of your neck. It is pretty ugly, but the funny thing is, it is a Martha Stewart hat. I got it as a free gift when I subscribed to her magazine some years back.This was the last pillar they did. Irene did the lower work and Tom went up the ladder while Irene held it.
OK, Grandpa, how does it look? Tom said she was very skilled at shearing straight sides.
I pretty much stayed away, doing some work in the vegetable/cutting garden and then going grocery shopping. We had lunch together on the patio.
They put in four hours of work together and got the front side of the hedge done plus all of the high ladder stuff.We still have the back side, the neighbor's side of the hedge to do, but there is a wall to stand on over there, and the clean up doesn't involve much bending and stooping, so I am planning to help with that.