How many people does it take to do something good?

by Mark Zaugg 8. June 2012 16:42

I was out picking up litter for my 20 Minute Makeover yesterday when one of the neighbourhood's long time residents stopped me to chat.  He challenged me a bit, the one thing worth mentioning now is he asked why I should have to pick up the litter.  "You shouldn't have to do it," he said.

He's right.  I shouldn't have to do it.  On the other hand, if no one does it, nothing will change and nothing will ever get better.  So I want to do my little piece and try to make a positive difference around me.  In the long haul, it's really about me living in a nicer neighbourhood and showing a little kindness to the awesome people who live around me.

I was, after all, coming off quite the terrific morning as we closed the loop on getting that personal lift out of a shed and back into use.  But I did the smallest of parts - I just sent a couple of tweets and made a phone call.  Maybe 10 minutes out of my life, not a penny from my pocket and yet I got a really good feeling that I played a tiny role in doing something really good.

I sent a couple of emails to say thanks after the fact and got thinking about the network of people who helped out.  Monica at the ALS society is really doing the heavy lifting now, and Joan, of course, is the wonderful woman who donated the lift.  They're the people who deserve accolades. 

But the people who helped me are terrific and I'm so grateful to count them as my friends.  Even those I don't know personally.  First there's the retweeters: Chris, Lori, Rosa, Peter, Monica, Andrew, Papabear and of course Naheed.  They helped get the word out to find people willing to make a difference.  There's Neighbourlink - great in their own right - who gave more suggestions on generated ideas to find an appropriate home.  There's Tracey who got me in touch with Cheryl who got the suggestion from Gary that finally pieced together an answer.

And then I start thinking in the other direction.  I only got involved because I volunteered for Mary, who I met because Marlene thought she could help me get one of my pet projects going.  And the reason Marlene pinned me down was because Nancy called Cheri to get me to do a special Jane's Walk and Marlene caught me picking up litter at the community hall while waiting for people to arrive.  Of course I have to think of Stewart and Heather who welcomed me to our neighbourhood before I knew we all shared the same one.  That already adds up to a lot of people without putting any sort of real thought into it.

So how many people does it take to do something good?  One.  Just yourself.  If you're willing to put a little effort in the rest will fall together.

Person lift on offer

by Mark Zaugg 3. June 2012 10:26

An update!  One of the wonderful people in my twitter community sent me to another wonderful person in her community who sent me to the ALS Society who has an entire organization dedicated to returning equipment like this back into use and circulation.  Many, many thanks to Tracey and Cheryl and especially to Joan who is the real hero of this story for doing such a good dead to our community.

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Yesterday while helping with Marlborough Park's community cleanup I was asked to pick up a couple of bicycles to be donated and refurbished.  While at the woman's home, she asked me if I knew anyone who could use a portable lift that safely moves a person from a wheelchair or bed.

This is a steel framed, hydraulic life on wheels that can be moved around the home.  It has a lift bar at the end to safely raise or lower the person.  It reminds me of a modified engine block hoist.  When purchased, she said it cost approximately $1700 and she would simply like to get it to someone who requires it.  It comes with all the required safety rigging and slings.  She also has ceiling track to care for a person with hindered mobility.

It was used for her late husband.  She is a health care worker, as such it appears the lift was very well maintained.  On visual inspection it appears as new.  She has not had success donating it to a group home or putting it on Kijiji.  I do understand how some group homes may be required to avoid used aids, but this would be an exceptional gift for an elderly individual that needs help to care for a spouse, or perhaps for a paralyzed adult.

Perhaps you know of someone how would benefit from this useful lift.  Please contact me by  email using the contact form above, or find me on twitter as @zarquil.  Any lead appreciated, we want this to go to a good home.

  - Mark

Remembrance Day 2011

by Mark Zaugg 10. November 2011 20:26

Remembrance Day is always special for me.

Quite often I've worked at a place where it's just a day off.  If it's in the middle of the week, they'll swap days around so you can get an extra three day weekend or something.  It is a day that means much more to me and I've been blessed to work at companies that understand that.

I made certain that I'd be able to take my kids to commemorate Remembrance Day together every year.  When my daughter was very young, we went down to the Jubilee.  Her eyes went wide as the HCMS Tecumseh Naval Reserve Band played before the ceremony.  I have a strong memory of her enjoying the moment, then snuggling up to me as the speeches wore on.  I remember feeling mortified when my newborn son cried during the two minutes of silence.  In my mind it was a piercing shriek the entire time.  In reality, a very kind person came up to me after the ceremony and thanked me for bringing my kids along.

We have always held to our tradition of finding a person in uniform and shaking his or her hand to say thank you.  It seems like a little thing, but it strikes me as an important thing.  Two incidents are coming to mind that I can't shake without telling.  The first was when we shook the hands of a younger fellow and as I explained our tradition he promptly pulled us over to a giant of a man, shriveled with age, and the younger gentleman stated point blank that we needed to shake the hand of the older veteran.  I don't know why him in particular, I simply felt blessed that our gesture was appreciated and we certainly shook the hand of a great man that day.

The other moment was just before the Jubilee was renovated.  I remember my kids were shy that year.  I scanned the crowd after the ceremony and I approached a man in uniform turned away from me.  I touched his arm and as he turned I believe he filled in the definition of "regimental" for me.  He was taller than I was and looked gruff and serious.  At that moment I wondered if I had chosen the wrong man and should just leave him be, but I pushed on instead.  I told him our family tradition was to shake the hand of someone in uniform and he turned formally and engulfed my daughter's tiny hand.  He held his hand out to my son, who ducked behind me for cover, then turned to me.  He shook my hand warmly, I choked out a thank you, he straightened and said, "You're welcome," and both rigidly and gracefully turned as if to say, "Well that's that then."  We would see him again when the ceremony was held at the Round Up Centre where he and I smiled at each other, but I didn't shake his hand that year.

I wonder if he's still alive.  I wonder what his recollection is of that day.  I hope he felt my hand was offered with the greatest of respect.

The past couple of years we've attended the ceremony at the Museum of the Regiments.  It seems to me the weather's been cold but not frigid, this year the weather promises to be rather nice.  I long to return to my memories at the Jubilee, but I'm torn - I would like to save the seat for a family with young children or the elderly veterans who deserve to commemorate in comfort, yet those are the people I most wish to see as well.  Of course, I haven't yet attended the ceremony at Central Memorial Park since the renovations there, and I hear that the Calgary Highlanders have done a great job with the service they put on there.

I have no idea which location I'll commemorate right now.  I will guarantee that I will be at one of them with my children beside me and I will think of family and friends serving in the armed forces present or past.

For an excellent list of ceremonies in 2011, please visit Mr. YYC's list of events and absolutely spend a moment of your day looking at Some Special Places of Remembrance in Calgary.

Most importantly, attend a ceremony and give your respects to our veterans.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

by Mark Zaugg 26. October 2011 18:47

I'm pretty serious about making Calgary just a little bit better.  I'm definitely serious about doing at least one thing above and beyond the ordinary to make it happen.

I'm absolutely determined that I'm going to be more than just a person who lives in my neighbourhood.  I'm going to contribute.  I'm going to make it a place where I want to live and where I want my neighbours to live as well.

When I started with #BetterYYC the very first thing I did was start to clean near the intersection of 17th Avenue SE and Deerfoot Trail.  It was terribly littered and that annoyed me.  So when I was challenged to make Calgary better on my own, that was the first place I tackled.  I've made a visible difference.  There is significantly less garbage there, it is clear to see the lower half where I have put more effort from the upper half of the hill where I have not done as much since the spring.

So last week I picked up one of the pieces of vinyl siding that someone had let fall off a truck or something and left at the side of the road.  It annoyed me, I had the time and carrying capacity to pick it up, so I finally got it.  There were originally two or three, I presume the others had blown away.  I actually feel bad about that, I really should have picked them up months ago and prevented them from being a hazard along 17th Avenue.

So today I came home and found this along the fence in the back yard.
 

 

I called 3-1-1 and was told that it's considered residential renovation waste and therefore it does not get picked up with regular garbage.  Fine, but this wasn't renovation waste, this was clearly picked up from the side of the road.  "Well, did it fit fully into the black bin?"  Absolutely, it was fully in the bin with the lid closed.  One of the purported benefits of the black bins was that we wouldn't have to chop all our garbage into small manageable sizes for disposal.  I was told if it goes in the bin (and it's not hazardous or restricted material) it's okay.

I have two points to argue.

I absolutely understand that we cannot have renovation materials dumped in with regular garbage collection and the renovators should be responsible for proper disposal on their own.  I absolutely understand that a piece of vinyl siding counts as renovation waste.  On the other hand, this is one single piece of vinyl siding - clearly I am not renovating the apartment nor am I loading up the black bin weekly trying to sneak it past the garbage man.

The second point that I will categorically make is to say, "HEY GARBAGEMAN!  What you just did by leaving that siding on the side of the alley like that is LITTERING!  This is my neighbourhood, there's litter enough and I'm doing my best to pick up the litter and clean up the area.  How dare you leave it like that so it could be blown away by the wind and continue to be the hazard that I tried to avoid in the first place?"  That's an unacceptable action.

So instead of going out to pick up more garbage tonight, I'm down to chopping up the siding into little pieces, putting it into a garbage bag, and then it goes away no questions asked.  Out of sight, out of mind.  That completely defies common sense.

Another one of those Red Tape rules that defies logic, and calls for poor behaviour from the the City of Calgary's Waste Management staff.

I'm not going to stop.  If anyone from the City wants to talk to me, you'll find me along 17th Avenue SE tomorrow sometime around 5:00 picking up cigarette boxes, fast food containers, candy wrappers, coffee cups, styrofoam, broken plastic car parts, broken hub caps, and whatever treasures get left along the road for me. All of which will be considered garbage and hauled away.  Except a single piece of vinyl siding, that's where you draw the line.

I don't care all that much whether I have to cut it down and bag it.  But I care a whole lot that I'm trying to make my community better, and someone else comes along and makes it worse.

My 3 Things for Calgary

by Mark Zaugg 22. October 2011 00:10

It's so cute when good ideas grow up.

After the civic election last year, I wasn't sure what I could do to keep the feeling of energy and vitality, the spirit of cooperation, the drive to make Calgary a better city today than it was yesterday.

I half-jokingly told Mayor Nenshi, "We've got a city to make better.  I'm on side.  To whom do I report tomorrow?"

DJ Kelly answered with probably the most influential tweet of my life.  "Report to yourself.  Take the ownership to make change.  Don't wait for permission."

The way I chose to respond was by creating @BetterYYC.  The simple idea behind BetterYYC was to do one thing each and every day that made Calgary Better.  To act on something that bugged me, do something to change the situation for the better, and to let others know so they can do something on their own or get new ideas of ways to improve Calgary.

I have never once defined "better", I have chosen to leave it open for each and every person to define for themselves.  Act on what you feel needs to be improved.  Follow through with your action and create positive change.

Most mornings I tweet twice using @BetterYYC.  The first time I put out a general request by asking other Calgarians to do something to make Calgary better.  The second tweet I usually mention something I plan to do that day, or did the day before that I thought made Calgary a little better, or sometimes I'll mention another person, charity, or group of people that makes Calgary better in their own way.  Sometimes I'm vague, but it's almost always a specific action or event.  Days when I don't have anything else, I just talk about picking up garbage (litter really bugs me) or go find broken glass in a playground.

Some days I make a big difference.  Some days I make a little difference.  Some days I'm too busy or too cranky to tweet.  I don't have to be perfect, I have to keep trying.

Today, Mayor Nenshi announced the 3 Things for Calgary initiative.  The premise of #3ThingsYYC is to pick three things that you can do to make Calgary a better place, actually follow through and do them over the winter, and share it with three friend to encourage them to do their own three things.  What a great idea!

So what are the differences between #BetterYYC and #3ThingsYYC?

  • BetterYYC was inspired by Mayor Nenshi, 3 Things for Calgary was announced by Mayor Nenshi.
  • BetterYYC was launched October 19th, 2010 and 3 Things for Calgary began a year and two days later, October 21, 2011.
  • BetterYYC is meant to inspire Calgarians to act to make their city better, 3 Things for Calgary is meant to inspire Calgarians to make their city better through their own actions.
  • BetterYYC is a reminder to do just one thing each and every day to create something positive in Calgary.  3 Things for Calgary is a reminder to set a goal to do three things over the winter that creates positive change in Calgary.


I absolutely love the idea of 3 Things for Calgary, every bit as much as I love the idea of BetterYYC.  It's all about creating the kind of city we want to live in by becoming involved and helping the people around us.  They are the same thing, choose whatever works best for you.

I will certainly be participating in 3 Things for Calgary. 

My first Thing is easy.  I will continue to act and operate @BetterYYC and make a difference each and every day in one way that I can create positive change.  I understand that it's not exactly new or extending myself beyond what I do today, but I'll make even more effort to make each day's accomplishment more meaningful and helpful to Calgarians than ever before.

My second Thing will be harder.  By the end of the winter, I will become a functional programmer to the point where I can contribute useful programs for Calgarians.  It's a pledge to learn and better myself and through personal growth learn to help others.

My third Thing will be to contribute more to my local community.  I have formed a love for my neighbourhood and I want it to be a place where my neighbours and I would choose it as our preferred location in Calgary to live.  I want my neighbours to feel fortunate, as I do, to live in such a wonderful corner of our city.

Those are my three.  Join in at www.3ThingsForCalgary.ca and choose your own.  We've got a pretty good city right here.  We can, in fact, make it even better.

One year of creating a Better Calgary

by Mark Zaugg 19. October 2011 02:08

Ironically, the hardest time to blog is when I feel I have the most to say.

One year ago tonight, Naheed Nenshi was elected as the mayor of Calgary.  It was an election that literally made international headlines.  If you've visited my blog before, you know I've spoken about it for a year.

Tonight I met with friends and discussed our past and our future.

Sure, it may have been an anniversary of a historic win - an event that we may never see replicated in Canadian politics.  What makes is so special is that it was a night we met with friends and we have actual conversations about the year that is behind us and the future that lies ahead.

I found myself flitting from table to table, having brief little discussions hither and thither.  I almost felt like I had a longing to have a long, drawn out rehash of all the times and events from another perspective because I felt lost in my own thoughts.  I spoke with my dear friend Lori - yes, every word of that phrase feels exactly right - about her perspective of what I wrote a year ago and I felt relief and joy and validated and confused all in the same breath.  I spoke with my dear friend Marc and I feel he understands both the subtext of the jokes and the drive I feel to accomplish better.  I spoke with my dear friend Trina and felt assuredness that I have both made the right decisions and have acted on them appropriately.

What is the one thing that all the media coverage in the world missed all the way up to now?  The simple fact that electing Naheed Nenshi was simply an act of making Calgary a better city.

Forget the letter grades.  Forget the pass / fail.  Forget the rankings.

The act of electing my friend Naheed Nenshi was about our collective drive to make Calgary a better place.  (For the record, calling Naheed a friend 18 months ago would have been unfathomable, not calling him a friend today would be just as unbelievable.)  We believe he can deliver the change we desire.  We believe he's done a great job up to now.

My official ranking of Naheed's first year in office shall be, "In Progress." My official ranking of my first year of Naheed being in office shall be, "In Progress -- and Trying To Keep Up."

Thank you to all my friends, mentioned or not.  Thank you to all my new friends who continue to try to make Calgary a better city.  I'll see you at work tomorrow, next week, next year.  Our job isn't finished yet.  Calgary is a great city, we shall keep making it better.

Letter to the Herald Editor re: Bow River Flow

by Mark Zaugg 26. August 2011 09:52

In response to this editorial in August 25's Calgary Herald.  All I can think about right now is, "I didn't run it through my editing process."  I won't fix the "where cars were cars were" below.

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I began as a detractor to the Bow River Flow.  I saw no purpose to it and thought it only an inconvenience on a Sunday afternoon.  I am, however, a huge fan of the festivals and the amazing spirit formed within Calgary through them.

Three years ago, I had started riding my bike again for the first time in many years.  There were two purposes, the first to save money on gas and the get exercise to strengthen my chest muscles after a terrible lung infection.  I did like the prospect of a festival for alternative transportation in Calgary, but I also questioned the value of holding the event on Memorial Drive.

My children demanded to attend the Bow River Flow the first year it was held and I had no better excuse to dodge out of it, so I grudgingly went.  I observed a very interesting festival and changed my opinion towards it.  I did not have children pestering me to buy something every five minutes.  Instead my children ran from booth to booth actively seeking out what each had to offer.  We reconnected with organizations we participated with in the past and formed relationships with organizations new to us.  It created a bonding experience between us as a family and also with Calgary as a city.

The other observation I made that first year was that people almost appeared to be afraid to walk on the street itself.  I encroached the road when my children played a game or walked the chalk maze, then scurried off to the side again wary of a car swerving across Memorial to plough into a crowd of pedestrians.  It never happened, of course, and it took a second year for people to appear confident enough to celebrate on the street.  It reminded me of my childhood where we played road hockey and rode our bikes up and down the streets without fear.  Is it wrong to wish the same for my children?

Granted, none of those streets were Memorial Drive.  A "necessary east-west thoroughfare" according to the Herald's editorial on Thursday, which suffered from day-long traffic snarls.  Such trite obstinacy to neglect to mention the newly revamped Trans-Canada Highway along 16th Avenue a few blocks north.  An inconvenience, yes, but Memorial Drive is hardly the sole link from the northwest part of the city to the northeast.  Memorial Drive has undergone much more severe and long lasting closures during it's reconstruction just a few years ago.

Does the Herald also decry the closure of Memorial Drive to traffic from 4 Street NE to Crowchild Trail for the Caglary Marathon?  Of course not, nor should they.  The closure of Memorial Drive is a disingenuous excuse to disparage this particular festival and nothing more.

The Bow River Flow is contrasted with Lilac Festival.  The closure of 4 Street and 17 Avenue SE is dreadfully disruptive when I was forced to drive around it a few years back when I forgot it was Lilac Festival weekend.  I had every bit as much warning then as drivers receive for the Bow River Flow.  If we as drivers make the mistake to not pay attention to the warnings, then the fault lies with us and not the event.  The editorial utterly fails to mention the parking problems on either side of 4 Street SE where cars were cars were parked wherever they could.  I had absolutely no problem finding a place to park my bike at Bow River Flow, and I certainly did not create a parking problem for community members in Sunnyside.  I must certainly call into question to characterization of Cliff Bungalow and Mission as pedestrian friendly while Hillhurst and Sunnyside are not counted as pedestrian friendly.  Both areas have substantial pedestrian traffic in different ways, why are we not taking the best of each area and trying to improve the city at large for pedestrians?

Since I attended the first Bow River Flow, my preferred means of commuting has shifted more and more towards my bicycle.  I still have to pay the cost of vehicle infrastructure through my taxes, even though I now commute four of every five days by bicycle.  I would like to see bicycle infrastructure improve significantly so that when I ride my bike I am safe from traffic and also so that when I drive my car I am free from worry of hitting a cyclist.  I would like others, such as my children, who would cycle more frequently if there was better infrastructure to have an opportunity to travel in whichever manner is appropriate to them at any given time.  That may mean car, bicycle, bus, taxi, pedicab, skateboard, segway or some other fashion I haven't even come up with.  Choice is good, the Bow River Flow exists to promote choice.

I continue to call for a better balance of vendors at the Bow River Flow.  The expansion into Chinatown allowed my family to have lunch at one of our favourite places, but I wish more was available throughout the festival.  Balance is the operative word.  I don't want Bow River Flow to become just another outdoor market and lose it's status as a unique festival in Calgary.

The Herald has clearly carried the worst of the special-interest agenda.  The agenda that says, "Transportation must always be vehicular.  Festivals must always be the same.  It has always been thus and thusly shall it always be."  Calgary is a city of youth, of vitality and, most importantly, a city of innovation and growth where options are available to us as citizens.  It's time to declare a singular mode of transportation planning an expensive flop and move on in the effort to give Calgarians more options to make our own city more sustainable.

Mark Zaugg

Bow River Flow to Go

by Mark Zaugg 20. August 2011 20:15

I need a wee little tweak on my rear derailleur.  It's just enough off that upshifting takes a moment or two to catch.  I think about it every time I ride home and I forget about it every time I stash my bike in the basement and head upstairs to start dinner.  The next morning I grumble to myself as I shift my gears and wonder why I didn't fix it.

I could jump off my bike and twist the adjustment screw during my commute, but it's really not bad enough to bother stopping to bother with.  I'll fix it when I get to work, or when I get home.  And the cycle repeats itself.

So what does this have to do with Bow River Flow?

The Bow River Flow changed my attitude and eventually changed my preferred method of commuting through Calgary.  Fuel costs me considerably less than it used to, my fitness has considerably improved, I feel better when I arrive at my destination than I do when I've been driving.  I can do my own maintenance, and when I'm over my head or short on time we've got fantastic shops locally who will help me out.

I'm saving time.  I'm saving money.  I'm happier.  How can a once-a-year event have made such a positive influence on my life?

Two years ago the Bow River Flow changed my idea of what a festival could be in Calgary.  It's different, it's fun, it's my style of festival.  I went with my kids and it was an amazingly good day together.

One year ago the Bow River Flow changed my idea of what government could be  in Calgary.  I started demanding a more cooperative, more productive, more open and communicative, less confrontational and more pragmatic government.  I think we have made some progress, but we have more to go.  The thing with last year was I went with my kids and it turned out to be an amazingly good day together.  What was different was that I started meeting some of the friends I'm proud to know and work alongside today.

Tomorrow I'll be back down there with my kids riding my blue Trek, looking suitably unfashionable and more than likely having a marvellous time.  I genuinely hope to see you down there.  Feel free to stop me and ask how my derailleur is doing.  

It will be my third Bow River Flow - I can't wait to find out which idea of mine will be affected this year!

A community. A garden.

by Mark Zaugg 27. July 2011 22:34

I took the day off today.  Burned one of those holidays that keeps piling up on me. 

I've been planning the day for about six months.  Having the day off meant everything.  I was planning to get sweaty and dirty and sore.

Mission accomplished.

I was one of 80 people (okay, actually more than 80 people because we had extra volunteers come out) who took a swampy grassy area and built a garden.  I'm one of the lucky ones, I'm getting a plot there.  I'm going to have an area all on my own to plant and grow my own food and create all to my own. 

This simply wouldn't have turned out anywhere near as wonderful as it has without the generous support of Fiskars, Canadian Tire, and the Calgary Horticultural Society.  They each sent out 20 volunteers and together we created something amazing and special.  We worked hard, we put all kinds of sweat equity into the build, we finished on time and in fantastic shape.  I cannot begin to express my gratitude to you all.  You came out and worked with indefatigable effort, but I'm the lucky recipient who gets to enjoy the work after we're done.  Thank you.  Thank you all.

Special thanks to the people from Fiskar's Project Orange Thumb who did a superb job planning, organizing and building this amazing centre of our community.  Thank you for making our vision a reality.  Thank you to Canadian Tire for the tools and the living plant material.  It's incredible to have your support with a build so late in the year.  To have such lovely plants and to be able to have a productive year when we built it on July 27th is wonderful.  To the Calgary Horticultural Society, I can only express a shadow of my thanks for the incredible support, advice, help, and assistance along the way until we could make this project viable.  You're all rock stars.

To the City of Calgary, thank you for your support to enable us to make this garden even possible, and all the amazing help with irrigation and mulch.

Thanks also to Joe Lamp'l.  I really look up to you and respect your advice and your effort today in our build.  It was a real honour to meet you in person.

And a most sincere thank you to our next-door hero, Algernon Wilson.  You've spearheaded this, you've been tireless, you've been boundless, you've been a guidance and an inspiration.  I am eternally grateful to have the pleasure of working with you.

Paul, Simon, Kelly, Peter, Marlene, Chris and everyone I recognize but don't know by name yet, thank you for coming out.  It really means a lot to me.

And with that, let me take you on a short guided tour of the Albert Park Centennial Garden.

 

The site in February. Looking due east. La playa del Zaugg is about dead centre in this photo.

 

 

The site as of June 4.  Looking from the south east entrance.

What a difference we made.


 

Me at the southeast entrance.

 

 

Southeast flower bed, just inside the entrance.

 

 

Asparagus bed.  Please note the lone elm tree in the middle of the garden.  It's featured in a lot of the other photos.

 

 

Our two raised, wheelchair accessible beds.  This is looking west from the entrance, just south of the pergola.

 

 

Some of our raised beds, just south of the wheelchair accessible beds.  South of them are some of the in-ground beds.  (This is looking east, the wheelchair beds are at the left.)

 

 

My plot, 15-South, is the right half of this in-ground bed.  I'm casually calling it "La playa del Zaugg" for now.  Still looking east, the raised beds are to the right.

 

 

The fruit orchard.  This is from the southwest corner looking north.

 

 

Our central pergola.  I spent the majority of the morning assembling it.

 

 

Side view of our pergola.

 

 

Under the pergola looking up.

 

 

The beautiful rose in front of la playa del Zaugg.

 

 

The strawberry beds.

 

 

Pots of tomatoes lined up under the pergola.

 

 

Overview of the garden from the northwest corner.  La playa del Zaugg is centre-right, behind the other in-ground bed.

 

 

Overview from the southeast entrance to the garden.

 

Please, come visit some time and see it for yourself.  I'll be thrilled to see you out there!

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